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Real Madrid snatched a 2-1 comeback win after Christiano Ronaldo scored twice to beat 10-man Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Bayern were unable to defend their opener as Real turned up in the second half with two goals from Ronaldo on Wednesday evening. The visitors from Madrid ensured the first promising chance of the game when Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to tip Karim Benzema's header on to the bar with 18 minutes played.

Nevertheless, the opening goal of the match was scored at the other end of the pitch as Arturo Vidal headed home a corner kick from Thiago Alcantara to break the deadlock seven minutes later. Bayern should have doubled the lead before the break but Arturo Vidal was unable to convert a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half.

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Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels will miss the UEFA Champions League encounter against Real Madrid. The 28-year-old defender had to leave Bayern's training session on Sunday after suffering an ankle injury.

Hummels sustained a distortion of the right upper ankle and also an injury of the capsule apparatus, the club said in a statement on Sunday.

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Brazilian FC Barcelona forward Neymar might miss the El Clásico against Real Madrid as he mocked the fourth official following his red card verdict in a 0-2 loss to Malaga in the La Liga on Saturday.

Referee Jesús Gil Manzano, who booked Neymar for the second time in the match for a rash tackle on Diego Llorente to leave Barcelona down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes, included Neymar's barb while walking off into the tunnel in his post-match report, according to the Guardian.

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Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of the Spanish football league standings despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by city rivals Atletico Madrid. Real dominated the Madrid derby on Saturday night but were denied victory by a late goal from Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann finished off a pass from Angel Correa to give Atletico a point they scarcely deserved in the 85th minute after a game in which Real Madrid had the majority of chances, but thanks to a series of fine saves from Atletico keeper, Jan Oblak, all they had to show was a headed goal from Pepe to reward their efforts.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Jorge Resurreccion Koke had the worst possible preparation for Saturday's football derby away against Real Madrid when he was robbed at gunpoint, according to reports in the Spanish press on Friday.

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Real Madrid ended the 29th round of La Liga football matches on top of the table with a two-point lead over FC Barcelona after both sides won their respective league games.

Real Madrid made hard work of defeating Alaves, who had chances to equalise Karim Benzema's opening goal for Madrid, which should have been ruled out for offside, before late strikes from Isco and Nacho Fernandez gave the home side a very flattering 3-0 final score on Sunday.

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According to auditing giants KPMG, Real Madrid and Manchester United are the most valuable football clubs in the world. Both Manchester United and Real Madrid are valued at $3.09 billion. FC Barcelona are third, valued at $2.9 billion, ahead of Bayern Munich, rated at $2.35 billion according to KPMG's annual report.

The top five is completed by Arsenal ($1.86 billion) with the next three places going to Manchester City ($1.71 billion), Chelsea ($1.6 billon) and Liverpool ($1.39 billion). Juventus, worth $1.05 billion, and Paris Saint-Germain ($900.37 million) complete the top 10.

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