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 By Rob Train

Real Madrid's unlikely comeback at Villarreal could prove vital in title run

Sid Lowe joins the FC show to discuss the accusation that the refs may have been favouring Real Madrid against Villarreal.

When the dust settles on the 2016-17 season, the final weekend of February may be looked back upon as a pivotal one in deciding the eventual destination of the La Liga trophy. In Spain, there is always a conspiracy theory at hand for any and every eventuality, and the manner of Real Madrid's comeback in Villarreal's Estadio de la Ceramica proved to be no exception Monday.

Villarreal president Fernando Roig is rightly lauded as a beacon of how to run a football club and rarely speaks publicly,...

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo passes Hugo Sanchez's La Liga penalty record

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.
Real Madrid pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory to reclaim top spot in La Liga with a 3-2 win over Villarreal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.

Cristiano Ronaldo can add another record to his legacy after his performance on Sunday.

Ronaldo's penalty in the 74th minute helped Real Madrid draw level with Villarreal in a game his side won 3-2.

It was the 57th penalty he has converted in La Liga play, moving him past Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez for the most all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Transfer Rater: Real Madrid target Aubameyang and Hazard

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The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for the latest gossip.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid

European champions Real Madrid have been boosted in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's star striker Pierre-Emerick...

Real Madrid flex their attacking muscle, Messi saves Barca's blushes

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.

Five thoughts from another extra dramatic weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid remain top despite a scare, but with Barcelona and Sevilla hot on their heels.

1. Madrid's attacking power cracks it

With Real Madrid 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday evening, and set to lose top spot in the table with a second away defeat in four days, Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane withdrew holding midfielder Casemiro to send on playmaker Isco.

This did not seem like a good call at the time, especially as Villarreal were...

Carvajal impeccable, Ronaldo nearing top form as Real fight back at Villarreal

The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.
Real Madrid pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory to reclaim top spot in La Liga with a 3-2 win over Villarreal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.

Real Madrid won an extremely demanding match in Villarreal, coming back from 2-0 down and keeping the lead in the La Liga standings with a 3-2 win. The home side dominated for the opening hour, controlling possession and creating clear chances, but the participation of Isco Alarcon and Madrid's final push proved too much for the hosts.

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The victory was key to keep La Liga's top spot and recover morale after the midweek loss in Valencia. Gareth Bale showed he adds something special to the...

Koke excels for Atletico Madrid, but Diego Simeone's side lose vs. Barca

Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Koke, centre, bossed the midfield but Atletico Madrid still let it slip vs. their Catalan rivals.

Despite dominating, Atletico Madrid once again somehow contrived to lose 2-1 to Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday. For the third time this month, Los Rojiblancos were the better side in their meetings with the Catalan giants yet still came away with nothing to show for it.

Two massive lapses in concentration at the back allowed Rafinha and Lionel Messi (three minutes from the end) to score either side of Diego Godin's effort. It is a bitter pill for Diego Simeone to swallow: he's has...