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La Liga: A look back at five title-deciding El Classico clashes

La Liga: A look back at five title-deciding El Classico clashes

Madrid even took the lead through Gonzalo Higuain, but doubles from Messi and Thierry Henry plus goals from centre-backs Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique completed a famous Barca victory.

La Liga: Reinvented Cristiano Ronaldo poised to make decisive Clasico impact against rivals Barcelona

La Liga: Reinvented Cristiano Ronaldo poised to make decisive Clasico impact against rivals Barcelona

Ronaldo is no longer untouchable, with Zinedine Zidane happy to rest him for less important games so that he arrives in top condition for the big clashes. He sat out the 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon on Saturday so he could feature against Bayern on Tuesday and in the Clasico.

El Clasico: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale resumes training ahead of high-profile clash with Barcelona

El Clasico: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale resumes training ahead of high-profile clash with Barcelona

Madrid host Barca with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand.

Barcelona striker Neymar Jr desires to play for Flamingo at some point, rules out leaving Barcelona

Barcelona striker Neymar Jr desires to play for Flamingo at some point, rules out leaving Barcelona

The star forward joined Barcelona in 2013 and has gone on to make 180 appearances for the club, netting 100 goals.

 La Liga: Real Madrid ride on Isco brace to edge past Sporting Gijon, go six-pont clear

La Liga: Real Madrid ride on Isco brace to edge past Sporting Gijon, go six-pont clear

But not for the first time this season they needed a late show after Duje Cop and Mikel Vesga put Sporting in front early in both halves.

La Liga: Neymar sent-off as Barcelona suffer shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga

La Liga: Neymar sent-off as Barcelona suffer shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga

Former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez opened the scoring for Malaga with a breakaway goal in the 32nd minute before Jony added a 90th-minute second for the hosts.

Pepe suffers broken ribs, Real Madrid face defensive crisis ahead of Champions league quarters

Pepe suffers broken ribs, Real Madrid face defensive crisis ahead of Champions league quarters

"He has been diagnosed with a fracture in the seventh and eighth left ribs," Madrid said in a statement.

Classy Antoine Griezmann halts Real Madrid`s title charge; helps Atletico savour draw at Santiago Bernabeu

Classy Antoine Griezmann halts Real Madrid`s title charge; helps Atletico savour draw at Santiago Bernabeu

Real lead Barcelona by three points with eight games left, but the two face each other at the Bernabeu on April 23.

La Liga: Real Madrid ease past Deportivo Leganés to remain two-points clear at top

La Liga: Real Madrid ease past Deportivo Leganés to remain two-points clear at top

The home side managed to steady the ship and got right back into the game with quickfire goals from Gabriel and Luciano Never on 31 and 34 minutes.

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double, Luis Suarez's stunner guide Barcelona to 3-0 win over Sevilla

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double, Luis Suarez's stunner guide Barcelona to 3-0 win over Sevilla

Barca lead Real by a point, but Zinedine Zidane`s men have two games in hand, starting at Leganes later Wednesday.

La Liga Preview: Lionel Messi back for Barcelona; Real Madrid take on Leganes in away clash

La Liga Preview: Lionel Messi back for Barcelona; Real Madrid take on Leganes in away clash

Wednesday could be decisive in the race for the La Liga title as Real Madrid kick off their game away against Leganes almost as soon as the final whistle blows in the Camp Nou stadium in the Barcelona-Sevilla tie

La Liga: In Lionel Messi's absence, Neymar hits 100th goal as Barcelona remain on Madrid's tails

La Liga: In Lionel Messi's absence, Neymar hits 100th goal as Barcelona remain on Madrid's tails

Neymar rounded off the win with his 100th goal on his 177th appearance when he tapped home Alcacer`s cross at the far post.

La Liga: Real Madrid consolidate title grip with comfortable 3-0 win over Alaves

La Liga: Real Madrid consolidate title grip with comfortable 3-0 win over Alaves

Sevilla slipped out of the top three after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to struggling Sporting Gijon in the early game.

Spanish court to hear Lionel Messi's appeal against tax fraud charges on April 20

Spanish court to hear Lionel Messi's appeal against tax fraud charges on April 20

Messi`s father Jorge was given the same sentence and ordered to pay a fine of 1.5 million euros.

Diego Simeone claims he rejected 35 million euro offer to leave Atletico Madrid last year

Diego Simeone claims he rejected 35 million euro offer to leave Atletico Madrid last year

Spanish media reported that Simeone was alluding to an offer from French champions Paris St Germain, who appointed Spaniard Unai Emery in June.

Spain's La Liga chief dismisses European super league idea

Spain's La Liga chief dismisses European super league idea

Aleksander Ceferin, president of European football`s governing body UEFA, vowed on Wednesday that no super league will be formed under his watch, although media reports said major clubs were unofficially discussing the idea.

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona  to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

Messi had already had an effort cleared off the line, whilst Mats-Andre ter Stegen made a stunning save from Carlos Soler at the other end before an action packed final 15 minutes of the first-half saw four goals and a red card.

La Liga: Sergio Ramos strikes again as Real Madrid prosper from Barca hangover to defeat Real Betis

La Liga: Sergio Ramos strikes again as Real Madrid prosper from Barca hangover to defeat Real Betis

However, Madrid`s win was mired in controversy as goalkeeper Keylor Navas was extremely lucky to avoid an early red card before making a brilliant stoppage time save to deny Antonio Sanabria.

LA Liga: Deportivo stun Barcelona with a 2-1 win

LA Liga: Deportivo stun Barcelona with a 2-1 win

Barca's defeat means Real Madrid can go top of La Liga with victory over Real Betis later on Sunday. 

La Liga: Sevilla's title hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

La Liga: Sevilla's title hopes dented, Griezmann hits Atletico winner

Stevan Jovetic levelled for Sevilla just before half-time, but it was Leganes who had the better chances in the second half to take all three points.