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Carles Puyol's dislocated elbow will keep him out of action for about two months and means Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova faces another unwelcome defensive conundrum for Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at home to Real Madrid.

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Xabi Alonso: Kept possession. Played simple ball (pictured). Stunning vision. Split Irish defence in half on numerous occasions. Substituted for Javi Martinez after 65 minutes. 7/10
Xavi Hernandez: Technically superb. Pulled the strings in the middle of the park. Teased and probed in possession and sprayed the ball out wide. Seemed to create space for himself. 8/10 Sergio Busquets: Sat deep, plugged holes, and supplied possession to the more creative Spanish players. 6/10

Xabi Alonso relieved after Spain progress by beating Croatia

Midfielder Xabi Alonso was simply happy that Spain won their group after they came through a nerve-wracking clash with Croatia to reach the European Championship quarter-finals.

Messi misery as Barca held

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Barcelona against sharing TV revenue

Barcelona and Real Madrid are not prepared to cede to demands for an English-style system of sharing income from audiovisual rights as they want to protect their status as dominant powers in Spanish and global soccer, according to Barca vice president Javier Faus.

Norwich blow as Daniel Ayala ruled out for two months

Norwich defender Daniel Ayala has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury.

Martin Jol plays down Juande Ramos animosity ahead of meeting

Fulham boss Martin Jol has played down talk of animosity with Dnipro coach Juande Ramos despite the Spaniard controversially replacing him as Tottenham manager four years ago.

Norwich complete signing of Daniel Ayala from Liverpool

Norwich have confirmed the signing of defender Daniel Ayala from Liverpool on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich look to sign Daniel Ayala from Liverpool

Norwich are looking to push through a deal to sign young Spanish defender Daniel Ayala from Liverpool, Canaries manager Paul Lambert confirmed this morning.

Arsenal should let Cesc Fabregas leave says Dani Alves

Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves understands the situation of wantaway Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and believes the Gunners should not stop the midfielder making the step up to "business class" by rejoining the Catalan club this summer.

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