Tito Vilanova's side close in on title
Ancelotti denies suggestions he was forced to start the former England captain
Coach to undergo surgery and chemotherapy
Two goals last night see Messi reach 86 goals for the calender year
As well as celebrating his 100th cap for Portugal tomorrow night, Cristiano Ronaldo can revel in becoming the first sportsman to receive over 50 million 'Likes' on Facebook.
Even Pepe could not muster up a breach of the peace after the weekend's clasico left both Real Madrid and Barcelona in a peculiar state of mutual awe. The video nasties from previous seasons have traditionally made fertile ground for days of recrimination from both sides but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's brilliance overshadowed all inklings of post-match bitterness.
Mutual admiration for 'out of this world' duo even halts the feuding between Real and Barça
It is in the Dane's blood to maintain the club's tradition of possession, he tells Ian Herbert
Croatia 0 Spain 1
Spain 1 Croatia 0
Spain winger Jesus Navas has warned the Republic of Ireland the defending champions will attack from the off when the teams meet on Thursday.
Chelsea 1 Barcelona 0
Lionel Messi at his breathtaking best tore Bayer Leverkusen apart with a record five-goal Champions League haul last night as Barcelona swept into the quarter-finals 7-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate.
Al-Sadd 0 Barcelona 4
Coach Bert van Marwijk has extended his contract with the Netherlands until 2016.
Cesc Fabregas knows he has a fight on his hands for first-team opportunities at Barcelona but insists he had to leave Arsenal because he had "stagnated".