Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior (centre) challenges Real Sociedad’s Ander Barrenetxea (left) and Igor Zubeldia during their Spanish League match in Valdebebas on Monday. Associated Press
A depleted Real Madrid delivered a major boost to Atletico Madrid’s title hopes on Sunday by drawing 0-0 with Getafe in La Liga. Atletico had thrashed Eibar 5-0 to reignite their own fading challenge and their victory proved even more valuable after Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid have stayed strong at the top of La Liga, but the Spanish League leaders cannot afford to be complacent with Real Madrid having hit their stride and Barcelona gaining momentum, ahead of what could prove a crucial month in the title race.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have each averted a mini-crisis already this season and one of the rewards for the winner of the derby on Saturday would be to stall their rival’s recovery.
The strategic partnership strengthens both parties’ commitment to supporting the nation’s athletes, broadening the sports horizons, and enhancing the country’s leadership position globally.
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Mohammad Rizwan underlined why he will be a key weapon for Pakistan at the Twenty20 World Cup, top-scoring in a 21-run win over Bangladesh in Christchurch on Friday.
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