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Real Madrid’s historic Santiago Bernabeu stadium will get a major facelift in the coming years.

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The reigning European champions have released details as to how their home will be redeveloped, with a much more modern feel coming up for one of the greatest soccer cathedrals on the planet.

One of the key features of the new stadium includes the new steel outer structure, as well as technology allowing videos to be featured on the outside of the stadium and a fixed and retractable roof installed. Plus, they’ve gone and copied Atlanta United’s stadium with a 360 degree screen in the upper reaches of the stadium.

With the ability to walk around the entire top tier of the stadium, plus an extended club museums and plenty more shops and restaraunts, this is a smart move by Real to update their 71-year-old home. Barcelona are doing the same with the Nou Camp, while Atletico Madrid’s move to their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium last year was a huge moment for them.

Real’s president Florentino Perez revealed that he hopes the plans will get the green light in early 2019 and estimated the work would take “approximately 3 and a half years” to complete.

Perez claims the fee to redevelop the stadium will be just $29.3 million per season, which he says is 4 percent of their total revenue and will not impact their transfer spending or wage budget. Real also claim that it would increase stadium revenue by $176 million per season.

Take a look at the incredible video below to get a taste of what lies ahead for the Santiago Bernabeu.

La Liga: Real Madrid edge past Espanyol; Atleti snap winless skid

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol

Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid remained unbeaten with a narrow home victory over Espanyol, courtesy of Marco Asensio’s 41st-minute goal. Luka Modric had his shot blocked from outside the penalty area, but the ball trickled wide to Asensio in all kinds of space. Asensio needed just one touch to collect it and set up his left-footed strike from a tough angle.

He tucked it just inside the far post for the game’s opening — and only — goal. It was initially ruled out for offside, but video review reversed the call and the goal was awarded. That’s four victories in five games for Madrid, and an unbeaten start to the season. The problem, of course, is that Barcelona are yet to drop a single point, thus Los Blancos find themselves chasing the defending champions already.

Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Things have been far worse on the other side of the capital city, as Atletico Madrid entered Saturday’s clash away to Getafe with just five points from their first four games, and winless in their last two.

A 14th-minute own goal was just the remedy required, to go with Thomas Lemar’s 60th-minute goal — his first for the club — after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net, plus a 67th-minute red card to Getafe’s Iván Alejo four minutes after entering the game as a substitute. Somehow, despite the slow start, Los Rojiblancos sit fifth in the table and only trail fourth-place Celta Vigo on goal differential.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Celta Vigo 3-3 Real Valladolid
Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Alaves
Eibar 1-0 Leganes

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Levante vs. Sevilla — 6 a.m. ET
Villarreal vs. Valencia — 10:15 a.m. ET
Real Betis vs. Athletic Bilbao — 2 p.m. ET
Barcelona vs. Girona — 2:45 p.m. ET

UCL wrap: Real rocks Roma, Vlasic finishes CSKA comeback

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What a day in the UEFA Champions League!

CSKA Moscow came from two down to get a draw, Paul Pogba put on a one-man show in Switzerland, Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in Spain, and Manchester City slumped to a home loss.

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And, oh yeah, Real Madrid scored a pair of show-stopping goals in a 3-0 win over Roma that left few worries about life post-Ronaldo.

Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United RECAP

Paul Pogba scored a brace, the first a sensational dribble and drive, as Jose Mourinho’s men had little trouble in Switzerland. The second half saw the Frenchman assist Anthony Martial to help the Red Devils cruise home.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim led twice, the second time through Havard Nordtveit, but would only take a point home from Ukraine thanks to an 81st minute goal from 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Maycon de Andrade Barberan.

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Benfica 0-2 Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski scored in the 10th minute and Renato Sanches after halftime as Bayern eased to a win at the Estadio da Luz.

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Viktoria Plzen 2-2 CSKA Moscow

Czech midfielder Michael Krmencík scored twice to give the hosts a first-half lead, but Fyodor Chalov finished a 49th minute chance to pull one back for the Russian visitors. And it was a precursor to another CSKA goal, the leveler coming from Everton loanee Nikola Vlasic and his penalty kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Real Madrid 3-0 AS Roma

We need your help deciding whether Real Madrid’s first or third goal was more spellbinding, please.

Gareth Bale scored a second half goal, but it’s impossible to discuss this game without mentioning the delightful free kick goal from Isco and Mariano Diaz’s outstanding stoppage time belter. My goodness.

Valencia 0-2 Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in controversial fashion, but Miralem Pjanic scored twice from the penalty spot to help 10-man Juve to the win. Wojciech Szczesny stopped a stoppage time penalty to preserve the shutout for The Old Lady.

Ajax 3-0 AEK Athens

Left back Nicolas Tagliafico sandwiched a pair of goals around Donny van de Beek’s 77th minute marker as Ajax scooped up an easy win against Greek opposition.

Manchester City 1-2 LyonRECAP

The French visitors took advantage of sloppy midfield play and an awful clearing attempt from Fabian Delph to build a 2-0 lead, and Bernardo Silva‘s goal from a Leroy Sane feed was all City could muster in its comeback bid.

UCL, LIVE – Man City, Utd debut; Real start defense sans Ronaldo

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It’s day no. 2 of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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While Tuesday offered up the delectable treat that was Liverpool hosting Paris Saint-Germain, Wednesday is headlined by a fixture that’s nearly as impressive on name recognition alone: last season’s winners (the last three, to be correct), Real Madrid, host Roma, semifinalists a season ago, at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Elsewhere, Premier League sides Manchester City and Manchester United enter the fray, while Cristiano Ronaldo begins the quest for which he was brought to Juventus: to bring the Champions League back to Turin.

Here’s the full schedule for Wednesday’s late games, with all six encounters kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E

Ajax vs. AEK Athens — underway
Benfica vs. Bayern Munich

Group F

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Hoffenheim — underway
Manchester City vs. Lyon

Group G

Real Madrid vs. Roma
Viktoria Plzen vs. CSKA Moscow

Group H

BSC Young Boys vs. Manchester United
Valencia vs. Juventus

UCL Weds: Real, Ronaldo debut apart; Man City, United, too

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The three-time reigning champions are back in the UEFA Champions League for Wednesday’s matches, as is their talisman.

They are just competing in different parts of Spain.

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Real Madrid hosts AS Roma in the marquee match of the day, aiming to become the first club to win four successive European Cups since it won the first five tournaments. Roma, of course, will be lamenting the one more goal it needed to have this match-up occur in the final last May.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has likely returned his shirt to his chest since bagging his first two Juventus goals this weekend, and he’ll be ready for the Mestalla, where he’s spent significant time as a visitor. Ronaldo has 15 goals in 17 appearances all-time against Valencia.

Of course, you’re familiar with the pair of Premier League clubs in action. Manchester United is in Switzerland to face tournament new boys Young Boys, while Manchester City entertains a tricky Lyon squad which features a few players with Mancunian connections: ex-United winger Memphis Depay and ex-City academy product Jason Denayer.

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UCL Wednesday schedule

Ajax vs. AEK Athens — 12:55 p.m. ET
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Hoffenheim — 12:55 p.m. ET
Man City vs. Lyon — 3 p.m. ET
Valencia vs. Juventus — 3 p.m. ET
Young Boys vs. Manchester United –3 p.m. ET
Real Madrid vs. AS Roma — 3 p.m. ET
Benfica vs. Bayern Munich — 3 p.m. ET
Viktoria Plzen vs. CSKA Moscow — 3 p.m. ET