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Lionel Messi to be enjoyed, says Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi to be enjoyed, says Luis Enrique

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said he is savouring the chance to watch Lionel Messi after the Argentine notched his fifth hat-trick of the season in a 5-0 romp over Levante on Sunday.

La Liga: Lionel Messi hits record treble in Barca win, Atletico lose at Celta
La Liga: Lionel Messi hits record treble in Barca win, Atletico lose at Celta

Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with a record-equalling hat-trick and an assist for Neymar as Barcelona stayed hard on the heels of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 romp at home to Levante on Sunday.

Arsenal handed defender Gabriel Paulista boost
Arsenal handed defender Gabriel Paulista boost

Premier League giants Arsenal appear to have received a boost in the race to sign defender Gabriel Paulista in the January transfer window.

Fernando Torres keen for titles after hero`s welcome
Fernando Torres keen for titles after hero`s welcome

Fernando Torres has targeted trophies to add to the love of the Atletico Madrid faithful after he was presented in front of 45,000 fans at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

Antoine Griezmann double keeps Atletico on Real`s shoulders
Antoine Griezmann double keeps Atletico on Real`s shoulders

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid remained in the race to retain their title with a comfortable 3-1 win over Levante on Saturday thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann.

La Liga kicks off after Christmas break
La Liga kicks off after Christmas break

The La Liga football returns to action this weekend following the Christmas break with several sides hoping the fortnight's inactivity could change their fortunes, while others hoping a weekend off would have done nothing to interrupt their form.

Senior Japan players defend under-fire coach Javier Aguirre
Senior Japan players defend under-fire coach Javier Aguirre

Japan`s senior players have leapt to the defence of their under-fire head coach Javier Aguirre, who again denied any involvement in a match-fixing case that continues to overshadow their Asian Cup preparations.

Japan coach Javier Aguirre denies match-fixing, calls for calm
Japan coach Javier Aguirre denies match-fixing, calls for calm

Japan coach Javier Aguirre denied on Saturday any involvement in match-fixing in Spain and called for calm from the team`s supporters during their Asian Cup defence.

Japan coach Javier Aguirre denies Spain match fixing allegations
Japan coach Javier Aguirre denies Spain match fixing allegations

Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Saturday denied allegations that he was part of a match-fixing scandal that has rocked world football.

Late lapse highlights problems facing David Moyes at Sociedad
Late lapse highlights problems facing David Moyes at Sociedad

 Real Sociedad were left frustrated after a late Levante penalty denied them a first league away win of the season on Saturday with their inability to hold on to the lead a further indication of the tough job facing coach David Moyes.

Japan send mission to Spain to probe Javier Aguirre allegations
Japan send mission to Spain to probe Javier Aguirre allegations

The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre.

David Moyes demands mental toughness from Real Sociedad players
David Moyes demands mental toughness from Real Sociedad players

Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Japan stick with Javier Aguirre for Asian Cup despite scandal
Japan stick with Javier Aguirre for Asian Cup despite scandal

Japan will stick with coach Javier Aguirre for next month`s Asian Cup, despite the former Mexico coach being involved in a match-fixing scandal which has rocked world football.

Ander Herrera`s `conscience clear` over fixing probe
Ander Herrera`s `conscience clear` over fixing probe

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera declared that his conscience was "totally clear" on Tuesday after he was one of 41 people named in a Spanish match-fixing probe.

Charges may be filed in La Liga match-fixing case next week
Charges may be filed in La Liga match-fixing case next week

Spain`s anti-corruption prosecutor could be ready to file charges in a suspected case of match-fixing involving La Liga clubs Levante and Real Zaragoza early next week.

Valencia fall to derby defeat at Levante
Valencia fall to derby defeat at Levante

Valencia hopes of returning to the Champions League next season suffered a blow as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at local rivals Levante on Sunday.

La Liga: Valencia, Sevilla held at home
La Liga: Valencia, Sevilla held at home

Valencia failed to win at home for the first time this season as Athletic Bilbao put their disappointment at being knocked out of the Champions League in midweek behind them to claim a 0-0 draw.

Levante sack coach Jose Luis Mendilibar
Levante sack coach Jose Luis Mendilibar

Jose Luis Mendilibar became the second coach of the season to be sacked in La Liga when he was shown the door by Levante.

 Gareth Bale doubtful as Real Madrid face Liverpool
Gareth Bale doubtful as Real Madrid face Liverpool

Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League away match against Liverpool FC at Anfield as he is struggling to shake off a muscle injury picked up on international duty with Wales.

Cristiano Ronaldo sets best scoring start in Spanish league
Cristiano Ronaldo sets best scoring start in Spanish league

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 14th and 15th goals to set a record scoring start in a Spanish league season as Real Madrid eased to a 5-0 win at Levante on Saturday, while Lionel Messi scored to move one goal from the competition's all-time scorer.