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Real Madrid vs Alaves: Zidane looks for fifth successive win to close gap on rivals Atletico

Having taken maximum points from their game in hand against Leganes on Wednesday, Real Madrid now cast their plans onto Saturday’s clash against Alaves as they look to close the seven point gap on second place rivals Atletico Madrid. While Los Blancos have to rely on Diego Simone’s side to slip up, they can take great confidence from their recent form. They head into Saturday’s clash off the back of four successive wins and with the opportunity of making it five, Zidane is expected to field a full strength side….

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La Liga Goal of Round 24: Munir El Haddadi vs Deportivo

Munir El Haddadi’s strike against Deportivo La Coruna for Alaves is our pick of the goals from Round 24. Depor produced an improved attacking performance, but it was not enough to stem their poor run of results against an Alavés side who are now unbeaten in their last nine home matches. Deportivo came fractionally close to scoring an opening goal, but Zakaria Bakkali’s curled effort struck the post after Adrián López had sprinted clear on the counter-attack. Bakkali had another opportunity to put the relegation strugglers ahead, but the Belgian’s shot…

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Who were the Hits & Flops of Round 24 in La Liga?

Taking a look at the Hits & Flops of Round 24 in La Liga, which highlights the performance of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, who helped Real Madrid to a 5-3 win over Real Betis. HITS: Marco Asensio & Lucas Vazquez Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema – it seems Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has himself to new heroes in the shape of Spanish youngsters Asensio and Vazquez. Whilst Ronaldo and Benzema were both on the score-sheet, it was Asensio who also grabbed the headlines with an…

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Alaves 1-0 Deportivo: Munir magic wins it for Basque side

Munir El Haddadi scored a superb long-range goal to give Alavés a narrow victory over Deportivo, and condemn the Galicians to two consecutive 1-0 defeats under recently appointed boss Clarence Seedorf. The visitors produced an improved attacking performance, but it was not enough to stem their poor run of results against an Alavés side who are now unbeaten in their last nine home matches. Deportivo came fractionally close to scoring an opening goal, but Zakaria Bakkali’s curled effort struck the post after Adrián López had sprinted clear on the counter-attack….

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Villarreal 1-2 Alaves: Ibai Gomez strike enough for improving visitors

Ibai Gomez’ strike ensured Alaves beat Villarreal 2-1 on Saturday to gain three points. The visitors were seeking to continue their impressive form of late, having been guided to a good improvement by former Barcelona defender Aberlardo, who was appointed in December. And, they did after a superb performance against Javi Calleja’s side, who missed the opportunity to put pressure on fourth place Real Madrid. Alaves went in front six minutes before half time when Alfonso Pedraza drove the ball into the box and defender Rodrigo Ely headed home. The…

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Alaves 2-1 Celta Vigo: Late Aspas strike not enough for Galician visitors

Iago Aspas scored a late penalty for Celta Vigo, but it wasn’t enough as Alaves proved worthy winners in a 2-1 win. Visitors Celta may have completely dominated the ball at the Estadio Mendizorroza but they ended up on the losing side after a resilient home performance. The Basque side scored both of their goals early on as the busty Alfonso Pedraza found space at the back post and forced the opener in the fourth minute. Ibai Gomez crossed for former Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi, who would give the…

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La Liga January Transfer Window Round Up

With the January transfer window coming to a close on Wednesday with some fantastic signings for some of the 20 La Liga clubs with many players departing as well. I take a closer look at what has happened in the past month. The biggest deal of the window was of course Philippe Coutinho’s long awaited move from Liverpool to Barcelona with the Brazilian joining for 120 million euros. Coutinho was one of two players to sign on at the Camp Nou with defender Yerry Mina joining from Palmeiras for 11.8…

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Wakaso set to switch Alaves with Getafe

Getafe are set to complete a deal for Alaves midfielder Wakaso, according to reports in Spanish press. The 27-year-old has featured 12 times for Alaves this season and has largely impressed, producing a combative performance against Barcelona in the narrow 2-1 defeat last weekend. Having joined the Basque club last summer, it now seems that his stint at the Mendizorrrotza is over after COPE journalist Gemma Santos claimed a deal was expected to be completed later on Wednesday. Madrid based club Getafe are in good form this season and want…

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Barcelona 2-1 Alaves: Messi produces sublime moment to seal hard fought win

Lionel Messi scored a superb free-kick to save Barcelona’s unbeaten league record, beating Alaves 2-1 on Sunday evening. Former Manchester City forward John Guidetti has made quite the impression for Alaves since arriving on a six month loan from La Liga rivals Celta Vigo and it was his goal inside the opening 45 minutes that made Barca work hard for their three points. Guidetti found space after a good counter attack and his effort wrong footed Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who had previously denied the Swedish striker. Barca, who had 73%…

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Super Leganes send Real crashing out – Copa del Rey Round Up

Leganes made it to their first ever Copa del Rey semi final as they stunned Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Marco Asensio’s late goal in the first leg had given Los Blancos the advantage heading into the second leg across the city with Real widely tipped to complete the job at home. However it was the visitors who stunned the home fans by taking the lead towards the end of the first half. Achraf Hakimi’s ball into Nacho Fernandez was poor causing the centre back to slip and allowing Javeir…

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