Zaza and Orellana condemn Real Madrid to surprise defeat at Valencia

Real Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at struggling Valencia on Wednesday as they missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of La Liga after losing for only the second time in the league this season. Simone Zaza, who endured an unhappy loan spell at West Ham United this season, gave Valencia […]
February 22, 2017 0

Lionel Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? | Sid Lowe

There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe in It was the 89th minute and it could have been the end; 63,378 people watched, minus those who’d already departed depressed – and there were plenty of them – […]
February 20, 2017 0

Lionel Messi salvages win for Barcelona with late penalty against Leganés

Lionel Messi’s late penalty ensured a bedraggled Barcelona scraped a 2-1 victory over Leganés in La Liga at a divided Camp Nou as the champions looked as if they had still not recovered from their humiliating midweek defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. Related: La Liga: Barcelona 2-1 Leganés – as it happened … Source: The Guardian […]
February 19, 2017 0

Revitalised Samir Nasri comes up smiling in Sevilla’s latest reboot

Leicester’s opponents in the Champions League have based their success on reviving players – and Nasri’s loan from Manchester City is the perfect example There’s something about Sevilla, Vitolo says. He is the latest in a long line of players they bought cheaply, €400,000 in his case, turned into an international, won trophies with and, […]
February 19, 2017 0

Gareth Bale scores on return as Real Madrid see off Espanyol

Gareth Bale marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a well-taken finish to seal Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Bernabéu. The Wales forward last played in a Champions League group match at Sporting Lisbon on 22 November before suffering tendon damage in his ankle, which needed surgery. Related: Casemiro stunner […]
February 18, 2017 0

Casemiro stunner hands Real Madrid the edge against brave Napoli

It was fun and there is more to come. Ninety minutes, four goals, more chances and an important lead for Real Madrid to take to Italy: that was the balance from an enjoyable night at the Bernabéu where the hosts came from a goal behind to defeat Napoli 3-1. The first chance came after just […]
February 15, 2017 0

Will Napoli beat Real Madrid? With Marek Hamsik, anything is possible

Napoli have never made it to the Champions League quarter-finals but they are unbeaten in 18 games and are led by one of the best midfielders in Europe By Martin Dunlop for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport Network Bologna’s Twitter account raised the social media equivalent of the white flag last weekend. “OK, […]
February 15, 2017 0