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First division Day 24 14-16 Feb
Champions League Round of 16, 1st leg 18/19 Feb
Europa League Round of 32, 1st leg 20 Feb
First division Day 25 21-23 Feb
Copa del Rey Semi finals, second leg 4/5 Mar

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First division – day 24

With both teams playing in the Champions League midweek, the match between Valencia and Atlético Madrid was brought forward to Friday night. In the end though the points were shared in a 2-2 draw, Llorente and Thomas twice giving the visitors the lead before the break, but Gabriel Paulista and Kondogbia pegging them back both times. (14.02.20)

Copa del Rey - semi finals

An all-Basque cup final is on the cards after Real Sociedad beat second division Mirandés 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, although both ties are in fact still in the balance. The hosts went in front with an early Oyarzabal penalty after Odei was adjudged to have fouled Portu in the area, but Matheus made it all square with a deflected shot after Malsa set him up with five minutes to go to half time. Odegaard fired them back in front though a couple of minutes later, but the visitors held on to give themselves a chance of reaching the final for the first time in their history. (12.02.20)

The first legs of the cup semi-finals are taking place this week, Athletic Bilbao getting a slight advantage over Granada after they beat them 1-0 on Tuesday. The Basques were the better team in the first half, and they took the lead shortly before the break when Williams crossed in for Muniain to beat Rui Silva. Capa got the ball in the net after the restart only for the strike to be ruled out for the positional offside of Williams, but after that Unai Simón had to make a couple of important saves to keep his side ahead. (11.02.20)

First division – day 23

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

Real Madrid stay three points clear at the top of the table after they won 1-4 at Osasuna on Sunday afternoon, Unai García putting the hosts in front early on, but Isco and Sergio Ramos turning the scoreline around before the break, and Lucas Vázquez and Jovic adding two more in the last ten minutes or so. Barcelona kept in touch with the leaders though after they beat Betis 2-3 in the last game of the evening. A Canales penalty after Lenglet handled in the area, and a strike by Fekir twice gave the locals the lead, but De Jong and Busquets pegged them back both times before the break, the two goals from Messi assists. With twenty minutes to go however Lenglet headed in a Messi free kick, and although Fekir and Lenglet were sent off later on, the scoreline didn’t change. Madrid and Barça were of course knocked out of the cup midweek by Basque sides Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, who by chance met this Sunday in San Sebastian. With the semi-finals looming midweek, both coaches understandably put out weakened line-ups, but (after the big boys came on), the locals won it 2-1, Isak getting the winner after Portu’s second half strike was cancelled out by Williams. Earlier in the day bottom club Espanyol beat fellow strugglers Mallorca 1-0 to move level with the islanders in the table, De Tomás heading the winner on the hour mark to give the Catalans their first home win of the season. They stay at the foot of the table however after Celta won 2-1 against fifth placed Sevilla, late strikes by Iago Aspas and Sisto giving the Galicians three vital points after En-Nesyri had opened the scoring for the Andalusians. (09.02.20)

Getafe are having their best season ever, and they are now in a heady third spot after a 3-0 victory over Valencia on Saturday afternoon! A win would have taken the Ches above their hosts, but Jorge Molina netted twice at the start of the second half, and after new signing Fiorenzi was sent off, Mata wrapped things up near the end. Atlético Madrid stay three points behind Pepe Bordalas’s side, now back in fourth place, after they beat Granada 1-0 later in the evening, Koke setting up Correa for the opener, but Oblak having to make a couple of key saves after that to prevent the Andalusians from coming away with a point. Villarreal though missed out on a chance to move up into the European spots after they could only draw 1-1 at Valladolid, Alcaraz volleying the locals in front on the quarter hour mark, but Gerard Moreno levelling it after VAR overturned the referee’s decision to disallow his second half strike. Further down the table Leganés stay in the bottom three after they lost 2-0 at Levante, Rochina and Roger getting the goals midway through the first half to take their team up to eleventh. And on Friday Alavés won 2-1 against Eibar to move clear of the danger zone, Lucas Pérez and Burke putting the locals two up before Orellana got one back late on. (08.02.20)

Copa del Rey - quarter finals

The surprises in this new-look cup continued on into Thursday, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both knocked out of the competition! Real Madrid were beaten 3-4 by Real Sociedad, who are in to last four for the first time in six years. Zidane put out a much-changed side, but on-loan Odegaard opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half, and Isak scored two more in as many minutes soon after the restart. Marcelo fired one back three minutes later, but Mikel Merino connected with Isak’s cross to make it four with twenty minutes to go. Madrid didn’t give up though, Vinicius having a strike ruled out before setting up Rodrygo for a second, and Nacho headed in a third following a corner in injury time. Gorosabel was sent off after that, but the clock ran down seconds later.

For the first time in ten years neither of the big two will be in the semi-final draw after Barcelona lost 0-1 to Athletic Bilbao later in the evening! The two teams have the most titles in the competition, the Catalans with 30 (including four wins and a second place in the last five years), and their hosts with 23, albeit none since 1984. Quique Setien’s team dominated for most of the match, Unai Simón making key saves from Ansu Fati, Griezmann and Messi, and De Jong having a good penalty appeal turned down. However with the tie in injury time Williams headed an Ibai Gómez cross wide of Ter Stegen to send the San Mamés stadium wild. It was fitting revenge for the two final defeats they have suffered against Barça in recent years, and an all-Basque final against old rivals Real Sociedad is now a real possibility. (06.02.20)

Second division Mirandés are in to the semi-finals for the second time in 8 years after they beat Villarreal 4-2 on Wednesday! Iraola’s team had already knocked out Celta and Sevilla, and cup top scorer Matheus put them in front early on. Ontiveras levelled it with a free kick, but Merquelanz restored the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Quintillà handled in the area. Cazorla made it all square again with another penalty after Odei handled the ball, but the defender made up for his mistake when he scrambled in the third just two minutes later, and Antonio Sánchez wrapped things up on a quick counter-attack in injury time. (05.02.20)

Defending champions Valencia are out of the cup after they lost 2-1 to Granada on Tuesday! Soldado fired the locals into the lead in only the third minute, but Rodrigo had a strike rule out for a borderline offside before he got on the end of Coquelin’s cross to equalise shortly before the break. However, with extra time looming, the VAR official signalled to the referee that Jaume Costa had handled the ball in the area, and Soldado drilled home the resulting spot kick to take the Andalusians into the semi-finals for the first time in over 50 years. (04.02.20)

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)

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 0-1 Osasuna
Barcelona 2-1 Getafe
Eibar pp Real Soc
Granada 2-1 Valladolid
Leganés 0-0 Betis
Mallorca 1-0 Alavés
R Madrid 2-2 Celta
Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol
Valencia 2-2 Atlético
Villarreal 2-1 Levante
Day 23 - 9 Feb