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SPANISH FOOTBALL LIGA ROUND 9 SATURDAY - EL CLASICO - GAMES FINAL RESULTS

Spanish Football Liga put on its best cloths today for the World with the all eclipsing Round 9 match between Real Madrid & FC Barcelona. The "Clasico" did not disappoint but there were more Liga games scheduled which will be shown below with the final results & all the goalscorers.

REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA 2014 LIGA

Real Madrid hosted FC Barcelona & won convincingly 3 - 1 in a fabulous game of Football. 

The starting line-ups for both teams were:

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modric, James; Cristiano & Benzema

FC Barcelona:Bravo; Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Mathieu; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Neymar & Luis Suarez 

The win gives Real Madrid three points that puts pressure on Barça on the classification table as the former is now breathing on their necks with a point of difference. The result could have been greater for had the locals been able to finish off their numerous counter-attacks, especially in the second half. 

Barça started well, very well, with an early 3rd min goal by Neymar. Real Madrid reacted well & Benzema hit the bar, all adding to the end to end Football with Messi getting a deadly Suarez pass & goal chance, to score the second that Iker Casillas "miracle saved". This was the turning point as Real Madrid took over the game until the end. In a nutshell, Real Madrid was quicker, more direct & vertical in finding the goal, while FC Barcelona relied on their ball dominating & possession Football that made them look slower tonight & lead to errors when pressured. 

Real Madrid in the counter-attack is deadly, perhaps the best team in the World at this moment that practices this method. They pressure the opposition players, cause errors & then speed away to get to the goal in just 3 - 4 touches. This "killed" Barça tonight along with the efforts & sacrifice all match from Real Madrid players James Rodriguez - who was fabulous - Isco & Modric who along with attacking defeated in block. Karim Benzema was class, along with his goal, connecting & setting up his team-mate with an always active & dangerous Cristiano Ronaldo who scored & was more sharing tonight always looking for team-mates to score when perhaps he was better placed. In defence Sergio Ramos was a pillar of strength & Carvajal was excellent putting out Neymar & any one else in his way. 

For Barça, Luis Suarez started & was active putting in some dangerous passes but fizzed out, as did other team-mates like Neymar, Xavi & Messi. The bad news was the injury to Iniesta that will need to see later the extent of the damage.  Overall, a faster & more vertical Real Madrid deservedly took the victory. 

These are all the goalscorers in order:
  • Neymar 3rd min, 0 - 1
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 34th min (penalty), 1 - 1
  • Pepe (corner header) 50th min, 2 -1
  • Karim Benzema (counter-attack) 61st min, 3 -1 
Spanish Football Liga 2014

Last night Round 9 of Liga kicked off with the Celta de Vigo - Levante match. The game went to Celta 3 - 0 with two goals from Larrivey - 26 & 82nd min - & Alex Lopez in the 89th  min. This victory gives Celta three more points & they quietly jump up the classification table into the top positions. Great form & Football from Celta.

Spanish Football Liga 2014

Two teams having a "horror" period in Liga & sitting in the bottom places of the ladder met today in a "must win" situation. The three points went to Athletic Club Bilbao winning 0 - 1 away to Almeria. The game gave just one goal & that came in the 56th min from Etxeita


valencia cf 2014

Valencia CF welcomed their new owner Peter Lim with a authoritative 3 - 1 victory over Elche. The goals came from fixed plays-corners, starting with Mustafi in the 12th min, followed by Parejo in the 17th min & an own goal from Elche player Lomban in the 64th min. Elche consolation piece was scored by Jonathas from a corner in the 92nd min. 

Extra good news for Valencia CF, Alvaro Negredo got a run in the 86th min. His happy to be finally back after a long injury. Will get better.

Eibar drew 1 - 1 with Granada. The visitors got ahead in the 8th min via Nyom, then Boveda drew for the home team in the 38th min. Shared points.

Cordoba drew 1 - 1 Real Sociedad in a match that went to the wire. The visitors got ahead first in the 22nd min through a Iñigo Martinez goal, but Cordoba drew in the 88th min through Xisco.

More Liga matches tomorrow.

VERONICA BOQUETE MAKES SPANISH FEMALE FOOTBALL HISTORY

FIFA has made public the list of 10 female names up for the 2014 Golden Ball.

The full list of 10 female candidates for the FIFA Golden Ball 2014 is:

Nadine Angerer (GER), Veronica Boquete (SP), Nilla Fischer (SWE), Nahomi Kawasumi (JAP), Nadine Kessler (GER), Marta (BRA), Aya Miyama (JAP), Louisa Necib (FRA), Lotta Schelin (SWE) & Abby Wambach (USA).

For Spanish Female Football it is a historical & proud moment as within this list is VERONICA BOQUETE, the Spanish National Female Team Captain & FFC Frankfurt player. It is the first time a Spanish Female Footballer has made the FIFA Golden Ball candidates list. 

female candidates for the FIFA Golden Ball 2014

Congratulations to Veronica & we wish her luck as the list of 10 names will be reduced to just 3 on the 1st of December.

FIFA also named another Spaniard in the list of candidates for Best Coach for a Female team for 2014Jorge Vilda was named & is the Coach of the sub-17 & sub-19 National squads. 

The male candidates for the 2014 Golden Ball are expected to be announced by FIFA next week. No doubt names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar etc will be included.  Stay tuned!

FIFA RANKINGS | SPAIN IN 10TH POSITION

FIFA has released its monthly Football Nations World Rankings, in this case for the month of October. In the case of SPAIN they drop to Nº10 from Nº8 position, with the defeat against Slovakia 2 - 1 in their Euro 2016 Group match a prime cause. 

Current World Champs Germany remains on top & Nations like Colombia & Belguim are enjoying some unprecedented high positions. Portugal gets back into the Top 10.

Spain Football Team 2014

Top 10 FIFA Ranking for October 2014:

1- Germany (1)
2- Argentina (2)
3- Colombia (3)
4- Belgium (5)
5- Netherlands (4)
6- Brazil (6)
7- France (9)
8- Uruguay (7)
9- Portugal (11)
10- Spain (8)

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAMS | UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP RESULTS

UEFA Champions League continued tonight with the last two Spanish Football representatives in action. Here are the final results along with all the goalscorers.

uefa champions league 2014

Atletico de Madrid hosted the Swedish Club Malmo to win 5 - 0 in their Group A match. The goals all came in the 2º half after the Swedes held off defensively all
the Spanish attacks in the first 45 minutes. 

Atletico de Madrid finally broke through the Malmo defence in the 48th min when Koke scored from a Turan pass. The gates then fully opened & a second goal came in the 62nd min when Mandzukic headed in from a Koke pass. Two minutes later - 64th min - Griezmann got the third to see the fourth come in the 88th min when Godin headed in a corner & the 5th came in the 93rd min from Cerci who came on late. 

Good & important win for the Spaniards as before this game all the Group A teams were with 3 points. The Group is difficult & wins are "priceless".

uefa champions league 2014

Real Madrid travelled to "Anfield" to play Liverpool FC in their Group B clash. Traditionally a "Hell location" for the Spaniards which tonight they managed to change that around winning 0 - 3 with a authoritative performance. 

The English team started strong with speed & creating some dangerous occasions. However, Real Madrid managed to regain the ball & steadied things down to their pace & began to dominate. The class of the Spanish midfield, especially Isco, showed & the first goal soon came when James Rodriguez found Cristiano Ronaldo who scored in the 22nd min. From here, Real Madrid took over & the second came in the 30th min with a brilliant header from Benzema who later scored again in the 41st min - two goals from Benzema tonight - with a inner goal square "scramble". 

In the second half Liverpool FC managed to stop the haemorrhage with more intensity & pulling from pride, an admirable exhibition that was expected from this prestigious Club. The substitution of Balotelli at half time for Lallana was a factor in the better play from Liverpool with young Sterling also putting in a worthily performance of speed & danger all night. Liverpool hit the post & had their chances, while Real Madrid defended well , controlled things & later had their minds perhaps more in next Saturday big "Clasico" & Liga match against FC Barcelona. Special mentions to Varane & James for their efforts - tireless.

Great win that gives Real Madrid 9 points in their Group & tranquillity.     

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP RESULTS | SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAMS

UEFA Champions League Group matches tonight with participation of FC Barcelona at home & Athletic Club Bilbao away. Here are the final results of tonights games with all the goalscorers.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014
FC Barcelona team photo, Champions League vs Ajax

FC Barcelona hosted Ajax Amsterdam in their Group F match & won 3 - 1. The result could have been higher for Barça but they failed to convert their numerous opportunities, especially in the 1º st half. The Spaniards dominated totally proceedings with Messi on fire, along with Neymar & Iniesta who were combining well & quickly. 

The first goal came from a series of one touch passes between the mentioned players which ended with Neymar scoring in the 7th min. The dominance continued & Lionel Messi got the second goal in the 24th min. 

With things under control in the 2º half Barça Coach Luis Enrique began thinking in next Saturdays big Liga game against Real Madrid. He substituted Neymar, Messi & Iniesta in a short space of time & this took out some intensity from the Barça game. So much so, that Ajax managed more ball dominance & scored in the 89th min through El Ghazi. Some nerves settled into the Barcelona line-up with another close call appearing through a Ajax opportunity. However, young Barça substitute & forward Sandro sealed the victory with his 92nd min goal. 

Special mention for Javier Mascherano who was playing in the position of Busquets, who was out with injury. Fantastic tonight was the equilibrium point of his team with sacrificing work & effort. 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014

Spanish Club Athletic Club Bilbao travelled to Portugal to face Porto in their Group H clash. Bad result for Bilbao which lost 2 - 1 to Porto, a loss that virtual makes qualifying out off this Group almost impossible. Bilbao are going through a very difficult period with their Football both in Liga & European competitions.

Porto offered most of the initiative tonight as they too wanted the 3 points to secure their presence in Champions for the next phase. Bilbao valiantly defended well until Hector Herrera scored the opener for Porto in the 44th min. This was a moral blow for Bilbao.

However, continuing with the Bilbao tradition & history of never giving up the Spaniards pulled from pride & manage spirit lifting equalizer from Guillermo in the 58th min. But their hopes received another harsh blow when Quaresma put Porto back ahead in the 75th min. Bilbao could not manage to get back from this goal as the earlier physical efforts had wore out the visitors legs & their moral. 

Tomorrow more Champions League matches scheduled with Real Madrid & Atletico de Madrid on show in their respective Groups.

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