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Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his second league goal of the season, getting the winner in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Malaga.

The victory moved Real Madrid to within three points of second-placed Valencia and seven points behind leaders Barcelona. Those two play on Sunday. But this was a sloppy performance against La Liga strugglers and will do little to boost confidence in the league.

Madrid were ahead on nine minutes. Marcelo hung a deep cross up at the back post. Ronaldo hung in the area to head goalwards. And when the ball came back off the crossbar, Benzema – hanging around just inside the penalty area – reacted more quickly than any of Malaga’s defender charging in to nod the loose ball over the line.

Lionel Messi has ended months of speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract at Barcelona worth €558,000 a week, extending his stay at the Nou Camp until 2021.

Barca announced the news in an official club statement, which read:

“FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the Club through the 2020/21 season.

“The buyout clause was set at €700m. Thus, by the time the new deal expires, the 30-year-old striker will have spent 17 years with the first team.”

AC Milan, Real Sociedad and Östersund are among the sides who earned a round of 32 place on matchday five, but who else still has something to play for in the UEFA Europa League?

Who’s through to the round of 32?
Arsenal, Atalanta, Braga, Dynamo Kyiv, FCSB, Lazio, Lyon, Milan, Nice, Östersund, Partizan, Plzeň, Real Sociedad, Salzburg, Villarreal, Zenit

Who can still qualify?
AEK Athens, Astana, Athletic Club, Austria Wien, BATE, Crvena zvezda, İstanbul Başakşehir, København, Köln, Konyaspor, Lokomotiv Moskva, Ludogorets, Marseille, Sheriff, Slavia Praha, Vitória SC, Zorya Luhansk

No surprise to see that the 50-man shortlist for UEFA’s team of the year is dominated by players from La Liga and European champions Real Madrid, who boast 11 nominees, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who is included for a record 14th time. Italian champions Juventus, who were beaten by Real in the Champions League final last season, have the next most with seven.

Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli are joined by teammates Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez on the shortlist, and are among 12 Premier League players nominated.

Sevilla came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool on Tuesday and keep their Champions League dreams alive.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had failed to win any of his seven previous trips to Spain as a Coach, but Roberto Firmino’s brace and a Sadio Mane header inside the opening half-hour seemed to have put the Reds out of sight.

Nonetheless, a spirited Sevilla turnaround saw Wissam Ben Yedder bag a brace, before Guido Pizarro scrambled home a corner deep in stoppage time.

The result evoked comparisons of their opponents’ famous win against Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final, with some describing it ‘Sevillstanbul’ on Twitter.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed a “perfect” evening after Tuesday’s 6-0 Champions League Group H win at Apoel Nicosia sealed the defending champions’ place in this season’s round of 16 with a second-place finish.

Luka Modric’s 20-yard volley put Madrid ahead midway through the first half, then a lovely team move was finished by Karim Benzema, before Nacho’s close-range prod and Benzema soon converted again to make it 4-0 by half-time. After the break Cristiano Ronaldo added a header and a smart finish, taking him to 18 Champions League goals in calendar year 2017 and 100 goals with Madrid in UEFA competitions.

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Karim Benzema’s poor run of form needs to end soon following the Frenchman’s slow start to the season, having scored twice in 13 matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo has also struggled to find the back of the net this campaign as well, with the pair only notching two goals between them in the league.

The Real Madrid boss now finds his team trailing league-leaders Barcelona by 11 points and needing a win against APOEL in their Champions League group H match on Tuesday night to all but seal the place in the knockout stages.

Real Madrid will make another push to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea next summer.

Spanish outlet Cadena SER suggest Real Madrid are willing to pay £63million to bring De Gea back to Spain ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital during the past few seasons after his transfer to Real Madrid broke down in August 2015.

De Gea looked set to leave Old Trafford over two years ago but the clubs failed to submit the required paperwork before FIFA’s strict transfer deadline.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists his side can still catch Barcelona in the title race despite falling 10 points behind the league leaders.

Real could not respond in kind to Barca’s 3-0 win over Leganes earlier in the day as they played out a goalless clash with Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.

That draw – the first 0-0 league stalemate between the capital clubs in 12 years – means both Real and Atletico are now 10 points behind Barca after 12 rounds of the season, but Zidane has no intention of throwing in the towel.

Barcelona went to the city of Madrid, beat capital minnows Leganes 3-0, and left Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid 11 points behind them ahead of the big derby on Saturday night.

It was not a sparkling performance but Luis Suarez ended his month-long goal drought and Ernesto Valverde’s team have now won 11 of 12 games played this season.

‘I was not anxious about not scoring,’ said Suarez after the game.

‘We are establishing a good lead at the top but we have to maintain it.’