Hasta la victoria siempre – Rayo Vallecano 2 Real Madrid 3

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Not so much a football match as an outbreak of naked class war.

Rich v poor, city slickers v working class, left wing v right wing. In Spain, supporting a club is often a loaded political stance. Think of Barcelona’s ‘Mas que un club’. This was no different.

Before the match, the Rayo Ultras – known as Bukaneros – unveiled a giant banner that covered the entire Fondo Sur. It read: ‘Somos pobre como orgullo con cojones como punos’ – ‘We are poor, but proud, with testicles like fists’.

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On the Bale trail – Real Madrid 7 Sevilla 3

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Time to find out if Gareth Bale has the cojones for La Liga.

And what a game it proved. A famous stadium. A famous scoreline – same as the incredible 1960 European Cup Final – harking back to days of Di Stefano and Puskas. The sense of history celebrated and history in the making was immense.

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