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Champions League Semi-final Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

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Defending champions Real Madrid entertain Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium here on Tuesday night. The game sees last season's finalists go head-to-head again with Atletico out for revenge for the painful defeat they suffered in the penalty shootout, which came just two years after Sergio Ramos scored a late equaliser against them in the 2014 final, which Real went on to win in injury time.

The first leg comes less than a month after the 1-1 draw between the two neighbours in the La Liga, which would be a good result for Atletico if it were repeated on Tuesday night.


Ligue 1: Balotelli scores as Nice stun 9-man PSG

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Third-placed Nice won 3-1 at home to move within three points of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a possibly decisive result in the battle for the French football league title.

PSG are currently in second place in the Ligue 1 standings with 80 points from 35 matches, three behind league leaders Monaco who have a game in hand. Nice were trailing PSG by six points before the clash at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on Sunday night. After Sunday's victory, Nice are in the running for a spot in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League next season.


Serie A: Roma beat Lazio 3-1 in Rome derby

Roma stumbled on Sunday in week 34 of Serie A football action and suffered a 1-3 defeat against arch-rival Lazio in the Italian capital's "Derby Capitolino" at the Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio's Keita Balde scored ahead with a goal 12 minutes into the match, before Daniele De Rossi levelled for Roma with a penalty kick before the referee blew his whistle ending the first half.


Ligue 1: Mbappe on form as Monaco beat Toulouse 3-1

Kylian Mbappe earned leaders Monaco a strong comeback in their 3-1 home win against Toulouse, moving a step further towards their first Ligue 1 title since 2000, while bottom-ranked Bastia bagged three points from their 1-0 victory over Rennes.

Monaco, coming back from midweek's 0-5 French Cup semifinals loss to Paris Saint-Germain with many stars rested, on Saturday changed their normal starting XI at a crucial stage in chasing their first league trophy over the past 17 years.


La Liga Round-up: Barca, Real and Atletico all win

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid maintained their neck and neck race to the top of the Liga Santander with both sides claiming important wins, though in different style.

Barcelona had to endure a tough first 45 minutes on Saturday in their match with Espanyol, but took the lead five minutes after the break when Luis Suarez latched onto a loose backpass to score his first goal in six games.


Bayern Munich wrap up fifth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich sealed the Bundesliga title for a fifth consecutive season after thrashing Wolfsburg 6-0 at the Volkswagen Arena. Bayern's win on Saturday opened up an unassailable 10-point lead over Leipzig at the top of the table with only three matches left.

After last week's disappointment of elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid and losing to Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semifinal, Bayern had only the Bundesliga title left to play for this season.


Bundesliga: Schalke hammer Leverkusen 4-1

Guido Burgstaller's brace helped FC Schalke 04 upset Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 in their German football league match at the Bay Arena Stadium.

Schalke have now jumped from the 11th to the eighth place for the moment whereas Leverkusen remain at the 12th place in the German top division standings.


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