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SPANISH FOOTBALL | LIGA ROUND 22 SUNDAY GAMES RESULTS

Spanish Football action continued today with 4 games schedule of Round 22 Liga. Here are all the final results with the corresponding goalscorers.

Soccer Spain Liga

Sevilla FC dominated Levante winning 3 - 1. Sevilla sent a clear message very early in the match with the 1st min goal from Gameiro which shook Levante. Sevilla scored a second through Iborra in the 46th min, while Levante timidly reacted through new signing Rossi with their only goal in the 54th min. However, Sevilla again took complete control with a splendid Konoplyanka curler in the 75th min.

Spain Soccer

Another "reality check" for Valencia CF which lost 0 - 1 to Real Sporting de Gijon. The locals have not won a Liga game under Coach Neville, surely the problems must be elsewhere than on the field. Meanwhile Valencia CF announced the incorporation of At. Madrid left- back Siquiera.

The winner came from Sanabria in the 49th min to give Gijon 3 vital points.

Liga Results

Las Palmas de Gran Canarias won 3 valuable points after defeating a 10 man Celta de Vigo in the very last moment 2 - 1. Celta opened the scoring first through Bongonda in the 5th min, but an unfortunate own goal by Celta player Viera in the 33rd min equalized for Las Palmas. With Celta down to 10 men in the second half, Las Palmas pressured & were rewarded in the last moment when Willian Jose scored the winner. 


Real Madrid defeated RCD Espanyol 6 - 0 to maintain themselves behind the "stream" of At. Madrid & FC Barcelona on the Liga ladder. Another HAT-TRICK by Cristiano Ronaldo with excellent performance & contributions from team-mates all around with most of the damage being done in the first 20 mins. Here are all the goals:
  • Benzema 4th min, 1 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty) 11th min, 2 - 0
  • James Rodriguez 15th min , 3 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 44th min, 4 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 81 st min , 5 - 0
  • Duarte (own goal) 85th min, 6 - 0
Tomorrow the last scheduled Round 22 Liga game between Deportivo - Rayo Vallecano.

LIGA | SPANISH FOOTBALL ROUND 22 SATURDAY GAMES RESULTS

Spanish Football action today with 5 Liga games scheduled of Round 22. Here are all the final results along with today´s games goalscorers

Barça - At Madrid Spain Liga


FC Barcelona - Atletico de Madrid


FC Barcelona took a huge step forward towards the Spanish Liga Title defeating 2 - 1 Atletico de Madrid. The scoreline is deceiving as Atletico de Madrid deserved more & played better. The visitors fell into their own trap of indiscipline with two red cards that left them with 9 men. Atletico defender Felipe Luis was sent off directly at the end of the first half after a horrendous tackle on Messi, while in the mid second half an unnecessary tackle by Atletico defender Godin on Luis Suarez saw a second yellow which sent him off. Obviously with only 9 men on the field little more could be done, but Barça did little to "kill off" the game & looked impotent. 

The match started with Atletico de Madrid overriding Barça & they were rewarded with a Koke goal in the 9th min that put the visitors in front. It looked like Atletico would shake Barça but thanks to 8 mins of Messi & Luis Suarez magic in the 29th min & 37th min their goals turned the game around. Atletico de Madrid had lost domination & made some "silly mistakes" which allowed Barcelona to take advantage, but that was all Barcelona did & would do in the game. Effective for Barça which is admirable, but little Football.

Atletico de Madrid with 10 men dominated the 2º half & could have equalized had Barça goalie Claudio Bravo not miraculously saved with his left foot a Griezmann attempt at goal. With Barça again rattled, a "stupid & unnecessary" tackle by Atletico de Madrid defender Godin on Suarez earned him his 2º yellow card & consequently a red card that left At. Madrid with 9 men. The momentum ended for the visitors which forced At. Madrid to concentrate in defending & looking for the counter-attack. 

Then if down to 9 men was not enough, Atletico midfielder Augusto injured himself & it looks extremely serious. It could be his knee, which if diagnosed could sentence his goodbye for this season. 

FC Barcelona with all the advantage failed to seal the match & even allowed At. Madrid a further goalscoring opportunity. The final whistle blew, Barça secured the 3 points gripping further the Liga title & doing the job. But the locals left the stadium, as the TV spectators, with a sour taste, while At. Madrid can be proud.


Soccer Spain

Eibar seems to be losing steam & was defeated tonight 1 - 2 by Malaga FC. Worthy victory by the visitors which worked to their game plan & neutralized the home team. The goals came through Juanpi in the 44th min & Santa Cruz in the 91st min. Eibar got their only goal through Borja 92nd min.


Ath Bilbao

Madrid Club Getafe lost 0 - 1 to Athletic Club Bilbao. Serious game from both teams with some hard play to keep thing that way for both. The 23rd min goal from young Williams was in the end enough to give Bilbao the 3 points. The youngster is gaining for himself respect & a name with some outstanding performances in the last weeks.


Liga Football

Villarreal defeated 1 - 0 Granada. The winning goal came from a penalty scored by Bruno in the 54th min. With this victory Villarreal sits 4th on the Liga classification ladder.


Real Sociedad 2 (X.Prieto 17, I.Martinez 32) - Real Betis 1 (Ruben Castro 50)

LEWANDOWSKI | SAYS ONLY GOES TO REAL MADRID

Real Madrid News 


The Robert Lewandowski affair with Real Madrid has a history. Years back when the Polish forward was at Borussia Dortmund, & after defeating Real Madrid at the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium" in Champions League game, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez went down to the dressing rooms looking for the forward. It is said that both crossed each other & Perez asked Lewandoski, "would you like to play at Real Madrid"? The forward declined with education & finally went to Bayern Munich where he have a pre-agreement, but neither have forgotten each other or that first brief encounter. 



Real Madrid

Currently both are said to be "dancing" to the transfer tune, metaphorically speaking. The Football Sports papers have been dedicating space & headlines speculating about possible negotiations, with circunstancial evidence added when the players representative was invited by Real Madrid President to watch a game. 

Latest news comes out from England & the paper "The Independent" where they claim Lewandowski has rejected succulent offers from Manchester United, Manchester City & Chelsea FC. The reason? The Bayern Munich forward only wants to go to Real Madrid

So keen is the apparent interest that it is written that Lewandowski has accepted to wait a further year if FIFA is successful with their non-signing sanction until 2017 placed on Real Madrid in the "under-age players accusations".  If Real Madrid successfully appeals the FIFA sanction, Lewandowski landing at Real Madrid could be sooner, next summer.

Stay tuned for further developments.

REAL MADRID | HAZARD VALUED AT 105 MILLION €

Real Madrid transfer rumours

It is no secret that Real Madrid is following closely Chelsea FC & Belgium International midfielder EDEN HAZARD. Even more so now that Real Madrid Coach Zidane is a "great fan" of Hazard & may wish to get the player over to Madrid as soon as possible.

Signing has become a delicate issue with Real Madrid after FIFA recently sanctioned the Spanish Football Club with a "no-signing period" for up to 2017. Obviously this messes up the Clubs plans, & while the Club will appeal, the future is uncertain in the transfers area.


Chelsea FC has already reacted positioning themselves in face of Real Madrid & their apparent interest for their player. According to the English Press, Chelsea has placed a price tag of 80MGBP (105M€) on Hazard. They base their calculations on Gareth Bale who went from Tottenham to Real Madrid for around 100-105M€. 

This is a "first move" by Chelsea, & if the rumours are true on the Real Madrid interest & if they can sign at all, the price could fluctuate downwards in accord with the negotiations & other factors that can be put on the table. Logically, a hypothetical arrival by Hazard to Real Madrid will mean an "exit"... who can that be?

For now its only hot speculation, but better to stay tuned!

REAL MADRID | THE BENITEZ - PEREZ CONVERSATIONS

English paper "Daily Mail" published today supposed conversations between Real Madrid President Florentino Perez & ex-Coach Rafa Benitez. One of the published quotes is a real beauty & I have no option but to post here; Florentino Perez to Rafa Benitez:

"Do you know how many shirts James sells? Kovacic does not sell us a single shirt"

Rafa Benitez-Real Madrid -James

This apparently was said during the period when James Rodriguez was sitting more on the bench than playing on the field. The English paper article strengthens what many Football insiders already suspect (or know), that President Florentino Perez is an interventionist. 

One of the reasons Carlo Ancelotti was let go was that President Perez believed that he was too soft, that the players had gotten the upper-hand over their Coach.   

These "little" filtrations from "insiders" give an insight to the inner workings of the World Biggest Football Club, & how the economic factors sit alongside ( or above) the Sporting issue.

Difficult place for a coach to do his work.

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