Three quick thoughts from Real Madrid's 4-1 La Liga win over Celta Vigo at Balaidos on Wednesday night.
1. Madrid one point away from La Liga crown
Cristiano Ronaldo's latest double kept Real Madrid on course for the Liga title on a dramatic night at Balaidos that saw Los Blancos again ride their luck at times but win 4-1 and move three points clear at the top of the table with just one game left to play.
The result means Barcelona now need to beat Eibar on Sunday and hope Malaga can upset...
Unless Alaves pull off the biggest Copa del Rey final shock in 13 years, since Real Zaragoza beat Madrid 3-2 after extra time in Montjuic's Olympic Stadium, all of Spain's top prizes will be divided between the two Clasico clubs. Again.
The cynical, "glass half-empty" brigade will moan and groan about that, I've no doubt. But brand me as a dewy-eyed optimist and let my football evangelism earn me the nickname Billy "Bumper" Graham, as I see sparkles of gold dust among the "also-ran" clubs that...
Sergio Romero thought Claudio Beauvue was going to shoot, and when he didn't, he thought it was over. He was right; it was over -- just not the way he feared. The Old Trafford clock showed 95:52, with 96:00 to play. The ball went from Hugo Mallo to Tucu Hernández to Beauvue and then beyond the Manchester United goalkeeper, leaving him stranded, his goal exposed. "I saw the pass and said to myself, 'I'm dead,'" he admitted.
Six yards out, it fell to John Guidetti: Super Guidetti, who'd led...
Reporting on Manchester United's Europa League semifinal second leg against Celta Vigo for BBC Radio, Mark Chapman found himself stationed in front of a rather excitable Spanish commentator up in the gantry at Old Trafford.
Secretly filming on his phone, Chapman recorded the moment that Celta managed to win, not the match, but a throw-in.
MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester United's 1-1 Europa League semifinal second-leg draw with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday, which sees the English side advance to the final 2-1 on aggregate.
1. Man United pay heavy price to reach Europa League final
The good news for Manchester United is that they are one win away from qualifying for the Champions League, but their progression to the Europa League final came at a heavy price against Celta Vigo.
VIGO, Spain -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester United's 1-0 Europa League semifinal first-leg win over Celta Vigo on Thursday.
1. Rashford puts Man United on brink of Europa League final
The mark of a top player is his ability to deliver when it matters, and nobody can question Marcus Rashford's quality after his latest decisive contribution for Manchester United put Jose Mourinho's team within reach of the Europa League final.
At 19, the Manchester-born forward is still a rookie when it comes...