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Pedri leads win at Girona in 100th game for Barcelona

Pedri marked his 100th Barcelona appearance by scoring to squeeze past Girona 1-0 and increase their lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. The 20-year-old Pedri started on the bench as Xavi rotated his lineup ahead of a busy week, but the playmaker replaced the injured Ousmane Dembélé in the 25th minute. Girona stymied the league front-runner until Pedri’s fellow substitute, Jordi Alba, found him with a low cross at close range in the 61st. Pedri, who won the 2021 Golden Boy for the continent’s most promising under-21 player, is considered one of the pillars of Barcelona’s post-Messi rebuild. The Spain midfielder has scored six times this season. FINAL #GironaBarça 0-1 ✨ ¡@Pedri 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲 el 𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗶! ✨#LaLigaSantander pic.twitter.com/ToIPu5ymQJ — LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 28, 2023 Xavi’s ...
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Real Madrid break unique 4,435-match streak in 2-1 loss to Villareal

Spanish giants Real Madrid broke a 4,435-match streak against Villarreal when they named a starting XI without including a single Spanish player for the first time in the club’s history, according to Daily Mail. There were three French players (Aurelien Tchouameni, Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema), two Brazilians (Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao), two Germans (Antonio Rudiger and Toni Kroos), a Croatian (Luka Modric), an Austrian (David Alaba), an Uruguayan (Federico Valverde) and Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois in goal. Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, Nacho Fernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Luis Lopez were the six Spanish players named on the bench by coach Carlo Ancelotti with Asensio and Vazquez later making their way on the pitch as substitutes. 📋✅ Our starting 𝗫𝗜 ...
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Real Madrid lose 2-1 at Villarreal as Moreno shines

Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal on Saturday after a goal and assist from striker Gerard Moreno, giving leaders Barcelona a chance to move ahead in the title race. Real stay second, level on 38 points with Barca who visit fourth-placed Atletico Madrid on Sunday, while Villarreal’s third straight league win moves them up to fifth spot. Villarreal dominated from the start, with Francis Coquelin rattling the woodwork in the fifth minute before Yeremy Pino was denied by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from close range, but the hosts were unable to break the deadlock in the first half. There was no let up from Villarreal after the break though and the pressure told in the 47th minute when Moreno set Pino free to charge at goal and unleash a fierce shot into the net. Villarreal wer...
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Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr says LaLiga doing nothing about racism

Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr on Saturday accused LaLiga of continuing to do nothing about racist fans at matches, after videos on social media showed fans shouting abuse and throwing objects at him at a match a day earlier. LaLiga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and saying it was following up on instances of racism at the match. Vinicius appeared to be subjected to abuse at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid as he walked past fans after being substituted in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid on Friday. “Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and LaLiga continues to do nothing,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter. Os racistas seguem indo aos estádios e assistindo ao maior clube do mundo de perto e a @...
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Ten-man Espanyol hold misfiring Atletico Madrid to 1-1 draw

Ten-man Espanyol battled to a 1-1 La Liga draw at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, another disappointing result for Diego Simeone’s team days after they were eliminated from European competition. Atletico, who have won only one of their last six games in all competitions, are third in the standings on 24 points, eight behind Real Madrid who play Rayo Vallecano on Monday and 10 adrift of leaders Barcelona. Betis, on 23 points, and Real Sociedad, on 22, have a game in hand and could jump ahead of Atletico at the end of Sunday.Espanyol remained 16th, one point clear of the relegation zone. Despite playing most of the match with 10 men after defender Leandro Cabrera was shown a straight red card for a last-man foul on Alvaro Morata, Espanyol defended well against the home team who had 27 goal att...
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Barcelona bid farewell to emotional Gerard Pique with Almeria win | Football News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Barcelona enjoyed a 2-0 win over Almeria on Saturday but the night belonged to defender Gerard Pique's who was playing his last game at the Camp Nou after he announced he will retire from soccer when LaLiga breaks for the World Cup next week. Barca, who won with second-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong, climbed to the top of the standings on 34 points from 13 games, two ahead of Real Madrid who have a game in hand and will visit Rayo Vallecano on Monday. After missing several chances in the first-half, including a penalty for a handball that Robert Lewandowski put wide, Dembele broke the deadlock right after the break, slotting a precise shot into the bottom corner from a counter-attack. In the 62nd minute, De Jong was well positioned inside the area to scor...
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While You Were Asleep: Bale helps LAFC win 1st MLS title, Barcelona beat Almeria 2-0 in Pique’s farewell match, Giroud gives Milan 2-1 win against Spezia

Gareth Bale scored at extra-time stoppage time as Los Angeles FC beat the Union 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out to claim its first MLS Cup championship Saturday. 🏆 CAMPEONES 🏆 pic.twitter.com/pBdKur0Hme — LAFC (@LAFC) November 6, 2022 Bale, who came in as a substitute in extra time after sitting out the playoffs with a wrist injury, headed home a cross from Diego Palacios over Union’s Jack Elliott to level at 3-3. ILIE. PANDEMONIUM. pic.twitter.com/v5HSDvu9Ic — LAFC (@LAFC) November 5, 2022 Bale, who left Real Madrid during the summer with an eye on preparation for Wales’ World Cup appearance later this month, was getting his first minutes with LA since October 2. HE’S GARETH ******* BALE. #ForLosAngeles pic.twitter.com/yqqi67RSdz — LAFC (@LAFC) November 5, 2022 LA became the eighth team ...
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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique announces retirement after stellar career | Football News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Barcelona's Gerard Pique announced his retirement on Thursday after a decorated career, saying "the moment has come to end this journey". "Saturday's match (against Almeria) will be my last at the Camp Nou," the 35-year-old posted on Twitter. The veteran defender bows out with four Champions League titles and the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain. "I wanted to tell you that I've decided the moment has come to end this journey," he said in a video clip of the star watching images of himself as a small boy wearing the Barcelona shirt, or chasing after autographs. Visca Piqué. Sempre. https://t.co/zsg5Izrtht— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 1667518167000"There's no other team after Barca," he added. "I'm going to become a super fan, I'll be supporting the team and pass on my l...
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Robert Lewandowski scores at the death as Barcelona beat Valencia | Football News – Times of India

VALENCIA: Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski scored a 93rd-minute winner as they beat Valencia 1-0 on Saturday to take provisional top spot level on points with Real Madrid in LaLiga. With the match heading for what seemed like a goalless draw, Barca's Raphinha looped a cross into the box which was acrobatically stabbed home by a stretching Lewandowski for the Polish striker's 13th league goal of the season. The result means Barca have 31 points after 12 games, the same as Real who host second-bottom Girona on Sunday. Barcelona created many opportunities in the first half but Valencia's rearguard stood firm, with goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili denying Ansu Fati while Lewandowski also saw a header come off the post. The home side were dealt a major blow with 18 minutes on the clock wh...
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Superb Dembele guides Barcelona to win over Athletic Bilbao | Football News – Times of India

Ousmane Dembele scored and provided assists for Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres as Barcelona cruised past Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in LaLiga on Sunday. Barcelona remain second in the standings on 28 points, three behind leaders Real Madrid and five clear of third-placed Atletico Madrid. Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde was returning to Camp Nou for the first time after having been sacked by Barcelona in January 2020. The Basque side had a great start to the season, climbing to third in the standings at one point, but after four consecutive weeks without a win, they sit sixth on 18 points. After his team got completely outclassed in their 3-1 loss at Real Madrid last week, Barca manager Xavi Hernandez said he was going to shake things up and he kept his word. On Su...
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Real Madrid go top after 3-1 win over Barcelona

Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo were all on target as a dominant Real Madrid beat old rivals Barcelona 3-1 at home in ‘El Clasico’ on Sunday to move top of LaLiga. The defeat was another blow to Barca and manager Xavi Hernandez after they were left on the verge of Champions League elimination following a draw with Inter Milan in midweek. Barca had no answer to Vinicius Jr’s relentless pace and Toni Kroos’s precise passes for Real and both were the architects of several chances, including the first two goals. The pair combined with nice one-touch passes in the build-up to Benzema’s opener with the France striker finishing into the empty goal on the rebound, after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Vinicius from close range in the 12th minute. FINAL #ElClásico 3-1 ¡El @...
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Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Updates: Starting XI named as LIV clash with MCI in Anfield

Liverpool vs Manchester City (LIV vs MCI) Premier League 2022  Live Football Score Streaming Online Today Match Updates: Here are the predicted XIs Liverpool's Darwin Nunez, right, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the FA Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Predicted XI Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez Manchester City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Sergio Gomez, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Erling Haaland. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)r...
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Updates: Los Blancos take on the Blaugrana in first El Clásico of season

Real Madrid vs Barcelona (RMA vs BAR) La Liga 2022 Live Football Score Streaming Online Today Match Updates: Here are the predicted XI. Raphinha celebrates scoring the goal vs Real Madrid in the pre-season friendly. (Photo: AP) Predicted XI Real Madrid: Lunin, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Tchouameni, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Kounde, Eric Garcia, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Dembele, Raphinha, Lewandowski !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, docume...
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What to watch this week: Real Madrid v Barcelona, Manchester City v Liverpool

It’s a Super Sunday this weekend as heavyweights across prominent leagues lock horns; Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season while Liverpool look to turn their fortunes around against a marauding Manchester City. Here are the picks of the upcoming week which you don’t want to miss. Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Sunday, 7.45 PM) The first El Clasico of the season will take place at the Bernabeu on Sunday with Barcelona looking to put the disappointing UEFA Champions League result against Inter Milan behind them by repeating last season’s performance against Real on their home turf. Six months ago, Barcelona had run rampant against the eventual La Liga winners when they demolished the Los Blancos 4-0 in their own backyard. This time, however, the Blaugrana will be...
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I will leave Barca if I think I’m not the solution, says Xavi Hernandez | Football News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez says he will walk away from his post if he feels he cannot help the team improve. The Catalans are close to elimination from the Champions League after a draw with Inter Milan on Wednesday, despite heavy summer expenditure, and have faced criticism this week, ahead of the Clasico on Sunday. "I know there's a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism, this is Barca," Xavi told a press conference on Saturday. "I will not stop working and trying. The day that I'm not sure (of myself), I will leave. I will not be a problem for Barcelona, the day I see I am not a solution." Xavi's side, La Liga leaders, face champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, where they won 4-0 last season. The coach insisted that it is too early to judge his team after the ne...
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Karim Benzema misses late penalty as Real Madrid held by Osasuna | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Karim Benzema missed a late penalty as Real Madrid dropped their first points this season after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Osasuna, who had a man sent off late on, in La Liga on Sunday. Vinicius Jr gave the champions the lead just before halftime with a long-range shot but the visitors equalised after the break through Kike Garcia, who scored with a brilliant header from the edge of the area that looped over the goalkeeper. Benzema fired his penalty off the bar and over in the 79th minute, after being fouled inside the area by defender Unai Garcia, who was shown a straight red card after a VAR check. The France striker had a goal chalked off a minute later for offside and Vinicius had a bullet shot kept out by Sergio Herrera a little later, as Real Madrid pressed for th...
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La Liga resumes with host of injuries after international break | Football News – Times of India

International duty was not kind to La Liga sides as several key players reported back to their teams nursing injuries that will affect their availability for the weekend and beyond. Barcelona had arguably the worst of them with defender Ronald Araujo having surgery on his right thigh after suffering a tendon injury on Friday in Uruguay's 1-0 defeat by Iran in a friendly, leaving the pitch after only five minutes. Araujo will miss Barca's Saturday's visit to Mallorca as he is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, which means he would only come back to club duty after the World Cup, which starts in less than two months. However, Araujo was not the only problem in defence that Barcelona have to face after the international break. Jules Kounde suffered a hamstring injury with France an...
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Valverde wonder goal, Vinícius, Rodrygo lead perfect Real Madrid to win over Mallorca

Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo came through in the absence of Karim Benzema to keep Real Madrid perfect this season. VINI JR. IS INEVITABLE 🔥 WHAT A LINEUP BETWEEN @vinijr & @RodrygoGoes 🇧🇷💚#RealMadridRCDMallorca #RealMadridMallorca #HalaMadrid #HalaMadridYNadaMas pic.twitter.com/ijIpTyca1O — Shamim Hossain (@mshamimh) September 11, 2022 Vinícius and Rodrygo scored second-half goals as Madrid came from behind to defeat Mallorca 4-1 for its fifth straight win in the Spanish league on Sunday. Madrid was without the injured Benzema and other regular starters as coach Carlo Ancelotti rotated his squad ahead of the team’s Champions League match against Leipzig on Wednesday. Mallorca got on the board first at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with a header by Vedat Muriqi off an assist by Lee K...
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Real Madrid continue perfect start with 4-1 win over Mallorca | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Real Madrid came from behind to beat Mallorca 4-1 at the Bernabeu in La Liga on Sunday and continue their perfect start to the season. A solo effort from Federico Valverde on the stroke of halftime levelled the scores after Vedat Muqiri had stunned the home crowd by nodding the visitors ahead. Vinicius put the hosts in front before Rodrygo and Antonio Rudiger completed the rout. A much-changed Real initially struggled to gain a foothold and sorely missed injured talisman Karim Benzema in attack throughout a below-par first half. Muqiri, who was denied by Thibaut Courtois inside the opening 40 seconds, headed in unmarked at the back post after 35 minutes and it appeared the champions would go in trailing at the break for the first time this campaign. That changed, however, in add...
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Karim Benzema’s late brace snatches win for Real Madrid at Espanyol | Football News – Times of India

Karim Benzema scored twice in the final few minutes to give Real Madrid a 3-1 win at Espanyol on Sunday, their third in the first three games of the new La Liga season. Real Madrid sit top of the table on nine points, level with Real Betis. Barcelona and Villarreal are right behind on seven points, with Osasuna and Real Sociedad on six. Vinicius Jr opened the scoring early in the first half with a first-touch finish from a brilliant pass by Aurelien Tchouameni. The young French midfielder put in another solid performance in place of the departed Casemiro, who left the club after signing for Manchester United. Tchouameni added an extra dimension to the Real midfield and showed why they agreed to pay a potential 100 million euros ($99.49 million) fee to Monaco for the 22-year-old France i...