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Ramos 4/10 as red card caps off Real Madrid's misery vs. Girona

Real Madrid appeared to be easing to a straightforward win against Girona in Sunday's La Liga clash at the Bernabeu -- but the Catalans turned the game around in the second half to take a deserved 2-1 victory.

Positives

It is difficult to take many positives from a performance which recalled many of the problems Madrid have faced all season. One bright spot was club captain Ramos' latest sending off means he will serve a suspension next week in La Liga, leaving him free for the following week's Clasico...

Gerard Pique, Carles Alena the standouts as Barcelona hold off Valladolid

Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed a second as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Messi scored the only goal of the game just before half-time, firing home from 12 yards after Gerard Pique was fouled by Michel.

Barca had the chance to add a second goal late on after Philippe Coutinho drew another penalty but Messi saw his spot kick saved by former teammate Jordi Masip.

Positives

After three draws in a row -- two in the league and one in the...

Real Betis are mocked in Spain thanks to 'moral' manager Quique Setien. Yet he's made them better than ever

Betis have never been better thanks to the style and belief system of their manager, Quique Setien. His methods, obsessive as they are, work really well.

"Bounce, Setien, bounce!"

The chant went around Butarque and found its way to the Real Betis bench, where Quique Setien was not bouncing but was smiling, listening to the sound from the stands, knowing that he had lost this one. His team were 3-0 down at Leganes and the home fans were enjoying it. There was a Mexican wave and olés. There was extra enjoyment, an additional layer to all this which was revealed in another chant that roughly ran: "take that for possession."

The team with...

Real Madrid's resurgence owes a lot to the 'new' Karim Benzema

Real Madrid's resurgence under Santi Solari has been due to many factors, but the efforts of Karim Benzema have been central. He's in the form of his life at the moment, and just in time for Saturday's Derbi with Atletico, with his superb all-round performances serving as proof of his changed mindset on and off the pitch. Those closest to the player speak of a "new Benzema," scoring goals, always smiling, taking on a leadership role and increased responsibility within the team over recent months.

His...

Guess the famous footballer from their family members

The game is a very simple one: can you correctly identify the world-famous footballer by scouring photos of their family members?

Barcelona saved by 9/10 Ter Stegen in Bilbao as Suarez struggles

Barcelona were held scoreless in Bilbao, but still lead second-place Real Madrid by six points atop the La Liga table.
With Real Madrid back in the picture, the ESPN FC crew assess the chances Barcelona will relinquish their six-point advantage.

Barcelona dropped points for the second league game in a row when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The Liga leaders were second best for large parts of the game at San Mames but left with a point thanks to two stunning saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who denied Markel Susaeta and Inaki Williams. The hosts finished the game with 10 men after Oscar de Marcos was sent off in second-half stoppage time.

Barca remain top of the league by six points, but Real Madrid are their...