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Villarreal suspend Semedo after attempted murder allegation


Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo VILLARREAL HAVE SUSPENDED Ruben Semedo following allegations made against the player by a Spanish court, including attempted murder. The 23-year-old was remanded in custody without bail on Thursday after facing a number of charges by a court in Lliria, which also included “illegal detention, illegal possession of weapons and robbery with violence”. ...

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Real Madrid fight back to win without Cristiano Ronaldo


Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (file pic), Image: Francisco Seco Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (file pic), Image: Francisco Seco CRISTIANO RONALDO WAS rested as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes on Wednesday and move back up to third place in La Liga. Unai Bustinza had put Leganes in front at Butarque, raising hopes that the home side ...

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Villarreal player arrested after alleged victim claims he was 'tied up, beaten and held'


Villarreal CF’s Ruben Semedo (file pic). Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Villarreal CF’s Ruben Semedo (file pic). Image: SIPA USA/PA Images VILLARREAL’S PORTUGUESE DFEFENDER Ruben Semedo was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of holding somebody against their will and causing injury, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Semedo, 23, was taken into custody after being arrested at his home ...

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Rakitic: You wouldn't see Messi in the gym much


IVAN RAKITIC SAYS Barcelona star Lionel Messi works at “100 per cent” in training but spends little time in the gym. Messi, 30, has played every match for Barca this season apart from the first three rounds of the Copa del Rey, scoring 27 goals in the process. Head coach Ernesto Valverde has sought to give Messi some rest at key ...

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Ronaldo on target as Real Madrid win eight-goal thriller


Image: AP/PA Images Image: AP/PA Images MARCO ASENSIO SCORED twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid kept up the feel-good factor with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday night. Madrid had been 2-1 down at half-time in a fantastic game at the Benito Villamarin, but they came roaring back in the ...

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Valverde defends decision to drop Coutinho as Barca equal club record


BARCELONA HEAD COACH Ernesto Valverde said Philippe Coutinho was benched for the good of the team in last night’s victory at Eibar. Despite being ineligible for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Chelsea following his arrival from fellow last-16 participants Liverpool, Coutinho was dropped for Barca’s 2-0 win. Coutinho – a €160 million signing last month – started the goalless draw ...

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Valverde equals Guardiola as Barcelona match best-ever Liga run


BARCELONA COACH ERNESTOValverde matched a record set by Pep Guardiola at the Catalan club as they extended their unbeaten Liga run on Saturday at Eibar’s expense. Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba saw Barca past the hosts in a 2-0 victory, although the table-toppers were made to work hard throughout by their opponents. That win puts the Blaugrana 10 ...

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Ronaldo on the double from the penalty spot as Madrid put four goals past Valencia


Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Valencia Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Valencia TWO PENALTIES FROM Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday and eased the pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane. The 32-year-old scored the 100th and 101st spot-kicks of his senior career to give the champions a first LaLiga win in four trips to Mestalla, ...

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'We weren't even allowed swap jerseys!' – when Shelbourne battled Barcelona at the Nou Camp


Shelbourne captain Theo Dunne (right) exchanges pennants with Barcelona captain Sígfrid Gracia. Shelbourne captain Theo Dunne (right) exchanges pennants with Barcelona captain Sígfrid Gracia. A COFFIN STOOD stiff and isolated in the bowels of the Nou Camp as 11 Irishmen shuffled past in quiet disbelief. On their way through the famous corridors on a mild October evening en route to ...

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'He told us nothing. If he had done, PSG would have been able to buy him for less money'


PSG star Neymar (file pic). PSG star Neymar (file pic). NEYMAR PLAYED A game of cat and mouse with Barcelona before joining Paris Saint-Germain to become the world’s most expensive footballer, according to the Spanish club’s vice-president Jordi Mestre. PSG paid up the €222million release clause in the Brazilian’s contract in August to break up the Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar partnership ...

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