Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Atletico Madrid’s midfielders Mario Suarez and Koke during the Champions League quarter final first leg draw. Photo: Javier Soriano/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0 Real Madrid’s search for La Undécima remains intact after a taut, niggly, claustrophobic goalless draw at the V(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads in their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24th, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

They say the word “underdog” originated some time in the mid-19th century, which was well before Atletico Madrid were founded by three lonely Basques (...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  shoots to score a goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp  in Barcelona. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

La Liga round-up: Luis Suarez struck twice to help fire La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 4-0 home victory over struggling Almeria on Wednesday that main(...)

Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates his goal with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema during the 9-1 win over Granada FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photp: gerard Julien/AFP

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has a foot problem and could miss Wednesday’s La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano when Real will look to keep up the pressur(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his five  goals in the La Liga Primera Division match   against Granada  at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 9 Granada 1Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid’s drubbing of sec(...)

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

Gareth Bale scores his second and Wales’ third goal in the Euro 2016 Group B qualifier against Israel in Haifa. Photograph:   Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Israel 0 Wales 3Gareth Bale turned on the style as Wales took a huge step towards qualifying for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Israel (...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Holders Real Madrid will play city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarter finals in a repeat of last year’s final which Real won 4-1. Photograph: Getty 2:15

The defending champions Real Madrid have been drawn to face city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in a repeat of last yea(...)

Real Madrid’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti has been under pressure following a run of poor results. Photograph: AFP.

The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, insisted that the coach Carlo Ancelotti will continue at the club “whatever happens” but avoided saying (...)