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The Real Madrid striker scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid's opener

European round-up: Carlo Ancelotti shrugs off Cristiano Ronaldo injury after Real Madrid romp

Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Almeria on Saturday was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but Carlo Ancelotti, the Real coach, said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.

Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring France’s first goal

World Cup 2014: Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho revels in France comeback against Ukraine

Les Bleus overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit in Paris

Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring France’s first goal

World Cup 2014 play-offs: France light up Paris with comeback against Ukraine while Cristiano Ronaldo fires sublime hat-trick against Sweden

On a dramatic night that completed the list of European qualifiers for next year's World Cup, France stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a place in Brazil while Cristiano Ronaldo almost single-handly took Portugal through with a stunning hat-trick.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring a goal past Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

With Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 'are practically assured of three points', claims Iker Casillas

The two most expensive players in the world were on target against Juventus but their side only left with a draw

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale happy to be back in the Champions League after coming off the bench in Real Madrid demolition of Galatasaray

The most expensive player in world football provided two assists after coming on in the second half and has said he is looking forward to featuring more as he returns to fitness

Luis Suarez pictured at Anfield during Liverpool's victory over Manchester United

Transfer news: Real Madrid linked with a late bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Offer would need to be well in excess of the £40m bid made by Arsenal

Arsene Wenger pictured on the opening day of the season

Rejection is more likely for Arsène Wenger because he accepts it far too readily

Just because Arsenal cannot buy everyone does not mean they are right to buy no one

Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna demands Arsenal focus on Fulham match

The Gunners returned to winning ways in midweek with victory over Fenerbahce

Kieran Gibbs is mobbed by ecstatic team-mates after putting Arsenal 1-0 against Fenerbahce

Arsenal performance against Fenerbahce was for Arsene Wenger, says Kieran Gibbs

The Gunners have all but secured their place in the Champions League proper

Paul Pogba

Transfer news: Juventus insist Arsenal 'target' Paul Pogba will remain in Turin

The Gunners have been linked with a £20m move for the former Manchester United player

Luis Suarez has returned to the fold at Liverpool

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger concedes defeat in Arsenal's pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

But Gunners manager remains hopeful of new additions before the window closes

Northern Ireland’s Martin Paterson is congratulated by team-mate Niall McGinn after scoring the winner against Russia

International round-up: Northern Ireland put a huge dent in Fabio Capello and Russia's travel plans for Brazil World Cup

Martin Paterson's first-half header gave Northern Ireland one of the best results in their history and seriously weakened Fabio Capello's chances of taking Russia to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Gonzalo Higuain scores in Real Madrid's pre-season friendly against Bournemouth at Dean Road

Transfer news: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti denies a deal is in place to sell Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli

Reports suggested the striker was ready to move to Italy but the new Real boss has insisted that he remains one of his firs-team players until he is told otherwise

Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball at Dean Court last night

Bournemouth 0 Real Madrid 6 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo the Real ticket as Cherries are hit for six

It is not often supporters pay £60 to watch their team suffer a thrashing and feel they have seen value for money, but Bournemouth’s fans were at Dean Court last night to see their opposition.

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