SPANISH LEAGUE

  • Real Madrid cut Barcelona's lead to a point, Valencia in third place 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling 'El Clasico' on Saturday that handed the visitors their first loss of the Spanish league season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a...
  • Levante fire coach Jose Mendilibar in Spain 4 days ago

    Levante have fired Jose Mendilibar, becoming the second Spanish club in as many days to remove a head coach. The 53-year-old Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in...
  • Luis Suarez feared Barcelona would not sign him after biting ban 5 days ago

    Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros ($103.5 million) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 1 week ago

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid thrash Levante 5-0 1 week ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to extend his scoring streak with Real Madrid to nine straight appearances and help win 5-0 at Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday. Ronaldo opened from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before adding another goal in the 61st, increasing his league-leading tally to 15...
  • La Liga: Manucho's late goal gives Rayo Vallecano 1-0 win at Granada October 18, 2014

    Granada: Manucho scored deep in stoppage time to give Rayo Vallecano a 1-0 win at Granada in the Spanish league on Friday. With Rayo stalled in attack, Manucho went on in the 84th minute and finished off a last-gasp move when the Angolan striker swept Gael Kakuta's pass in off the...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Sevilla beat Deportivo 4-1 to go 3rd in La Liga October 5, 2014

    Midfielder Stephane M'Bia scored two goals as Sevilla beat visitors Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Also, Moi Gomez scored back-to-back goals in two minutes to help Villarreal win 3-1 at 10-man Celta Vigo, dealing the hosts their first loss of the season. While M'Bia got his double,...
  • Getafe salvage 1-1 draw with Cordoba in La Liga October 4, 2014

    Madrid: Getafe substitute Baba Diawara scored two minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Cordoba in the Spanish league on Friday. Midfielder Patrick Ekeng scored in the 78th minute to put Cordoba on the verge of their first victory in their first season in the top flight...
  • Messi 'not thinking' about looming La Liga scoring record October 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi is not thinking about breaking Telmo Zarra's La Liga scoring record of 251 goals despite having closed to within three of the former Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward. Four-times World Player of the Year, Messi has scored five times in Spain's top flight this season, including two against...
  • La Liga: Mendez scores in stoppage time to give Almeria 1-0 win over Deportivo September 28, 2014

    Almeria forward Edgar Mendez scored in stoppage time to grab a 1-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Sunday. Mendez's shot from the edge of the area took a glancing deflection off a defender and went in off the crossbar to silence home fans at Riazor Stadium. Deportivo...
  • Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal September 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his sixth straight game to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday. Villarreal attacked well early on at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane circled overhead trailing a banner asking Ronaldo to return to former club Manchester United. But Luka...
  • La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 30 win at Getafe September 23, 2014

    Madrid: Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 30 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month's 51 Euro 2016 qualification victory against Macedonia,...
  • Goals galore as Barcelona blank Levante 50 September 22, 2014

    Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 50 rout at 10man Levante on Sunday as they stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34thminute opener before flubbing...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 82 September 20, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 82 to emphatically end their twogame losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 22 draw with Celta...
  • Real Madrid minor blips or serious signs? September 16, 2014

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" an age old proverb which might sound veridical to Madridistas at the moment. Real Madrid finished last season as the Champions of Europe, clinching the "La Decima" after a wait of over ten seasons. For the current generation of Madrid fans, it is...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao September 12, 2014

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's seasonopening win at...
  • Real Madrid president Perez plays down Ronaldo spat September 5, 2014

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sought to play down an apparent spat with Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday as he announced the La Liga club's income had surged above 600 million euros ($778 million) in 201314. Perez, who has splashed hundreds of millions of euros of the European champions' cash on top...
  • David Zurutuza nets double as Real Sociedad stun Real Madrid 42 September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona: Real Madrid collapsed after leading by two goals to lose 42 at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday, with the European champions left rudderless without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, finished Barcelona's 10 win at Villarreal with a right leg injury after he set up...
  • Lionel Messi sets up Barcelona's 10 win at Villarreal September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 10 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar's throughpass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Real Madrid's visit to Sociedad August 30, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo won't play in Real Madrid's first away game of the Spanish league season after Portugal ruled him unfit for their opening 2016 European Championship qualifier. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has left the Ballon d'Or winner out of his squad for Sunday's game at Real Sociedad. Ancelotti says "we preferred...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 30 August 25, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 30 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free...
  • Injured Neymar to miss Barcelona's opening game with Elche August 24, 2014

    Neymar will miss Barcelona's opening game of the La Liga season against Elche on Sunday with an ankle sprain, the club has confirmed. "Despite the positive evolution of the grade one sprain to his left ankle he will be absent from tonight's game," read a statement from the club. Neymar was only...
  • Angel Di Maria on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti August 24, 2014

    Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday. "Di Maria has not trained with us today and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," Ancelotti said. "We are thankful for what he has done at this...
  • Manchester United, PSG target Angel Di Maria as he wants to leave Real Madrid August 21, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer. The 26yearold Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped them win the Champions League last season. Ancelotti says "Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer...
  • Champions Atletico Madrid aim to upstage La Liga big spenders again August 20, 2014

    While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to...
  • Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rules out further signings August 17, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotii on Sunday ruled out any further signings before the end of the month. Real Madrid lost a preseason friendly game 12 to Italian side Fiorentina late Saturday night, reports Xinhua. Real Madrid cruised past Sevilla in the European Supercup Tuesday to lift the first title of...
  • Thomas Vermaelen starts Barcelona stint with injury August 11, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona says Thomas Vermaelen has a lingering muscle injury from the World Cup that will keep him from training with his new teammates. Barcelona says Vermaelen still has a rightleg muscle injury from playing for Belgium at the World Cup. The club says the speed of his recovery will determine...
  • Barcelona agree to loan midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Olympiakos August 10, 2014

    Barcelona have agreed to loan Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus for the 201415 season, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Afellay, 28, joined Barca from PSV Eindhoven in December 2010 but injury wrecked his chances of establishing himself in the first team and he has...
  • Atletico Madrid sign defender Jesus Gamez from Malaga August 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid have reinforced their defense by signing right back Jesus Gamez from Malaga. The 29yearold Gamez will compete with Spanish international Juanfran Torres for playing time on the right side of Atletico's defense. Atletico did not release the financial details of the transfer. Gamez has been a regular starter...