|Champions League||Day 5||21/22 Nov|
|Europa League||Day 5||23 Nov|
|First division||Day 13||24-27 Nov|
|Copa del Rey||4th round, 2nd leg||28-30 Nov|
Monday night game: Eibar 5 - Betis 0
Valencia are the only side keeping pace with Barcelona at the moment, and they stay four points behind the leaders (who visit Mestalla next weekend) after a 0-2 win at Espanyol on Sunday. Moreno and Darder hit the woodwork for the locals before the break, but goals from Kondogbia and Santi Mina late on gave the Ches the three points. Villarreal end the weekend in sixth place after they drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, Aduríz saving a point for the Basque side after Trigueros (who had an earlier penalty saved by Kepa) had given the visitors the lead. Further down the table Málaga moved to within a point of escaping the drop zone after they beat Deportivo 3-2 in the mid-day kick-off, Borja Bastón winning it late on for Michel’s side after the lead had changed hands twice. The result left Las Palmas down at the bottom of the table after they lost 0-2 to Levante, Doukouré and Jason getting the goals in the second half to leave Pako Ayestarán’s job hanging by a thread. (19.11.17)
Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the table after a 0-3 victory at Leganés on Saturday afternoon. Luis Suárez scored twice either side of half time, both times after Cuéllar had saved from Paco Alcácer, and Paulinho got the third at the end after Messi laid the ball back to him. The Catalans are now a massive ten points clear of Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid after they cancelled each other out in a 0-0 draw later in the evening. It was an intense game, the referee showing eight yellow cards and turning down numerous penalty appeals throughout the ninety minutes. Sevilla are now just two points below both of them after they came from behind to beat Celta 2-1, Muriel and Nolito getting the goals either side of the break after Maxi Gómez had given the Galicians an early lead. Earlier in the day Getafe won 4-1 against Alavés to move up to tenth, a Bergara header and a Molina penalty putting them two up in less than ten minutes, and Angel adding two more after the break before Christian Santos got a late consolation for the visitors. (18.11.17)
La Liga returned after the short international break, Girona and Real Sociedad kicking things off with a 1-1 draw on Friday night which left both teams in mid-table. Willian José fired the visitors into an early lead, but Stuani headed the equaliser after the interval. (17.11.17)
Spain ended 2017 unbeaten after a 3-3 draw in Russia in their latest friendly game, although coach Julen Lopetegui wasn’t happy with the result after his side threw the lead away twice. Jordi Alba headed them in front early on from a Marco Asensio centre, and Sergio Ramos added the second with a hotly disputed penalty after Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi ruled that Kuzyaez had handled when the ball hit his upper arm (shoulder?) in the penalty area. Strikes from Smolov and Alexei Miranchuk either side of half time made it all square for the World Cup hosts, but soon afterwards Ramos converted another controversial penalty after he and Busquets were both felled in the area. Smolov got his second of the night however with a shot past De Gea later on, and in the end both teams settled for a draw. (14.11.17)
Saturday night game: Spain 5 - Costa Rica 0
Spain’s under 21 side top their group with four wins in a row after beating Slovakia 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The visitors put up a good fight at first though, and they opened the scoring when Fabián deflected Mráz’s header in to his own net following a corner. Dani Ceballos came to the rescue however with the equaliser before the break, and half time substitute Córdoba made it two soon after the restart. Ceballos added two more in quick succession to complete a hat-trick, all long shots from outside of the area, and Borja Mayoral rounded things off after Córdoba set him up near the end. (14.11.17)
Thursday night game: Spain 1 - Iceland 0
Cádiz moved back up into the top half of the table after a 1-0 victory over Reus in the Monday night game. Carrillo headed the only goal from a corner with half an hour gone to take the Andalusians a point above their opponents in the rankings. (13.11.17)
Huesca end the weekend at the top of the table after the three teams immediately below them all failed to win on Sunday. Sporting Gijón were held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid, Lugo were beaten 0-1 by Numancia (who leapfrog above their hosts to third), and last week’s leaders Granada surprisingly lost 1-2 to bottom club Sevilla Atlético in the mid-day game. Elsewhere Oviedo beat Nastic 1-2 with a last gasp penalty to leave the Catalans just a place above the bottom four. (12.11.17)
Once again there was a full round of second division fixtures during the international fortnight, Osasuna kicking things off with a 0-1 victory at Córdoba on Friday which took them back to the top of the table overnight. Huesca overtook them on Saturday though after they beat Barcelona B 0-2, Cucho Hernández getting both goals after the break. Rayo Vallecano stay outside of the top six after they lost 3-2 to Zaragoza, the Madrid based side coming back from two down to equalise before Pombo got the winner for the Maños late on. Meanwhile Tenerife close back up on the play-off spots after they beat Cultural Leonesa 2-0, the result leaving the visitors just three points above the drop zone after Lorca drew 1-1 at Alcorcón. Albacete are out of the relegation places though after a 2-0 victory over Almería, who themselves are now down in third to bottom spot. (11.11.17)
Real Madrid hold on to third spot, still eight points behind leaders Barcelona, after a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in the last game on Sunday evening. Casemiro headed the opener shortly before the break, and an impressive shot from Marco Asensio and a third goal from Isco completed the scoring in the second half. Villarreal are up to fifth after they beat bottom club Málaga 2-0, substitute Sansone getting both goals after the break, and Real Sociedad stay three points below them in seventh place after a 3-1 win over neighbours Eibar, Willian José, Janujaz and Oyarzabal all scoring before Joan Jordán replied for the visitors. Celta end the weekend in mid-table after they won 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao, Sergi Gómez starting things off and Iago Aspas adding two more with less than half an hour gone, and Raúl García volleying one back before the break. And Girona are a point above the Galicians after they beat Levante 1-2 in the mid-day kick-off, second half goals from Borja García and Stuani putting the Catalans two up before new signing Enes Ünal headed an injury time consolation for the hosts. (05.11.17)
Barcelona kept up the momentum on Saturday, a 2-1 victory over Sevilla maintaining their four point lead at the top of the table. Paco Alcácer took advantage of a rare start to score both goals, with Pizarro heading one back for the visitors in-between. Earlier in the day though second placed Valencia put the pressure on the Catalans with a 3-0 victory over Leganés, Dani Parejo putting them in front with a free kick under the defensive wall, and a Rodrigo header and Santi Mina penalty wrapping things up after the break. Atlético Madrid are now third after they beat Deportivo 0-1, although it was not until injury time that Thomas got the winner from a set-piece free kick. And Alavés are off the bottom of the table after a 1-0 victory over Espanyol, Christian Santos getting the only goal with less than a minute gone, and the Catalans playing over half the game with ten men after Hermoso was sent off. (04.11.17)
Betis came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Getafe in the Friday night game. A Bergara header and a strike from Portillo put the visitors two up at the break, but goals from substitutes Sanabria and Boudebouz saved a point for the Andalusians in the end. (03.11.17)
Wins for all three La Liga teams in Thursday’s Europa League ties! Villarreal were first up, and they beat Slavia Prague 0-2, Bacca getting the first and Deli putting through his own net in injury time to keep Calleja’s side top of their group. Later in the evening Real Sociedad won 3-0 against Vardar to stay second behind Zenit, Juanmi heading the first before the break, and De la Bella and Jon Bautista adding two more after the restart. And Athletic Bilbao kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 1-0 victory over Östersunds, Aduríz heading the only goal midway through the second half to leave the group wide open, with only three points separating the four sides. (02.11.17)
Real Madrid’s first ever trip to Wembley didn’t turn out quite as planned, the defending champions beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of group games. Dele Alli scored the first two either side of half time and then set up Eriksen for a third, and Ronaldo’s strike came too late to change the result. Madrid are now three points behind Spurs in second place in their group, although a draw in the other group game means they are still strong favourites to go through to the next round. Sevilla were in fact the only Spanish team to win this week, a 2.1 victory over Spartak Moscow taking them back above their opponents to second place behind Liverpool. Lenglet headed the opener before the break, and Banega made it two after the restart, but after Ze Luis got one back the result was in doubt until the final whistle. (01.11.17)
Spanish sides were lacking fire power on Tuesday, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both drawing games that on paper they should have won. Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Olympiacos, Luis Suárez in particular failing to convert a number of chances. The Catalans are still top of their group though, and only need a point from their last two games to reach the knockout stage. Atlético however are virtually out of the competition after they were held to a 1-1 draw in the Metropolitano stadium by Qarabag (who played the last half hour with ten men), Thomas at least saving a point after Michel had headed the visitors in to the lead. Simeon’s side now have to beat Roma and Chelsea, and hope Qarabag take something off one of them to have any chance of going through. (31.10.17)
A much changed Real Madrid side beat second division B neighbours Fuenlabrada in their Fernando Torres stadium 0-2 on Thursday, although it took a couple of hotly disputed penalties for them to do so. Marco Asensio converted the first with just over an hour gone after Fran García had pulled down Achraf on the edge of the area, and Lucas Vázquez the second with ten minutes to go after Candela was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Theo Hernández. Madrid also ended with ten men after debutant Jesús Vallejo was sent off for a hard tackle in the final minutes. Otherwise there were no real surprises, although it took a great performance by keeper Diego López for Espanyol to come out unscathed in a 0-0 draw at Tenerife, the match kicking off half an hour late due to a floodlight failure.
Spain completed the formalities on Monday night, a 0-1 victory against Israel making it nine wins and a draw from their ten group games. Already sure of top spot after the match against Albania, Lopetegui used the occasion to give a run out to the rest of his squad, team captain Sergio Ramos the only one to repeat from that tie, and Busquets winning his 100th cap. The locals put out a defensive line-up though, and Harush only had to make a couple of saves from Ramos and Pedro before the break. Ex Mallorca striker Hemed went close at the other end either side of half time, but with a quarter of an hour to go Illarramendi volleyed in the only goal following Asensio’s corner to give his team the three points. (09.10.17)
Friday game: Spain 3 - Albania 0
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|
|Day 12 - Nov 19|
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