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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# La Liga

This week
19th March 2023 - 22nd March 2023
# Leaders
Barca snatch win over Madrid to strike title blow
Franck Kessie’s late goal moved the Catalan side 12 points clear at the top of La Liga.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Wrap
Milan slip in Serie A top four race, Morata strikes late as Atletico beat Girona
Struggling Salernitana escaped the San Siro with a 1-1 draw.
# Barcelona
Ref corruption case is Spanish football's worst ever moment - La Liga president
Spanish prosecutors have charged Barcelona over payments to a company owned by a former refereeing chief.
This month
March 2023
# Review
Bayern make most of Dortmund draw, Madrid cut La Liga gap
Kylian Mbappe’s late goal spared PSG’s blushes against Brest while Napoli’s stride to the Serie A title continued.
# Controversy
Barcelona charged with corruption over referee payments
Two of the club’s former presidents, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and the former refereeing chief Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira are facing the same charge.
Last month
February 2023
# spoils shared
Madrid's teen striker Rodriguez rescues derby draw against Atletico
Jose Gimenez had headed Atletico in front in the second half.
# Controversy
Barca facing questions after paying millions to ex-refereeing chief's company
The online investigative site El Confidencial also revealed on Friday that two other companies are being investigated in connection with the affair.
# World Champs
Benzema nets two penalties as Real Madrid cut gap back to 8 points
Benzema’s brace took him to 11 league goals for the season, three short of leader Robert Lewandowski at Barcelona.
# big spenders
More English 'super-debt' clubs breaching rules - La Liga president
English champions Man City were charged earlier in February with more than 100 breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules.
# crisis management
Valencia legend tasked with steering club away from potential disaster
Ruben Baraja has succeeded Gennaro Gattuso as manager of the struggling club.
No La Liga debut yet for Matt Doherty, Messi nets important PSG winner
Elsewhere, there were emotional scenes in Germany as Sebastian Haller scored for Borussia Dortmund.
# Wrap
Real Madrid reduce Barcelona's La Liga lead while Juventus advance in Italian Cup
Juventus will face Inter Milan in the last four of the Italian Cup.
# uncertainty
Barcelona Deadline Day transfer may be foiled by 18-second delay
LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo’s paperwork was filed late with Fifa.
# mattletico
Opportunity and challenge - what Matt Doherty can expect at Atletico Madrid
Doherty’s move to Madrid is as challenging as it is intriguing.
This year
# Moving On
Italian legend Gattuso leaves Valencia by mutual agreement
Valencia are one point above the relegation places in La Liga.
# La Liga
Real Madrid slip leaves Barcelona five points clear in La Liga title race
Goalkeeper Alex Remiro was Real Sociedad’s hero in a 0-0 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
# Copa del Rey
Lewandowski hits two for Barca, Real Madrid stun Villarreal with comeback
Both Spanish soccer giants progressed tonight.
# compensation
Barcelona ordered to pay more than €7 million to sacked midfielder
Matheus Fernandes joined the Catalan club from Palmeiras at the end of the 2020 winter transfer.
Last year
# Frustration
Former Chelsea star on target as Barcelona drop points in heated Catalan derby
A goal by Marcos Alonso was not enough for Xavi’s men to prevail against Espanyol.
# Review
Benzema buries World Cup woe with double strike
The Ballon d’Or winner starred as Real Madrid defeated Valladolid.
# angry scenes
Hearts friendly in Spain abandoned following clashes between players
Robbie Neilson accused the opposition of overreacting to a ‘standard’ tackle.
# euro wrap
Kroos stunner helps Madrid cut gap on Barca, Kean fires Juve into top four at outraged Verona
Real Madrid beat Cadiz 2-1, while Juventus triumphed by the minimum.
# euro wrap
Atletico lose yet again, Mourinho slams 'unprofessional' player after Roma draw
A round-up of a hectic night of action across Spain, Germany, and Italy.
# Points dropped
Real Madrid defeat leaves Barcelona top of La Liga
After 13 matches, Barcelona are top on 34 points to Real Madrid’s 32.
# Emotional
Pique gives tearful Barcelona speech, insisting he'll be back
The 35-year-old centre-back has won 30 trophies with the club
# sempr3
Pique makes Camp Nou bow as Barca beat Almeria to go top
The World Cup winner will retire from football after Tuesday’s visit to Osasuna.
Real Madrid drop points to Girona, Milan stunned by Torino to hand Napoli advantage
Rodrygo had a goal ruled out late on.
# La Liga
Lewandowski scores 93rd minute winner for Barca at Valencia
Xavi’s side are now level on 31 points with Real Madrid at the top of the table.
# mind the gap
Madrid turn on the style to beat Sevilla and increase Liga lead
Carlo Ancelotti’s unbeaten side moved six points clear of rivals Barcelona, who host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
# karim the dream
Ballon d'Or winner Benzema on target as Real Madrid crush Elche
The league leaders won 3-0, and had three further strikes ruled out for offside.
# La Liga
Falcao scores late equaliser to snatch Rayo draw at former club Atletico
Valencia missed a late penalty as Sevilla held the visitors to a 1-1 draw.
# european wrap
Union stun Dortmund and stay top, wins for Bayern, Napoli and PSG
There was plenty of Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 action today.
# La Liga
Nervy Barca cling on to beat Celta and top La Liga
Pedri’s goal helped Barcelona to victory.
# Must do better
Xavi calls on inconsistent Barcelona star to 'give us more'
Ousmane Dembele had a disappointing game amid a midweek loss to Inter Milan.
# Los Rojiblancos
Sevilla reappoint Argentine coach Sampaoli following the sacking of Lopetegui
The Spanish club have five points from a possible 21 in La Liga and have lost two and drawn one of their three Champions League group games.
# Economic stress
Recovering Barca predict 1.3 billion euro revenue
The club has a predicted profit of 274 million euros.
# Pole Position
Rodrygo and Valverde on target as Real Madrid edge out heated derby to reclaim top spot
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have started their title defence in perfect fashion.
# Four Star Show
Real Madrid brush Mallorca aside to go top of La Liga
The 4-1 victory left Real on 15 points with five wins from five matches.
Barcelona trounce Cadiz, climb top in Spain after medical emergency interrupts game
The match was halted in the 82nd minute because of a presumed heart attack in the stands.
# Wrap
Bayern held for third straight draw, Neymar scores 10th of the season
“We need to take a look in the mirror,” said Thomas Mueller post-match.