Real Madrid on verge of title after Ronaldo inspires win at Celta

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, May 18 : An insatiable Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday to take Zinedine Zidane’s side three points clear at the top of La Liga and within touching distance of winning a first league title in five years. Real top the standings on […]

Rampant Real thrash Granada after Barca down Villarreal

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, May 7 : Real Madrid produced a ruthless first-half display to thrash already-relegated Granada 4-0 on Saturday and remain on course for a first league title in five years, while Barcelona hammered Villarreal 4-1. James Rodriguez put Zinedine Zidane’s side in charge in the third minute by bundling in Lucas Vazquez’s […]

Real rampage past sorry Granada to stay on track for title

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, May 6 : Real Madrid produced a ruthless first half display to thrash already relegated Granada 4-0 today and remain on course for a first league title in five years. James Rodriguez put Zinedine Zidane’s side in charge in the third minute by bundling in Lucas Vazquez’s arrowed cross and then […]

Messi, Suarez and Neymar combine to down Villarreal

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, May 6 : Barcelona’s formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored as the champions beat Villarreal 4-1 on Saturday to stay top of La Liga and keep the pressure on title rivals Real Madrid. Barca top the standings with 84 points after 36 games, three ahead […]

Madrid show highlights Picasso’s Guernica as abiding symbol of war

By Isla Binnie MADRID, Apr 25 : Eighty years after the bloody air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica that drove Pablo Picasso to paint a masterpiece, a new exhibition in Madrid highlights the enduring relevance of his depiction. Adolf Hitler sent aircraft in support of Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces to strike the Basque […]

Basque militants ETA to disarm, drawing line under decades of conflict

By Sonya Dowsett and Isla Binnie MADRID, Apr 8 : Basque militant group ETA is to surrender its weapons to authorities today, drawing a line under more than four decades of armed struggle that gained it notoriety as one of Europe’s most intractable separatist movements. The orchestrated handover in the French city of Bayonne will […]