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LALIGA SANTANDER

Five things we learned this weekend in La Liga

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Messi's 2nd half masterclass

Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo believed they had won Monday morning's headlines with the news the highest paid sportsman in the world will extend his contract to 2021. However, eternal rival Lionel Messi stole the show on Sunday night with a virtuoso d

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Atleti lose ground and raise complaints

Atletico were the only one of Spain's four Champions League representatives forced back into action on Saturday and it showed as two second-half penalties condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad. A second defeat in three league games for Diego Sim

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Valencian blues continue

When coach after coach continues to fail, the signs that there are far deeper routed problems at Valencia should have become clear before now. A 2-1 defeat at Celta Vigo means Los Che have just one win in four games under former Italian boss Cesare Prande

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Granada struggle despite Chinese investment

At least some relief is headed Valencia's way in the form of a visit from Granada after the international break.The Andalusians remain rooted to the foot of the table and without a win this season as even fellow strugglers Deportivo la Coruna emerged from

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Ramos project takes shape

By contrast Malaga's project under former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos is beginning to take shape after they twice came from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2. A run of 10 points from the last possible 15 has lifted Malaga into the

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