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First division – day 4

Sevilla leapfrogged over Atlético to first place after they won 0-1 at Alavés on Sunday afternoon. Joan Jordán got the only goal with a well struck free kick towards the end of the first half. Newly promoted Granada end the weekend in sixth spot after they won 0-2 at Celta, Germán and Yangel taking advantage of early red cards for Jorge Sáenz and Fran Beltrán to score twice at the start of the second half, and Osasuna are ninth after a 1-1 draw at Valladolid, Ibáñez saving his side’s unbeaten record after Hervías had given the locals the lead. Betis also had two players sent off, Carvalho and Loren, but they still managed a 1-1 draw against Getafe, with Mata and Joaquín both converting penalties. And Espanyol got their first league goals and first win after coming from behind to beat Eibar 1-2, second half strikes by Ferreyra and Granero turning things around after Ramís had headed the locals in front. Eibar are now in next to bottom spot having only taken one point from four games. (15.09.19)

Leaders Atlético Madrid dropped points for the first time after they were beaten 2-0 by Real Sociedad on Saturday, although they stay in top spot pending Sunday’s games. Odegaard and new signing Monreal got the goals in a two minute period around the hour mark to take the Basque side up to sixth. Real Madrid are now just a point behind their city rivals though after they won 3-2 against Levante in the early kick-off. Zidane’s team raced into a three goal lead before the break with two from Benzema and a strike by Casemiro, but goals by Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero set up a tight finish. Barcelona are up to fourth after they beat Valencia 5-2 in the last match of the day, 16-year-old sensation Ansu Fati opening the scoring and then setting up De Jong for the second with only six minutes gone. Gameiro got one back, but Piqué added a third and substitute Luis Suárez a fourth and fifth before Maxi Gómez completed the scoring in injury time. Not the best of starts for new coach Albert Celades, who took over at Mestalla after Marcelino was surprisingly fired earlier in the week. Elsewhere Villarreal got their first win of the season, the “Yellow Submarine” beating Leganés 0-3 with two from Gerard Moreno and a Jonathan Silva own goal to leave their hosts at the foot of the table with “nul points”. (14.09.19)

Back from the international break, and Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao kicked things off with a 0-0 draw on Friday evening. Both sides missed penalties late on, Abdon Prats shooting wide after Kubo had been brought down by Yuri, and Manuel Reina saving from Aduríz after Baba handled in the area. (13.09.19)


Euro 2020 qualifiers

Spain 4 - Faroe Islands 0

Spain completed the formalities with a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands, and with six wins out of six they are well clear at the top of their qualifying group. Valencia’s Rodrigo scored twice early on in the first and second halves, but the ultra-defensive visitors kept them out after that until substitute Paco Alcácer added two more in the dying minutes. (08.09.19)

Romania 1 - Spain 2

Spain clocked up their fifth win out of five after beating Romania 1-2 in their latest Euro qualifier, their first ever away win against the East Europeans. Local keeper Tatarusanu made a string of saves, but Sergio Ramos converted a penalty after Ceballos was brought down in the area on the half hour mark, and Alcácer made it two after Ceballos and Jordi Alba combined to set him up soon after the break. Ex Deportivo striker Andone got one back though, and after Diego Llorente was sent off for a foul on Tosca, Kepa had to make a couple of late saves to ensure the result. (05.09.19)

Group table
Senior and under 21 squads

Under 21 internationals


First division – day 3

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

Atlético Madrid are two points clear at the top of the table after they came from behind to beat Eibar 3-2 on Sunday evening. Charles and Arbilla put the visitors two up with only twenty minutes gone, but strikes by Joao Felix and Vitolo either side of the break made it all square, and Thomas got the winner in the last minute. Atleti are now four points above city rivals Real Madrid, who could only draw 2-2 at Villarreal in the last match of the day. In the end transfer listed Gareth Bale saved the day with goals at the end of the first and second halves after Gerard Moreno and Moi Gómez had twice put the locals ahead, although the Welsh forward blotted his copy book near the end when he was sent off after receiving two bookings in quick succession. Meanwhile Valencia got their first win after two Dani Parejo penalties gave the Ches a 2-0 victory over Mallorca, and Granada beat Espanyol 0-3, the Catalans paying the price for their midweek efforts in the Europa League qualifiers. (01.09.19)

Barcelona are clearly missing the injured Messi, and they dropped points again when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna on Saturday afternoon. Roberto Torres volleyed the locals ahead early on, and then converted a late penalty following a hand ball by Pique to save a point after substitutes Ansu Fati (at 16, the youngest player ever to score for Barça) and Arthur had turned the scoreline around. Osasuna stay a point above the Catalans, level with Alavés, who drew 1-1 at Getafe, and a point below Levante, who beat Valladolid 2-0 to move up to third. Elsewhere Betis got their first points of the season with a 2-1 victory over Leganés, who end the day at the bottom of the table after three defeats in a row. (31.08.19)

Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao are tied at the top the table on seven points after both played on Friday night. Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta, Franco Vázquez heading in a Banega free kick with ten minutes to go to give the Andalusians the lead, but Denis Suárez saving a point for the Galicians with what was virtually his side’s first shot at goal a few minutes later. And Athletic Bilbao beat Real Sociedad 2-0 later in the evening, Williams and Raúl García getting the goals early on to ensure bragging rights for the locals against their Basque rivals. It could have been different though had the visitors not had a penalty and a goal overturned by the VAR system after each of Athletic’s goals. (30.08.19)


Europa League qualifiers

Espanyol will be joining Sevilla and Getafe in tomorrow’s league stage draw after they won through their three qualifying ties. In the second qualifying round they beat Iceland’s Stjarnan, winning 4-0 at home with two each from Ferreyra and Iglesias, and 1-3 away, Pedrosa, Iglesias and Ferreyra the scorers there. In the third qualifying round they knocked out Luzern with 3-0 victories both away and at home, Ferreyra, Didac and Vargas netting in Switzerland, and Wu Lei and youngster Campuzano (twice) in Barcelona. And in the play-off round they beat Zorya Lhuansk, winning 3-1 at home with strikes from Ferreyra, Javi López and Vargas, and drawing 2-2 in Ukraine, with Ferreyra and Vargas again on the scoresheet. (29.08.19)

Champions League fixtures

Europa League fixtures


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
Alavés 0-1 Sevilla
Barcelona 5-2 Valencia
Betis 1-1 Getafe
Celta 0-2 Granada
Eibar 1-2 Espanyol
Leganés 0-3 Villarreal
Mallorca 0-0 Athletic
R Madrid 3-2 Levante
Real Soc 2-0 Atlético
Valladolid 1-1 Osasuna
Day 3 - 1 Sep

 

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