Barca, Sevilla ease into Copa del Rey last 16

Holders Barcelona eased into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey by thrashing Real Murcia 5-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to complete an 8-0 aggregate victory. Already leading 3-0 from the first leg, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde made 10 changes from Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Valencia with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

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Zidane glad to have Bale, Navas and Kovacic back

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is happy to have Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic back and available after the trio made their returns. Bale (groin), Navas (hamstring) and Kovacic (thigh) returned in Madrid’s shock 2-2 draw at home to third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Wales international Bale came

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Tebas eyes VAR after Messi goal error

LaLiga president Javier Tebas hopes the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) from next season will help avoid goals like Lionel Messi’s being missed. Messi had a clear goal not awarded during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Valencia in LaLiga on Sunday. The star forward’s shot was spilled by Neto before the goalkeeper scrambled, albeit

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Barcelona protected with Messi release clause – Amor

Barcelona needed to protect themselves with Lionel Messi’s release clause after Neymar’s shock exit, director Guillermo Amor said. Messi, 30, finally signed a new deal with the LaLiga leaders, extending his stay until 2021 with an astronomical €700million release cause. Barca saw Neymar leave in August after Paris Saint-Germain paid a world-record €222m – the

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