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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
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)

Spanish international squads

Roberto Moreno named his squad for the last two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania, with Dani Olmo called up for the first time. Spain have already qualified for the finals after picking up the point they needed in their last game. (08.11.19)

Senior squad:
Keepers: Kepa (Chelsea), De Gea (Manchester United), Pau López (Roma);
Defenders: Iñigo Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), Bernat (Paris Saint Germain), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jesús Navas (Sevilla), Gayà (Valencia), Raúl Albiol and Pau Torres (Villarreal);
Midfielders: Saúl (Atlético Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Busquets (Barcelona), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Rodri (Manchester City), Fabián (Napoli), Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Cazorla (Villarreal);
Forwards: Morata (Atlético Madrid), Paco Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund), Rodrigo (Valencia), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal).

PS. Wolverhampton's Adama Traoré has been called up to replace Valencia's Rodrigo, who has pulled out with an injury.

Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Iñaki Peña (Barcelona), Álvaro Fernández (Huesca), Josep Martínez (Las Palmas);
Defenders: Jorge Cuenca (Barcelona), Cucurella (Eibar), Pedrosa (Espanyol), Eric García (Manchester City), Aitor Buñuel (Racing Santander), José Amo (Sevilla), Pedro Porro (Valladolid), Clemente (Zaragoza);
Midfielders: Fran Beltrán (Celta), Gonzalo Villar (Elche), Pol Lozano (Espanyol), Oscar Rodríguez (Leganés), Alejandro Pozo (Sevilla), Manu García (Sporting Gijón), Pepelu (Tondela), Ferrán Torres (Valencia);
Forwards: Abel Ruíz and Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Sergio Gómez (Huesca), Andrés Martín (Rayo Vallecano).

Euro 2020 qualifiers
U21 Euro qualifiers

Europa League - day 4

Sevilla and Espanyol are already sure of their places in the knock-out stage after both clocked up big wins on Thursday. Sevilla beat Luxembourg’s Dudelange 2-5, with Dabbur and Munir bagging two each in the first half, and Munir completing a hat-trick before Sinani got two late consolations for the locals. And later in evening Espanyol won 6-0 against Ludogorets, who played more than half of the game with nine men after Forster and then Goralski were sent off. Melendo and Lluis López put the Catalans two up early on, and Vargas converted a penalty after Goralski’s red card for handling in the area just before the break. And after the restart Campuzano, Pedrosa and Ferreyra added three more for the final result. Getafe though had a bit of a set-back after they lost 2-1 at Basel. A Mata penalty after Hugo Duro was fouled in the area cancelled out Cabral’s opener, but Frei beat Chicharito on the hour mark to make it two wins in a row for the Swiss side against their rivals. It could have been different though had Angel not had a late strike ruled out for a non-existent offside, there being no VAR at this stage of the competition. (07.11.19)

Group tables

Champions League – day 4

Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign is back on track after they thrashed Galatasaray 6-0 on Wednesday! Youngster Rodrygo was the given his first start in the competition, and he staked his claim for a more regular place with the first two goals in the opening seven minutes. Ramos added a third from the penalty spot after Kroos was fouled in the area, and Benzema made it four on the stroke of half time from a Rodrygo assist. With ten minutes to go Benzema got his second of the evening from Carvajal’s cross, and with the game in injury time Rodrygo completed his hat-trick to round things off. Atlético Madrid though were beaten 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen, and although they are still well placed to qualify for the knock-out stage, they still have some work to do. Thomas looped a header into his own net and Volland took advantage of a poor clearance to score again either side of the break, but an injury time strike by Morata at least gave Simeone’s side the head-to-head advantage against their rivals. (06.11.19)

This has not been the best of weeks for Barcelona, and after their Saturday defeat at Levante, they were held to a 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague in the Nou Camp on Tuesday. Messi hit the bar before the break, and visiting keeper Kolak made several saves, particularly from Semedo, Sergi Roberto and Messi, and Boril and Vidal had strikes ruled out at either end for offside. The Czech side also had a couple of chances of their own though, and they became the first team to prevent the Catalans from scoring at home in over a year and a half. Valencia had no problems seeing off Lille though, the Ches running out 4-1 victors despite losing at half time thanks to an Osimhen strike. Parejo levelled it from the penalty spot though after Fonte handled in the area, and with eight minutes to go Soumaoro turned a Gayà cross past his own keeper. A minute later Kondogbia made it three with an impressive long shot, and Ferran wrapped things up near the end. (05.11.19)

Group tables

First division – day 12

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

This is proving to be one of the closest fought leagues in many years, at least at this stage of the competition, with only one point separating the top five clubs. The last match on Sunday involved Granada and Real Sociedad, both of whom could have ended the weekend at the top, and in the end it was the Basque side who ran out 1-2 winners to move level with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the table. A long Vadillo free kick equalised Portu’s opener, set up by Oyarzabal, but with two minutes to go Portu got his second of the night to hand the Andalusians their first home defeat. They drop to sixth, a point now above Getafe, who beat Celta 0-1. Kenedy got the only goal for the visitors late on in the second half to signal the end for local coach Fran Escribá, who was fired shortly after the game ended. Meanwhile Villarreal drop to eighth after they could only draw 0-0 against Athletic Bilbao, visiting keeper Unai Simón in particular helping his side to save a point.

Osasuna are another of the newly promoted sides who are doing well, and they are now ninth after a thrilling 4-2 victory over regional neighbours Alavés. Chimy Ávila set up Rubén García for the first and then got the second himself before Laguardia pulled one back, and after that there were three penalties, converted by Roberto Torres, Lucas Pérez and Juan Villar, to extend the Pamplona based side’s unbeaten home run to 31 games. Valladolid are a point below Osasuna after they beat Mallorca 3-0 in the mid-day kick-off, a Joaquín header and an Enes Ünal penalty either side of the break putting them two up, and Sandro firing home his first league goal in almost two and a half years in injury time. And Eibar won 1-2 at Leganés to leave their hosts firmly anchored at the bottom of the table, strikes by Charles and Kike García overturning En-Nesyri’s sixth minute opener. (03.11.19)

A strange day on Saturday, with none of the big three able to win. Leaders Barcelona were beaten 3-1 by Levante, despite going ahead with a Messi penalty after Miramón brought down Semedo in the area shortly before the break. However Campaña, Mayoral and Radoja scored three in an eight minute period midway through the second half to give the locals their second win in four days. Second placed Real Madrid though failed to take advantage after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Betis later in the evening. The Andalusians had let in more goals than anyone this season, but Joel and his defence stood fast to earn a valuable point. Zidane’s side are now level with Barça and a point above Sevilla and Atlético Madrid, who cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw. Franco Vázquez headed the hosts into the lead from a Benega free kick on the half hour mark, but Morata levelled it after the break with a header from an Arias centre, and Vaclik saved a Diego Costa penalty later on. The only Champions League team to win were Valencia, who came from behind to beat struggling Espanyol 1-2. Marc Roca gave the Catalans a first half lead from the penalty spot after Kondogbia handled in the area, but Parejo levelled it with a second penalty after Víctor Gómez fouled Rodrigo, and Maxi Gómez headed the winner from Rodrigo’s cross with ten minutes to go. (02.11.19)

Euro 2020 qualifiers

Sweden 1 - Spain 1

They left it late, but Spain made sure of their place in next summer’s European finals after a 1-1 draw in Sweden. Local keeper Olsen had to save from Fabián, Rodri and Gerard Moreno early on, but after that the Scandinavians were on top, with De Gea (who left the field injured later on) having to keep out Quaison, Forsberg and Berg. Some four minutes in to the second half Berg headed the opener, and it looked like Spain were heading for their first qualifying round defeat in six years before substitute Rodrigo deflected a Fabián shot into the net in injury time. Roberto Moreno’s team are now sure of one of the top two spots, and with two home games to come they will be looking to clock up enough points to ensure one of the top seed positions for the finals. (15.10.19)

Norway 1 - Spain 1

Spain were a goal up against Norway and just seconds away from mathematically qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals, but an injury time penalty meant they still have a bit of work to do. Saúl fired Roberto Moreno’s side into the lead at the beginning of the second half, and Fabián hit the woodwork twice with long shots after that. With the game coming to an end though, Kepa brought down Elabdellaoui in the area, and King fired home the resulting spot kick to deprive Spain of the victory. (12.10.19)

Group table
Senior and under 21 squads
Under 21 international

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 3-0 Valladolid
Athletic 2-1 Levante
Atlético 3-1 Espanyol
Barcelona 4-1 Celta
Betis 1-2 Sevilla
Eibar 0-4 R Madrid
Getafe 0-0 Osasuna
Mallorca 3-1 Villarreal
Real Soc 1-1 Leganés
Valencia 2-0 Granada
Day 13 - 10 Nov