Saturday's La Liga round-up

Saturday's La Liga action saw narrow wins for Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, while Granada and Las Palmas played out a dramatic five-goal thriller.

Barcelona back on top against Betis

Barcelona weren't at their best against Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarín on Saturday, but still did enough to earn a 2-0 win.

Bale keeps Real in Primera Division title hunt

Gareth Bale's 80th minute header was enough to hand Real Madrid a 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad at Estadio Anoeta on Saturday and lift them top of the Primera Division.

Simeone confident of keeping Saul

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has absolutely no doubt in-form midfielder Saul Niguez will remain at the club despite recent speculation about his future.

Gijon claim important win

Sporting Gijon claimed an important 2-0 win over Eibar on Friday night to boost their chances of survival in La Liga.

Genesio hoping Lacazette snubs Barca

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has urged Alexandre Lacazette to continue his career at the French club amid reported interest from Barcelona.

Pique: Win title or be branded failures

Gerard Pique has warned his Barcelona team-mates that they will be branded failures if they fail to win the La Liga title this season.

Simeone set for suspension after appeal bid fails

Diego Simeone will have to watch Atletico Madrid's La Liga title bid from the stands after his appeal against a three-match touchline ban was rejected.

Late Adrian goal gives Villarreal the lead

Villarreal put themselves in the driver's seat in the Europa League semi-finals after recording a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Liverpool in their first-leg clash at El Madrigal on Thursday night.

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid's rock-solid defence is going to have their work cut out for them when they take on free-scoring Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Simeone sings Saul praises

Diego Simeone has praised Saul Niguez after the midfielder's sensational solo goal gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 lead in their Champions League semi-final tie.

Bale: Real 'unlucky' not to get penalties

Gareth Bale feels the referee's decision not to award Real Madrid two penalties was the difference between them and Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Villarreal's Suarez wary of Liverpool threat

Villarreal attacking midfielder Denis Suarez says Liverpool deserve respect after seeing off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Marcelino: A chance to make history

Villarreal manager Marcelino García Toral is expecting a memorable evening as his side prepares to host Liverpool for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Villarreal v Liverpool

Villarreal will look to continue their remarkable tournament form as they take on new cup favourites Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

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