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Ronaldo returns for Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo

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Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo returns to a Copa del Rey call for the first time in the football season in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Celta de Vigo, where midfielder Isco Alarcón may also reappear after recovering from injury.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane called Ronaldo for the first time for the Copa del Rey, a competition in which the coach gave him a rest until the quarter-finals. The presence of the Portuguese is a great addition on the list, as well as the return of Isco from an injury that prevented him from playing in the last two games against Sevilla.


Juventus star believes Pogba exit has left them vulnerable

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Juventus and Italy's football defender Giorgio Chiellini has compared former teammate and Manchester United player Paul Pogba to basketball star LeBron James and sprint legend Usain Bolt.

"We've changed players and now we are a side like any other," Chiellini told Sky Sport in an interview in Italy. "We're not used to losing and, in addition to this, we've lost a player like Pogba who was the LeBron James of football and, even when you didn't notice him, he was impressive," he added.


Former Manchester United Manager announces retirement

Former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has said he doesn't see himself coming back to coaching again, citing family reasons for his belief.

"I think I'll retire. I actually wanted to quit after World Cup," van Gaal said while receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Netherlands government on Monday, as quoted by ESPN.


Serie A: Juventus suffer shock defeat at the hands of Fiorentina

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Defending champions Juventus suffered a setback in their Serie A football title charge as they put up an uninspiring display during a 1-2 defeat to traditional rivals Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Nikola Kalinic (37th minute) and Federico Chiesa (54th) on Sunday night helped hosts Fiorentina earn three points with the win over Juventus, whose sole goal was scored by Gonzalo Higuain.

With the loss, Juventus' lead at the top has been reduced to one point after Roma beat Udinese to move to 44 points from 20 games. The Turin giants, however, have played a match less, while third-placed Napoli have 41 points from 20 matches. The win helped Paulo Sousa-coached Fiorentina jump to the eighth spot with 30 points from 19 games.


Eredivisie Round-up: Feyenoord and Ajax register wins to open second half of the season

Dutch football league leaders Feyenoord began the second half of the Eredivisie season with a 2-0 win at Roda JC.

Without key midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, who was called up to play for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations, Feyenoord initially had difficulties in finding a gap in the tight Roda defence during the Sunday evening game.


La Liga Round-up: Sevilla stun Real Madrid 2-1 to throw title race wide open

Sevilla ended Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten run and threw the race for the Spanish top division title wide open by beating the league leaders 2-1 following a dramatic comeback at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium here.

A tense first half saw both sides trade blows in a high-octane affair on Sunday night. Madrid took the lead in the 67th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot after Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico needlessly brought down Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal.


La Liga: Gaitan strike gives Atletico 1-0 win against Real Betis

A goal by Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan in the eighth minute was all Atletico Madrid needed in a 1-0 victory over Real Betis in La Liga at Vicente Calderon Stadium here.

The Colchoneros have turned their La Liga season around after a slow start by converting their scoring opportunities and Saturday's game was another example.


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