Barcelona edge out Valencia courtesy of late Lionel Messi penalty

Lionel Messi squeezed home a injury-time penalty to grab a 3-2 win for Barcelona at Valencia in a thrilling and controversial encounter on Sunday. Barcelona talisman Messi scored against Valencia for the 10th season in a row to put Luis Enrique’s side ahead in the 22nd minute, although Luis Suárez was in an offside position […]
October 22, 2016 0

How George Saunders became the only British footballer in South America

When George Saunders’ parents swapped Islington for Spain the young footballer gave up his dream of playing for Arsenal, but a new adventure was just beginning By Matt Stranger for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network Being the only professional British footballer in South America might seem a daunting prospect for some […]
October 21, 2016 0

Valencia hand Cesare Prandelli winning La Liga start at Sporting Gijon

• Valencia climb out of relegation zone with 2-1 victory• Villarreal thrash Celta Vigo, Athletic Bilbao edge Real Sociedad Valencia began the Cesare Prandelli era with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon to climb out of the La Liga relegation zone. Prandelli, the former Italy coach, replaced the sacked Pako Ayestaran after Valencia’s dreadful start […]
October 16, 2016 0

Cristiano Ronaldo puts icing on cake as Real Madrid put six past Betis

Real Madrid bounced back from a four-game winless streak in emphatic fashion by hammering Real Betis 6-1 away from home to remain second in La Liga. Real travelled to Betis without key midfielders Luka Modric and Casemiro and captain Sergio Ramos through injury and without a win in four games in all competitions. Raphael Varane […]
October 15, 2016 0

Atlético Madrid hit Granada for seven with Yannick Carrasco hat-trick

Atlético Madrid retained top spot by thrashing the bottom side Granada 7-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Yannick Carrasco. Former Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca gave winless Granada a shock lead in the 18th minute with an impressive strike but Carrasco pulled Atlético in front with goals in the 34th and 45th minutes before completing his […]
October 15, 2016 0

Lionel Messi scores on return in easy Barcelona win over Deportivo La Coruña

Lionel Messi scored within three minutes of returning to action for the first time in over three weeks to help fire Barcelona to a resounding 4-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruña. Brazilian midfielder Rafinha put the La Liga champions ahead in the 21st minute with the help of lax goalkeeping from Deportivo’s Germán Lux […]
October 15, 2016 0

The day Serie A produced nine goals in eight fixtures … and outscored La Liga

On Sunday 2 February 1969, 32 teams from two of Europe’s proudest leagues played 1,440 minutes of football and produced just 17 goals between them By Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last Man, of the Guardian Sport Network Our first priority is a clean sheet – prima, non prenderlo – is the First Commandment of […]
October 13, 2016 0

Real Madrid to add €400m retractable roof to revamped Bernabéu stadium

Agreement with city finally reached for redesigned stadium ‘We will see a dramatic transformation of the Santiago Bernabéu’ Real Madrid will be adding a retractable roof to the Santiago Bernabéu after finally reaching an agreement with the city to remodel the stadium. Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, said the project will €400m and construction is expected […]
October 11, 2016 0