Atletico Madrid’s Koke (second from left) heads home his side’s winning goal past Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz  during the La Liga game at  San Mames stadium in Bilbao. Photograph: Alfredo Aldai/EPA

La Liga round-up: Atletico Madrid moved a step closer to an unlikely Spanish titl(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar shows his frustration during the La Liga defeat to   Valladolid at Jose Zorilla stadium. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino needs to find a quick fix for whatever is ailing his team or his first season in charge at the Nou Camp is lik(...)

Gareth Bale  celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s second goal with team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa during the La Liga match against Elche  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Spanish round -up: Real Madrid stormed three points clear at the top of La Liga after they beat Elche 3-0 on Saturday and Barcelona (...)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone on the sideline  during his side’s meeting with Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon   stadium. Photograph: Alberto Martin/EPA

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were satisfied with a share of the spoils after they cancelled each other out in an intense 0-0 draw on Saturday that m(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Getafe last night

Atletico Madrid can banish any lingering doubts about their title credentials when they host Barcelona on Saturday but will have to subdue a resurgent(...)

 Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona after two months out with a thigh injury. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi will be “like a bull” when he returns after almost two months out with a thigh injury, his Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas predicted a(...)

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with his Barcelona teammate Neymar after scoring his team’s third goal. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

An under-strength Barcelona side consolidated top spot in the Primera Division on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada at th(...)

 Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona’s away to  Almeria before going off injured.  Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta concedes losing Lionel Messi for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Celtic is a blow but has pointed(...)

 Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi  hold their son Thiago Messi prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona face a defensive crisis ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Celtic after Javier Mascherano was ruled out for “10 to 15 days” with(...)

 Gerardo ’Tata’ Martino attends a news conference at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona’s new coach Gerardo Martino has made it clear he is counting on Cesc Fabregas for next season and does not want the midfielder to accept an (...)

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