Valencia honour legendary president by pushing Barcelona all the way | Sid Lowe

Standing there at Mestalla, it no longer felt impossible for them to compete to be champions for the first time since the late Jaume Ortí wore an orange wig Rodrigo Moreno sprinted towards the near post, slotted the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen and ducked behind the goal at the north end of Mestalla, team-mates […]
November 27, 2017 0

Lionel Messi has ‘good’ goal ruled out in Barcelona’s draw in Valencia

• Argentina forward denied by lack of goal-line technology• Napoli return to top of Serie A with win over Udinese Lionel Messi was controversially denied a perfectly good goal as La Liga pacesetters Barcelona hit back to earn a 1-1 draw at second-place Valencia. The Argentina forward thought he had opened the scoring in the […]
November 26, 2017 0

Lionel Messi agrees new Barcelona deal to run until 2021

• Barça include £626m buy-out clause in Argentinian’s new contract• Deal would appear to scupper Manchester City hopes of landing Messi Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona through to the summer of 2021. A renewal was agreed between player and club in July but it is only now that Messi has put […]
November 25, 2017 0

Italian court sentences Robinho to nine years in jail for rape

• Former Manchester City forward convicted as part of gang rape in 2013• Robinho says he is not guilty and vows to fight the ‘accusations’ An Italian court has sentenced the former Manchester City and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape […]
November 23, 2017 0

Barcelona the only winners in Madrid after derby stalemate | Sid Lowe

It is still early in the season but even a draw in the derby was not much use; Madrid and Atlético had to win. Only Barcelona did FC Barcelona pulled out of Butarque on an angular blue and orange bus that looked like it had been borrowed from a school trip in the 90s a […]
November 20, 2017 0

Bloody nose for Sergio Ramos as Real and Atlético draw in Madrid derby

When the final whistle went at the end of the first ever Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s new home 12 miles across the city from their old one, there was no roar, but there was a little relief. A 0-0 draw suits neither side and was nothing to celebrate but at least it […]
November 18, 2017 0

Luis Suárez back on target as Barcelona pull away with win over Leganés

• Uruguay striker scores twice in 3-0 victory to end five-game goal drought• Barça go seven points clear of Valencia, who visit Espanyol on Sunday Luis Suárez ended a goal drought spanning five games by scoring twice in Barcelona‘s 3-0 win over Leganés to send them seven points clear at the top of La Liga […]
November 18, 2017 0

Ready for some club football? Enjoy these four huge derbies on Saturday

The big leagues are returning in style with four big derbies: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, Roma v Lazio, Basaksehir v Galatasaray and Atlético v Real Madrid By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network The first North London derby of the season gets the ball rolling again in the Premier League this […]
November 17, 2017 0

The 10 most improved players in Europe’s big leagues this season

As the big European leagues take a week off for the final international break of the year, it’s a good time to praise the players who have stepped up this season By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Not to be confused with Dortmund Borussia forward Maximilian Philipp, Augsburg left-back Philipp […]
November 8, 2017 0