Real Betis keep their heads to leave Real Madrid assessing early-season damage

Thirty-five different teams over 73 games stretching back almost 18 months had tried and failed to stop Real Madrid scoring. Real Betis went one better Manchester United couldn’t do it, Manchester City couldn’t do it and Bayern Munich couldn’t do it. Juventus couldn’t do it either. Nor could Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Sporting Lisbon. The […]
September 21, 2017 0

Zinedine Zidane rues missed chances as Real Madrid lose at home to Real Betis

• Antonio Sanabria winner leaves Madrid seven points behind Barcelona• Zidane rues missed chances as 73-match scoring run comes to an end Zinedine Zidane lamented Real Madrid’s home form as the defending Spanish and European champions slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday. The result means Real are without a win […]
September 21, 2017 0

How Wolves became early favourites to win the Championship

Wolves finished 15th in the Championship last season but, after changing their manager and signing 12 players, they look like genuine title contenders By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network The Championship is notoriously competitive and this season is proving to be no exception. After eight rounds of fixtures, the top […]
September 20, 2017 0

Lionel Messi hits four to lead rampant Barcelona’s hammering of Eibar

Lionel Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as Barcelona maintained their 100% start in La Liga with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors with further goals coming from Denis Suárez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied […]
September 19, 2017 0

Gareth Bale seals Real Madrid victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga

Real Madrid recorded a convincing 3-1 win at Real Sociedad, with Gareth Bale capping the victory with a fine second-half finish. The victory hauls Zinedine Zidane’s side back closer to La Liga leaders Barcelona, who made it four straight league victories this season after winning 2-1 at Getafe on Saturday. Related: Real Sociedad v Real […]
September 17, 2017 0

I’m not saying that footballers are cissies, but… | Barbara Ellen

A pimple is the most trivial of grooming injuries, even for a Real Madrid player Real Madrid footballer Marco Asensio has provoked widespread mirth for allegedly dropping out of a match after shaving his legs, “sustaining a pimple” that made it difficult for him to pull up his socks. Is that light breeze smelling faintly […]
September 16, 2017 0

Paulinho scores late as Barcelona beat Getafe despite Dembélé injury

Barcelona snatched a late 2-1 win at Getafe, with Paulinho’s strike sending them three points clear at the top of La Liga overnight, but lost Ousmane Dembélé to a hamstring injury on his first La Liga start. Paulinho’s signing was widely criticised by supporters but he drove into the area and fired home to preserve […]
September 16, 2017 0

Lionel Messi fires Barcelona past Espanyol with Camp Nou hat-trick

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and Ousmane Dembélé came off the bench to set up a late goal for Luis Suárez as Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the Camp Nou. With their title rivals from Madrid, Real and Atlético, having dropped points with draws earlier in the […]
September 9, 2017 0