|First division||Day 5 (remaining games)||20/21 Sep|
|Copa del Rey||3rd round (remaining games)||20/21 Sep|
|First division||Day 6||23-25 Sep|
|Champions League||Day 2||26/27 Sep|
|Europa League||Day 2||28 Sep|
A midweek round of league games this week, Barcelona increasing their lead at the top of the table after thrashing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday night. A Messi penalty and a Paulinho header put Valverde’s team two up at the break. Denis Suárez added a third before Sergi Enrich got one back for the visitors, but Messi scored three more times to take his tally for the season in all club competitions to twelve goals. Another high-scoring game earlier in the evening Valencia beating bottom club Málaga 5-0 to leave Michel’s job hanging by a thread. Santi Mina opened the scoring early on, and Zaza scored an eight minute hat-trick after the interval before Rodrigo wrapped things up near the end. (19.09.17)
Espanyol move out of the relegation spots after a 2-1 victory over Celta on Monday evening. The Catalans went two up with less than half an hour gone, Gerard Moreno firing in the opener in the tenth minute, and Piatti combining with Jurado to make it two a few minutes later. The visitors got one back though after the break when a shot from Pione Sisto deflected in off Fontàs, and there were some nervous moments for the home fans before the final whistle. (18.09.17)
The big match on Sunday was between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, Zidane’s side running out 1-3 winners to move up to fourth, within a point of their hosts in the table. The visiting coach gave a first start to Borja Mayoral, and the Spanish under 21 international took advantage of the opportunity, opening the scoring early on, and crossing in for Kévin Rodrigues to put through his own net after the local left back had made it all square a few minutes earlier. And after the restart Bale ran on to a long ball from Isco to beat Rulli for a third time and hand a first defeat of the season to the Basque team. They drop to third, a point below Sevilla, who won 0-1 at Girona earlier in the evening. Muriel got the only goal for the Andalusians midway through the second half, although the locals could have saved a point had Granell not fired an injury time penalty against the crossbar. Athletic Bilbao drop to sixth after they lost 1-0 at Las Palmas, substitute Rémy scoring the winner for the Canary Islanders with three minutes to go. They join a group of seven teams on six points, as do Villarreal, who won 0-3 at Alavés in the mid-day kick-off. Bakambu started things off before the break, and Bacca and Bakambu added two more after the restart to leave their hosts down at the bottom of the table with zero points, and zero goals in their favour. That cost the job of coach Luis Zubeldia, who was fired later in the evening. (17.09.17)
Leaders Barcelona made it four wins from four after beating Getafe 1-2 on Saturday afternoon, although they had to come from behind to do so. Shibasaki gave the locals the lead with an impressive volley shortly before the break, but Denis Suárez made it all square after the restart, and fellow substitute Paulinho ran on to Messi’s pass to score the winner near the end. Later in the evening Atlético Madrid inaugurated their new stadium with a 1-0 victory over Málaga, Griezmann getting the only goal on the hour mark to take his side up to third, and leave the visitors down at the bottom of the table. Elsewhere city rivals Levante and Valencia drew 1-1 in the lunchtime kick-off, Bardhi saving a point for the hosts after Rodrigo had headed the Ches in front, and Betis beat Deportivo 2-1, Joaquín netting twice for the Andalusians, with Fede Cartabia scoring for Pepe Mel’s side in-between. One match on Friday, Eibar winning 1-0 against Leganés with a headed goal by Gálvez to leave both teams in mid-table on six points. (16.09.17)
All the Spanish teams playing at home in European competitions won their games this week, and all those playing away drew. On Thursday Villarreal beat Astana 3-1 in the Europa League, substitutes Bakambu and Cheryshev saving the day with late goals after a Logvinenko header had cancelled out Sansone’s opener. Later in the evening Real Sociedad won 4-0 against Rosenborg, two strikes in the first ten minutes by Diego Llorente and Zurutuza getting the Basque team off to a good start. Skjelvik put through his own net shortly before the break, and Llorente wrapped things up from a Canales corner near the end. Elsewhere Athletic Bilbao drew 0-0 at Hertha Berlin, Herrerín in particular making a string of saves to ensure a point for his side. (14.09.17)
No problems for Real Madrid in their opening game on Wednesday, the double-defending champions beating APOEL Nicosia 3-0. Ronaldo connected with Bale’s cross to open the scoring early on, and then converted a second half penalty before Sergio Ramos wrap things up on the hour mark. Sevilla meanwhile rounded off a positive first week for La Liga teams, the Andalusians drawing 2-2 at Liverpool. Ben Yedder gave the visitors an early lead, and although strikes by Firmino and Salah turned the scoreline around by the break, Joaquín Correa made it all square again with twenty minutes to go. (13.09.17)
A good start for Spain’s sides in the opening day of the Champions League, Barcelona beating Juventus 3-0, and Atlético Madrid drawing 0-0 at Roma. Barcelona were knocked out of the competition by the Italian champions last season, but Messi combined with Luis Suárez to give them the lead on the stroke of half time, and after the restart Rakitic and Messi added two more. Atlético meanwhile came away from the Italian capital with a more than respectable draw, although they will rue the fact that they failed to convert several chances, Saúl in particular hitting the upright with the game in injury time. (12.09.17)
Second division A teams entered the competition at this stage, with two matches on Tuesday evening, two on Thursday, and all the rest on Wednesday. Calahorra are the only club from the regional third division to survive to the third round. (07.09.17)
For the second time in the group stage, Spain put eight goals past Liechtenstein, and with three points and a massive positive goal difference in their favour over second placed Italy, a win in either of their next two games against Albania and Israel will see them through to next summer’s finals. With only three minutes gone Sergio Ramos headed Julen Lopetegui’s side in front, and soon afterwards Morata headed a second and then set up a third for Isco after keeper Jehle scuffed his kick and gifted the ball to the striker. Morata had another header ruled out for a questionable offside before Silva fired home the fourth with a direct free kick, and De Gea only had one real save to make, from Polverino just before the break. Aspas came on at the interval to score the fifth after Morata’s header hit the bar and fell to him off the back of Jehle, and the Celta striker then passed through for Morata to complete the set. Jehle kept out Morata and Delofeu after that, but Aspas scored again after the keeper could only push out a shot from Pedro, and Deulofeu wrapped things up with a low cross which Göppel deflected in to his own net. (05.09.17)
Saturday night game: Spain 3 - Italy 0
Spain’s new under 21 side got off to a winning start in the latest edition of the European qualifiers, although they struggled more than expected before finally beating Estonia 0-1. Aarón had an early strike ruled out for a marginal offside, and Oyarzabal and Merino brought good saves out of Igonen later on the first half. Mayoral wasted a couple of chances either side of the break, and Igonen deflected an effort from Carlos Soler on to the post after the restart. Soon afterwards though Soler finally broke through with an impressive shot from outside of the area, but even so the hosts came close to saving a point when Jarva shot just wide near the end. (05.09.17)
2017 Euro final: Spain 0 - Germany 1
The summer transfer window closed at midnight last night, with the usual flurry of late signings as clubs rushed to complete their squads. Barcelona though failed to tie up anyone else, their last two targets, Coutinho and Di María, turned down after their respective clubs asked for exorbitant prices. That meant the likes of André Gomes, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Deulofeu stay at the Nou Camp, and Vermaelen has also been given a shirt number after Munir, Douglas and Marlon all went out on loan.
Elsewhere Espanyol, Sevilla and Valencia were all active in the last couple of days, the Catalans bringing back old boys Didac Vilà, Sergi Darder and Sergio Sánchez, the Andalusians taking on Carole and Geiss, and the Chés agreeing loan terms for Guedes and Andreas Pereira right at the end. Las Palmas have replaced Boateng with Loic Rémy and Tannane, Deportivo won their battle to get Lucas Pérez back to the Riazor, and Alavés, Betis, Eibar, Girona, Leganés, and Levante all added to their squads on the last day. That’s it now until the start of January, although clubs can still sign players if they are out of work, or to cover long-term injuries, and of course there will always be managerial changes at any time. Keep an eye on our pages for all the latest news. (02.09.17)
|Date||Player (Country)||Old club||New club||Position/Comments|
|01/09/17||Andreas Pereira (BZL / BEL)||Manchester United (ENG) / Granada||Valencia||MF Mou didn't want to let him go after good season on loan at Granada, but in the end he moves to Mestalla on loan.|
|01/09/17||Geis (GER)||Schalke '04 (GER)||Sevilla||MF Berizzo completes squad with last minute signing. Will join on loan, with €7 Mio buy-out option.|
|01/09/17||Sergio Sánchez||Rubin Kazan (RUS)||Espanyol||DF Another Periquito returning to the nest! Comes back to Espanyol for 3rd time after agreeing loan with Rubin.|
|31/08/17||Lucas Pérez||Arsenal (ENG)||Deportivo||FW Many offers for him this summer, but only wanted to retrun to Depor. Loan, but no buy-out clause for now.|
Real Madrid continue to clock up the titles under Zinedine Zidane, a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona giving them their first Spanish Super Cup in five years. Already 1-3 up from the first leg in the Nou Camp, Marco Asensio extended his side’s lead with an impressive shot from outside of the area in only the fourth minute. Lucas Vázquez rattled the upright before Benzema latched on to a Marcelo cross to make it two shortly before the break, and although Messi and Luis Suárez hit the woodwork after the restart, the game was already over. (16.08.17)
First leg: Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 3
Real Madrid won the European Super Cup for the second time in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Manchester United in Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro headed against the crossbar before connecting with a Dani Carvajal centre to open the scoring midway through the first half. Isco combined with Bale to make it two shortly after the restart, and Bale himself rattled the crossbar again a few minutes later. Lukaku got one back though after Keylor Navas could only push out a shot from Matic, and José Mourinho’s side could have levelled it had Navas not saved from Rashford later on. (08.08.17)
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Real Madrid are World champions for the second time after they beat Kashima Antlers 2-4 in this year’s final in Yokohama! The Liga side were clear favourites, and they appeared to be on track for an easy win when Benzema opened the scoring in only the ninth minute after Sogahata could only push out a shot from Modric. However just before the break Shibasaki levelled the scores with a shot on the turn past Keylor Navas, and some seven minutes in to the second half the team captain got his second of the match with a long shot wide of the Costa Rican keeper. Ronaldo made it all square again from the penalty spot after Yamamoto brought down Lucas Vázquez a few minutes later, but with full time approaching the locals failed to convert two or three chances to win it. However in the first half of extra time Ronaldo scored twice from Benzema and Kroos assists to complete another hat-trick and give Zinedine Zidane his third international title since taking over from Rafa Benítez just under a year ago. (18.12.16)
Semi-final: Real Madrid 2 – Club América 0
|League champions||Real Madrid|
|Spanish cup winners||Barcelona|
|Promoted to the first division||Levante, Girona, Getafe|
|Relegated to the second division A||Sporting Gijón, Osasuna, Granada|
|Promoted to the second division A||Albacete, Barcelona B, Cultural Leonesa, Lorca|
|Relegated to the second division B||Mirandés, Elche, Mallorca, UCAM Murcia|
|Champions League||Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla|
|Europa League||Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao|
|European Super Cup||Real Madrid v Manchester United|
|Club World Cup||Real Madrid|
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