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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

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Alan Pardew: European success will keep stars at Newcastle

It felt like the Europa League had moved up a notch in terms of its significance in the North-east yesterday. That could have been down to the bold admission from Alan Pardew that his side is aiming to win it, the arrival of more credible opposition in Bordeaux or the potential problems when Newcastle United head to Club Brugge early next month.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho demands Real Madrid step up against Barcelona following shock defeat to Getafe

Jose Mourinho's priority is not to win the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona on Wednesday but to ensure Real Madrid have recovered from their shock La Liga defeat at Getafe.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

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Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is likely to remain with the Ligue 1 club rather than move to Tottenham, according to Bernard Laporte.

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes for a swift resolution over the future of midfielder Luka Modric after revealing the player had return to training.

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Wiggins crowned king of France as Cavendish cruises

Slaven Bilic has an earring, a rock band and a law degree

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It is all about the dude within.

Andres Iniesta of Spain and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match

Spain leave it late to ensure top billing

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James Lawton chose Gareth Bale's second goal against Norwich City on 27 December 2011

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Tottenham's biggest challenge this summer could be convincing their star men to stay and be part of a new chapter in the club's history following the departure of Harry Redknapp.

Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores the opening goal past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli confident of Euro 2012 progress

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Man-for-man marking from the Euro 2012 match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic scores the 2-1 lead against Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given during the Group C preliminary round match of the UEFA Euro 2012

Unlucky Given helps Ireland to defeat against Croatia

Republic of Ireland 1 Croatia 3

Harry feels the heat at Tottenham

In the week that he might have expected to be taking England to the European Championship, Harry Redknapp is facing an uncertain future at Tottenham. The Spurs manager, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, wants another three years at the club, which the chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to give him.

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Exclusion from Champions League costs Tottenham £35m

Tottenham's exclusion from the Champions League due to Chelsea's triumph in the tournament will cost Spurs up to £35million in cash - but the real damage could be far greater in terms of keeping their stars, say football finance experts.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for Spurs after tapping it in on the 22nd minute.

Tottenham return to top four with comfortable win over Blackburn

Tottenham 2 Blackburn 0

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