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Europa League - day 6

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

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

First division – day 16

The big two are now three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand after third placed Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna on Sunday evening. Munir fired the Andalusians into an early lead, but Adrián set up Chimy Ávila to level it on the stroke of half time, and the hosts held on despite having Oier sent off on the hour mark. Real Sociedad stay four points behind Sevilla in fourth spot after they drew 0-0 at Valladolid, keepers Masip and Remiro the best on the park there, and Getafe are now level on points with the Basque team after a 0-1 win at Eibar, substitute Angel getting the only goal midway through the second half to hand their opponents a fourth defeat in a row. Athletic Bilbao drop to sixth though after they lost 3-2 at Betis, Joaquín scoring a rapid hat-trick in the first twenty minutes before a Williams penalty and a strike by Yuri put the visitors back in the game. And Leganés got their first win under new coach Javier Aguirre after beating fellow strugglers Celta, Oscar scoring twice before the break and Kevin adding a third before Araujo and Aspas got two back for the Galicians. (08.12.19)

Barcelona and Real Madrid kept up their push for this season’s league title, both winning on Saturday to stay neck-and-neck at the top of the table. Real Madrid were first up, and they clocked up a comfortable 2-0 victory over Barça’s city neighbours, Espanyol. Benzema set up Varane for the opener shortly before the break, and then scored the second himself after an assist from Valverde, a red card for Mendy coming too late to change the result. Later in the evening though, Barcelona matched their arch rivals with a 5.2 win over Mallorca, Griezmann running on to a long Ter Stegen goal kick to start things off early on, and Messi adding two more before Luis Suárez scored what could be the goal of the season with an impressive back-heel shot. Budimir scored twice either side of the break to keep the islanders in the game, but Messi completed yet another hat-trick to put the result beyond doubt. Valencia are up to seventh after they came back from two goals down to win 2-4 at city rivals Levante, Roger scoring twice for the locals but then putting through his own net on the stroke of half time, and Gameiro netting twice around the hour mark before Ferran wrapped things up. Elsewhere Granada returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win against Alavés (who ended with nine men after Wakaso and Laguardia were sent off), Carlos Fernández, Soldado (from the penalty spot) and Yangel getting the goals for the Andalusians after the interval to take the Andalusians back up to within two points of the European places. (07.12.19)

Villarreal and Atlético Madrid played out a 0-0 draw on Friday evening, a result which left the visitors still in sixth place, and their hosts seven points below them in twelfth. Plans to hold the game in Miami were scrapped after other clubs lodged a protest, but that was probably for the best as there were no goals to entertain the fans, keepers Asenjo and Oblak on good form, and Chukwueze and Joao Felix in particular failing to convert chances. (06.12.19)

First division – day 15

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

A late goal by Messi gave Barcelona a 0-1 victory at Atlético Madrid in the last match on Sunday, the Argentinian superstar (due to pick up his sixth Ballon d’Or tomorrow) working a one-two with Luis Suárez before firing a low shot past Oblak. Barça stay top, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference, but Atleti drop to sixth, now below Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao after both won earlier in the day. Sevilla struggled a bit though before beating bottom club Leganés 1-0, Diego Carlos the scorer there midway through the second half to keep Lopetegui’s side within a point of the leaders. And Athletic Bilbao won 2-0 against Granada, Raúl García converting a controversial penalty just before the break, and Yuri making it two late on. Getafe are now seventh after a 4-0 win over Levante, Cabrera, Molina, Angel and Timor getting the goals after the interval. And Osasuna are just two points below them in ninth after beating struggling Espanyol 2-4, despite playing for over half an hour with ten men after Roncaglia was sent off for a second bookable offence. Marc Roca put the Catalans ahead with a first half penalty, but Rubén García, Chimy Ávila, Moncayola and Roberto Torres (with a second penalty) all scored before Calleri got a late consolation in injury time. Espanyol stay next to bottom, three points above Leganés but five points away from safety. (01.12.19)

Real Madrid threw down the gauntlet to Barcelona, a 1-2 victory at a rainy Alavés on Saturday lunchtime taking them three points clear of their arch-rivals pending Sunday’s games. Sergio Ramos headed the opener from a Kroos free kick, and although Lucas Pérez levelled it from the penalty spot after Ramos fouled Joselu in the area, Carvajal got the winner a few minutes later after Isco hit the post. Real Sociedad are now fourth after they beat regional rivals Eibar 4-1, a Diop strike cancelling out Le Normand’s opener before the break, but Oyarzabal, Willian José and Odegaard all netting after the restart. Valencia are just outside of the European spots after they won 2-1 against neighbours Villarreal, with all the goals coming in the second half after Cillessen had saved an early Gerard Moreno penalty. Rodrigo started things off for the hosts, and Anguissa equalised before Ferran volleyed home the winner with twenty minutes to go. Elsewhere Betis continued their revival with a 1-2 win at Mallorca, a Joaquín penalty and a Fekir strike putting the Andalusians two up before Lago Junior got one back after the break, also from the penalty spot, and on Friday night Celta and Valladolid drew 0-0, leaving the Galicians still down in the relegation zone. (30.11.19)

Europa League - day 5

Getafe got their Europa League campaign back on track after a 0-1 victory at Trabzonspor on Thursday afternoon, Mata turning in Kenedy’s cross early in the second half to set up a head-to-head clash with Krasnodar in two weeks’ time for the second qualifying spot. Espanyol and Sevilla tied up their place in the round of 32 in the last round of group fixtures, and both put out much changed line-ups for their ties. Espanyol extended their unbeaten run in Europe to 26 games, although they left it late before drawing 2-2 at Ferencvaros, Darder heading the equaliser from Pipa’s centre in the dying seconds. Melendo got the other goal for the Catalans after Siger had given the locals the lead, and Diego López saved a penalty before letting in a second one from Skvarka near the end. Sevilla meanwhile made it five wins out of five after a 2-0 victory over Qarabag, Bryan Gil and Dabbur getting the goals after the interval. (28.11.19)

Champions League – day 5

Barcelona made sure of first place in their group for the 13th season in a row after they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday. A defeat could have seen them drop to third, but Messi set up Luis Suárez and then scored himself before the break, and Griezmann completed the scoring before Sancho got a late consolation for the Germans. Valencia are not through yet, but a 2-2 draw against Chelsea means their fate is in their own hands. Carlos Soler’s opener was overturned by strikes from Kovacic and Pulisic either side of the break, but Daniel Wass saved a point with a shot from a wide angle with ten minutes to go. The Ches now need to win at Ajax in two weeks’ time, otherwise they may have to make do with a place in the Europa League. (27.11.19)

Real Madrid didn’t have to play a single minute on Tuesday to qualify for the knock out stage, the 1-1 draw between Galatasaray and Club Brugge earlier in the evening ensuring them a top two spot in their group. They had to settle for second place though after drawing 2-2 with Paris Saint Germain. A goal in each half by Benzema appeared to have given them the three points, but late strikes by Mbappé and Sarabia tied up first place for the French team. Atlético Madrid will have to wait a bit longer though after they lost 1-0 to Juventus, and they now have to beat Lokomotiv Moscow in the last match to be sure of a place in the last 16. Dybala got the only goal for the Italians from a wide free kick on the stroke of half time. (26.11.19)

First division – day 14

Sevilla are up to third in the table, just a point behind the joint leaders, after a 0-1 victory over Valladolid in the last match on Sunday. Banega got the only goal with a twice-taken penalty after Nolito was brought down in the area with a quarter of an hour gone. Athletic Bilbao are fifth after they beat neighbours Osasuna 1-2, Kodro getting the winner after Chimy Ávila cancelled out an early Williams strike. And Getafe are still seventh after a 1-1 draw at Espanyol in the early kick-off, Wu Lei saving a point for the hosts after Mata had opened the scoring in the third minute. The Catalans drop further down into the relegation zone though after the team above them, Celta, won 1-3 at Villarreal, Iago Aspas scoring twice late on to give new coach Oscar García his first win. They are now just three points below Eibar, who lost 0-2 against regional rivals Alavés thanks to two late goals from Joselu. (24.11.19)

Barcelona and Real Madrid are starting to open up a gap over the rest, although both suffered before winning their respective matches on Saturday. Barcelona came from behind to beat bottom club Leganés 1-2 in the early kick-off, En-Nesyri putting the hosts in front early on, but Luis Suárez heading in a Messi free kick after the restart, and Arturo Vidal getting the winner with ten minutes to go. Later in the day Real Madrid also went behind to Real Sociedad after Willian José intercepted a bad Sergio Ramos back pass in the second minute, but Modric set up Benzema and Valverde either side of the break to turn things around, and then volleyed home the third after Benzema headed back a cross from substitute Bale, who was booed by the crowd throughout after his famous flag incident while playing for Wales. Atlético Madrid are now three points below the leaders though after they could only draw 1-1 at Granada, Lodi firing them into the lead on the hour mark, but Germán heading the equaliser from a corner a few minutes later. And Valencia also lost ground on the teams above them after they were beaten 2-1 at Betis, Canales getting the winner for the Andalusians with an injury time free kick after a strike by Joaquín had cancelled out Maxi Gómez’s opener. The Ches drop below city rivals Levante after they beat Mallorca 2-1 in the Friday night game, Roger giving the locals the lead, and Rochina tying up the three points after Dani Rodríguez had levelled it for the islanders. (23.11.19)

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

First division – day 13

Bragging rights for Sevilla after they beat city rivals Betis 1-2 in the last match on Sunday. Ocampos fired the visitors into an early lead, and although Loren poked one back after Emerson headed back a long cross on the stroke of half time, De Jong latched on to Banega’s pass to score the winner some ten minutes in to the second half. Lopetegui’s side are now a point below the joint leaders in fourth, level on points with Atlético Madrid, who beat Espanyol 3-1 earlier in the afternoon. Darder put the Catalans in front before the break, but Morata set up Correa to level it on the stroke of half time, and then scored a second himself from Vitolo’s pass before Koke completed the scoring in injury time. Real Sociedad are down to fifth, and four teams are tied on twenty points below them, including Athletic Bilbao, who came from a goal down to beat Levante 2-1, second half strikes by Muniain and Capa overturning Postigo’s opener. Muniain. Getafe are just behind Athletic on goal difference after drawing 0-0 with Osasuna, but Villarreal drop to eleventh after they lost 3-1 at Mallorca in the mid-day kick-off. The first three goals all came from the penalty spot, Lago Junior, Dani Rodríguez and Cazorla the scorers before Japan’s Take Kubo made sure of the three points with an impressive shot from outside of area. (10.11.19)

Back to normal this weekend, with Barcelona and Real Madrid leading the rankings going into the international break after both recorded comfortable wins on Saturday. Barcelona stay top on goal difference after they beat Celta 4-1 in the last match of the evening, Messi notching up his 34 th Liga hat-trick, starting with a penalty after Aidoo handled in the area. Olaza levelled it with a free kick, but Messi responded with two of his own either side of the interval, and Busquets wrapped things up after good work by Dembélé late on. The Galicians, who named Oscar García as their new coach this week, stay down in the bottom three as a result. Earlier in the day Real Madrid won 0-4 at a rainy Eibar to take their tally over the last four days to ten goals. Zidane’s side went three up with only half an hour on the clock, Benzema opening the scoring with an angled shot, and Ramos and Benzema converting penalties after Hazard and Lucas Vázquez were fouled in the area. Valverde made it four on the hour mark after Modric set him up, and Courtois made a couple of good saves after that for his fifth clean sheet in a row. Elsewhere Valencia beat Granada 2-0, Daniel Wass and Ferran getting the goals in the second half to take the Ches up to seventh, level on points with the Andalusians, who suffered their third defeat in a row. And Alavés beat Valladolid 3-0 in the early kick-off, Joselu and Tomás Piña netting in the first half, and Lucas Pérez scoring for a record seventh game in a row after he converted a second half penalty following a foul by Raúl Alcaraz on Rubén Duarte. (09.11.19)

Real Sociedad are the overnight leaders of La Liga after they drew 1-1 against bottom club Leganés in the Friday night game. The Basque side had not topped the first division for 16 years, but a header by Merino from a corner put them in front midway through the second half. En-Nesyri headed in Roque’s cross a few minutes later though to get new coach Javier Aguirre off to a good start. (08.11.19)

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 1-1 Leganés
Athletic 0-0 Eibar
Atlético 2-0 Osasuna
Celta   Mallorca
Espanyol   Betis
Getafe   Valladolid
Granada 1-2 Levante
Real Soc 2-2 Barcelona
Sevilla   Villarreal
Valencia   R Madrid
Day 17 - 15 Dec