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First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.

Atletico seek reaction as La Liga contenders go head-to-head

First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.
Nigeria winger, Samuel Chukwueze, just went through a successful surgery in Germany to remove a troublesome groin issue, his Spanish club, Villarreal confirmed.

Villarreal confirm Samuel Chukwueze’s successful surgery in Munich

Nigeria winger, Samuel Chukwueze, just went through a successful surgery in Germany to remove a troublesome groin issue, his Spanish club, Villarreal, confirmed.
Barcelona were far from their best against Elche but emerged with a narrow victory from a largely uneventful affair, thanks to the inspiration of Frenkie de Jong.

Frenkie de Jong fires Barcelona past Elche

Francisco Trincão did come close twice late on to his first goal for the club only to be denied by some smart goalkeeping but they did get the second they needed when Riqui Puig came off the bench to head home after brilliant build-up play from De Jong.
Lionel Messi saw red - quite literally - during the latter stages of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona fail with Lionel Messi ban appeal

The referee’s decision has, however, been upheld, meaning that Messi will miss Barça’s next game. He already served the first game of his suspension in midweek.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been suspended for two games after the first red card of his club career on Sunday.

Barcelona to appeal Lionel Messi’s lenient two-game ban

It had been expected that he would be banned for four games after being sent off against Athletic Club in the Supercopa de España for an altercation with Asier Villalibre.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey after a shock 1-0 defeat away to third division side Cornella on Wednesday.

Atletico dumped out of Copa del Rey by third-division Cornella

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday after suffering a shock second-round 1-0 defeat by third-division Cornella.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he and his players had got it wrong after his side were resoundingly beaten 2-0 by title rivals Real Madrid in Saturday’s derby in La Liga.

Diego Simeone hints at Atletico exit at end of season after shock Copa loss

Diego Simeone hinted at the idea he could leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season after their awful Copa del Rey defeat to third-tier Cornella.
Real Madrid beat an in-form Celta Vigo 2-0 at home on Saturday, thanks to a goal and assist apiece from Spanish pair Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.

Real Madrid see off Celta Vigo to return to La Liga summit

Real Madrid beat an in-form Celta Vigo 2-0 at home on Saturday, thanks to a goal and assist apiece from Spanish pair Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 at Elche and finish the year in second place.

Real Madrid slip at Elche

Zinedine Zidane's Madrid knew that whatever happened in the late fixture they would trail Atletico going into the new year, but they looked on course for a routine win at struggling Elche when Modric opened the scoring in the 20th minute.
Eden Hazard will make his comeback from injury as Real Madrid face Elche on Wednesday, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

Zinedine Zidane: Eden Hazard to return from injury for Real Madrid against Elche

Hazard only managed 22 appearances last season and, while there have been flashes of brilliance, the 29-year-old has failed to replicate the form which earned him his €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea in 2019.
Jean-Pierre Papin has lauded Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as the best of his generation.

Jean-Pierre Papin: Karim Benzema is the best striker of his generation

The Frenchman has found the net 261 times in 531 appearances for the Blancos, winning 18 trophies including three La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
Atletico Madrid have offered Diego Costa to a number of clubs, with teams in England, Italy, France and Turkey given the chance to snap up the fiery frontman.

Diego Costa asks to leave Atletico Madrid in January transfer window

Diego Costa has informed Atletico Madrid of his desire to leave the club in the January transfer window, Goal can confirm.
Real Madrid have confirmed forward Rodrygo damaged a hamstring against Granada, and reports suggest he could be sidelined for three months.

Real Madrid confirm Rodrygo injury

"Following tests carried out on our player Rodrygo by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury affecting the tendon in his right biceps femoris hamstring muscle,” the statement on the club’s official website read.
Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez was back among the goals to help his side to a 3-1 win at home to Elche on Saturday, taking them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Diego Costa calls Luis Suarez a ‘b******’ after brace in Atletico win

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has playfully described Luis Suarez as a ‘b******’ after his team-mate broke his goalless run on the same day as his fellow forward returned from injury.
Luis Suarez scored twice as LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid secured a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Elche.

Luis Suarez double gets Atletico Madrid back on track

Luis Suarez scored twice as LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid secured a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Elche.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have announced that goalkeeper Ivo Grbic has tested positive for coronavirus just two days after making his debut appearance for the side in the Copa del Rey win over Cardassar.

Atletico Madrid keeper contracts coronavirus

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have announced that goalkeeper Ivo Grbic has tested positive for coronavirus just two days after making his debut appearance for the side in the Copa del Rey win over Cardassar.
Several clubs are after Fernando Llorente. The latest team to join the race to sign him is Sampdoria, 'Tuttosport' says.

Sampdoria join fight to sign Fernando Llorente

Several clubs are after Fernando Llorente. The latest team to join the race to sign him is Sampdoria, 'Tuttosport' says.
Spanish premiere Liga has celebrated Samuel Chukwueze’s first league goal of the season for Villarreal.

Samuel Chukwueze in action as Villarreal hold Elche

Samuel Chukwueze was on parade for Villarreal in their 0-0 draw against Elche in Sunday’s La Liga game at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Spanish premiere Liga has celebrated Samuel Chukwueze’s first league goal of the season for Villarreal.

Samuel Chukwueze fires Villarreal past Sivasspor

Samuel Chukwueze scored the only goal of the game as Villarreal defeated Sivasspor 1-0 away in the Europa League on Thursday.
Spanish premiere Liga has celebrated Samuel Chukwueze’s first league goal of the season for Villarreal.

Villarreal boss demands more from Samuel Chukwueze

Villareal manager Unai Emery has urged Samuel Chukwueze to improve his game so as to fulfill his huge potential for the club.
Erling Braut Haaland hit a 17-minute hat-trick and finished with four goals as Borussia Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners at Hertha Berlin to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Erling Haaland hits four as Borussia Dortmund crush Hertha Berlin

Erling Braut Haaland hit a 17-minute hat-trick and finished with four goals as Borussia Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners at Hertha Berlin to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Munuera Montero to referee Atletico vs Barca

José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

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