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Barcelona will host Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia on Wednesday night. Photograph: Albert Gea/Inpho

Barcelona host El Clasico rivals Real Madrid as the pair meet at the Nou Camp in the opening leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday. The b(...)

 Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring  Villarreal’s opening goal during the La Liga match against  Real Madrid  at Estadio de la Ceramica. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2 Real Madrid endured a frustrating start to the new year as they drew 2-2 at struggling Villarreal on Thursday and were lef(...)

 Gareth Bale completes his hat-trick.  Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Gareth Bale scored a sensational 11-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid began their quest for a third successive Club World Cup by beating Kashima Antlers(...)

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at the Aviva press conference. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Nobody covers the Irish team for many years without developing a thick protective outer shell of cynicism: I have been hurt too many times to be taken(...)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui watches his side lose to Levante at the Bernabeu on Saturday. Photo: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

They’d been there for a while when the call came through to tell them they were standing in the wrong place. Raphaël Varane’s handball had actually be(...)

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie in action against  Harry Wilson of Wales during the Uefa Nations League game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The post mortem on Saturday’s game didn’t exactly help the positivity levels ahead of the latest instalment of our Nations League adventure, the gener(...)

Callum Robinson (centre) talks to Cyrus Christie (left) and Derrick Williams as the Ireland players walk the pitch after arriving at the Aviva stadium ahead of Nations League game against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has made two changes for Tuesday night’s Nations League game against Wales, with Callum Robinson and Aiden (...)

Richard Keogh: “If we play with intensity and at our best, we know we are a good team.” Photograph: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Wales, it sometimes seemed over the last 18 months, might have gone a long way towards ending Richard Keogh’s international career with their last vis(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and injured Callum O’Dowda watch the squad train ahead of their Nations League match against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill admits that his side need to do better against Wales tonight but there was little enough in his pre-match press conference on Monday to(...)

 Ryan Giggs looks on as his team train during in Cardiff on Monday. Photoraph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It might take a little while longer for it to become completely clear just how this Nations League is really regarded. Ryan Giggs’ admission, however,(...)

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