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Barcelona 7 Osasuna 1: Messi at the double to pile pressure on Madrid

Messi capped a virtuoso individual display with an injury time winner at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, moving Luis Enrique's men back to the top of the table on goal difference.

Madrid will hope to quickly close up a three-point deficit when they face Deportivo La Coruna later on Wednesday, after which they will still have a game in hand on their rivals.

Messi also reached 500 goals for Barcelona with his Clasico brace and a huge banner at Camp Nou honoured his achievement before kick-off.

Neymar suspended, will miss 'clasico' against Real Madrid

The two-match ban announced Tuesday comes in addition to a one-game suspension he was automatically required to serve after being sent off in a 2-0 loss at Malaga on Sunday.

A highlight of the Spanish season, the game between the league leaders is on April 23 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. A victory by Madrid could all but secure its first league title since 2012.

Defending champion Barcelona is three points behind Madrid, which has a game in hand. Third-place Atletico Madrid is 10 points off the lead.

Barcelona's Rafinha out for the season after knee operation

The Brazil international suffered meniscus damage in the 4-1 LaLiga win over Granada on April 2 and was sent for further tests to determine the extent of the injury.

Barca champions announced on Friday that the 24-year-old will be out of action for four months while he recovers, meaning he will not return until the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign.

"This afternoon, first-team player Rafinha underwent an arthroscopic examination of his right knee to treat the injury to his meniscus," a club statement confirmed.

"The recovery time is set at four months."

Barcelona 3 Sevilla 0: Messi inspires champions on return from suspension

The champions' talisman missed the 4-1 defeat of Granada last time out due to an accumulation of yellow cards, but more than made up for lost time in Wednesday's resounding success at Camp Nou with a brace and an assist.

Messi was instrumental as Barca assumed complete control with a devastating eight-minute spell midway through the first half, setting up the opener for Luis Suarez with a trademark darting run down the right before netting twice himself.

Real musn't change mentality - Zidane

Zidane is familiar with the cauldron-like atmosphere at San Paolo from his playing days at Juventus and expects a typically high-intensity approach from Maurizio Sarri's side, who are nursing a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

Madrid police talk to Maradona after altercation at hotel

Officers were dispatched after a call from the hotel, but found no evidence of any serious disturbance after talking to Maradona and his girlfriend, Rocio Oliva. They said neither Maradona nor Oliva showed signs of having been involved in a confrontation, and neither wanted to make a formal complaint.

Barcelona's Alcacer finally scores to spark win over Bilbao

lcacer, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal all scored to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The win moved the defending champions to within one point of Spanish league leader Real Madrid, which have played two fewer matches.

Alcacer used one touch of his left boot to drive Neymar's pass under goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz's glove and put Barcelona ahead in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.

Messi and Suarez score as Barcelona hammer Las Palmas 5-0

Luis Suarez added two goals and Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal also scored as Barcelona easily won at Camp Nou in its pursuit of Madrid, who play at third-place Sevilla on Sunday. Madrid will remain with a game in hand after this weekend's matches.

After scoring free kick goals in all three matches Barcelona played this year, Messi needed an effortless shot from close range to get on the board in the 52nd minute. Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas failed to handle a left-flank cross by Rafinha and left the ball in front of the goal for an easy strike by Messi.

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Ronaldo crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward was announced as the winner at Monday's ceremony in Zurich.

Ronaldo beat fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the new FIFA honour, the trio having topped a shortlist of 23 global stars.

The triumph adds to the Ballon d'Or crown the 31-year-old picked up last month, which was the fourth of his career.

"Wow, wow, wow – it is incredible," Ronaldo said after being presented with the award by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.