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The Real Madrid striker could retire at the end of the season or join the Welsh club in the championship

Gareth Bales' contract with Real Madrid expires this summer and he will leave the club. The Wales forward would like to play for his country at this year's World Cup but could give up if he fails to qualify. Bale could consider moving to the Premier League or championship club if Wales make it to the final (Author: Gardener)

the end of the seasonGareth Bale is considering retiring this summer if Wales fail to qualify for this year's World Cup but could consider joining a championship club if he helps his country reach the tournament in Qatar. Wales face a play-off against Austria in Cardiff in March and if they win they will face either Scotland or Ukraine for a place in the finals. Wales have not qualified for the World Cup since 1958 and Bale wants to represent his country in the tournament before the end of his career. However, should Wales fail in the play-offs, Bale, whose contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season, could retire. However, if Wales hits their first World Cup in 64 years, Bale could consider signing a short-term deal with a Premier League or championship team to ensure he is ready for the tournament. Bale moved from Tottenham to Real in 2013 for what was then a world record sum and won four Champions League and two La Liga titles in the Spanish capital. Under Carlo Ancelotti, Bale has only made three appearances for Real this season. He has always claimed that he will stay with Real Madrid until the end of his contract, even if he may not play regularly. "David Ornstein wrote something about it in The Athletic today and it ties in with some of the information we had, namely that Bale is focused on Wales and the World Cup this year. 'I think if Wales qualify for the World Cup" Cup, then he will be out of a club in the summer because his contract with Real Madrid expires. I think he will then try to sign a short-term contract with a club in the Premier League or the championship. that it could be a club in Wales in the championship that he is signing a short-term deal with. "Bale will simply retire from football when his contract expires in the summer because he thinks he has achieved everything he has set out to play and if he won't be able to play with Wales at the World Cup he will retire Keep up to date with the latest transfer news and rumors with our dedicated Transfer Center blog on Sky Sports digital platforms. You can also catch up on the latest news and analysis from Sky Sports News.

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Real Madrid injury, blacklist vs. Valencia

Sports Mole rounds up all the news on Real Madrid's injuries and suspensions ahead of the La Liga clash against Valencia. (Author: Gardener)

ValenciaHowever, the capital giants managed to return to winning ways in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday when they recorded a 3-1 win over Alcoyano and reached the round of 16. Here Sports Mole sums up all Real Madrid's injuries and bans news before the clash with Valencia, which is currently ninth in the table. Dani Carvajal was absent from Alcoyano with a muscle problem last time out and the defender will also miss Real Madrid's third game in 2022. Mariano Diaz will be on the sidelines because of his hamstring injury sustained during the game in the Copa del Rey win over Alcoyano last time. Luka Jovic was absent against Alcoyano because of a positive coronavirus test, the Serbian international will not be available for this game either. Gareth Bale was absent again on Wednesday against Alcoyano for fitness reasons, and the Welsh international is also not in the squad against Valencia.

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Real Madrid beat Valencia and extended their lead in LaLiga

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored two goals each Carlo Ancelotti's man was eight points ahead of Sevilla at the top of the LaLiga. (Author: Gardener)

LaLigaKarim Benzema scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid but Vinicius stole the show again with a brilliant runner-up in the 4-1 win for the Valencia league leaders. Vincius was back after a coronavirus positive and he was the brightest for Real Madrid, who lit the Bernabeu with their 13th goal of the season in the 53rd minute. He traded passes with Karim Benzema in the Valencia area and managed to nudge the ball in one direction and pass BOTH Valencia center-backs in the other, who were picking him up on the other side to score a goal. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior both scored braces in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Valencia Omar Alderete and Mouctar Diakhaby couldn't stop him and it took the wind out of the sails for Valencia as they wanted to return to the game after a controversial first half Punishment that provoked a tweet from the club declaring the decision a "robbery". The questionable penalty came to life at the end of the first half by Luka Modric. Marco Asensio managed a brilliant pass but shot straight at Cillessen. The Frenchman has now scored 300 goals for Real Madrid in 13 seasons at Real Madrid. Kick in Cillenssen's upper left corner after Alderete kicked Casemiro and sent him down, leaving Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez to point. Benzema's goal scored 300 goals in 584 games in 13 seasons for Real Madrid. Benzema passed the ball to Asensio and when his shot was blocked, Vinicius converted. Valencia fought on and Courtois had to make a big save from Daniel Wass, who left his shot behind from a distance. Courtois parried the free kick but the Portuguese striker headed the rebound. Courtois was busy again watching a shot from Wass narrowly miss the goal and then parry in front of Manu Vallejo. But Madrid and Benzema had the last word on a left-side move that ended with substitute Dani Ceballos playing at Mendy, who crossed for the French to score his second goal of the evening and his 301st for Madrid .

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Kessie "in talks about joining Real Madrid when his Milan contract expires"

According to El Nacional, Real Madrid are the favorite for him after club president Florentino Perez sent representatives to Milan to finalize a pre-contractual agreement with the 25-year-old. (Author: Gardener)

MilanAC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is reportedly in talks with Real Madrid to join Real Madrid once his contract expires this summer - a major blow to Tottenham and Liverpool. Kessie will be out of contract in June and Milan have so far failed to convince him to extend his tenure at the San Siro, which means he can now sign a pre-contract with a foreign club. But according to Spanish news agency El Nacional, Real Madrid are now the favorites after Los Blancos' president Florentino Perez sent representatives to Milan to conclude a pre-contractual agreement with the 25-year-old. Kessie, who was named to the Ivory Coast squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, earns around £ 1.8m a year and has also been linked with Barcelona, ​​who are reportedly monitoring the situation. Real President Florentino Perez (right) sent representatives to Milan to conclude a pre-contractual agreement with Kessie. According to reports in Spain, Spurs were even ready to switch for Kessie this month by offering Milan a direct swap deal that sent Tanguy Ndombele the other way. According to Il Corriere della Sera and SportMediaset, Milan would rather keep the Ivory Coast international until the end of the season, even if they would most likely lose him for free in the summer. Il Corriere dello Sport also reports that it is looking for a deal in the £ 6.7million range, which is well above Milan's offer of a £ 5m per year deal. Spurs allegedly offered Milan Tanguy Ndombele in a swap deal for Kessie who had put a £ 5.4million proposal for a year to the midfielder, who was loaned by Atalanta in 2017 and made the contract permanent in 2019. Kessie has scored 14 league goals in 2021, the most Milan midfielders net 15 in a calendar year since Kaka in 2008.

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Real Madrid beat Valencia with controversy

Real Madrid won the Valencia in Benabéu and remain firmly at the top of the table. The Whites passed a test of that leadership, beating a Valencia that started very well but faded under pressure from Ancelotti's men. vinicius, who returned after the coronavirus, was the [...] (Author: Gardener)

ValenciaReal Madrid won the Valencia in Benabéu and remain firmly at the top of the table. The Whites passed a test of that leadership, beating a Valencia that started very well but faded under pressure from Ancelotti's men. That was Hernandez Hernandez, who signaled a 41st-minute penalty against Casemiro that didn't seem. The referee didn't hesitate and Benzema scored a penalty in the 42nd minute. Real Madrid opened the win against a Valencia who bravely came to the Bernabéu, was well positioned and pushed the ball out of the white team. The “che” team did not let the Ancelotti men play, their best argument to seek the goal of Cillessen, they were long balls vinicius. That was the game until Mendy realized that no one was following him as he went to attack. Cillessen avoided a couple of goals and the crossbar from Bluec. A move by the Croat who arrived just before the Casemiro and the controversial penalty that allowed Real Madrid to break 1-0 and make all of Valencia very angry at referee Hernández Hernández. Valencia jumped ready after the break to be the one at the start of the game but Real Madrid wouldn't let them. Either Vinicius, who had already appeared in the first part and was the protagonist in the second, who gave his family the victory. The Brazilian scored the 2-0 in the 52nd minute after a great combination with Benzema and another major failure of the Valencia headquarters that allowed him to meet Vinicius. The Carioca repeated itself in the 61st minute with a 3-0. Error in the middle of the Valencia field, which Marco Asensio exploited to stand in front of Cillessen, who avoided the goal, but the rejection came to Vinicius, who headed and with all the peace of mind, the 3-0 on the scoreboard brought. The game was pleasant for Real Madrid, who had many chances of scoring more goals. Valencia gave everything for the comeback and Courtois seemed to be avoiding both "Che". He even stopped a penalty from Guedes, what did he do to Mendy, but the rejection came to the Valencia player who scored 3-1 in the 76th minute. That goal caused a stir in the final part of the game as Valencia pressed and Madrid waited for theirs. And it came with a goal from Benzema in the 88th minute.

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Live text updates: Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia

Live text updates: Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid 4-1Daniel Wass - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Lucas Vázquez - Real Madrid - won a free kick on the right wing. New attack attempt. Eder Militão (Real Madrid) header from the center of the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the center of the box. Preparatory work - Toni Kroos with a cross. Cristiano Piccini - Valencia - won a free kick on the right wing. New attack attempt. Hugo Guillamón - Valencia - Headshot from the center of the box, held by the goalkeeper in the center of the box. Assist - Gonçalo Guedes cross, missed opportunity. Toni Kroos - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from distance, missed. Offside - Real Madrid. Toni Kroos with a pass, but Lucas Vázquez is offside. New attack attempt. Gonçalo Guedes - Valencia right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the right. Preparatory work - José Gayà. Missed opportunity. Casemiro - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from distance but the ball misses to the left. Assist - Luka Modric. Missed opportunity. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) headed wide from the center of the box and the shot was blocked. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Lucas Vázquez. New attack attempt. Eder Militão - Real Madrid - right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the right. Assist - Toni Kroos, shot blocked. Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assist - Vinícius Júnior. New attack attempt. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - right footed shot from the right inside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the left. Assist - Luka Modric, shot blocked. Casemiro - Real Madrid - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Marco Asensio, missed opportunity. Casemiro - Real Madrid - Head shot from a few meters is very close to goal. Assist - Lucas Vázquez with a cross, missed opportunity. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - right footed shot from outside the box is just wide. Lucas Vazquez - Real Madrid - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Toni Kroos. Offside - Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez introduces a pass but Karim Benzema is offside and Luka Modric - Real Madrid - hits the bar with his left foot from the center of the box. Assist - Vinícius Júnior. Omar Alderete's penalty - Valencia - after a foul in the penalty area. Goal! Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - converts the penalty with a shot with his right foot into the top left corner, missed opportunity. Toni Kroos - Real Madrid - Shot with right foot from distance but the ball goes off. Assist - Luka Modric. Goal! Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid - Right-footed shot from the center of the box, right corner, shot is blocked. Maximiliano Gomez - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Offside - Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior with a pass, but Ferland Mendy is offside. New attack attempt. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the box by the goalkeeper. Assist - Karim Benzema.Goal! Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid - shot his head into the middle of the goal from a few meters. New attack attempt. Daniel Wass - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner by the goalkeeper. Daniel Wass - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box, goes just outside the target and is blocked. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Denis Cheryshev - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the left. Preparatory work - José Gayà. Shot is blocked. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Karim Benzema. Ferland Mendy - Real Madrid - conceded a penalty for a foul in the penalty area. Penalty saved! Gonçalo Guedes - Valencia - can't take advantage of this great opportunity, right footed shot is saved in the right corner, goal! Gonçalo Guedes - Valencia - shot with a head from the center of the box, left corner. Missed opportunity. Daniel Wass - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is just wide. Assist - Denis Cheryshev. Shot blocked. Denis Cheryshev - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assist - Koba Koindredi. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid - was awarded a free kick on the right wing. Offside - Real Madrid. Toni Kroos with a pass, but Vinícius Júnior is offside. New attack attempt. Manu Vallejo - Valencia - right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the left. Preparatory work - Hugo Guillamón.Tor! Real Madrid 4, Valencia 1. Real Madrid 4, Valencia 1. Real Madrid 4, Valencia 1. Real Madrid 4, Valencia 1. Real Madrid 4, Valencia 1. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right foot shot from the center of the Box in the right corner. Assist - Ferland Mendy.Shot blocked. Assist - Ferland Mendy.Shot blocked. Assist - Ferland Mendy.Shot blocked. Nacho - Real Madrid - right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Ricky Gervais Opens the Door to Season Four of After Life - Get the latest transfer news, game previews and news straight to your inbox! 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Real Madrid get back on track in El Clasico against Barcelona with an easy win over Valencia amid Casemiro drama

Los Blancos scored two goals before the hour to quickly forget the Getafe defeat (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe start of the calendar year wasn't exactly friendly for Spanish giants Real Madrid, but they made their comeback just a week after their shocking 1-0 loss to Getafe, which showed how vulnerable their leadership at the top of the league may be Track back. Just days before the Spanish Supercup semi-final against rivals Barcelona, ​​Los Blancos regained their goals with a 4-1 win over Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu to create a more positive mood ahead of El Clasico. The penalty that gave Real Madrid the lead through Karim Benzema was an absolutely embarrassing decision. Now it should be said that Real were the tougher team up until then, having only hit the crossbar via Luka Modric, but it was a gift. This was by far Real Madrid's best performance of the season as a whole. They finished that season with the second highest shots on goal this season at 23, third most goals in a game with four, and their xG of 4.00 topped the 3.41 they scored against Celta Vigo in September. Both Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored two goals that night, with three of the goals coming in the second half. Now that streak of form, with seven goals in the last two games in all competitions, comes at a great time for Carlo Ancelotti's side as rivals Barcelona begin to struggle in attack. Barca have scored multiple goals in just one of their last four games and that was the Copa del Rey win in the round of 16 against Linares Deportivo, a club I didn't even know existed last week. After losing points against Granada on Saturday with a goal in the 89th minute, the two teams go against each other, which gives Real a psychological advantage. If Real has anything else to work on before the Barca game, it's a little more careful with their challenges. Eder Militao had a stupid challenge in the first half that resulted in a yellow card and it was a midfield foul due to a lack of focus. Then there was Casemiro, who could have seen a red card before the penalty shoot-out. The central midfielder was clumsy with some of his challenges, missing a pair that could have resulted in two yellows. Finally Ferland Mendy conceded a penalty 14 minutes before the end because of an unnecessary tearing of his shirt in the penalty area.

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid has always been special, but better than ever in 2021

The Madrid derby wasn't always even, but it was always drama - 92:48, anyone? - and the last decade has taken things to a new level. (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid"Wanted: a worthy rival for a decent derby." Oh, you got that well. It was November 2011, more than a decade after Real Madrid's long, long domination, and their fans were bored, or at least they claimed. They said they actually wanted Atletico Madrid to give them a game for once: it wasn't much fun if it wasn't a big game. And so they copied a classified ad they had put up at the south end of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to "appeal" to their opponents as a somewhat less useless football team. The Madrid derby has always been special, even if it wasn't special for a while because it was just too much a given. There are also many good stories, many quirks, going back to the day they met in 1903, the first of 227 games between them, and many personalities too. Santiago Bernabeu, the man who was Real Madrid but played for Atletico for a few months in 1920/21 - "treason", called it a former team-mate. Atlético president and owner Jesus Gil, the man who loved playing Real Madrid, told his players he wouldn't pay them if they didn't knock Madrid out of the 1994 Copa del Rey - and then continue to risk. Helenio Herrera, the man who led Atletico to the title twice while Real are still accused of playing with 12 men. Atletico won the first Derby Day Cup final (at the Bernabeu) in 1960 despite 1-0 after a goal from Ferenc Puskas. Atletico scored five goals against Real in 1947 when they, not Real, were in power. Their very first clash in the European Cup - also the last in 55 years - in the semifinals in 1958/59, a draw that ended 2-2 in total and had to be repeated six days later in Zaragoza. There was even Ramon Grosso, the Real Madrid legend who would win seven leagues and a European Cup loaned to Atletico ... Hugo Sanchez was the league's top scorer for five years in a row: the first was for Atletico, the rest came through town. Oh, and the 1982-83 derby with two goalkeepers from the same family. Santiago Pereira was Atletico No. 1; Agustin, his nephew, stood between the Real Madrid posts. Most notably, some would place Raul, the Real Madrid legend who started his career at Atletico, until they decided there was no point in having an expensive youth system. His 1997 derby day is still being talked about. - ESPN + spectator guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more When it comes to games between the two that was discussed ahead of the 1992 Copa del Rey final, then Atletico Madrid coach Luis Aragones gathered his players together and grabbed a bottle of Cola (family size) and told his players that if they didn't win, he'd put them where the sun wouldn't shine. This is the moment you've been waiting for: Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, ”so the story goes. The rivalry has built up over many, many years and many, many moments. There were times when they were strong even when they both were. Real won three European cups in six years from 1998. Atletico unexpectedly won the double in 1996. There was perhaps no decade like the 1970s when Real Madrid won six league titles and Atletico Madrid won three - plus the Intercontinental Cup, despite failing to win the European Cup after being equalized by an absurdly long Bayern equalizer in the last minute of extra time Munich had been caught and the legend of them was born as "El Pupas". have won two trophies (1-1), four Champions League (4-0). and two Europa Leagues (0-2) in between. More important than the actual trophies is the fact that the rival ry itself may never have been bigger, a feeling that was deepened by where it came from. It turned out to be a real fight - "Ramos is kicking me, I'll kick him", Atletico striker Diego Costa once said about Real's Sergio Ramos, while Atletico coach German Burgos warned Real's Jose Mourinho: "I'll tear your head off" - and a real fight at the highest level that almost never ends. To the fact that they compete against each other eight times in 2014/15 after they had just faced each other in a Champions League final. No city had two teams in the European Cup final before, no two rivals had met on the biggest stage of all. Madrid did, and they did it again two years later, 70,000 people drove down the A5 to Lisbon and then flew to Milan. It shouldn't be like that, at least in part because Atletico shouldn't be like that. They still do it today in times of success. All the talk about being bewitched had a purpose; sometimes it served as an excuse for failure, for all those false dawns, and became a hard-to-break blockage. Atletico rose to the second division for the first time at the turn of the century. It was a disaster that President and Owner Jesus Gil, a notorious figure with a big belly and an even bigger mouth, declared "a little year in Hell". But at the end of the year they were still there. The most famous advertisement the club has ever done - and they have done many - shows a young boy asking his father why they are Atleti fans. All of that flowed into the derby - at least off the pitch. Atletico midfielder Thiago once claimed he was like Robin Hood and made up of the rich. Much of it was myth, but myths matter and myths are told and keep getting bigger. The Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid, is on Paseo de la Castellana, the elegant, wide avenue that runs through the middle of Madrid, with banks, shops, and beautiful buildings on either side. Before moving to their new Metropolitano stadium not so long ago, Atletico played at the Vicente Calderon Stadium next to a brewery down by the river. Directly under the grandstand was a main street that was choked in smoke. And the road that led to the stadium was called the Path of the Melancholy. Which felt pretty appropriate, quite often. The centenary hymn of Real Madrid was sung by the world-famous opera singer Placido Domingo, all of them operatic and accompanied by a full orchestra. Atletico's was sung by folk singer Joaquin Sabina, the lyrics praised "a feeling that cannot be explained" and insisted: "To understand what it's about, one must have cried in the calderon ... War against the arrogant meringues [Real Madrid] ... What a way to win / what a way to lose / what a way to lose / what a way to come / what a way to draw / what a way to suffer! " Instead, Atletico Rolling Stones played "You can't always get what you want". Just ask Fernando Torres, perhaps the icon of Atletico Madrid: fan, youth team product, first team captain. Loser of the derby. "When I was seven or eight years old, almost everyone in school was a Madrid fan," he recalls. "I wore my Atletico tracksuit to pull it on, but inside I was almost always pissed off because we lost. Madrid has been the big team in the city for years - not just in the city of Spain, in Europe - and we were them poor team, the working-class club that tried to catch them. Our fans are prisoners of a feeling, Madrid fans are prisoners of results and if the results don't follow, neither will they. " The thing is, even if Torres was right - and he might not have been - the results followed. When he moved to Liverpool after seven seasons in the first team, he had never won a derby. When he returned to Atletico seven and a half years later, he made his "speech debut" against Real Madrid in January 2015 and eventually won. It was the fourth consecutive derby that Atletico had not lost and the third that they had won. Eight days later, they met again and Torres scored twice. At the Bernabeu. It was his first goals there and they knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey. A month later Atlético defeated Real Madrid 4-0 in the league. Something had changed in his absence. "Had it all," said Torres. Basically since this comedy was raised at the Bernabeu. On December 23rd, it will be 10 years since Diego Simeone took over as coach of Atletico Madrid. The demand for a worthy rival had increased the month before. Not only for Atlético, but also for the rivalry, which is again the greatest encounter. There were many of them, but perhaps none more than these three, the derbies that made up the latest rivalry. "It's historic," said Atletico's full-back Juanfran, who had come through Real Madrid's youth system, and he knew it. The Revolution - a newspaper later derided Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone as Che Guevara - the arrival, the funeral of the ghost. It was the final of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu ... and Atletico won it. Madrid had hit the post three times, Thibaut Courtois - now Real keeper, then Atletico keeper - had made two great saves. And then, deep in overtime, Joao Miranda scored the goal that changed everything. The goal that said: We are coming for you, and this time really. "If you'd made the fans an offer saying we weren't going to win against them for 14 years but if we did, it'll be at the cup final at their stadium where they'll hit and hit the post first . " three times and we won in extra time, they signed up for it, "said Simeone afterwards." Tomorrow there will be a few more Atlético fans. Tomorrow will be a special day. "Atlético hadn't beaten Real for centuries, even millennia. They hadn't won since 1999 - and this year they went under. There were 25 games without a win. They had lost 10 in a row. Now when they were suddenly there and celebrated at the Bernabeu, the beginning of something. A year later they became champions of the league. Atletico were champions of the league and they might even have been the favorites to win the Champions League - except that this is Real Madrid - and they were 1-0 lead in the first final between two teams from the same city. Their first European final in 40 years. The clock ticked deep into stoppage time, so close now. For the ultimate derby victory, zur Rache 1974, for Perfection in life. A corner from Luka Modric, a header from Ramos and, well, you know the rest. Ramos has a tattoo that simply says 92:48, right at the moment he broke their hearts. "We don't forget ht and neither do they, "he said. Disaster for Atletico, the decima (10th European title) for Real. It couldn't have been more cruel for Atletico and more pleasant for Real. Only two years later the time had come. “If I had to write a film, I would do it that way; I would do everything all over again, just like that, ”said Ramos from the grandstand of the last European night in the old Vicente Calderon Stadium. And that was ultimately expressed here. From both teams. Atlético had lost the semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu 3-0, but stormed 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second leg at Real Madrid and the place turned absolutely wild, the dream of a historic comeback suddenly seemed to be on. But then Modric took responsibility and control and Karim Benzema produced a piece of magic to end it. Atletico won 2-1 but were eliminated. It was the fourth time in a row that Atletico and Real had met in Europe - final, quarter-final, final, semi-final - and Real had progressed each time. After Milan, Simeone had suggested that he leave because he was so injured, but he continued. Because when the game was over, it wasn't night, everyone stuck to the last time. There was thunder and lightning, but no one moved or sang to themselves. They sang in the Madrid section high in the south stand - they won the second of three European Cup rounds - and they sang everywhere else too, celebrating a derby win that was a derby defeat that assumed identities. "These 20-25 Minutes will go down in the club's history, the atmosphere. This was a magical Calderón night that people will remember forever, "said Simeone afterwards. And that makes me emotional every day. "They hadn't done it for too long. They'll do it again on Sunday evening, and so will Real. Simeone's Atletico Madrid face Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui, Santi Solari and Zinedine Zidane trained - but he's still there. They met in 13 derbies, and the biggest of all, the culmination of what has become a real competition: In the last eight years Atletico have won so many leagues like Real, and in three of the last four seasons they have outperformed their rivals, but now they are behind them, on Sunday they meet as defending champions and take on-day leaders worthy rivals for a decent derby.

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Puertas hits too late as Granada contest 10-man Barcelona

A stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona, ​​while Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga after beating Valencia 4-1 (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaA stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw against Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday, while Real Madrid extended their lead with a 4-1 home win over Valencia. Luuk de Jong's header in the second half after a perfect cross from Dani Alves gave Barça the lead, but Puertas equalized with his 89th-minute goal. “We managed the game well in the second half, especially after the goal, but we were too scared. The draw leaves Barcelona in sixth place in the league with 32 points from 20 games, 17 points behind leaders Real Madrid. De Jong and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, two of the most criticized Barcelona players in the first half of the season, were bright spots for the second league game in a row. The Dutch striker, who refused to acknowledge a goal from the VAR due to a narrow offside, would have hit with a bicycle kick minutes later for almost the second week in a row, while Ter Stegen after a powerful low shot from. Granada's Darwin Machis made a wonderful one-handed parade. Alves, who made his first league game after returning to Barça in six years, helped the team with one assist and two crucial defensive replacements. The 38-year-old right-back became the oldest player to appear in a league game for Barcelona, ​​surpassing Jose Manuel Pinto by 57 days. Real Madrid's strike duo Karim Benzema and Vinícius Jr. scored two goals each to give the La Liga leaders a 4-1 home win over Valencia and get them back on track after their disappointing loss to Getafe last weekend . Sevilla, who have two games ahead of them, host Getafe on Sunday. Benzema scored the goal with a penalty shortly before the break, his 300th goal in all competitions for Real. Vinícius, who missed Real's last two games after testing positive for Covid, scored twice at the start of the second half. Gonçalo Guedes scored Valencia's consolation goal in the 76th minute with a header on the rebound after Thibaut Courtois saved his penalty. Benzema sealed the emphatic victory two minutes before the end with a low shot from the penalty area. In Saturday's other La Liga games, Roberto Soldado and José Luis Morales Levante's goals brought a 2-0 home win over Mallorca despite José Campaña being sent off late and Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 at home thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal's half goal. In the Bundesliga, which started again after the winter break, Borussia Dortmund made a comeback with two goals in the last three minutes, two goals behind and a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. Jude Bellingham headed the equalizer in the 87th minute before Mahmoud Dahoud scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, sending Dortmund to 37 points and reducing the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to six. Rafael Borré had given the hosts the lead against the game with the first shot on goal after Filip Kostic hit a free kick into the box and the Colombian goalkeeper defeated Gregor Kobel. Before the guests could recover from the setback, Borré struck again and this time threw himself in the penalty area on a sloppy defense by Marco Reus after a mistake by Dortmund's Thomas Meunier, who lost possession in his own half. Dortmund's best chance came just before halftime when Donyell Malen hit the post from close range, but in 71st. Norwegian striker Haaland then forced Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a good save before Bellingham headed the equalizer.

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Puertas hits too late as Granada contest 10-man Barcelona

A stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona in La Liga (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaA stunning late goal from Antonio Puertas gave Granada a dramatic 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Saturday in La Liga. Striker Luuk de Jong's header in the second half after a perfect cross from Dani Alves gave Barça the lead, but Puertas equalized with his 89th-minute goal. “We managed the game well in the second half, especially after the goal, but we were too scared. After Gavi was sent off, it was difficult for us to control the ball. “Barcelona are sixth in the league with 32 points from 20 games, 14 points behind leaders Real Madrid. De Jong and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, two of the most criticized Barcelona players in the first half of the season, were bright spots for the Catalans in their second league game in a row. The Dutch striker, who refused to acknowledge a goal from the VAR due to a narrow offside, would have hit with a bicycle kick minutes later for almost the second week in a row, while Ter Stegen after a powerful low shot from. Granada's Darwin Machis made a wonderful one-handed parade. The 38-year-old right-back, who played in the 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Linares on Wednesday, became the oldest player to appear in a league game for Barcelona, ​​surpassing Jose Manuel Pinto by 57 days. Barça dominated most of the game but Granada redoubled their efforts when teenage Gavi was sent off after a yellow-red card. Granada pressed and Puertas was in the right place at the right time, sending a left-footed shot into Ter Stegen's top left corner. In Saturday's other La Liga games, Roberto Soldado and José Luis Morales Levante's goals gave Levante a 2-0 home win over Mallorca despite a late red card for José Campaña and Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo with the opening 1-0 - Home victory of Mikel Oyarzabal - half goal. Real Madrid and Valencia clash in Saturday's late game. In the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund scored twice in the last three minutes to complete a comeback two goals behind and on Saturday to get a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt when the Bundesliga restarted after the winter break. Jude Bellingham headed the equalizer in the 87th minute before Mahmoud Dahoud scored the winning goal in the 89th minute, sending Dortmund to 37 points and reducing the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to six. Rafael Borré had given the hosts the lead against the game with the first shot on goal after Filip Kostic hit a free kick into the box and the Colombian goalkeeper defeated Gregor Kobel. Before the guests could recover from the setback, Borré struck again and this time threw himself in the penalty area on a sloppy defense by Marco Reus after a mistake by Dortmund's Thomas Meunier, who lost possession in his own half. Dortmund's best chance came just before halftime when Donyell Malen hit the post from close range, but in 71st. Norwegian striker Haaland then forced Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a good save before Bellingham headed the equalizer.

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