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Real Madrid face perhaps their toughest away test between now and the end of the La Liga football season when they travel to face seventh placed Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday afternoon.

Madrid go into the game after returning to the top of the La Liga in a controversial fashion last weekend after referee Mateu Lahoz failed to send goalkeeper Keylor Navas for a clear foul when he was the last man.

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Real Madrid moved back to the top of the La Liga football championship with a 2-1 win over Real Betis, as FC Barcelona slipped to the second spot following a 1-2 defeat away against Deportivo la Coruna.

Real Madrid on Sunday benefitted from Barcelona's loss but not before they were made to work hard by Betis who first took the lead through Antonio Sanabria, following an error from Madrid keeper Keylor Navas. The goalkeeper earlier in the game should have been sent off for a clear foul when he was the last man.

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Sevilla lost the chance to close the gap at the top of the La Liga football championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Leganes, while Antoine Griezmann scored late to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Granada.

The Saturday draw leaves Sevilla on two points behind Real Madrid with two more games played, and three behind Barcelona, who have played a game less.

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Bayern Munich chief coach Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to sign Real Madrid's Colombian forward James Rodriguez, who is struggling for playing time at the capital club.

James starred in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and soon joined the Madrid giants who were then coached by Italian Ancelotti. While James had a fruitful maiden season, he has since fallen down the pecking order under current Madrid chief coach Zinedine Zidane, including this season.

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Real Madrid and Barcelona will travel to South Florida this summer to play their first-ever El Clasico in the United States.

The arch-rivals will face off July 29 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium as part of the International Champions Cup, a tourney co-founded by Stephen Ross, owner of the NFL Miami Dolphins.

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Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso on Thursday announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season. The 35-year-old confirmed the news, which had been rumoured for the last two months, on social media.

"It wasn't an easy decision to make, but I believe it's the right time," Alonso, a former Liverpool player, was quoted as saying.

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Sergio Ramos led Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Napoli in the second legĀ for a 6-2 win on aggregate to book a seventh consecutive trip to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the holders.

Having already hoisted the trophy a record 11 times, Los Blancos are trying to become the first team to win Europe's elite club competition two years in a row.

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