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Football: Barca blow as foot injury rules Neymar out for four weeks

Brazilian star Neymar could miss the rest of the club season after being ruled out for four weeks with an injured left foot, dealing Barcelona a worrying blow to their La Liga hopes. The club confirmed on Thursday that the 22-year-old picked up the injury in Barca's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday. He will now miss La Liga games against Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Getafe. However he has an outside chance of facing Atletico Madrid in what could be a title decider on the last day of the season.

Football: Atletico look to edge towards title before Chelsea visit

Atletico Madrid can take another step towards their first league title in 18 years when they host Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday. Los Rojiblancos need to win just four of their five remaining games to seal the championship and will be keen to finish off relegation threatened Elche early on with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to come on Tuesday. "Within the group the only thing that is worrying us is how to approach the match against Elche in the best way possible," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

Football: Spain hails Bale's 'Bolt' goal

Spain on Thursday hailed Gareth Bale's wonder goal that downed arch rivals Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey final. Spanish newspapers paid homage to Bale's strength and power while the Welsh winger himself declared that winning the cup was "a dream come true". Madrid daily Marca recreated his 58 metre run at an average speed of 27 kilometres an hour on its front page. Inside he was christened "Gareth Bolt" thanks to a burst of pace reminiscent of Jamaica's six-time Olympic sprint gold medallist Usain Bolt.

Football: Bale delivers his magical moment for Madrid

It took the best part of eight months and 84 minutes, but on Wednesday night Gareth Bale began to repay the reported world record fee Real Madrid paid to bring him from Tottenham Hotspur last September. With the clock running down and Madrid tied at 1-1 with eternal rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, Bale set off on a stunning individual run and finish to hand Madrid the trophy for the 19th time.

Football: Real Madrid fans jams streets to celebrate Cup win

Thousands of fans took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday, setting off fireworks and waving flags, to celebrate Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. "Winning the cup is fantastic, winning against Barcelona is even better," said Ezequiel Munoz, a 20-year-old student, in the Plaza de Cibeles Square in the heart of the Spanish capital where he gathered with a group of friends after the match.

Football: Plenty of life still in Barca, insists Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino maintained his side can still return to their former glories after they were beaten 2-1 by a Gareth Bale inspired Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday. The Welshman ran half the length of the field to score the winner five minutes from time and subject Barca a third consecutive defeat in all competitions which leaves them on the verge of failing to win a major trophy for the first time in six years.

Football: Real Madrid fans jams streets to celebrate Cup win

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.

Football: Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.

Football: Liverpool hangover cost Man City - Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland. City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea. But Wednesday's draw with Sunderland, in which they needed a late equaliser from Samir Nasri just to avoid defeat, means that they are still six points behind Liverpool with just one extra game to play.

Football: Liverpool hangover cost Man City - Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland. City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea. But Wednesday's draw with Sunderland, in which they needed a late equaliser from Samir Nasri just to avoid defeat, means that they are still six points behind Liverpool with just one extra game to play.
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