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Pain, devastation, expletives: Real Madrid deals with Champions League failure

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Real Madrid didn’t expect this, which is probably why they will not become the four-time defending champions of the UEFA Champions League.

Real led 2-1 after the first leg in Holland, the two away goals enough that captain Sergio Ramos purposely took a yellow card to serve his suspension in the second leg instead of risking an absence later in the tournament.

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Instead, Dusan Tadic and Ajax tore Real apart at the Bernabeu, using a 4-1 second leg win to send the Madrid side out of the competition.

Real is not sure how to react to such a loss. Dani Carvajal said it’s all about of an “(expletive (rhymes with Gritty) season.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever had this feeling of pain,” Carvajal said. “I don’t know how to explain it. It’s never easy to bounce back from two defeats against Barcelona and two errors put us 2-0 down, however 3-0 killed us.”

The vicious Real Madrid media will come the players and staff with knives out, and the men under the microscope are clearly preparing for it with some opening salvos in the opposite direction.

Here’s Nacho, via the BBC:

“We’re devastated. It’s very complicated. We’re not used to being at this stage of a season with practically no title left to play for. … La Liga’s practically impossible, we’re out of the Copa and the Champions League. It’s tough.”

As for interim boss Santiago Solari, who was credited with a new manager bump — and deservedly so — when he took over for Julen Lopetegui, he’s looking for answers as well.

Solari even admitted that Real missed Ramos, though he’s keeping perspective. After all, Ramos was there for all 180 minutes when Barcelona beat Real twice in four days.

And maybe, just maybe, Solari being a part of Real’s legacy of winning makes him the man to do the job moving forward (though we doubt Florentino Perez is going to have the patience for that with Jose Mourinho on the market).

“The season is difficult, but we are here to show our heart and character in difficult moments,” added Solari. “Easy moments are easy for everyone, you can climb up and surf them, but difficult moments you have to show bravery. … Madrid is bigger than any of us. It always returns, and returns even stronger.”

Madrid defender Carvajal faces 2-game ban for seeking yellow

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is facing an additional two-match Champions League ban for deliberately getting a yellow card in a 6-0 win at APOEL.

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UEFA said Wednesday it has charged Carvajal with “receiving a yellow card on purpose.”

UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge the case on Dec. 7. The European soccer body’s disciplinary rules say a player trying to get a yellow or red card should get a two-game ban.

Carvajal was cautioned in the 90th minute in Cyprus on Tuesday for time-wasting at a throw-in.

His third yellow card in three Champions League games earned a one-game ban – at home against Borussia Dortmund on Dec. 6.

Madrid is certain to finish second behind Tottenham, making the final match essentially meaningless.

However, Carvajal now risks being suspended by UEFA for both games in the last 16 instead of beginning the knockout round with a clean disciplinary record.

Madrid has previously been in trouble with UEFA for deliberately triggering cards in a fifth group game in order to serve bans in the sixth and final game.

In the 2010-11 season, UEFA found then-Madrid coach Jose Mourinho guilty of misconduct for ordering two players, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso, to get themselves sent off late in a game at Ajax. Four players, including Ramos and Alonso, were fined over that incident.

Injury crisis hits Madrid ahead of PSG clash in Champions League

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MADRID (AP) Real Madrid’s injuries keep piling up after Gareth Bale injured a muscle in his left leg two days before the Spanish side’s match at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

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The 10-time European champions say Bale’s availability for Wednesday’s match will depend on the speed of his recovery.

Bale was substituted at halftime of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Levante that lifted Madrid to the top of the Spanish league table.

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Madrid may get Luka Modric back from injury after the midfielder returned to training on Monday.

Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Pepe are also doubtful, while James Rodriguez and Dani Carvajal have been ruled out due to injury.

Madrid and PSG share the Group A lead with six points each.

Carvajal extends stay at Real Madrid through 2020 ahead of positional battle

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With his future secure, Dani Carvajal can feel comfortable focusing on the battle for a starting spot.

The 23-year-old defender has extended his contract with Real Madrid through 2020.

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Carvajal played in 40 matches across all competitions last season, starting 34. He’s also appeared thrice for Spain.

Madrid bought Danilo from Porto this season, and no job is a sure thing at Real Madrid.

Carvajal, Mandzukic and the latest biting sensation in world soccer


It may be turning out that biting in soccer is just as common as Luis Suarez supporters claimed in the aftermath of his World Cup chomp on Giorgio Chiellini.

Well, at least more common than the seemingly-unique trio of Suarez bites on record. First, we had Juan Arango in Liga MX.

And did Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal latch his teeth into Atletico’s Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match?

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Carvajal denied it on Twitter, and Mandzukic seemingly backed him up, but it sure looked suspicious. And the Real defender is likely to find discipline for his punch.

Mandzukic was a physical menace in the game, and later found himself bloodied by a Sergio Ramos elbow.

Denials mean little to us, especially after Jonny Evans tried to convince us he didn’t spit at Papiss Cisse.

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Does this show broken skin? If so, rabies tests, stat?