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Injury Impact: The 5 Most Impactful Absences In European Soccer This Season

When we think of injuries in soccer and of their repercussions, we often think of big names at big clubs. But oftentimes it is the absence of important players at mid-sized clubs that has the biggest impact on performance.

Larger clubs have the depth to replace even the most talented of players; most teams do not. This list of most impactful injuries this season will include one or two big names, but it also features several footballers that sometimes go unnoticed.

Benzema Went Full Gumby-Legs To Set Up Real Madrid’s 5th Goal

Real Madrid smashed Levante 6-0 to confirm Levante’s relegation on Thursday. Vini Jr. had three goals and Luka Modrić had three assists. For me, the best play of the game was the Karim Benzema assist to Vini Jr. for the fifth, the Frenchman going full Gumby-legs to set up the Brazilian.

After Refusing To Give Guard Of Honor, Atlético Beats Real Madrid At The Wanda For Very First Time

MADRID - A first-half penalty by Yannick Carrasco earned Atlético Madrid a 1-0 victory in a fiery derby clash against champions Real Madrid on Sunday, as the hosts tightened their grip on a place in next season's Champions League.

Diego Simeone's side remain fourth in the standings on 64 points, six clear of Real Betis in fifth, and with three games left to play they edged closer to a top-four finish, to qualify for Europe's top club competition.

Jordi Alba’s Stoppage-Time Banger Secures Champions League Football For Barcelona

A stoppage-time goal from defender Jordi Alba earned Barcelona a 2-1 LaLiga win at Real Betis on Saturday, securing Xavi Hernandez's side a spot in Champions League next season and closing in on the lucrative Spanish Super Cup finals.

With the league title already sealed by Real Madrid, Barcelona are now second on 69 points in the standings, five points clear of Sevilla in third and Atletico Madrid in fourth, both with one game in hand.

Real Madrid Superfan Rafa Nadal Saves 4 Match Points And Cites Los Blancos As Inspiration

MADRID - Rafa Nadal saved four match points to beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3 5-7 7-6(9) in an absorbing match on Thursday and move into the Madrid Open quarterfinals.

Just as his beloved Real Madrid came back from the brink to reach the Champions League soccer final on Wednesday, 35-year-old Nadal found extra energy in reserve to win a lengthy tiebreak.

The victory was the 1,050th win of his career as he moved into a Masters 1000 quarterfinal for the 99th time and he was lifted by Real's dramatic 3-1 win over Manchester City achieved with the help of two last-gasp goals.

Ferland Mendy’s Goal Line Clearance Is Definition Of Why You Never Give Up No Matter The Odds

There’s no sequence of words that can accurately describe and recap the magical events that took place at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday. What is certain is that Real Madrid’s miraculous comeback to win 6-5 on aggregate against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semifinal would never have happened without Ferland Mendy’s heroic defensive actions in the 87th minute.

The Introduction Of Luis Díaz Changed The Game For Liverpool Against Villarreal

Heading into Tuesday's Champions League semifinal return leg at La Cerámica, both Villarreal and Liverpool knew it'd be a far cry from the Reds' 90 minutes of controlled dominance at Anfield.

"The match next week will be very different from tonight's," Villarreal boss Unai Emery said after the first leg. "I think they are going to suffer more next week in our home."

On Monday, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp delivered a similar take by saying his side had "to be ready to suffer and sit back in moments, but not as a general approach."

Villarreal’s First Half Dream Was Immediately Followed By Second Half Goalkeeping Nightmare

After 45 enthralling minutes of Champions League semifinal action on Tuesday, Villarreal was leading Liverpool 2-0 and had tied the aggregate at 2-2. Was the little yellow submarine going to sink the gigantic Liverpool battleship?

A second half goalkeeping nightmare from Villarreal goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli ended those dreams as Liverpool scored three to win 3-2 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.

‘The Holiest Of Holy Grails’: Messi's Iconic El Clásico Jersey Auctioned

The lasting image of Lionel Messi's dominance in El Clásico is certainly his iconic celebration at the Santiago Bernabéu on April 23, 2017. Despite being on the receiving end of a Marcelo elbow that left him bloodied and a two-footed tackle by Sergio Ramos that amounted to his fifth Clásico red card, Messi scored a brilliant solo goal to equalize for Barça before curling home the winner in the 92nd-minute.

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