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cr7-ballonWhen Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off on Saturday the common belief was that the Real Madrid star would get a three match ban for violent conduct, which would see him miss the upcoming games against Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atlético

Ronaldo completely lost the plot on Saturday against Córdoba when with the score level at 1-1 he kicked out at Edimar in an off-the-ball incident and earned a straight red card.

in his post match report referee Alejandro Hernández wrote that:

“In the 83rd minute, the player (7) Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the following reason: kicking out at an opposition player with no possibility of playing the ball”,

luis-enrique-barcaLuis Enrique assured that Barcelona’s win over Elche augurs well, in light of the fact that some of the less regular players featured in the line-up.

“It gives us great hope for the future, for this squad and for what we can become in the near future”, said the Barça manager, before adding that the win “was not easy”, despite the 6-0 scoreline.

The manager admitted that Barcelona had a tough time opening the scoring, although he described this as

suarez-neymar-messiLionel Messi and Neymar scored twice each as Barcelona recorded an emphatic 6-0 win over Elche on Saturday.

Barca had already beaten Elche three times this season — and scored 12 goals in the process — ahead of the La Liga clash at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero and the Catalan giants heaped more misery on Fran Escriba’s struggling side.

Gerard Pique marked his 200th La Liga appearance with the opening goal in the first half and Barca ran riot in the second, with Messi scoring from the penalty spot before Elche had Faycal Fajr sent off for a second bookable offense.

gareth-bale-rmGareth Bale was the hero for Real Madrid as his penalty snatched a 2-1 win over Cordoba on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo had been sent off.

Ronaldo was given a straight red card for striking a Cordoba defender with the score deadlocked at 1-1 eight minutes from time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel on Saturday.

But Bale bailed out his teammate when he converted from the penalty spot in the 89th minute after his own free kick had been handled — with Cordoba’s Federico Cartabia receiving a second booking for that violation.

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Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has confirmed that midfielder Lucas Silva will join Real Madrid, reports Marca.

Tavares confirmed at a press conference that a deal had been struck but that some of its finer details would be thrashed out with the Spanish club today. Tavares added that Lucas Silva had “pressured” Cruzeiro into accepting his move to Real Madrid.

The deal could cost Real Madrid €14m, although Cruzeiro has not confirmed this. Cruzeiro had originally asked for €15m (about $18.9m) for their player, who was named in the Brazilian league’s 2014 team of the year as the competition’s best holding midfielder.

suarez-barcaBarcelona have been forced to defend club-record signing Luis Suarez after the former Liverpool man endured another disappointing night in front of goal against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Suarez, who cost the Catalan club £75m in the summer, has scored only five goals in 16 appearances with Barca and has failed to reproduce the stunning goalscoring form of his final two seasons at Anfield.

Suarez was really poor against Atleti and he wasted a fantastic opportunity in the first half when he fired over the bar after being played in by Ivan Rakitic from six yards out.

With Athletic struggling in La Liga this season, we take a look at their performances from the 2013/14 season and compare it with the 2014/15 campaign.

messi-updatedA late goal from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a slim 1-0 lead over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

It looked like the tie would end scoreless when in the 85th minute, Juanfran was judged to have fouled Sergio Busquets in the box. Messi’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by Jan Oblak, but Messi slammed the rebound home.

Ahead of tonight’s Copa Del Rey meeting between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, we compare the performances of the two teams from the 2014/15 season

messi-30-hat-tricksBarcelona boss Luis Enrique hailed Lionel Messi’s consistent brilliance this season after the Argentine took his tally to 28 goals in 27 games with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win away to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Messi and Enrique’s relationship has reportedly been frosty since the four-time FIFA World Player of the Year had been left on the bench for his side’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad earlier this month.

However, Enrique has repeatedly insisted Messi remains the best player in the world and refused suggestions he has taken his form to another level over the past week with another stellar performance after vanquishing La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last weekend with a goal and two assists.