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16hSam Marsden

Messi named La Liga POTY for sixth time

Lionel Messi has said he is relishing the competitiveness of La Liga this season after being named the league's best player.

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20hDermot Corrigan

Real Madrid to hire Solari as permanent coach

Santiago Solari, who had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side, stepped up to the senior role when Julen Lopetegui was sacked.

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1dDermot Corrigan

Solari's Real Madrid fate to be decided Monday

League rules mandate that an interim coach cannot stay longer than a fortnight in the post, meaning Madrid's hierarchy have until Monday to decide.

Betis loss shows Barca's defensive woes, preparation issues (3:05)
Has Solari earned an extended run as Real Madrid boss? (2:05)
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1dDermot Corrigan

Benzema 9/10 in dominant display for Madrid

Karim Benzema followed up a two-goal outing vs. Viktoria Plzen in midweek with a stellar showing vs. Vigo as Santi Solari made it four out of four.

Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid: Los Merengues in fine form (3:38)
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2dSam Marsden

Messi 8/10 in return but Barca shocked by Betis

Lionel Messi scored twice and was Barcelona's best on his return but a leaky defence and a Marc-Andre ter Stegen error doomed Barca vs. Real Betis.

Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis: Messi's return spoiled by Betis (3:04)
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Messi returns but Barca shocked by Betis

Lionel Messi made a scoring return to action following a broken arm but could not stop Barcelona suffering a surprise defeat at home to Real Betis.

3dDermot Corrigan

Solari relaxed as Madrid decision day looms

Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari has claimed his only focus is on Sunday's match at Celta Vigo, with decision time over his future near.

Extra Time: Derby analysis, Santi Solari's hair and more (12:15)
Lowe: Solari has reached Real Madrid's dressing room (2:05)
Fantasy FC: Tough choices in La Liga (1:16)
Pochettino ignores Real Madrid rumours (1:07)
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Injured Coutinho to miss international break

Philippe Coutinho is set to miss the international break, as well as Barcelona's game against Real Betis this Sunday.

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5dAdriana Garcia

Aspas: Madrid wanted to sign me last summer

Iago Aspas was La Liga's highest-scoring Spaniard for the last two seasons, and was reportedly a target for Real Madrid earlier this year.