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Karim Benzema's hat trick paces Real Madrid in comfortable win over Athletic Bilbao

Now with 30 goals this campaign, Karim Benzema is just two shy of his career high for a season, set back in 2011-12.

Karim Benzema was once again Real Madrid's matchwinner with a hat trick in Sunday afternoon's straightforward 3-0 La Liga victory against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Benzema continued his amazing run of form -- the Frenchman has now scored each of Madrid's past eight goals (across their past five game). Jesus Vallejo looked assured and confident in a rare start at centre-back.


Absolutely nothing happened in the first half, as Benzema's opener in the 47th minute...

Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet 8/10 as Barcelona do enough to beat Real Sociedad

Jordi Alba answered a second half equalizer from Real Sociedad, as an uninspiring Barcelona side came away with a win at the Camp Nou.

Defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba were the unlikely heroes as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 2-1 at Camp Nou to move within two wins of the Liga title.

Lenglet headed home an Ousmane Dembele corner on the stroke of half-time to open the scoring, but La Real levelled after the break through Juanmi. However, Barca responded one minute later when, having been found by Lionel Messi, Alba cut onto his right foot and drilled into the bottom corner.


Performances do not completely go out...

Interview with Lionel Messi at age 13 goes viral: The Bible, 'Baby's Day Out,' Chicken with sauce

Ajax reached their first UCL semifinal in more than 20 years by beating Juventus, while Barcelona proved too much for Man United.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona.

We're accustomed to seeing Lionel Messi steal the headlines, most recently with his two goals in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday, for his magic on the pitch. But he was already attracting media in his native Rosario 19 years ago.

A questionnaire that the future Argentina captain answered for newspaper La Capital has been unearthed by Twitter user @ARGIsabella and has gone viral. In it, a 13-year-old Messi reveals his favourite things, his outlook on...

Federico Valverde impresses, Marcelo struggles again as Madrid draw with Leganes

Marcelo's season to forget continued against Leganes, the Brazilian again failing to convince.

Real Madrid's slow and tortuous end to 2018-19 continued with a very underwhelming 1-1 La Liga draw at near neighbours Leganes on Monday evening.


Just six games left now in 2018-19, and then the "changes" that coach Zinedine Zidane keeps talking about can start to actually take place. While this is not how Madrid had hoped to be starting a Champions League quarter-final week, 1-1 is not such a bad result, considering Leganes had beaten Barcelona and drawn with Atletico Madrid at their...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot. 

Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

Dembele returns, youngsters Wague and Puig impress in goalless draw

Chances were few and far between for Barcelona as they were held goalless by La Liga cellar dwellers Huesca.
In just his second first-team appearance, Barcelona's Riqui Puig showed why he is one the club's most heralded youngsters.
Against Huesca, Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance after a month out with a torn muscle.

 Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Huesca on Saturday after making 10 changes to the side which beat Manchester United in midweek.

Ernesto Valverde took advantage of his side's 11-point lead at the top of La Liga to rest everyone except goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against United at Camp Nou.

Ousmane Dembele came close to finding the breakthrough but he was foiled by Roberto Santamaria in the first half and Malcom hit...