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Atletico Madrid ease past Real Sociedad

Atletico Madrid kept up the pressure on top two Barcelona and Real Madrid with a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Vicente Calderon.

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Mathieu's header sinks Celta Vigo

Jeremy Mathieu scored a late headed goal to give Barcelona all three points from a testing encounter at Celta Vigo.

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Valencia frustrated by Villarreal

Red-hot Valencia were frustrated in their bid to reclaim third spot back off Atletico Madrid as they were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Villarreal.

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Real Madrid hammer nine past Granada

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in a five-goal individual haul as Real Madrid thrashed Primera Division strugglers Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

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Sevilla with a sixth straight win

First half goals from Aleix Vidal and Carlos Bacca earned Sevilla a sixth straight win in all competitions as they saw off Athletic Bilbao 2-0.

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Atletico Madrid beat Cordoba

First half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez saw Atletico Madrid win 2-0 at bottom side Cordoba to record their first away win in over two months.

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Suarez strike beats Real Madrid

Luis Suarez's stunning second-half strike fired Barcelona to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid to move four points clear of their eternal rivals at the top of La Liga.

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Sevilla defeat Villarreal again

Sevilla made it two wins in four days over Villarreal as they won 2-0 at El Madrigal.

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Fernando Torres scores as Atletico Madrid beat Getafe

Atletico Madrid followed up their nail-biting penalty shootout win over Bayer Leverkusen by comfortably beating neighbours Getafe 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

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Valencia cruise at Elche to tighten grip on third in La Liga

Paco Alcacer scored his seventh league goal of the season as Valencia cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Elche and strengthen their grip on third place in the Primera Division.

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Bale nets a pair as Real Madrid ready for Clasico vs. Barcelona

Gareth Bale was back on the scoresheet as Real Madrid warmed up for next week's vital Clasico with a 2-0 win over Levante.

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Lionel Messi brace sees Barcelona past Eibar

Lionel Messi scored either side of half-time to give Barcelona a 2-0 win at struggling Eibar and ensure the Catalans stay top of the Primera Division the week before next Sunday's crunch match with eternal rivals Real Madrid.

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Atletico held to goalless draw

Atletico Madrid were unable to reclaim third place in the Primera Division after being held to a goalless draw at Espanyol, although Diego Simeone's side played the entire second half with 10 men.

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Valencia defeat Deportivo to overtake Atletico Madrid in La Liga table

Valencia move a step closer to Champions League football after battling to beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 at Mestalla.

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Altetico and Valencia share the points

A late headed goal from Shkodran Mustafi salvaged a 1-1 Primera Division draw for Valencia at the Vicente Calderon and further dented Atletico Madrid's title hopes.

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Lionel Messi hat trick sees Barcelona top of La Liga

Lionel Messi scored a record-breaking 24th Primera Division hat trick and Luis Suarez hit a brace as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at the Camp Nou to return to the top of the table in emphatic style.

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Real Madrid stumble to defeat at Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their Primera Division title bid as they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao thanks to a first-half header by Aritz Aduriz.

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Neymar and Suarez star as Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey final

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona advanced to the Copa del Rey final with a 3-1 win in their second leg at Villarreal.

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Real Madrid held to 1-1 draw with Villarreal

Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Villarreal to remain only two points ahead of rivals Barcelona in the Primera Division.

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Atletico Madrid's title hopes nearly finished off by 0-0 draw with Sevilla

Atletico Madrid's hopes of retaining the Primera Division title are all but gone after drawing 0-0 at Sevilla.

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Suarez lead Barcelona past Granada

Barcelona kept the pressure on league leaders Real Madrid after winning 3-1 at Granada without reaching top gear.

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Real Madrid go four points clear

Second-half goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Real Madrid a 2-0 win at struggling Elche that moved them four points clear at the top of the Primera Division.

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Real Sociedad win thriller against Sevilla

A last-minute winner from captain Xabi Prieto saw Real Sociedad win a seven-goal thriller against Sevilla 4-3 to pick up their first win in four matches.

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Barcelona shocked at home by Malaga

Barcelona's preparations for their Champions League clash with Manchester City were rocked as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home against Malaga.

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Antoine Griezmann's brace earns Atletico easy win over Almeria

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid claimed a comfortable 3-0 Primera Division win over Almeria on Saturday.

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Valencia beat Cordoba thanks to Piatti winner

Valencia tightened their grip on fourth place in the Primera Division standings by beating Cordoba 2-1 thanks to a late winner by Pablo Piatti.

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Messi bags hat-trick as Barcelona blast Levante

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his 300th Primera Division match as Barcelona thumped Levante 5-0 on Sunday.

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Celta Vigo shock Atletico Madrid

Celta Vigo stunned Atletico Madrid to bring the champions back down to earth after last week's demolition of Real Madrid, winning 2-0 at Balaidos thanks to two second-half goals.

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Valencia squeeze out win

Valencia moved back into the Primera Division top four after an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Getafe.

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Real Madrid see off Depor

Real Madrid took a small step to restoring their pride after last weekend's derby thrashing by beating Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 at the Bernabeu.

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Barcelona 3 - 1 Leganes

Barcelona beat Leganes with super-sub Lionel Messi to extend La Liga lead

Lionel Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a 3-1 win over a dogged Leganes side on Sunday, creating one goal and scoring another to keep the Catalans five points clear at the top of La Liga.

Real Madrid beat Sevilla to strengthen Champions League hopes
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Sevilla

Real Madrid beat Sevilla to strengthen Champions League hopes

Real Madrid midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric struck late to earn a 2-0 home win over Sevilla as Santiago Solari's stuttering side leapfrogged the Andalusians into third spot in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid bounce back with easy win over Huesca in La Liga
Huesca 0 - 3 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid bounce back with easy win over Huesca in La Liga

Atletico Madrid eased the pain of their midweek Copa del Rey exit to Girona by strolling to a 3-0 win at basement club Huesca on Saturday, moving to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Barcelona see off Levante, but Copa del Rey future still in doubt
Barcelona 3 - 0 Levante

Barcelona see off Levante, but Copa del Rey future still in doubt

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi were on target as the Copa del Rey holders thrashed Levante 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Thursday for a 4-2 aggregate win to reach the quarterfinals.

Real Madrid reach Copa del Rey quarters despite lacklustre loss to Leganes
Leganes 1 - 0 Real Madrid

Real Madrid reach Copa del Rey quarters despite lacklustre loss to Leganes

Real Madrid limped into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at Leganes with an another lacklustre performance yet still advancing 3-1 on aggregate.

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Betis 1 - 2 Real Madrid

Dani Ceballos rescues Real Madrid over Betis with late free kick goal

Injury-hit Real Madrid snatched a 2-1 victory at Real Betis on Sunday, earning their first La Liga win of the year thanks to a late free kick from Dani Ceballos to return to the top four.

Messi scores 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona beat Eibar to extend lead at top
Barcelona 3 - 0 Eibar

Messi scores 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona beat Eibar to extend lead at top

Luis Suarez scored twice while Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona re-opened a five-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid in La Liga with a 3-0 win over Eibar.

Bilbao's Inaki Williams strikes twice as Sevilla's hopes fade
Bilbao 2 - 0 Sevilla

Bilbao's Inaki Williams strikes twice as Sevilla's hopes fade

Sevilla's hopes of staying in the La Liga title race faded further with a 2-0 defeat on Sunday at struggling Athletic Bilbao, who boosted their chances of survival with two wonderful goals from Inaki Williams.

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Atletico Madrid 1 - 0 Levante

Griezmann strikes for fifth game in a row to give Atletico narrow win over Levante

Antoine Griezmann proved to be Atletico Madrid's decisive figure yet again as the Frenchman struck the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante on Sunday which kept Diego Simeone's side in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Levante take first-leg lead over Barcelona in Copa del Rey round of 16
Levante 2 - 1 Barcelona

Levante take first-leg lead over Barcelona in Copa del Rey round of 16

Barcelona's recent iron grip on the Copa del Rey came under threat as they lost 2-1 at Levante in their last-16 first-leg tie on Thursday after resting a host of first team regulars, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

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Real Madrid 3 - 0 Leganes

Vinicius Jr. has goal and assist in Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win against Leganes

Real Madrid pulled away from Leganes in the second half for a 3-0 win in their Copa del Rey first-leg tie on Wednesday.

Griezmann strikes again as Atletico held to Copa del Rey draw at Girona
Girona 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid

Griezmann strikes again as Atletico held to Copa del Rey draw at Girona

Atletico Madrid earned a 1-1 draw away to Girona in a chaotic and entertaining Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg match on Wednesday, leaving the tie finely balanced.

Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona increase La Liga lead to five points
Getafe 1 - 2 Barcelona

Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona increase La Liga lead to five points

Barcelona increased their lead atop La Liga to five points with a 2-1 victory at Getafe on Sunday.

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Real Madrid 0 - 2 Real Sociedad

Lucas Vazquez sent off as Real Madrid lose at home to Real Sociedad

Real Madrid's nightmarish start to the new year continued on Sunday with a shock 2-0 home defeat by struggling Real Sociedad which left the European champions sitting outside the top four in La Liga.

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Sevilla 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann special earns Atletico Madrid 1-1 draw at Sevilla

A stunning free kick goal from Antoine Griezmann earned Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in an entertaining game between La Liga's second and third-placed sides on Sunday which weakened both team' pursuit of leaders Barcelona.

Santi Cazorla double helps Villarreal hold Real Madrid in La Liga
Villarreal 2 - 2 Real Madrid

Santi Cazorla double helps Villarreal hold Real Madrid in La Liga

Real Madrid endured a frustrating start to the new year as they drew 2-2 at struggling Villarreal on Thursday and were left seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Ten-man Sevilla score late to snatch draw at Leganes
Leganes 1 - 1 Sevilla

Ten-man Sevilla score late to snatch draw at Leganes

A stoppage-time strike from Wissam Ben Yedder allowed 10-man Sevilla to avoid an embarrassing defeat to lowly Leganes on Sunday as they snatched a 1-1 draw but still lost ground in their chase of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Messi, Dembele strike as Barcelona ease past Celta Vigo
Barcelona 2 - 0 Celta Vigo

Messi, Dembele strike as Barcelona ease past Celta Vigo

La Liga champions Barcelona ensured they will end the year sitting top of the table by strolling to a comfortable 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, inspired by another superb display from Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi scores hat trick as Barca top Levante and remain top of La Liga table
Levante 0 - 5 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scores hat trick as Barca top Levante and remain top of La Liga table

Lionel Messi netted his first hat trick of the La Liga season and provided two assists in yet another sensational individual display as a rampant Barcelona won 5-0 at Levante to strengthen their lead at the top of the table on Sunday.

Sevilla put pressure on leaders Barcelona with win over Girona
Sevilla 2 - 0 Girona

Sevilla put pressure on leaders Barcelona with win over Girona

Sevilla overcame a dangerous Girona side to win 2-0 at home in an entertaining game on Sunday, climbing up to second place in La Liga to breathe down the necks of leaders Barcelona.

Karim Benzema nets early winner as Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano
Real Madrid 1 - 0 Rayo Vallecano

Karim Benzema nets early winner as Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano

Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game after 13 minutes as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Late Griezmann strike ends Atletico's away day hoodoo
Real Valladolid 2 - 3 Atletico Madrid

Late Griezmann strike ends Atletico's away day hoodoo

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann struck the decisive goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday, after they had thrown away a two-goal lead, taking them level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Gareth Bale grabs winner as Real Madrid beat Huesca to go fourth
Huesca 0 - 1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale grabs winner as Real Madrid beat Huesca to go fourth

Gareth Bale scored an early winner as Real Madrid won 1-0 away to a spirited Huesca and moved up to fourth in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid move into second with 3-0 win over Alaves
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Alaves

Atletico Madrid move into second with 3-0 win over Alaves

Atletico Madrid moved into provisional second place in La Liga with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed Alaves on Saturday to join leaders Barcelona on 28 points.

Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona thrash Espanyol in Catalan derby
Espanyol 0 - 4 Barcelona

Lionel Messi shines as Barcelona thrash Espanyol in Catalan derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr. scores first senior goal in Copa thrashing of Melilla
Real Madrid 6-1 Melilla

Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr. scores first senior goal in Copa thrashing of Melilla

Real Madrid trounced third division side Melilla 6-1 in a Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg on Thursday, completing a 10-1 aggregate victory, to ease into the round of 16 of the competition.

Denis Suarez brace fires Barcelona into Copa del Rey round of 16
Barcelona 4 - 1 Cultural Leonesa

Denis Suarez brace fires Barcelona into Copa del Rey round of 16

Denis Suarez struck twice for Copa del Rey holders Barcelona as they thrashed Cultural Leonesa 4-1 on Wednesday to progress to the round of 16 with a 5-1 aggregate victory.

Atletico Madrid beat Sant Andreu to reach Copa del Rey round of 16
Atletico Madrid 4 - 0 Sant Andreu

Atletico Madrid beat Sant Andreu to reach Copa del Rey round of 16

A second-half salvo from Atletico Madrid helped them sweep past Sant Andreu 4-0 on Wednesday and into the Copa del Rey round of 16 5-0 on aggregate.

Pique and Alena lead the way as Barcelona see off Villarreal
Barcelona 2 - 0 Villarreal

Pique and Alena lead the way as Barcelona see off Villarreal

Champions Barcelona overcame a dogged Villarreal side to win 2-0 at home on Sunday, with goals from stalwart defender Gerard Pique and youngster Carles Alena, to provisionally return to the top of La Liga.

Atletico Madrid salvage draw at Girona with late own goal
Girona 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid salvage draw at Girona with late own goal

Atletico Madrid's La Liga title ambitions suffered a setback on Sunday as they drew 1-1 away at Girona, only averting a first league defeat since September thanks to a late own goal by Jonas Ramalho.