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Brahim Diaz impresses, Gareth Bale average as Real Madrid settle for bore draw at Getafe

As Gareth Bale was again jeered at the Bernabeu, Craig Burley addresses what it's like as he reminisces of his time at Derby County.

Real Madrid's slow end to 2018-19 continued with a 0-0 draw at neighbours Getafe in Thursday's La Liga game at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Positives

Nineteen-year-old Brahim Diaz was Madrid's brightest attacker and is one of the few squad members to really impress during these dull end of season games. A second consecutive clean sheet was hard won. Less than a month of suffering left now this season for Madrid's players, staff and fans.

Negatives

Not for the first time this season Madrid...

Getafe, a tiny team on verge of Champions League, are the story of the season in Spain

Thanks to a ragtag squad full of belief and unity, Getafe are primed for their first-ever appearance in the Champions League.

If somebody said the word "Getafe" out loud to you, what would be the first image that flipped into your head?

Perhaps the daring and flamboyance of Michael Laudrup's 2008 version that knocked out Spurs, eliminated Benfica and led Bayern Munich 4-2 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup quarterfinal with 16 minutes of extra time left, despite having played with 10 men for 90 minutes only to agonisingly draw 5-5 and exit on away goals? Or the "Geta" side that suffered what Barcelona fans recently overwhelmingly...

Carles Alena scores, Arturo Vidal dominates as Barca beat Alaves, inch closer to title

Barcelona are just one victory away from their eighth La Liga title in the last 11 years after winning 2-0 away at Alaves on Tuesday.

Carles Alena opened the scoring after the break with a calm finish from inside the box and Luis Suarez doubled Barca's lead shortly after from the penalty spot.

Barca could be seal the title as early Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia. If not, they could be crowned champions by beating Levante at the Camp Nou on Saturday. 

Positives

Given there's...

Karim Benzema's hat trick paces Real Madrid in comfortable win over Athletic Bilbao

Now with 30 goals this campaign, Karim Benzema is just two shy of his career high for a season, set back in 2011-12.

Karim Benzema was once again Real Madrid's matchwinner with a hat trick in Sunday afternoon's straightforward 3-0 La Liga victory against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Positives

Benzema continued his amazing run of form -- the Frenchman has now scored each of Madrid's past eight goals (across their past five game). Jesus Vallejo looked assured and confident in a rare start at centre-back.

Negatives

Absolutely nothing happened in the first half, as Benzema's opener in the 47th minute...

Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet 8/10 as Barcelona do enough to beat Real Sociedad

Jordi Alba answered a second half equalizer from Real Sociedad, as an uninspiring Barcelona side came away with a win at the Camp Nou.

Defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba were the unlikely heroes as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 2-1 at Camp Nou to move within two wins of the Liga title.

Lenglet headed home an Ousmane Dembele corner on the stroke of half-time to open the scoring, but La Real levelled after the break through Juanmi. However, Barca responded one minute later when, having been found by Lionel Messi, Alba cut onto his right foot and drilled into the bottom corner.

Positives

Performances do not completely go out...

Interview with Lionel Messi at age 13 goes viral: The Bible, 'Baby's Day Out,' Chicken with sauce

Ajax reached their first UCL semifinal in more than 20 years by beating Juventus, while Barcelona proved too much for Man United.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona.

We're accustomed to seeing Lionel Messi steal the headlines, most recently with his two goals in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday, for his magic on the pitch. But he was already attracting media in his native Rosario 19 years ago.

A questionnaire that the future Argentina captain answered for newspaper La Capital has been unearthed by Twitter user @ARGIsabella and has gone viral. In it, a 13-year-old Messi reveals his favourite things, his outlook on...