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Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid: Atletico win the Copa del Rey in extra-time

May 19, 2013
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid: Atletico win the Copa del Rey in extra-time

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid triumphed at the Bernabeu in a hard-fought, scrappy contest. Simeone brought Diego Costa back into the Atletico side and turned to a three-man central midfield, with Falcao upfront alone. Jose Mourinho used Mesut Ozil out on the right flank and Luka Modric in a three-man midfield, while Karim Benzema got the nod...
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Real Sociedad 4-2 Valencia: superb counter-attacking seals the win

April 30, 2013
Real Sociedad 4-2 Valencia: superb counter-attacking seals the win

Real Sociedad opened up a five-point gap in the race for fourth place. Philippe Montanier brought in Alberto de la Bella for the injured Liassine Cadamuro at left-back, Asier Illarramendi returned after suspension, but Antoine Griezmann was banned so Gonzalo Castro played on the left. From the side that thrashed Malaga 5-1, Ernesto Valverde brought Ricardo...
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Valencia 5-1 Malaga: Jonas and Canales’ narrowness allows Banega freedom to dominate

April 21, 2013
Valencia 5-1 Malaga: Jonas and Canales’ narrowness allows Banega freedom to dominate

Valencia thrashed Malaga thanks to four goals in an amazing eight-minute first half period. Ernesto Valverde brought in Adil Rami and David Albelda for the two Costas, Ricardo and Tino. Manuel Pellegrini was still without Jeremy Toulalan, so named an unchanged side from the 1-0 win over Osasuna. The eight-minute spell was a freak period of play...
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Mourinho rests multiple players but replicates midweek strategy

March 3, 2013
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Mourinho rests multiple players but replicates midweek strategy

Sergio Ramos nodded in a late winner, as Real beat Barca for the second time in a week. Jose Mourinho rested his entire midfield and attack ahead of the game against Manchester United, and reshuffled in defence, too. Jordi Roura was without Xavi Hernandez so played Thiago Alcantara. He played Javier Mascherano instead of Carles Puyol,...
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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Real comfortable defensively and ruthless on the break

February 27, 2013
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Real comfortable defensively and ruthless on the break

Barcelona suffered their second major defeat within the space of a week, and Real are through to the Copa del Rey final. Jordi Roura brought in Jose Pinto for Victor Valdes in goal – as always in this competition. The rest of the side was the same as against Milan with both Cesc Fabregas and...
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