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Best Sports Photos of the Week!

April 18, 2016 16:51 IST

It was a week of comebacks and failures as headlines were full of surprises with Spain's 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal won his first big title in two years' time.

Also English club Liverpool fought back from a hopeless position  to edge Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-final match.

But FC Barcelona's form continued to dip. After a mid-week defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid, and a consequent exit from the UEFA Champions League, the defending Spanish football champs ended the week with a shocking loss to Valencia on Sunday.

Rediff.com brings these and other big events from the sporting world, that made news in the last eight days,  in this photo feature...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale tries to head the ball in past Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez and Diego Benaglio during their UEFA Champions League, quarter-final second leg match at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, April 12.

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale tries to head the ball in past Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez and Diego Benaglio during their UEFA Champions League, quarter-final second leg match at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, April 12. Photograph: Juan Medina Livepic/Reuters

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Gael Monfils to win the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Gael Monfils to win the Monte Carlo Masters final in Monaco on Sunday, April 17. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant kisses wife Vanessa after playing his final NBA game on Wednesday, April 13

IMAGE: Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant kisses wife Vanessa after playing his final NBA game on Wednesday, April 13. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their first goal against Barcelona during their UEFA Champions League, quarter-final second leg match at the Vincente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday, April 13

IMAGE: Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their first goal against Barcelona during their UEFA Champions League, quarter-final second leg match at the Vincente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday, April 13. Photograph: Sergio Perez Livepic/Reuters

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final, second leg match against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in Liverpool, on Thursday, April 14

IMAGE: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final, second leg match against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in Liverpool, on Thursday, April 14. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, left, and Neymar look on dejected after conceding a goal against Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday

IMAGE: FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, left, and Neymar look on dejected after conceding a goal against Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Bengaluru FC players celebrate I-League football champions for the second time in three years

IMAGE: Bengaluru FC players celebrate after winning the I-League football title on Sunday, April 17. Photograph: Twitter

A reveller (left) fires shots in the air at Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja's wedding procession in Rajkot on Sunday

IMAGE: A reveller (left) fires shots in the air at Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja's wedding procession in Rajkot on Sunday, April 17. Photograph: PTI
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