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First division – day 20

Barcelona stay in top spot, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference, after a 1-0 victory over Granada on Sunday evening. Quique Setien was in charge of the Catalans for the first time after Ernesto Valverde was fired following the defeat in the semi-finals of the Super Cup, but despite dominating for most of the match, the scores remained level until Vidal set up Messi for the winner with a quarter of an hour to go. The top two have opened up an eight point gap over the rest, and the teams further below them also lost ground, sixth placed Real Sociedad falling to a 3-0 defeat at Betis, with Borja Iglesias, Joaquín and Canales the scorers there, and Valencia losing 4-1 at struggling Mallorca in the early kick-off, Budimir netting twice and Raillo and Dani Rodríguez also on the scoresheet for the islanders before Ferran got one back late on. Athletic Bilbao stay a point behind them both after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta, with Rafinha’s opener cancelled out by a Raúl García penalty, and Villarreal are now two points behind Athletic after they lost 1-2 to Espanyol, David López and new signing Raúl De Tomás scoring for the visitors before Cazorla converted a penalty for the hosts. All of that meant that Mallorca move out of the drop zone to the detriment of Celta, while Espanyol catch up with Leganés in bottom spot, both now four points away from safety. (19.01.20)

Real Madrid moved three points clear of Barcelona pending their game on Sunday after a 2-1 victory over fourth placed Sevilla on Saturday afternoon. Casemiro got both goals for Zidane’s side after the break, the first from a Jovic assist and the second from a Lucas Vázquez cross, with De Jong temporarily levelling the scores in between. Atlético Madrid drop further below the leaders though after they lost 2-0 at Eibar later in the evening. Esteban Burgos opened the scoring for the locals after Sergi Enrich headed on a corner, and Edu Expósito fired home the second right at the end to give the Basque side their first ever victory against Atleti in the Ipurúa stadium. Further down the table, Alavés beat Levante 0-1 to move further away from the danger zone, Aleix Vidal getting the only goal midway through the second half, and Osasuna and Valladolid drew 0-0, a tenth draw of the season for both sides to keep them well clear of the relegation spots. (18.01.20)

Getafe are up to fifth pending the rest of the weekend programme after a 0-3 victory against South Madrid neighbours Leganés on Friday evening. Headed goals by Cabrera and Nyom put the visitors two up with only twenty minutes gone, and Molina set up Mata for the third soon afterwards, putting an end to their hosts’ four match unbeaten run. (17.01.20)

Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid are this year's Spanish Super Cup winners, Zidane’s side defeating city rivals Atlético Madrid 4-1 on penalties in the final after the match itself finished 0-0. Neither keeper was particularly troubled in the first ninety minutes, Courtois saving a couple of times from Morata and from Thomas, and Oblak keeping out Casemiro, Modric and Mendy. Joao Felix, Fede Valverde and Jovic all missed chances, and with three minutes of extra time to go, Valverde (who was named man-of-the-match!) was sent off for bringing down Morata as he advanced on goal. That took it to penalties, and after Saúl hit the post and Courtois saved from Thomas, Sergio Ramos fired home the winner to hand the title to Real Madrid, who, by rights (after finishing third in the league last season), should not have even taken part in the competition! (12.01.20)

Atlético Madrid will be Real Madrid’s opponents in this year’s Super Cup final after they won 2-3 against Barcelona on Thursday. Half time substitute Koke gave Simeone’s side the lead just a minute after the restart, but strikes by Messi and Griezmann turned the scoreline around soon afterwards. Oblak had to make a couple of important saves, and Messi and Piqué had goals ruled out by VAR, but Morata levelled it from the penalty spot with ten minutes to go after Neto brought down Vitolo in the area, and Correa got the winner near the end. The result means that neither the Spanish league champions nor the cup winners will be in this season’s final, which furthermore will take place over 4,000 kilometres away in a half empty stadium. Such is the power of money. (09.01.20)

Spain’s revamped Super Cup kicked off in Saudi Arabia this week, with four teams competing for this year’s title, league champions Barcelona, cup winners Valencia, and the teams finishing second and third in the league, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. Real Madrid are the first team through to the final after they beat Valencia 1-3 on Wednesday, Kroos starting things off with an inswinging corner which caught keeper Jaume out of position on the quarter hour mark. Before the break Isco made it two after Garay blocked a shot from Modric, and Modric himself scored the third with a shot from outside of the area after the restart. Dani Parejo got a last minute consolation for Ches from the penalty spot after Ramos handled in the area, but too late to change the result. (08.01.20)

Copa del Rey - second round

Third round draw

The second round of the cup took place this weekend, with lower ranked teams seeded to play at home against top flight opposition. Mallorca and Valladolid only got through on penalties against Real Jaén and Marbella, and Villarreal were taken to extra time by Orihuela, but the only first division side to be eliminated was Getafe, who lost 2-0 to Badalona after having Timor sent off on the hour mark. Seven other second division B sides made it through though, and four of them will face the teams participating in the Super Cup, who enter the competition in the third round. (12.01.20)

First division – day 19

Fifth placed Real Sociedad end the first half of the season four points adrift of the Champions League spots after they lost 1-2 to Villarreal on Sunday. Willian José gave the Basque side the lead midway through the first half, but Trigueros levelled it from the penalty spot after Zubeldia fouled Chukwueze in the area on the hour mark, and Cazorla got the winner a few minutes later to take his side up to ninth. Granada stay a point ahead of them in eighth place following a 1-0 victory over Mallorca in the mid-day game, Soldado setting up Montero for the only goal before the break. The result leaves the islanders in the bottom three after Celta drew 1-1 against Osasuna later in the day, Chimy Ávila depriving the Galicians of a win after Santi Mina had opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour to go. Elsewhere Alavés and Betis drew 1-1, Emerson saving a point for the Andalusians after Aleix Vidal had put the locals in front early on. (05.01.20)

Barcelona made sure of the honorary title of winter champions at the midpoint of the season after a 2-2 draw at city rivals Espanyol in the last game on Saturday, although the points dropped meant that Real Madrid have caught up with them in the table. David López headed the locals in front midway through the first half, but strikes by Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal after the break turned the scoreline around. However De Jong was sent off a few minutes later, and Wu Lei fired the equaliser past Neto to get new coach Abelardo off to a promising start. Earlier in the day Real Madrid beat neighbours Getafe 0-3, Varane heading in a Mendy cross and then a Kroos free kick either side of the break to put them two up, and Modric making it three in injury time. Atlético Madrid are now third, above Sevilla on goal difference, after they won 2-1 against Levante, Felipe heading the winner in the twentieth minute after Roger had cancelled out Correa’s early opener. And Valencia are in to the top six after a 1-0 victory over Eibar, Maxi Gómez heading the only goal from a Wass cross midway through the first half. (04.01.20)

Two matches on Friday to kick off the New Year, both ending all square. Third placed Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao, who themselves consolidate seventh spot. Capa put the Basque team ahead with an angled shot on the quarter hour mark, but Unai Nuñez turned an Ocampos cross into his own net after the restart to save a point for the locals. Earlier in the evening Valladolid and Leganés drew 2-2, Braithwaite and Roque putting the visitors in front twice, but strikes from Enes Ünal pegging them back both times. Javier Aguirre’s team are now just a point away from escaping the drop zone after picking up eight points in their last four games under the new coach. (03.01.20)

First division – day 18

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

Real Madrid end the year two points below leaders Barcelona after they were held to a second 0-0 draw in four days, this time at home to Athletic Bilbao. Kroos, Nacho and Jovic all hit the woodwork but, as in the Nou Camp, they were unable to find the target. Athletic stay seventh, four points now below Atlético Madrid, who are back up into the Champions League spots after a 1-2 victory at Betis. Second half substitute Correa won the ball off Moreno to put the visitors in front, and then set up Morata for the second before Marc Bartra scrambled one back in injury time. Real Sociedad meanwhile stay a point behind Atleti in fifth after an exciting 3-4 win at neighbours Osasuna. First half strikes by Oyarzabal, Portu and Odegaard appeared to have wrapped things up, but goals by Aridane and Chimy Avila either side of the break got the hosts back in the game. And although Isak netted again for the visitors, Avila scored again to set up a tight finish. Earlier in the day the bottom two clubs met, Leganés beating Espanyol 2-0 with goals by Braithwaite and En-Nesyri to move three points ahead of the Catalans, the result probably sealing the fate of Pablo Machín after less than three months in charge. Javier Aguirre’s team are now just a point below Celta, who lost 3-1 to Levante despite taking an early lead through Iago Aspas. Two from Roger and a third from Mayoral after the break turned the scoreline around, taking the Valencia based side up to ninth place. (22.12.19)

Barcelona made sure of top spot going into the short festive break after a 4-1 victory over Alavés on Saturday, Griezmann opening the scoring from a Luis Suárez assist, and Vidal making it two before the break after combining with Messi and Suárez. Pere Pons headed one back after the restart, but Messi restored the two goal cushion, and Suárez completed the scoring from the penalty spot after Martín handled in the area. Sevilla stay five points below the leaders in third place though after they beat Mallorca 0-2 earlier in the afternoon, Diego Carlos heading the first from Banega’s corner, and Banega himself getting the second from the penalty spot after Baba fouled Jordan in the area. Fourth placed Getafe drop four points behind the Andalusians though after they lost 1-0 to Villarreal, Moi Gómez getting the only goal after Soria saved from Anguissa early on in the second half to take his team up into the top half of the table. Valencia stay out of the European spots after they drew 1-1 at Valladolid, Manu Vallejo saving a point for the Ches in injury time after Guardiola had given the locals the lead with a direct free kick which VAR confirmed had crossed the line before Jaume pushed it away. And on Friday Eibar won 3-0 against Granada, Sergi Enrich, Kike García and Inui getting the goals to take the Basque side five points clear of the danger zone. (21.12.19)

First division – day 10 (rescheduled match)

The “clásico” postponed from a couple of months ago finally took place this Wednesday, Barcelona and Real Madrid playing out a 0-0 draw in a heavily guarded Nou Camp to stay level at the top of the table. Despite the result it was an intense game, Ter Stegen and Courtois having to make several saves, and Pique and Sergio Ramos clearing off the line from Casemiro and Messi. Varane felt he could have had a couple of penalties, and Bale had a goal disallowed for offside later on, but in the end the scoreline remained unmoved. (18.12.19)

Europa League - day 6

Round of 32 draw

A full house for Spanish sides in Europe this year, Getafe joining Sevilla and Espanyol in the Europa League round of 32 after a 3-0 win over Krasnodar on Thursday. With Basel finishing top of their group, this was a winner-take-all match, and things were fairly even until Cabrera headed them into the lead following a corner with a quarter of an hour to go. Two minutes later though Jorge Molina turned in Nyom’s cross, and Kenedy rounded things off near the end. The other two though, already sure of finishing first in their respective groups, both lost by a single goal. Sevilla were beaten 1-0 at APOEL Nicosia, the result ending their 100% record in the competition, and Espanyol lost 0-1 to CSKA Moscow, bringing to a close their unbeaten run in Europe of 26 games. (12.12.19)

Group tables

Champions League – day 6

Round of 16 draw

Spain will have four teams in next Monday’s draw after Atlético Madrid won 2-0 against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday. The visiting keeper saved an early Trippier penalty before Joao Félix converted a second spot kick on the quarter hour mark, and Felipe connected with Koke’s cross to make it two some ten minutes in to the second half. Atleti only finish second in the group though, as do Real Madrid, who beat Club Brugge 1-3. With little at stake, Zidane also put out a weakened side, and although Vanaken cancelled out Rodrygo’s second half opener, Vinicius and Modric added two more to give their side a first ever away win against the Belgians. (11.12.19)

Valencia are through to the knock-out stage of the competition after they beat Ajax 0-1 in their last group game on Tuesday! The Ches had to win to be sure of qualifying, but Rodrigo put them in front midway through the first half after Ferran set him up, and Jaume and his defence held fast despite having Gabriel Paulista sent off to finish top of their group. Barcelona were already sure of first place in their group, and Valverde put out a much changed line-up for the visit to Inter Milan. Even so they still won 1-2 to dump the Italians out of the competition, youngsters Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati getting the goals, with Lukaku levelling it temporarily for the hosts. (10.12.19)

Group tables

Euro 2020 qualifiers

Spain 5 - Romania 0

Spain tied up one of the top seed spots for next summer’s European finals after beating Romania 5-0 in the last group game. Gayà had a goal ruled out and Cazorla hit the bar before Fabián opened the scoring, following up after Tatarusanu could only push out a shot from Carvajal in the eighth minute. Gerard Moreno added two more from Cazorla and Gayà centres before crossing in for Rus to turn the ball into his own net on the stroke of half time, and Oyarzábal completed the scoring with a low shot in injury time. (18.11.19)

Spain 7 - Malta 0

Spain made sure of top spot in their group after thrashing Malta 7-0 in their latest match. Morata opened the scoring midway through the first half, and Gerard Moreno had a goal ruled out before he set up his Villarreal team mate Cazorla for the second. After the restart Pau Torres, Sarabia, Dani Olmo and Moreno all got their first goals for Spain within ten minutes of each other, Torres and Olmo just minutes after coming on for their senior debut, and Jesús Navas rounded things off with a long shot near the end. (15.11.19)

Group table
Senior and U21 squads
Under 21 international

2018/19 season

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)

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
Athletic 1-1 Celta
Barcelona 1-0 Granada
Betis 3-0 Real Soc
Eibar 2-0 Atlético
Leganés 0-3 Getafe
Levante 0-1 Alavés
Mallorca 4-1 Valencia
Osasuna 0-0 Valladolid
R Madrid 2-1 Sevilla
Villarreal 1-2 Espanyol
Day 20 - 19 Jan