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Real Madrid appeal Cristiano Ronaldo diving caution

Real Madrid are appealing against a one-match ban handed down to Cristiano Ronaldo in the hope that the Portuguese striker will be available to play against Eibar on Saturday.

Ronaldo was cautioned after taking a tumble in the box. Credit: PA

Ronaldo was booked for diving in the 51st minute of Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.

Real believed he should have been awarded a penalty instead of being shown a yellow card following a challenge from Rayo defender Antonio Amaya.

The caution was Ronaldo's fifth booking, which results in an automatic one-match ban.

A statement from Real Madrid read: "Real Madrid will appeal the yellow card that Cristiano Ronaldo received in yesterday's game against Rayo in Vallecas."

Ronaldo scores eight-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid win 9-1

Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in Real Madrid's 9-1 win Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick as he netted five times in Real Madrid's 9-1 win over Granada at the Bernabéu today.

The Portuguese winger scored three times before the break and bagged another two in the second half.

Wales star Gareth Bale gave Los Blancos the lead as the goal-rush began.

Karim Benzema scored twice before Robert Ibanez pulled one back for the visitors, only for Diego Mainz to net an own goal and Ronaldo hit his fifth to complete a miserable afternoon for Granada.

The win closes the gap between Real Madrid and La Liga leaders Barcelona to one point.


Man Utd suffer blow as Brazilian joins Real Madrid

Real Madrid have signed Danilo for £23m. Credit: PA

Man United have suffered an early blow to their transfer plans for next season after defender Danilo agreed to join Real Madrid.

The Brazilian full back opted for the Spanish giants despite concrete interest from United, and will leave Porto in the summer for a fee around £23m.

Madrid confirmed last night:

Real Madrid and FC Porto have reached an agreement over the transfer of Danilo, he will join the club next season and has a contract until 30 June 2021.

– Real Madrid statement

Man Utd striker frustrated at Real Madrid and unlikely to stay

Hernandez has spent most of his time at Real Madrid on the bench. Credit: PA

Javier Hernandez has voiced his disappointment over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

The Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, joined the European champions last summer on a season-long loan from Manchester United and has made just one Primera Division start since.

Real have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season but the 26-year-old forward is unlikely to remain at the Bernabeu stadium.

"My situation is frustrating," Hernandez said in an interview with Fox Sports which will air on Monday evening. "I cooperate, I help and give my 100 per cent in training but in the games the opportunities are slim.

"I'm in a team but left out of what is important, which are the games.

"At times my confidence is rock bottom although I try for it to be sky high, thanks to the people that are always there with me and support me."


Arsenal and Liverpool target happy at Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas says he doesn't want to leave Real Madrid, despite spending the season as Iker Casillas' deputy.

The Costa Rican has spent the the majority of the season of the bench, even though Casillas has been prone to mistakes.

Navas is a reported target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, who are both looking to sign a keeper in the summer, but the stopper in keen to stay in the Spanish capital.

Keylor Navas is going nowhere. Credit: PA

"I feel very calm," Navas told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "Obviously, one always wants more.

"I'm not a conformist or someone that gives up easily.

"I know that the situation is not one that one would like but that is where I need to bring out the best in me and be stronger.

"It's not the first time in my career that I'm in a position of being an understudy.

"For me it's a privilege to be at Real Madrid and I try to prove day after day the reasons why they signed me."

Real Madrid ban fans over Bale car attack

Real Madrid have banned three fans over attacking Gareth Bale's car on Monday morning.

The supporters were outside the club's training ground when players left after their defeat to fierce rivals Barcelona.

Gareth Bale is not popular at the moment. Credit: PA

Video was taken on the men shouting abuse and hitting the cars of Bale and his team-mates.

The club have released a statement saying the supporters are currently banned ahead of a disciplinary meeting.

Suarez scores 'most important goal' for Barcelona against Real Madrid

Suarez got the winner. Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez hailed his second-half winner against Real Madrid as "the most important goal" of his Barcelona career.

With 55 minutes on the clock and the scoreline locked at 1-1 after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu's opener, the Uruguayan trapped a long punt forward by Dani Alves and then arrowed the ball past Iker Casillas to restore Barca's lead at the Nou Camp.

This is the most important goal I've scored for Barca and it has an extra significance because of the rival we were playing against.

I just tried to take advantage of the space between defenders and be as fast as I could so I didn't give the centre-backs any time to recover. Luckily it went in.

The dressing room is very happy, we knew this was a really important game if we wanted to stay top of the league and increase our advantage.

– Suarez speaking to Barcelona's official television Channel.
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