Spain

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Five clubs have a chance of reaching this year's knockout stage despite suffering group-stage humiliations - but how often have teams marched on in Europe after heavy defeats?

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Pep Guardiola's men, led by Lionel Messi, could not be stopped in 2009 but were given an almighty scare by Estudiantes as they chased world champion status in Abu Dhabi.

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Diego Simeone's men have consistently converted from free kicks and corners this term. But what makes them so much better than everyone else in that facet of the game?

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The Argentine's incredible total from the 2011-12 season seemed insurmountable, but if the Madrid ace maintains his current strike rate he will smash that tally.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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The Argentine hit his third hat trick in four games to prove he is far from fed up, despite criticism from former Man United midfielder Paul Scholes this week.

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Lionel Messi bags a hat trick to inspire a Los Cules comeback at Camp Nou which sees them move within two points of Real Madrid in the Spanish Primera Division.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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The Portuguese attacker scored a record 23rd Liga hat trick and his 200th goal in the Spanish top flight and the defender has been singing his praises.

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The Portuguese is scoring freely at the moment, but his hat trick against Celta proved polemic following a highly contentious penalty in the all-important first goal