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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane using a towel to dry his head during a Spanish league  match  against Real Betis at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium on the outskirts of Madrid. Photograph:  Gabriel bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Don’t mix and sport and politics, they say, but sport and politics do mix. Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the past few days fearing that when they bo(...)

 Karim Benzema scores  Real Madrid’s equaliser during the Champions League semi-final, first leg match against Chelsea at  Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano  in Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid 1 Chelsea 1 Chelsea took a step towards the third Champions League final in their history but it could have been more than half way to Is(...)

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid meet Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty/AFP

Zinedine Zidane has insisted he has no need to issue a public defence of under-fire Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Perez spearheaded the fai(...)

Real Madrid head coach  Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

At the climax of the hypnotic film made about Zinedine Zidane in 2005, which followed him, and him alone, through the course of a Real Madrid league m(...)

James Milner of Liverpool is fouled  by Casemiro of Real Madrid during the  Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Anfield. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real win 3-1 on agg) The Anfield factor was not the vital ingredient that Liverpool ultimately missed most in their attemp(...)

 Florentino Perez, the only candidate for the club’s presidency, was reelected for a sixth term. Photograph: Getty Images

Florentino Perez has been re-elected as Real Madrid president for a sixth term. Perez, 74, was unopposed in the election, which was called last week (...)

Toni Kroos was dominant as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

With 35 minutes gone at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano, Toni Kroos was yet to misplace a pass, or indeed, break into a jog. He looked fresh. He looked(...)

 Real Madrid’s striker Vinicius Jr celebrates after scoring his side’s third  goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA

Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 There is no anger left from 2018, Jürgen Klopp insisted, but there must be from this match. Some things have changed since (...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: PA

Manchester City 2 Real Madrid 1 (Man City win 4-2 on aggregate) Manchester City were relentless in a dazzling performance of shock-and-awe attacking (...)

 Real Madrid’s players celebrate with their manager Zinedine Zidane at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium. Photograph:  Getty Images

Just before 11pm on Thursday night, two months after the title race was supposed to finish and a few seconds after it actually had, two men working fo(...)

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