Claudio Bravo is not the only shot-stopper struggling in the Premier League

The Manchester City goalkeeper faced four shots on target against Everton and saved none of them, but his poor record is part of a general decline in standards By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Manchester City were the third team to lose 4-0 in the Premier League this weekend but […]
January 17, 2017 0

Sevilla end Real Madrid’s run as Sergio Ramos shows sense of theatre again

Real Madrid were set to extend their unbeaten run to 41 matches until a late own goal, against his old club, by Sergio Ramos sparked Sevilla’s comeback Zinedine Zidane smiled that smile, the one that has served him so well. What had his team lacked, he was asked; what was it they had needed? “Five […]
January 16, 2017 0

Stevan Jovetic seals Sevilla win over Real Madrid in thrilling late turnaround

Stevan Jovetic, the former Manchester City player, ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten record in all competitions when he scored in stoppage time to earn Sevilla a 2-1 victory after they came from behind with two late goals. The La Liga leaders had looked on course for their 13th league win of the season after Cristiano […]
January 15, 2017 0

Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on target as Barcelona thrash Las Palmas

Luis Suárez scored a brace and Lionel Messi was also on target as Barcelona thrashed Las Palmas with a ruthless second-half display at the Nou Camp to provisionally go second and cut the gap with the leaders Real Madrid to two points. The Uruguay international Suárez scored his 101st goal for Barcelona by stroking in […]
January 14, 2017 0

Real Madrid‘s late equaliser at Sevilla sets new 40 games unbeaten record

• Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid• Karim Benzema equalises in added time Real Madrid set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the Copa del Ray on Thursday. Real trailed […]
January 12, 2017 0

Lionel Messi contract offer hindered by Barcelona’s spending caps, says CEO

• Argentinian’s contract, worth €22m a year after tax, expires in 18 months• La Liga regulations limit wage outlay to 70% of budget Barcelona’s hopes of offering Lionel Messi an improved contract face a stumbling block because of the expenditure caps imposed by La Liga, according to the club’s CEO, Òscar Grau. Whereas Luis Suárez […]
January 11, 2017 0

Gerard Piqué points finger as Villarreal push title out of Barcelona’s hands

The Barcelona defender appeared to remonstrate with the La Liga president after Bruno’s handball went unpunished, but the cracks were already showing before the draw at the Cerámica “We had it in our hands,” Bruno Soriano said at the end of his team’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Sunday night, to which the most appropriate […]
January 9, 2017 0

Global players’ poll for Fifa awards snubs Premier League talent

• World XI to be announced at The Best Fifa Awards ceremony• Pogba missed out on place in midfield by just two votes No Premier League-based players have been selected for the 2016 World XI to be announced at Monday’s inaugural The Best Fifa Awards ceremony in Zurich. Organised by Fifpro, the body that represents […]
January 9, 2017 0

Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona with late equaliser against Villarreal

• Luis Enrique’s champions slip five points behind leaders Real Madrid• Athletic Bilbao draw with Alavés, Real Betis beat Leganes Barcelona resumed their La Liga campaign after the winter break with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Villarreal, leaving Luis Enrique’s champions five points behind the in-form leaders, Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s side equalled Barcelona’s Spanish […]
January 8, 2017 0