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La Liga: Real Madrid bounce back with 6-2 thumping of Deportivo

Real Madrid got over the disappointment of losing at home in last weekend's Clasico by thrashing Deportivo 6-2, making sure the prospects of the La Liga title remain within their reach. The victory on Wednesday night, achieved without stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, puts Real level on points with Barcelona with one game in hand.

It took Real Madrid less than a minute to take the lead over Deportivo, with Alvaro Morata crashing a rising drive in at the near post.

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La Liga: Barcelona thrash Osasuna 7-1 to stay top

FC Barcelona enjoyed their most placid 90 minutes of football this season as they cruised past bottom of the table Osasuna 7-1 in the Camp Nou Stadium to remain top of the Liga Santander.

While Barca have the title at stake, Osasuna went into the game on Wednesday night knowing a defeat coupled with a win for Leganes at home to Las Palmas would seal their return to the second division after just one season.

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Borussia Dortmund stun Bayern Munich in German Cup semi-final

Borussia Dortmund upset a wasteful Bayern Munich with two goals in the second half to book their berth for the German Cup final.

In Wednesday's match, Dortmund grabbed the lead first, but two goals by Bayern turned the tide. However, the German giants left a couple of promising chances unused, allowing Dortmund to secure a 3-2 win and a ticket for the German Cup final in Berlin.

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PSG thrash Monaco 5-0 to move closer to French Cup title

Paris Saint-Germain were one step away from their third straight success at the French Cup after beating a second-string Monaco 5-0 at Parc des Princes, booking a final clash with Angers at the centennial edition of the tournament.

Monaco, in the hunt for their first domestic league championship since 2000, rested several of their star players, including top scorer Radamel Falcao and 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe, while PSG dispatched their attacking trio, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler on Wednesday.

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Amsterdam Arena to be renamed in honour of Johan Cruyff Arena

Dutch football club Ajax has announced that the Amsterdam Arena is to be renamed in honour of the legendary Johan Cruyff.

Ajax, the stadium management, the Amsterdam mayor and the city council reached an accord to re-baptize the venue as Johan Cruyff Arena, the club said on Tuesday.

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The Magic of Messi lights up yet another El Clasico

The Argentine media has heaped praise on star footballer Lionel Messi for his match winning performance for FC Barcelona in the 'El Clasico' against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

The Argentine star scored two goals, including a sublime curling strike in the last minute of the second half added time as Barcelona clinched a thrilling 3-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Sunday night.

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La Liga: Messi's late winner sees Barcelona prevail in El Clasico

Lionel Messi scored a goal in virtually the last second of the game to give FC Barcelona a thrilling 3-2 win away to Real Madrid and blow the race for the Spanish football league title wide open. The result on Sunday night leaves Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table, although Madrid have played a game less.

A win for the home side would have virtually assured them the league title with five matches left to play, and as early as the first minute there was controversy as Ral Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo went down after a challenge from Samuel Umtiti in the Barcelona penalty area. However, television replays showed that the Real Madrid striker greatly exaggerating the contact.

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