Sport Barcelona striker Neymar is helped from the pitch

The Brazil international is ruled out for up to a month

Radamel Falcao celebrates his second goal during the Europa League final

Flying Radamel Falcao sees stock rise even higher after Europa League success

Next step is surely the big league for striker who scored twice in Europa final, but will it be with Atletico Madrid or will other suitors gather?

Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente celebrates after he scored against SCP Sporting during their Europa League yesterday

Llorente takes Athletic Bilbao through to all-Spanish Europa League final

A dramatic winner from Fernando Llorente with two minutes to go sent Athletic Bilbao through to the Europa League final, where they will face fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Major search under way for missing fisherman

A major air and sea search is under way for a fisherman missing off the west coast.

Falcao gave Atletico the lead at the Vicente Calderon in the 18th minute, reacting quickly to head in from close range

Europa League: Radamel Falcao restores some Madrid pride by helping Atletico to win over Valencia

Real Madrid might have been beaten in the Champions League this week but neighbours Atletico took a step towards the final of the Europa League last night with a 4-2 win at home over Valencia in their semi-final first leg, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scoring twice.

Cristiano Ronaldo's swerving 30-yard free-kick gave the visitors the lead on 25 minutes was a rare moment of quality in a disjointed first half

Cristiano Ronaldo inspires Real Madrid to derby triumph

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his seventh hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico 4-1 to restore their four-point lead at the top of the Primera Division.

Valencia wants operation delay

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia – who helped the club stay top of the league with a goal at Blackburn on Monday night – is to ask the club to postpone an operation he is scheduled to undergo at the end of the season so he can play for Ecuador in their World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Colombia in June.

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Antonio Valencia celebrates after opening the scoring against Blackburn Rovers. The breakthrough came with just 10 minutes of the game remaining after a resiliant display by the hosts.

Manchester United team-mates heap praise on Antonio Valencia

Manchester United duo Ashley Young and Rafael have joined forces to heap praise on team-mate Antonio Valencia.

Antonio Valencia celebrates his goal against Blackburn Rovers with teammate Danny Welbeck at Ewood Park

Antonio Valencia at centre of every threat posed by champions Manchester United

There are worse men to be dependent on than Luis Antonio Valencia. For 80 minutes last night he created almost every Manchester United chance, the best attacker in a team desperate to extend their lead at the top of the league.

Whitewash at Wolves as United walk through makeshift 10-man side

Wolves 0 Manchester United 5

Athletic Bilbao rewarded with Schalke tie after defeating Manchester United

Athletic Bilbao, conquerors of Manchester United, will face German side Schalke in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Scientists create new orange superjuice to help beat heart disease

A sweet Spanish orange that contains the health-giving red pigments of the Sicilian blood orange has been created by scientists who believe the fruit will produce a "superjuice" that helps to combat a range of medical disorders, from obesity and heart disease to irritable bowel syndrome.

Peter Crouch rises highest to extend Stoke’s lead against Swansea

Swansea's style no match for Stoke's set-pieces

Stoke City 2 Swansea City 0

Kenwyne Jones missed two good chances as Stoke were
knocked out

Pulis takes pride as Jonas calls a halt on Stoke's great adventure

Valencia 1 Stoke City 0 (Valencia win 2-0 on aggregate)

Valencia's Jonas, right, celebrates after scoring against Stoke City

Jonas ends Stoke's European adventure

Valencia 1 Stoke City 0 (Valencia win 2-0 on aggregate)

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