Luis Suarez scores Barcelona’s second. (Photograph: b David Ramos/Getty Images)

A stunning goal from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a crucial victory as Luis Enrique’s side established a four-point lead over their bitter rivals at (...)

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(...)

Manchester City’s Joe Hart saves from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Lionel Messi called Joe Hart’s performance “phenomenal” after the Manchester City goalkeeper prevented defeat becoming humiliation against Barcelona o(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed mouthing ’disgrace’ during Real Madrid’s defeat to Schalke. Photograph: Dani Pozodani/Getty Images

Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by anoth(...)

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF scores their third goal against  Schalke 04. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Shalke 4 (Madrid win 5-4 on aggregate) Real Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That is not news; w(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Rayo Vallecano at  the Camp Nou. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona will do everything they can to keep Lionel Messi at Camp Nou but accept they may not be able to match an offer from a bigger-spending club s(...)

A good reason to get shirtyYesterday, as you no doubt know, was International Women’s Day, and Indonesian company Salvo Sports Apparel spent a good ch(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his second and Barcelona’s fourth goal with team-mate Luis Suarez  during the La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano  at Camp Nou. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 6 Rayo Vallecano 1 Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top sp(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi misses the target with a diving header from his penalty rebound against Manchester City during their Champions League  tie at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

There was a moment in the first half here, midway through a period of almost dreamy Barcelona superiority, when Manchester City might have considered (...)

 Luis Suarez  scores the opening goal past Joe Hart. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that numbing feeling that, if anything, the gulf has wid(...)