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Mourinho denies Real red cards were planned

Uefa's disciplinary unit has launched an investigation after Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso were sent off in suspiciously similar circumstances in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Uefa to investigate Real Madrid red cards

UEFA's disciplinary unit has launched an investigation into whether Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso deliberately incurred red cards.

Nani apologises to furious Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal winger Nani apologised to team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for denying the Real Madrid star a memorable goal in their side's 4-0 friendly mauling of world champions Spain.

Real frustrated by lowly Murcia

Real Madrid were held to a goal-less draw by Real Murcia, from the third tier of Spanish football, in the last 32 of the King's Cup last night.

Casillas dismisses Mourinho speculation

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is confident coach Jose Mourinho will not be tempted into taking over as Portugal boss on a temporary basis.

Reina vows to bounce back after howler

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has vowed to bounce back from his blunder which helped Argentina defeat Spain 4-1 in an international friendly in Buenos Aires on Tuesady evening.

Fabregas says Spain scoreline was unfair

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas felt his side did not deserve to be on the receiving end of a 4-1 mauling by Argentina, but preferred not to hide behind any excuses for the heavy friendly defeat.

Real Madrid must stop Barcelona 'obsession' says Casillas

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has warned his Real Madrid team-mates to avoid the temptation of becoming fixated with Barcelona this season.

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Given may be sidelined at City, but a series of slips highlight the weaknesses elsewhere

Reina robs Hodgson of victory deserved by rejuvenated Reds

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Spain's young masters wary of 'dynamic, physical England'

Fabio Capello may have paid little attention to the England Under-19 team's stubborn progress at the European Championship, but if they beat Spain in this afternoon's semi-final in Saint-Lo the senior team manager should seriously consider making the short hop across the Channel for Friday's final.

Fabregas forced to wear Barcelona shirt

Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique forced Cesc Fabregas to briefly wear a Barcelona shirt during Spain's World Cup victory celebrations in Madrid last night.

Juande Ramos: Spain can improve and dominate for years, but others can look and learn

The scenes in Madrid yesterday when hundreds of thousands welcomed home the World Cup winners and celebrated Spain becoming only the eighth nation to win the trophy were extraordinary, a homecoming fit for a team that has demonstrated to the world that flowing, creative football can triumph against all kinds of forms of negativity that stand in its way. It is a homecoming that feels like an important moment for football. Why? Perhaps not simply for what has been achieved, but for what is to follow. For I believe there is genuine cause to believe that this young team can rule the world for years to come.

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The Dutch battle plan was, unlike that of Spain, to spoil and harass and then strike out for any possibilities that might come their way. It might just have come off
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