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Bale, James help Real Madrid smash Betis

Former Liverpool and Chelsea Manager Rafa Benitez enjoyed a good home debut as the man in the Real Madrid hot seat as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez each picked up a brace as Los Blancos thrashed Real Betis 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale opened the scoring for Real in the 2nd minute heading home a Rodriguez cross, and was also the last man to get on the scoresheet with gorgeous strike from distance in the 89th minute.

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Barcelona find unlikely late matchwinner in reborn defender

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Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen proved to be the match-winner as Barcelona struggled past Malaga to register their second win in as many games in La Liga this season.

Barcelona played some decent football with ex-Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez unfortunate to be denied a penalty in the first half, while Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was in outstanding form in the game to repeatedly deny Lionel Messi as the Catalan giants created chances galore at the Camp Nou.

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Reds may have an easy run, Spurs facing tricky fixtures in Europa League group stage

Liverpool have been drawn against Russian giants Rubin Kazan in the group stage of the Europa League this season.

Also in Group B, along with the aforementioned sides, are Ligue 1 side Bordeaux and Swiss club FC Sion.

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Barcelona superstar wins yet another top honour

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has added yet another award to his trophy cabinet. The Argentine sensation was named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season, with him having helped his side to a treble.

Messi defeated fellow finalists, arch rival and last season’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and clubmate, and former Liverpool star, Luis Suarez to the honour. This is the second time that the 28 year old has won the honour, with him having won it last in 2011, when UEFA first introduced the award. The player received the award from UEFA President Michel Platini at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

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Arsenal paired against former Champions League winners, Man United enjoy mixed fortunes

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Premier League giants Arsenal have been paired against reigning Bundesliga champions and bitter European rivals Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage this year.

The Gunners will surely not be happy with the pairing in Group F, considering the fact that they have been ousted of the European top tier competition by the side on two occasions in the recent past.

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Man United star speaks of his disappointment amidst Champions League qualification

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Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney has revealed that the Red Devils were thoroughly disappointed after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season, having finished 7th in the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season.

The Englishman, who scored a hattrick during his side’s 4-0 win over Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League playoffs tie, was quoted telling reporters after the game: “It was a big disappointment last year, not to challenge in the Champions League... It’s nice to be back in it.”

 

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Van Gaal hails club hero after scintillating performance

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal certainly seemed proud of his star forward Wayne Rooney, with the way the Englishman ended his 10 match goal drought with a hattrick during his side’s 4-0 win over Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League playoffs tie.

The Dutchman admitted that the goals will certainly provide the highly rated Englishman with immense confidence, just the way it is with every other player.

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