Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a goalless and largely uneventful El Clasico at the Nou Camp.

Gareth Bale’s disallowed goal was the closest either side came to scoring, but Real left-back Ferland Mendy was judged to be offside in the build-up. The result sees defending champions Barca stay top of La Liga with Real second on goal difference. Both clubs are now five points clear of Sevilla who lost to Villarreal on Sunday. The 179th La Liga meeting between these sides was originally scheduled for 26 October but was postponed because of fears of civil unrest in Catalonia. Both teams shared the same hotel in the…

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says they “have to believe” Wednesday’s El Clasico against fierce rivals Barcelona will go ahead.

The La Liga match was originally scheduled for 26 October but was postponed because of fears of civil unrest in Catalonia. Both sides are level on 35 points but Barca top the table on goal difference. “In games like this you’ve got to produce your best throughout the 90 minutes,” said Zidane. The game has been delayed by two months after days of protest took place in Barcelona as nine Catalan separatist leaders were convicted of sedition over their role in the referendum and handed jail sentences of between nine…

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Real snatch draw at Valencia with helping header from Courtois

 Real Madrid snatched a 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga on Sunday thanks to a strike from Karim Benzema that was aided in the most unlikely fashion by a header from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the dying seconds. The Belgium keeper rushed upfield for Toni Kroos’s last-gasp corner, met the delivery with a powerful header that his opposite number Jaume Domenech could only parry and then saw Benzema steer the loose ball home. The 95th minute equaliser allowed second-placed Real to go level on 35 points with leaders Barcelona…

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Gareth Bale should rejoin Tottenham Hotspur, says ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes a return to Tottenham Hotspur would be the ideal solution to Gareth Bale’s troubles in Spain. Calderon expects Bale, 30, to be booed at the Bernabeu after he celebrated Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification behind a flag saying “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”. Calderon says if Bale knew what was written on the flag it was “childish”. Moving to Spurs “would be a good solution for everyone”, added Calderon. Former Real manager Jose Mourinho has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager and Calderon…

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