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La Liga: Real edges towards title, Barca wins
Real Madrid took another step towards the La Liga title with a 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo again coming up with a double strike when it was needed most.

Goals from Nacho Fernandez and Ronaldo had Madrid 2-0 up by half-time, and although Stevan Jovetic got one back for Sevilla just after the break, Ronaldo continued his recent purple patch by sealing the win with just 12 minutes left with a superb effort. Toni Kroos then added to the lead with a neatly taken strike.

The two late goals settled the nerves at the Bernabeu and ensured Madrid remained in control of the title race due to their game in hand, even with Barcelona still top of the table for now with their 4-1 win at Las Palmas.

A rotated Madrid XI were ahead on 10 minutes when Nacho’s quick-witted free kick caught out a sleeping Sevilla defence, and midway through the first half Ronaldo netted his 400th Madrid goal (his 281st in La Liga), after Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico could not hold onto a James Rodriguez shot.

Just after Madrid had eased two up, word came through at the Bernabeu that Neymar had put Barca ahead 2,000 kilometres away at Las Palmas, with Luis Suarez soon adding a second. Zinedine Zidane’s team seemed to relax at that point, assuming the weekend’s drama was already over, but Sevilla kept attacking and had the better chances through the remainder of the first period.

Jovetic finally got his deserved goal soon after half-time, and the game was now quite stretched with opportunities at either end. Zidane quickly made a double change, including stiffening his midfield by bringing Casemiro off the bench.

There was still worry around the stadium as Sevilla kept pressing for an equaliser and then relief when Ronaldo scored a superb second of the night.

There was a lot to do when Kroos pulled the ball back to him 15 yards out, but the Portugal striker contorted his body and speared an unstoppable first-time shot right into the top corner for goal No. 401. Kroos’ calmly taken fourth goal ensured Madrid’s fans left the Bernabeu for the last time this season in an excellent mood.

The result meant Madrid still have their destiny in their own hands. Four points between their game in hand at Celta Vigo on Wednesday and the trip to Malaga next Sunday will clinch a first title in five years, regardless of what Barca do at home to Eibar in their final game.

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Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

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It's a Goal!!!: Lionel Messi & wife Antonella Roccuzzo expects third child

Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has again proved that he is a sharp shooter after he confirmed the birth of his third child.

The Argentine pulled out of the Barça squad due to face Malaga in La Liga on Saturday due to the big news.

Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father’s hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

“Welcome, Ciro!” Messi wrote. “Thanks to God, everything went perfectly. Mother and baby are doing really well. We are super happy.”

Barcelona announced that Messi had withdrawn from the game in Andalusia for “personal reasons” and it was later reported in the Catalan press that his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, had given birth earlier in the day.

Messi and Antonella, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

Mohamed Salah would be looking forward to getting at least a goal against Manchester United when they meet this weekend.

If Salah will complete a remarkable record of scoring against all the top six sides in the English Premier League this season.

The Egyptian is the joint top scorer in the division with 24 goals, which include strikes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the Red Devils the only side missing in the top-six list.

Sarah, 25, is willing to complete the haul in Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford.

Recall that the summer signing fired blank against Jose Mourinho’s side when both sides clashed in October’s draw; a tie most remembered for David De Gea’s stunning save from a Joel Matip effort.

“I remember it [De Gea’s save]. I also missed an easy chance in that game, but he is great,” Salah told Sky Sports.

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

PSG forward Neymar will miss the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid after being diagnosed with a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle.

The 26 year old Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille. Statement from the club revealed that Neymar suffered “a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal”.

However, how long he would be out wasn’t disclosed.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.

 

PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.

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