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Euro 2020 qualifiers Sweden v Spain 15 Oct
First division Day 9 18-20 Oct
Champions League Day 3 22/23 Oct
Europa League Day 3 24 Oct

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Euro 2020 qualifiers

Norway 1 - Spain 1

Spain were a goal up against Norway and just seconds away from mathematically qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals, but an injury time penalty meant they still have a bit of work to do. Saúl fired Roberto Moreno’s side into the lead at the beginning of the second half, and Fabián hit the woodwork twice with long shots after that. With the game coming to an end though, Kepa brought down Elabdellaoui in the area, and King fired home the resulting spot kick to deprive Spain of the victory. (12.10.19)

Group table

Under 21 international

First division – day 8

Heroes & Villains section: Top scorers, keepers, red & yellow cards, referees

Barcelona are up to second, two points below Real Madrid, after a convincing 4-0 win over Sevilla in the last match on Sunday. Luis Suárez got the first with an acrobatic overhead kick from Semedo’s cross with just under half an hour gone, and in the next eight minutes Arturo Vidal and Dembélé added two more. Messi, making his first start of the season in the league, added the fourth with a house-special free kick after the break, and the only downside for the Catalans were red cards for youngster Araujo and Dembélé in the last four minutes or so. Atlético Madrid drop a point below Barça to third after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Valladolid, although it could have been worse had Sandro not fired a penalty over the top shortly before the interval. And Real Sociedad missed out on a chance to go level with Barcelona after they were beaten 1-2 by Getafe, second half goals by Mata and Maksimovic turning things around after Merino had headed the opener early on. Athletic Bilbao are also down to seventh after they lost 1-0 at Celta, Iago Aspas heading the only goal to take the Galicians away from the danger zone. Espanyol though end the weekend further down in the relegation spots after they were beaten 2-0 by fellow strugglers Mallorca, Budimir and Salva Sevilla getting the goals to take the islanders above their opponents, and to leave the job of Espanyol coach David Gallego hanging by a thread. (07.10.19)

Real Madrid made sure of top spot going into the short international break after a 4-2 victory over second placed Granada on Saturday evening. Benzema opened the scoring from Bale’s cross with only two minutes gone, and just before half time Hazard got his first goal for his new club, lobbing keeper Rui silva after Valverde put him through. When Modric fired home the third after the restart it appeared to be all over, but Areola (replacing the indisposed Courtois) gave away a penalty on Carlos Fernández which Machís converted, and Duarte headed in a corner before substitute James put the fans’ minds at rest in injury time. All the other teams in the top six play tomorrow, but Valencia moved up to within a point of the European spots after beating Alavés 2-1. Maxi Gómez combined with Rodrigo to put the Ches ahead midway through the first half, and Dani Parejo won and converted a penalty towards the end of the second half before Lucas Pérez pulled one back for the visitors in the dying minutes. Valencia’s city neighbours Levante stay a point below them after a 1-2 win at bottom club Leganés, a Roger penalty and a Campaña free kick either side of the break putting them two up, and Braithwaite replying for the hosts before seeing his late penalty saved by Aitor. Villarreal though drop to ninth after they lost 2-1 at Osasuna, Pau Torres heading them into a fifth minute lead, but second half strikes by Roncaglia and Chimy Ávila turning the scoreline around. One match on Friday night as well, Betis and Eibar drawing 1-1, with Orellana putting the visitors in front from the penalty spot after Canales fouled Escalante (who was sent off later on), and Loren saving a point for the locals after the interval. (06.10.19)

Spanish international squads

Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres and Reguilón have all been called up for the first time to Roberto Moreno’s Spain squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Sweden. (04.10.19)

Senior squad:
Keepers: Kepa (Chelsea), De Gea (Manchester United), Pau López (Roma);
Defenders: Iñigo Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), Bernat (Paris Saint Germain), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Jesús Navas and Reguilón (Sevilla), Raúl Albiol and Pau Torres (Villarreal);
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal), Saúl (Atlético Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Busquets (Barcelona), Luis Alberto (Lazio), Rodri (Manchester City), Fabián (Napoli), Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain), Cazorla (Villarreal);
Forwards: Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo (Valencia), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal).

Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Dani Martín (Betis), Álvaro Fernández (Huesca), ), Josep Martínez (Las Palmas);
Defenders: Jorge Cuenca (Barcelona), Montero (Deportivo), Cucurella (Eibar), Pedrosa and Pipa (Espanyol), Eric García (Manchester City), Aitor Buñuel (Racing Santander), Juan Miranda (Schalke 04);
Midfielders: Fran Beltrán (Celta), Gonzalo Villar (Elche), Pol Lozano (Espanyol), Oscar Rodríguez (Leganés), Alejandro Pozo (Sevilla), Manu García (Sporting Gijón), Pepelu (Tondela), Ferrán Torres (Valencia);
Forwards: Carles Pérez (Barcelona), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrés Martín (Rayo Vallecano), Dani Gómez (Tenerife).

PS. Barcelona’s 16-year-old Ansu Fati, recently nationalised, has been called up to replace Carles Pérez, who has pulled out with an injury.

Europa League - day 2

Wins for all three Spanish sides on day two of the Europa League, Espanyol starting things off with a 0-2 victory over CSKA Moscow in the early kick-off. Wu Lei got on the end of a Vargas assist to put the Catalans in front midway through the second half, and Campuzano made sure of the three points after the local keeper had saved from Piatti in injury time. Getafe also won away in Russia, a 1-2 victory over Krasnodar giving the maximum points from their two games. Angel was the star of the night with a goal in each half, the first from Kenedy’s pass and the second from Raúl García’s free kick, but ari got one back for the visitors, and they had to hold on after Timor was sent off with ten minutes to go. Sevilla struggled a bit as well before beating Cyprus’s APOEL 1-0, and although the Andalusians dominated most of the match, they were only able to find the net once when Chicharito turned in Munir’s cross on the quarter hour mark. (03.10.19)

Group tables

Champions League – day 2

Barcelona are now joint top of their group, together with Borussia Dortmund, after they came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday. The Italians took the lead with less than two minutes gone, Lautaro picking up a pass from Alexis before firing an angled shot past Ter Stegen. However Luis Suárez made it all square with a first time volley from Vidal’s cross on the hour mark, and with six minutes to go the striker got his second of the night following a good run by Messi, who was making his first start of the season after an injury lay-off. A set-back though for Valencia, who were beaten 0-3 by Ajax in the Mestalla stadium. Both teams had won their opening ties, but Ziyech put the visitors ahead with an impressive shot in the opening minutes. Soon afterwards Dani Parejo fired a penalty over the top after Guedes was fouled in the area, and either side of half time Van de Beek set up Promes for the second and scored the third himself for the final result. (02.10.19)

More woes for Real Madrid, Zidane’s side staying at the bottom of their group after they could only draw 2-2 at home to Club Brugge on Tuesday. It could have been worse though after the Belgian side took a two goal lead, both scored by Dennis in fairly comic circumstances after he stumbled and somehow managed to steer the ball past a desperate Courtois, who had to be replaced by Areola at the break after complaining of feeling giddy, with stomach pains. No wonder! Team captain Sergio Ramos headed one back however from Benzema’s cross soon after the restart. And after Vormer was sent off for a second bookable offence, Casemiro headed the second from a Kroos free kick with five minutes to go. No problems though for their city rivals Atlético Madrid, who won 0-2 at Lokomotiv Moscow to go joint top of their group together with Juventus. Joao Felix opened the scoring early on in the second half after keeper Guilherme saved his first effort, and Thomas connected with Diego Costa’s centre to score the second with xxx minutes left on the clock. The Russian side could have got back into the game however had Oblak not kept out Krychowiak a couple of times later on. (01.10.19)

Group tables

2018/19 season

Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 1 - Valencia 2

Valencia won the Spanish cup for the eighth time in their history after beating Barcelona 1-2 in the final on Saturday, a fitting end to their centenary year. The Catalans were looking to win the title for the fifth year in a row, but Piqué had to clear off the line from Rodrigo early on, and with twenty minutes gone Gameiro combined with Gabriel Paulista and Gayà on a rapid breakaway to open the scoring. Some ten minutes later Rodrigo headed the second from a fierce Carlos Soler cross, and Jaume brought off good saves from Messi and Rakitic before the break to keep his team in front. Valverde (missing the injured Luis Suárez), brought on Vidal and Malcom at half time, and Messi hit the post before pulling one back after Jaume could only push out a header from Lenglet. But Marcelino packed his defence after that, and Guedes could have added to the lead had he been able to find the target on a couple of counter-attacks near the end. (25.05.19)

Club World Cup Final

Real Madrid 4 - Al Ain 1

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Real Madrid are world champions for the third year in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Al Ain 4-1 in the final! The local champions were Madrid’s surprise opponents after they won through the previous rounds, and only Sergio Ramos’s foot prevented Elshahat from scoring early on. Just a minute later though Modric put the Liga side ahead with a shot from the edge of the area, and although Caio had a strike ruled out for offside, Benzema and Bale both had chances to extend the lead before the break. With an hour on the clock Marcos Llorente made it two with a first time volley after a Kroos corner was headed clear by Ahmed, and Sergio Ramos headed a third from a Modric corner with ten minutes to go. Shiotani did get one back with a header from Caio’s long free kick, but with the game in time added on Nader deflected a wayward shot from substitute Vinicius in to his own net for the final result. (22.12.18)

Friendly international

Spain 1 - Bosnia Herzegovina 0

Spain’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals ended when England came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1, and it will be England who go to next summer’s final four rather than Luis Enrique’s side. The coach is still building his squad however for the Euro 2020 championship, and he made nine changes for this friendly fixture against Bosnia from the team who lost to Croatia, with Mario Hermoso, Brais Méndez, Pablo Formals and Pau López all winning their first caps. The match rather vindicated UEFA’s decision to add the new competition to reduce the number of meaningless friendlies though, with little real action and multiple substitutions breaking up play. Asensio, Isco and Suso all tested Sehic before the break, and Morata missed the easiest of chances after the restart. Dzeko and Visca replied for the visitors, but the only goal came with twelve minutes to go when Méndez was in the right place to finish off after the keeper could only push out a long shot from Isco. Spain’s next match will be in March, when the Euro 2020 qualification begins. (18.11.18)

UEFA Nations League

Croatia 3 - Spain 2

Spain lost their last group match against Croatia, and they now need England and Croatia to draw on Sunday for them to qualify for next summer’s finals. Despite scoring six against the East Europeans in the first leg, a defeat against England meant that they had to win this match to be sure of finishing top of the group. However De Gea had to push an early effort from Persisic on to the post, and Kalinic was not troubled until he tipped a long shot from Isco over the bar before the break. Some ten minutes into the second half Kramaric opened the scoring for the hosts after a poor clearance from Sergi Roberto was intercepted, and although Dani Ceballos combined with Isco to make it all square just two minutes later, Jedvaj headed in a Modric cross to restore the lead soon afterwards. Rebic and Morata both missed good chances before Sergio Ramos levelled it again from the penalty spot after Vrsaljko handled in the area, but with the game in time added on Jedvaj got the winner after De Gea could only push out a shot from Berkalo. The result means that any of the three teams could finish top of the group, and the only thing for sure is that Spain won’t finish last. (15.11.18)

European Super Cup

Real Madrid 2 - Atlético Madrid 4 (after extra time)

Atlético Madrid finally beat city rivals Real Madrid in a European final, Simeone’s team scoring twice in extra time in Tallinn to take their third European Super Cup title! With less than a minute on the clock they were already in front, Diego Costa heading on a long ball and holding off his markers to beat Keylor Navas from a wide angle. The Champions League winners were missing Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time, but new coach Julen Lopetegui still put out a strong line-up, and with just under half an hour gone Benzema headed in a long cross from Bale to make it all square. Early in the second half Sergio Ramos made it two from the penalty spot after Juanfran handled a Kroos corner, but Costa appeared again to equalise following a good team move. That took the game into extra time, and Saúl and Koke latched on to assists from substitutes Thomas and Vitolo to hand their neighbours their first defeat in an international final in 18 years. (15.08.18)

Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1

Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 in this season’s Spanish Super Cup, the thirteenth time they have won the tournament. For the first time ever this was played outside of Spain, the venue being Tangiers, Morocco, and also for the first time it was played over one leg rather than two. The new VAR system was also making its debut in Spanish competitions, and it only took eight minutes before it came into action, Sarabia’s opener originally ruled out for offside before the video evidence proved otherwise. Barcelona were level at the break though, Piqué turning in the rebound after Vaclik pushed a Messi free kick onto the post, and with twelve minutes to go Dembélé caught out the keeper with a long shot which went in off the crossbar. Pablo Machin’s team did have a chance to take the game into extra time when Ter Stegen gave away a late penalty on ex team-mate Aleix Vidal, but the German keeper guessed correctly and saved Ben Yedder’s spot kick. (12.08.18)

Summary of 2018/2019

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Valencia
Promoted to the first division Osasuna, Granada, Mallorca
Relegated to the second division A Rayo Vallecano, Huesca, Girona
Promoted to the second division A Racing Santander, Fuenlabrada, Ponferradina, Mirandés
Relegated to the second division B Reus, Nàstic, Córdoba, Rayo Majadahonda

Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2019/20 season
Champions League Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
Europa League Getafe, Sevilla, Espanyol
European Super Cup None
Club World Cup None

First Division
Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla
Betis 1-1 Eibar
Celta 1-0 Athletic
Leganés 1-2 Levante
Mallorca 2-0 Espanyol
Osasuna 2-1 Villarreal
R Madrid 4-2 Granada
Real Soc 1-2 Getafe
Valencia 2-1 Alavés
Valladolid 0-0 Atlético
Day 8 - 6 Oct