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Live Commentary: Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid - As It Happened

Xabi Alonso came close to connecting with a Marcelo corner at the far post after 16 minutes before Ronaldo flashed a shot wide, as Madrid enjoyed much of the early pressure. The visitors' positive start was rewarded two minutes before the half-hour mark whenDi Mariacut inside from the right before beating two Valencia defenders and finding the far corner of Guaita's net. However, their joy was short-lived asPiattistole in ahead of Sergio Ramos to head home Bernat's delivery six minutes later. The goals continued to flow as Di Maria turned provider for Madrid's second, supplying a teasing set piece delivery forRonaldoto head home unmarked after 40 minutes. In what was a low-key start to the second half, neither side were able to fashion any clear-cut chances untilMathieudrew Valencia level a minute after the hour mark. The defender shook off the attentions of Ramos to angle a header past Diego Lopez and register his first goal of the season. http://yourtrainings.com/aureliozjnx/trainings/973230/
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Madrid on the cheap, from symphonies to art

The structure they have there is one of the best in the world. There were more than five pitches on the training ground, I was impressed. I have already visited for a lecture with Sir Alex Ferguson. His agent also claimed that talks had begun with the Red Devils over a potential switch to Old Trafford. "Manchester United want him," said his agent, Robson Ferreira. David Moyes has been impressed. Ive already been to England and talked personally with them.
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Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid: Jese earns Blancos vital victory

Originally the formal gardens of a medieval palace, it became original site King Philip II's 16th century refuge from court preoccupations, as well as his religious retreat hence its name. Retiro offers all you would expect from a showcase city park: leafy walks, bicycle rides, superb horticulture, row-boats and cooling fountains. But it is also packed with cultural surprises. It contains three free museums Casa de Vacas, Palacio de Velazquez and Palacio de Cristal the last being a wonderfully preserved iron-framed glasshouse. Napoleon Bonaparte's invading army camped here in the early 1800s and razed the palace, but a fisherman's cottage from the era survived. Children shriek with delight at a proper, brick-built puppet theatre and grown-ups muse over games of chess or watch an ancient form of bowling that uses a semi-circular object pitched overarm at the pins. Details: madridtourist.info/buen_retiro_park.html .
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Madrid to tie up Xabi Alonso deal, Barcelona search for a striker: January plans for La Liga's big clubs

Much-changed Valencia side this evening with Fede Cartabia, Joao Pereira and Pablo Piatti all returning to the side. Madrid, meanwhile, are without the injured Gareth Bale and Pepe, meaning that Angel di Maria starts on the right. Spanish defender Nacho is also selected in defence. Right, the home side get the action underway on this mild evening in Valencia. 2 min Valencia have had some very good news in the last couple of hours - president Amadeo Salvo has confirmed that Singapore businessman Peter Lim is prepared to clear the club of their outstanding debt, as well as finish construction on the Nou Mestalla and invest in new players.
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Aston Villa Star Wanted By Atletico Madrid To Replace Arsenal target Diego Costa - Report

The Spanish side were linked to Benteke last summer when they tried to fill the gap left by Radamel Falcao 's move to Monaco. However, they finally signed Brazilian Leo Baptistao and Spaniard David Villa to partner Diego Costa in the front line. According to Spanish Newspaper Marca , Atletico are monitoring Benteke again as Costa has caught the view publisher site eye of some of the best European clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool having become top scorer in La Liga this season with 19 goals in just 17 games. The report added that Atletico Madrid representatives like Benteke a lot, but last summer they refused to sign him because Villa demanded more than 20m for him. Aston Villa got Benteke for a bargain 8m from Genk in summer 2012 and manager Paul Lambert was determined not to sell him after a sensational debut season in which his 19 Premier League goals kept them safe from relegation. However, if Atletico Madrid get a substantial amount of money for Diego Costa, Benteke will become a key target for Diego Simeones side and they will have the money to meet Aston Villa's expectations. Last July Benteke handed in a transfer request at Villa, but he subsequently reversed his decision and signed a new deal with his team until 2017.
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Real Madrid fail with ?7m bid for Manchester United target

In the meantime, Ancelotti is keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as a possible replacement. Madrid have also been looking at strikers, but a new forward is unlikely to arrive in the winter window, especially after top target Luis Suarez signed an extension with Liverpool this week. Elsewhere, winger Angel di Maria has been linked with an exit to Monaco in January, but Ancelotti hopes he will stay and a move looks unlikely. The Argentine would only be transferred to raise cash for a world-class striker, in any case, and with such a transfer on hold until at least the summer, El Fideo now seems certain to remain at Real for the foreseeable future. ATLETICO MADRID Atletico Madrid are still in debt and currently operate on a tight budget, so coach Diego Simeone is unlikely to be given funds to strengthen the side in January - even though they are challenging for what would be their first Liga crown since 1995-96. Meanwhile, the Argentine coach has told the club's board he wants to keep his squad together to maintain the team's title tilt right until the end of the season.
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