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La Liga & Serie A: Suarez, Messi pace Barca; AC Milan tops Bologna

A second-half burst from Barcelona, aided by a Villareal red card, helped give the Blaugrana their 12th victory of the La Liga season.

La Liga & Serie A: Suarez, Messi pace Barca; AC Milan tops Bologna

A second-half burst from Barcelona, aided by a Villareal red card, helped give the Blaugrana their 12th victory of the La Liga season.

La Liga & Serie A: Suarez, Messi pace Barca; AC Milan tops Bologna

A second-half burst from Barcelona, aided by a Villareal red card, helped give the Blaugrana their 12th victory of the La Liga season.

Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003

James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range.       Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.

Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003

James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range.       Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.

Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003

James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range.       Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.

Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003

James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range.       Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.

Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw

Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw

Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja

The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.

Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja

The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.

Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja

The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.

Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja

MRC. Manila (Philippines), 23/09/2017.- Jordan Mintah (C) of Kaya FC Makati in action against Reynald Villareal (R) of Stallion Laguna FC during the Philippines Football League (PFL) soccer match in Makati, south of Manila, Philippines, 23 September 2017. (Filipinas, Jordania) EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Possible Villareal handball denies Leganes

Villareal s'incline à Alavés

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VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match

Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football.  The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career.  A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...

VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match

Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football.  The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career.  A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...

VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match

Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football.  The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career.  A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...

Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2

Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2

Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2 (AFP Photo/BIEL ALINO)

Madrid rallies past Villarreal to stay top in Spain

Villareal's Bruno Soriano, center, protests to referee during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)

Madrid rallies past Villarreal to stay top in Spain

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, center, celebrates with fellow team members after scoring a goal against Villareal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)

La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter

A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter

A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter

A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter

Premier League - Hull sign Villarreal's N'Diaye on loan

Villarreal's Brazilian forward Alexandre Rodrigues "Pato" (L) celebrates with Villarreal's French midfielder Alfred N'Diaye after scoring during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match Villarreal CF vs FC Zurich at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal o

La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...

La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.

La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.

La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan

A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.

Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes

​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid.  But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring.  Neymar has...

Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes

​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid.  But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring.  Neymar has...

Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes

​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid.  But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring.  Neymar has...

La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises

Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.

La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises

Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.

La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises

Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.

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