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Barcelona will need to keep the euphoria in check if they are to hold onto the La Liga title in what promises to be a nerve-jangling final day of the Spanish season on Sunday.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was widely criticised today after his sending off for violent conduct in Sunday's 2-0 win over Malaga again highlighted what some termed his Jekyll and Hyde character.

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Barcelona demolished Malaga 6-0 at the Nou Camp last night with an irresistible display of attacking football that re-established their six-point lead at the top of La Liga but it was not enough to satisfy their demanding coach Pep Guardiola.

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This city is our gateway to the Costa del Sol, yet few of us explore beyond its airport. We're missing out.

Jet caused Malaga blast scare

Two loud booms rattled windows and frightened residents in the southern city of Malaga today, but Spain's Interior Ministry said the noise was caused by a plane breaking the sound barrier, and police reported no incidents anywhere in the city.

Milner request alerts Villa

Aston Villa are expected to step up their bid to sign Newcastle's want-away winger James Milner, who has handed in a transfer request.

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