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Category: La Liga

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Bayern Munich win German Cup as Buffon sets Serie A appearance record

Robert Lewandowski reaches 50 goals for the seasonBuffon passes Paolo Maldini’s record with 648 appearancesBundesliga champions Bayern Munich kept their hopes of a treble alive after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Satur…

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European roundup: Real Madrid go four points clear after edging past Getafe

Late Sergio Ramos penalty earns 1-0 win for RealAtalanta beat Napoli 2-0, Roma lose to UdineseReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive …

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Boardroom turmoil, troubling finances and Messi’s influence: why Barcelona are a mess

Missing out on the Spanish title is perhaps Barça’s smallest problem – decline is setting in and most key players are above 30. This will take a long time to sort outLeo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s an…

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European roundup: Eriksen, Sánchez and Young score as Inter win 6-0

Victory over Brescia moves Inter closer to Champions LeagueValencia beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao in La LigaAlexis Sánchez produced an imposing performance to inspire Internazionale to a 6-0 win over Serie A strugglers Brescia at San Siro. Sánchez scor…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Valencia confirm sacking of coach Albert Celades after poor run of results

Decision follows 2-0 defeat by Villarreal on SundayCelades took over as club’s head coach in SeptemberValencia have sacked their head coach Albert Celades after a run of results during which the club have won just two of their past 13 games.Celades was…

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Karim Benzema backheel sums up La Liga weekend of beauty and brilliance | Sid Lowe

The Frenchman’s assist has put Real Madrid on course for the title, but it wasn’t even the most dazzling piece of skill on an extraordinary weekend in SpainSometimes there’s so much brilliance you don’t even know where to begin, let alone which words t…

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Real Madrid go two points clear at the top of La Liga after defeating Espanyol

Casemiro slides home winner in CataloniaMilan get the better of Roma in the heat Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema produced an audacious back-heel assist for Casemiro to score as they beat Espanyol 1-0 away on Sunday to capitalise on Barcelona’s slip-up a da…

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European roundup: Atalanta fightback floors Lazio, Real Madrid keep title pace

Lazio let two-goal lead slip in major setback to title hopesReal Madrid back to top of La Liga after 2-0 win over MallorcaLazio’s hopes of a first Italian title for 20 years suffered a major setback on Wednesday as they let a two-goal lead slip in thei…

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European roundup: Atalanta fightback floors Lazio, Real Madrid keep title pace

Lazio let two-goal lead slip in major setback to title hopesReal Madrid back to top of La Liga after 2-0 win over MallorcaLazio’s hopes of a first Italian title for 20 years suffered a major setback on Wednesday as they let a two-goal lead slip in thei…

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After three years, a month and a day, Bruno Soriano is a footballer again | Sid Lowe

La Liga’s ‘To return is to win’ slogan was never so apt as for Villarreal’s stalwart who played for the first time since May 2017If the Estadio de la Cerámica had been full, 23,500 people would have risen as one. In their absence, around 200 people did…

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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‘Avoid embracing and slapping hands’ – La Liga plans for return of fans

La Liga produces 16-page draft protocolFans to be given 15-minute slots to arrive at stadiumSpanish football is making plans for supporters to return to stadiums but they should not celebrate just yet. In fact, fans will be discouraged from celebrating…

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Real Madrid back on top … as are the VAR rows and talk of conspiracies | Sid Lowe

Out came the accusations and the warriors. After months away because of a pandemic, it’s back all rightOn the weekend that Spain moved into the “new normal”, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and everyone got back to what they missed most: t…

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European roundup: Serie A returns, Haaland hits brace for Dortmund

Torino’s Andrea Belotti misses late spot-kick in drawMainz, Cologne and Augsburg ensure Bundesliga survivalIn the first Serie A match for three months, the Torino captain, Andrea Belotti, had a penalty saved in a 1-1 draw at home to Parma.Nicolas Nkoul…

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Barcelona draw blank at Sevilla to keep title race wide open

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Sevilla in an empty stadium on Friday as they dropped points for the first time since the season restarted.The Catalan side are top of the standings on 65 points from 30 games but second-placed Real Madrid, wit…

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A night at Eibar, where the best seats are, well, in the house | Sid Lowe

On Indalecio Ojanguren street are two blocks of flats that tower over Ipurua, meaning fans still got to watch the actionA small boy was waiting for the two buses carrying Athletic Club’s players as they turned the corner and edged up the hill towards I…

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A night at Eibar, where the best seats are, well, in the house | Sid Lowe

On Indalecio Ojanguren street are two blocks of flats that tower over Ipurua, meaning fans still got to watch the actionA small boy was waiting for the two buses carrying Athletic Club’s players as they turned the corner and edged up the hill towards I…