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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | ATLETICO MADRID WINS FC BARCELONA DRAWS

UEFA Champions League continued tonight with the last two Spanish Football Clubs scheduled for their Group matches. Here are brief summaries of the main events, goalscorers & final results.

Champions League

ATLETICO DE MADRID hosted AC ROMA in a must win game. The Spaniards are on the edge of not qualifying & a loss tonight would have assured AC Roma the second group place & qualification along with Chelsea FC. The end & final result of 2 - 0 in favour of Atletico de Madrid keeps their hopes alive however slim. For Atletico to qualify for the next rounds of Champions, they need to win Chelsea FC & Qarabag defeat Roma in the next Group matches. This last option is very difficult & everything points that Roma will win Qarabag. Lets see, there is still "hope".

Tonight however, Atletico managed to get the victory after a very nervous start, full of unforced errores & lack of patience in their Football. The Italians created dangerous situations in the 1º st half & Atletico got more desperate placing long balls instead of creating patiently their opportunities. 

The second half saw Atletico calm themselves & begin playing better Football while the Italians tired from the first half physical effort. Atletico Coach Simeone went for the match replacing midfielder Augusto for Correa which lead to the overhead goal from Griezmann. 

AC Roma then lost defender Peres to a red card, a harsh decision which was exaggerated, that contributed to another sibstitute forward Gameiro score the second from a great Griezmann pass.

Goalscorers:
  • Griezmann 69th min , 1 - 0
  • Gameiro 86th min, 2 - 0
Atletico are still alive, for now.

Champions League 2017

JUVENTUS FC & FC BARCELONA played out a 0 - 0 draw which gives & assures Barça the top Group spot & pass onto the next stage of the competition. Practical effort all round by Barcelona which was helped by their in form goalkeeper Ter Stegen which secured that Juventus did not get the victory. 

While Barça controlled relatively comfortably the encounter, Dybala was foiled towards the end by Barça goalie Stegen which would have been a surprise result watched events tonight. In the end a draw.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID WINS SEVILLA FC DRAWS

UEFA Champions League Group matches tonight with two of the fours Spanish Football teams scheduled. Here is a brief summary of events, along with goalscorers & final results.

Real Madrid CF 2017

REAL MADRID travelled to APOEL NICOSIA (Cyprus) looking for a win to assure their place in the next phase of the competition. The objective was reached after a final result of Apoel 0 - Real Madrid 6.

A therapeutic win for Real Madrid with Benzema & Roanldo getting two goals each & along with this relief, some breathing space from the hard criticisms locally due to their Liga performances. Coach Zidane left on the bench to rest Casemiro & Isco, giving Lucas Vazquez & Asensio a start. Later Ceballos, Theo & Mayoral got a run as well.

Match dominated by Real Madrid which was superior all game with Apoel giving little "trouble". Hats off to the local fans who were impressive cheering on their team under the adverse scoreline.

Here are the goalscorers:

  • Modric 23rd min, 0 - 1
  • Benzema 39th min, 0 - 2
  • Nacho 41st min, 0 - 3
  • Benzema 45th min, 0 - 4
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 49th min, 0 - 5
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 54th min, 0 - 6 
Real Madrid has its last Group match against Borussia next & independently of result has assure their pass onto the next stage.

Sevilla FC - Liverpool FC

SEVILLA FC host LIVERPOOL FC & a win for the locals would have assured their pass onto the next stage. However, the match turned out to be more complicated than anticipated, with a cliff-hanger comeback included. The final result was a 3 - 3 draw after Sevilla was down 0 - 3 at half time. This results allows Sevilla to control their future as they need a win or draw in their next game to stay in Champions.

Liverpool literally "steamrolled" Sevilla FC in the first 45 mins, with goals from:
  • Firmino 2nd m , 0 - 1
  • Mane 22nd  m , 0 - 2
  • Firmino 30th m, 0 - 3
It looked at half time that Sevilla was in authentic dire-straits. However the saviour, Sevilla forward BEN YEDDER came on in the second half & his two goals gave wings to the Spaniards. In fact, Sevilla FC was a different team & pulled from deep inside to find pride to eventually draw in the last moment by Pizarro. A real cliff hanger that made this match one of the most entertaining tonight of Champions. Heroic stuff from Sevilla. Goalscorers:
  • Ben Yedder 51st min, 1 - 3
  • Ben Yedder 60th min (penalty) , 2 - 3
  • Pizarro 90th min, 3 - 3
Tomorrow FC Barcelona & Atletico de Madrid are scheduled for their Champions League Group matches.

SPANISH FOOTBALL | ATLETICO DE MADRID 0 REAL MADRID 0

Big city of Madrid derby tonight as part of La Liga Round 12 schedule with Atletico de Madrid hosting Real Madrid. Both needed a victory to stay in touch with classification leaders FC Barcelona (which won today) & Valencia CF currently second & plays tomorrow.

End result a disappointing 0 - 0 draw which puts both Clubs together with 24 points, but puts Real Madrid 10 points behind Barcelona. 


Spanish Football Liga

These were the staring line-ups:
ATLETICO DE MADRID: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Koke, Saúl, Thomas; Correa & Griezmann. (substitutions: Carrasco, Torres & Gamiero)

REAL MADRID: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco; Karim Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo. (substitutions Nacho & Asensio).

Match dominated tactically by At Madrid in the first half, while Real Madrid bettered in the second half of the match. Few relative goal opportunities to both sides as the "battle" was fierce in the midfield. A physical game as habitual ( few Atletico players saw yellow cards) & controversial encounter as usual historically between both teams. Penalties were claimed by both teams, like a kick in the face of Ramos ( which caused his substitution in the 2º half) by Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez that was not seen along with a "clear" Godin handball late second half. At. Madrid claimed a handball by Ronaldo in the latter part of the second half in the box.

La Liga

Overall an entertaining 90 minute match which only missed goals. Here is the debate, goals are not coming to both teams. Griezmann & company are in drought, while Cristiano Ronaldo creates opportunities that do not materialize. Real Madrid forward Benzema again will be questioned as his contribution should give rise to more goals, something that is not happening at all. The continuing goal drought will keep the debate heated theses days in Sports media while both teams watch rivals open important point gaps on the classification table.

RUSSIA 3 - SPAIN 3 | INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY GAME RESULT

SPAIN played tonight in  St. Petersburg RUSSIA in an International Friendly match which finished in a 3 - 3 draw result. Different match to last Saturdays Costa Rica friendly with more experiments, a more enthusiastic opponent & suffered encounter, especially towards the end of the game. A good sparring experience that should keep the Spanish Football Team humble enough with their upcoming World Cup 2018 planification. 

Russia - Spain Friendly match

SPAIN started well & looked strong with their usual good Football style. They scored early in the 8th min & was 0 - 2 up by the 35th min. However, Russia begin to find their place & exploited the Spanish midfield & defensive errors. Smolov managed Russia´s first before half time.

International Friendly Soccer match 2017


The second half saw how both teams did some chances & tested out players which broke up the tactical scheme, this allowed spaces & goal opportunities for both teams. Russia equalized but Spain scored another to put them back ahead, to later see Russia again equalize. Russia managed the upper hand late in the match & nearly converted a late opportunity which was stopped by Spanish goalie De Gea. 

Tonight´s goals & goalscoreres:
  • Jordi Alba 8th min, 0 - 1
  • Sergio Ramos 35th min, 0 - 2
  • Smolov 40th min, 1 - 2
  • Miranchuk 50th min, 2 - 2
  • Sergio Ramos 52nd min, 2 - 3
  • Smolov 69th min, 3 - 3
Spain starting 11:
De Gea, Nacho, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta, Suso, Asensio & Rodrigo.
Later changes:
Vitolo, Saul, Callejon, Moreno, Illaramendi & Silva.

SPAIN 5 - COSTA RICA 0 | INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

SPAIN played COSTA RICA tonight in a Friendly International in the Spanish city of Malaga. The final result was 5 - 0 victory for the local side. Total domination by Spain which experienced just a couple of chances to the visitors which failed to convert their limited goal opportunities. 

The starting 11 team for Spain was:

Spanish Football Team

In the second half Spanish players Batra, Nacho, Asensio, Aspas, Saul & Luis Alberto got a run. Good warm up match for Spain as they begin planning for next years World Cup finals in Russia.

Morata

The names to highlight was DAVID SILVIA who put in a blinder with two goals & ISCO who was magical until taken off mid second half after a hard tackle from WASTON. The Real Madrid player will undergo medical checks but it looks like a knock at this stage & may be able to play next weekend clash against Atletico de Madrid.

The goalscorers tonight were:

  • Jordi Alba 6th min , 1 - 0
  • Alvaro Morata 22nd min, 2 - 0
  • David Silva 51 st min, 3 -0
  • David Silva 55th min, 4 - 0
  • Andres Iniesta 73rd min, 5 - 0
Spain will continue with their International preparation games next Tuesday when they travel to St Petersburg to play Russia.

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