Bale bags a brace

Gareth Bale, under heavy criticism in the Spanish press in recent days, scored his first goals in nine matches as Real Madrid cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Levante.

Málaga win against Córdoba

Málaga, somewhat isolated in seventh place in La Liga, managed to beat bottom club Córdoba 2-0 on Sunday with goals from Juanmi and Amrabat.

Barcelona stay top

Lionel Messi scored twice, once from the penalty spot, to take his goal tally for the season to 43 as Barcelona beat Eibar 2-0 on Saturday.

Fastest goal in Europa League history

Sevilla’s Vitolo scored the fastest goal in Europa League history as the holders beat Villarreal 3-1 in their last-16 first-leg match on Thursday.

Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke

Real Madrid qualified for their fifth successive Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, but only just.

Barcelona move to the top of La Liga

Lionel Messi scored the 24th hat-trick of his La Liga career and joined Cristiano Ronaldo as joint leading scorer this season after Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 6-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Madrid

Real Madrid failed to increase their lead at the top of La Liga after losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening.

Ferrer wins Mexican Open

World number nine David Ferrer claimed the ATP Mexican Open final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori, number five in the world rankings.