Fernando Torres header sets Atletico Madrid on course for victory
Fernando Torres header sets Atletico Madrid on course for victory

A bullet header from Fernando Torres set up depleted Atletico Madrid for a 2-0 victory over Getafe on Saturday as the champions boosted their hopes of finishing third in La Liga.

Third-placed resurgent Valencia surge four points clear of Atletico Madrid
Third-placed resurgent Valencia surge four points clear of Atletico Madrid

Resurgent Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the battle for third place in La Liga when Andre Gomes scored and then set up Paco Alcacer for their second goal in a 4-0 stroll at struggling Elche on Friday.

El Clasico, and the contrasting study with Spain's Champions League claims

On the importance of El Classico clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, and Spanish clubs' domination in Europe, specially in UEFA Champions League.

Resurgent Valencia well placed to secure Europe return
Resurgent Valencia well placed to secure Europe return

After failing to qualify for Europe last season, Valencia are heading into the final weeks of the La Liga campaign in a strong position to secure a lucrative berth in continental competition for next term.

New-look Valencia threaten La Liga elite
New-look Valencia threaten La Liga elite

Quietly and efficiently Valencia are building up steam under new owner Peter Lim and on Sunday face champions Atletico Madrid ready to fight for third place in La Liga.

Pablo Piatti brace keeps Valencia on Champions League course
Pablo Piatti brace keeps Valencia on Champions League course

A quickfire Pablo Piatti double secured a 2-0 win for Valencia at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday that kept them on course to clinch a lucrative berth in the Champions League for next season.

Atletico Madrid facing crucial tests of new pedigree
Atletico Madrid facing crucial tests of new pedigree

Atletico Madrid have four games in the coming weeks that are likely to determine whether they have truly joined Spain`s elite or are in danger of slipping back in the second rank behind powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona.

La Liga: Valencia back up to fourth after beating Getafe
La Liga: Valencia back up to fourth after beating Getafe

Valencia reclaimed La Liga`s fourth Champions League qualification berth from Sevilla when forward Alvaro Negredo won and converted a penalty in a 1-0 victory at home to Getafe on Sunday.

Indian women play 0-0 draw with Spain in hockey test series
Indian women play 0-0 draw with Spain in hockey test series

Indian women's team played out a goal-less draw against Spain in the first hockey test series here on Sunday.

La Liga: Valencia leapfrog Sevilla into fourth

Valencia moved up to fourth in La Liga as they avenged their Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Espanyol with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Koke injured in Atletico Madrid's derby destruction
Koke injured in Atletico Madrid's derby destruction

Atletico Madrid may be without key midfielder Koke for over a month after he suffered a torn hamstring in his side`s 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid on Saturday.

Transfer window closes in Spain with few major moves
Transfer window closes in Spain with few major moves

The winter transfer market for Spain came to a close with most clubs refraining from doing any business.

Hannover sign Valencia defender Joao Pereira
Hannover sign Valencia defender Joao Pereira

Hannover have reinforced their squad with the signing of defender Joao Pereira, the German football club confirmed.

Valencia down Sevilla to move into fourth
Valencia down Sevilla to move into fourth

Valencia leapfrogged Sevilla into fourth in La Liga with a 3-1 win over the Andalusians in a match filled with controversy and three penalties on Sunday.

La Liga: Alvaro Negredo winner lifts Valencia up to third
La Liga: Alvaro Negredo winner lifts Valencia up to third

Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo came off the bench to score the winner as Valencia moved into third in La Liga thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over Almeria on Saturday.

Japan says won`t address coach match-fixing case until after Asian Cup
Japan says won`t address coach match-fixing case until after Asian Cup

The Japan Football Association said Thursday it will not address a match-fixing scandal engulfing Japan coach Javier Aguirre until after the Asian Cup, as speculation grows over the Mexican`s possible sacking.

Cristiano Ronaldo urges Real Madrid fans to support Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo urges Real Madrid fans to support Gareth Bale

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has urged fans to get behind "important player" Welshman Gareth Bale after the latter was criticised for being selfish during the Spanish football club's win over Espanyol in La Liga.

Aston Villa sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil
Aston Villa sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil

Spanish attacking midfielder Carles Gil has joined Aston Villa from Valencia on a four-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo extends deal to 2018
Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo extends deal to 2018

"Valencia CF has reached an agreement with the coach of the first team, Nuno Espirito Santo, to extend his contractual ties with the club until June 30, 2018," said a statement on the club`s website.

Carlo Ancelotti bemoans Real Madrid mental state
Carlo Ancelotti bemoans Real Madrid mental state

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday blamed his side`s poor start to 2015 on a problem with their "mental state".