La Liga result: Sanabaria strike twice in Levante mauling to send Betis above Real Madrid

Real Betis 4 – 0 Levante

Real Betis turned on the style to beat Levante 4-0 and move up into fifth place in La Liga.

Betis’ third straight league win took them above Real Madrid, who they beat at the Bernabeu in their previous fixture.

Paraguayan youngster Antonio Sanabria, who grabbed the late winner in Madrid, added to his growing reputation by scoring twice.

Fabian and Sergio Leon were also on target in the second half as Betis ran riot.

Following a drab goalless first period, Betis were irresistible after the break and Sanabria gave them a 47th-minute lead when heading home Leon’s centre off the inside of a post.

Fabian’s driving run and fine finish gave him his first Betis goal before the unmarked Leon met Riza Durmisi’s 65th-minute cross at the far post.

Sanabria wrapped up the rout in stoppage time as Levante, Segunda Division champions last term, lost for the first time this season.

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La Liga results: Valencia edge Sociedad; Getafe thrash Villarreal

Espanyol 4 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
Getafe 4 – 0 Villarreal
Eibar 0 – 4 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 0 – 2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 2 – 3 Valencia

Simone Zaza was Valencia’s hero as he snatched victory in a five-goal thriller at Real Sociedad with both sides reduced to 10 men.
Zaza, who scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-0 demolition of Malaga, struck five minutes from time after Igor Zubeldia and Geoffrey Kondogbia had been dismissed to clinch a 3-2 win as the visitors produced a stunning display of counter-attacking football.
They went ahead with 26 minutes gone when Rodrigo Moreno converted Goncalo Guedes’ cross from close range, although the lead lasted just seven minutes when Aritz Elustondo powered home a header from Mikel Oyarzabal’s corner.
Ignacio Vidal rounded off a swift counter-attack with a cultured finish from Carlos Soler’s perfectly-weighted pass to restore Valencia’ lead 10 minutes after the restart, but once again, their celebrations were short-lived as Oyarzabal levelled within four minutes.
Real’s hopes of victory were dealt a significant blow when Zubeldia, who had earlier been booked for a foul, attempted an overhead kick inside the Valencia penalty area and appeared to catch defender Jose Gaya in the face.
But referee Santiago Jaime swiftly evened things up when Kondogbia, who had also already been cautioned, felled Real substitute Adnan Januzaj with a clumsy challenge to miss out on a dramatic conclusion.

Getafe thrashed Villarreal 4-0 to secure their first home win of the season.
The hosts had suffered one-goal defeats to Sevilla and Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez but got off the mark at the third attempt and ended Villarreal’s four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Angel Rodriguez gave Getafe a 54th-minute lead when he headed in Juan Cala’s flick on at the back post and — 10 minutes later — Jorge Molina pounced on Ruben Semedo’s hesitancy to steal possession and slot past Mariano Barbosa.
Markel Bergara forced in a third in the 67th minute after Barbosa had somehow kept out Cala’s close-range header and Angel nodded in his second in stoppage time from Faycal Fajr’s corner.

Espanyol registered only their second win of the season by beating struggling Deportivo de La Coruna 4-1.
They took the lead after just five minutes when Leo Baptistao headed in a cross from Victor Sanchez. And the advantage was doubled in the 22nd minute when Depor defender Alejandro Arribas deflected a corner onto his own net.
Depor pulled one back through Celso Borges eight minutes into the second half, but Gerard Moreno made the points safe with a penalty and a late tap-in.

Celta Vigo earned their first away win since April by swatting aside Eibar 4-0.
Two in-swinging Pione Sisto free kicks gave Celta a 2-0 lead, the first headed in by Gustavo Cabral in the 17th minute before Sergi Gomez got the slightest of touches on the second six minutes later.
Sisto set up a third six minutes before half-time as his left-wing cross was volleyed home by Pablo Hernandez at the back post.
Daniel Wass added a fourth 18 minutes from time after slotting in Hugo Mallo’s cut-back.

Leganes ended their three-match winless run with a 2-0 victory at Las Palmas.
Claudio Beauvue finished off a counter-attack two minutes into the second half before Javier Eraso wrapped up victory in the sixth minute of added time.

La Liga results: Suarez on target as Barcelona benefit from two own goals to beat Girona; Ceballos brace help Real edge Alaves

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

  • Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

Barcelona made it six wins out of six in La Liga with victory at Catalan neighbours Girona.
Barca’s first two goals came from own goals by the hosts, who are in their first La Liga season.

Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba’s shot into his own net and keeper Gorka Iraizoz turned Aleix Vidal’s cross into his own net.

Luis Suarez smashed home the third after latching on to a Sergi Roberto long ball.

Girona, who are co-owned by Manchester City, played five City loanees in the game, with Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz impressive in attacking positions.

Pablo Maffeo, in his third season on loan, successfully man-marked Barca’s Lionel Messi, who had scored 11 goals in his previous five games, including four against Eibaron Tuesday.
Barcelona, who had been expected to have a difficult season after losing boss Luis Enrique and striker Neymar, travel to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
They won their opening group game 3-0 against last season’s finalists Juventus.
Barcelona now travel to face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting Las Palmas in La Liga next Sunday.

Girona, meanwhile, face Celta Vigo on Friday night.

  • Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid

Dani Ceballos scored twice on his first league start for Real Madrid as they beat struggling Alaves.
The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder, signed from Real Betis in the summer, held off two defenders before striking home his first.


Alaves, who came into the goal without a point or a goal this season, equalised through Manu Garcia’s header.

But, three minutes later, Ceballos scored his and Real’s second with a low drive from 16 yards.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.
The Spanish and European champions were lucky not to concede when Alfonso Pedraza’s deflected shot beat Keylor Navas but came off the bar.
And the substitute went close again when his poked shot struck the keeper’s right-hand upright.
Real skipper Sergio Ramos, who had a header disallowed, missed an open goal from eight yards.
The win moves Real up to fourth in La Liga, although any of the four teams directly below them – Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis – could leapfrog Los Blancos by the end of the weekend.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have had a relatively disappointing start to their domestic campaign, having won only three of their first six games.

  • Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Diego Costa watched Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Sevilla from the stands following his return to the capital club from Chelsea.

Atletico’s transfer ban means Costa cannot take the field until January, but he could at least revel in the club’s form on Saturday.

Yannick Carrasco set Atletico en route to a third straight La Liga win, breaking the deadlock after a goalless first half.

Carrasco rounded Sergio Rico before tucking in to hand the hosts the advantage, then Antoine Griezmann doubled the advantage.

The France poacher was played in by Filipe Luis before firing across Rico and home to settle the argument and leave Atletico with two wins from two in their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

  • Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao

Diego Rolan’s late strike salvaged 10-man Malaga a 3-3 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Bilbao led 3-1 after 70 minutes thanks to Inaki Williams’ brace and a fourth-minute penalty from Aritz Aduriz.

Rolan claimed the first of his double after 35 minutes to keep Malaga in touch, but the hosts had Zdravko Kuzmanovic sent off early in the second half.
Malaga shrugged off the setback however, with Paul Baysse and Rolan completing the comeback late on.

La Liga results: Levante beat Sociedad to go above Real Madrid; Villarreal held by Espanyol

Villarreal 0 – 0 Espanyol
Celta Vigo 1 – 1 Getafe
Levante 3 – 0 Real Sociedad

Defender Chema Rodriguez scored an early contender for goal of the season asLevanteeased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Real Sociedad.
Rodriguez opened the scoring in sensational fashion, firing a 20-yard left-footed volley into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.
Jose Luis Morales then doubled the home side’s lead from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been fouled in the area with 15 minutes remaining.
Sociedad’s Diego Llorente was dismissed after 88 minutes following a second bookable offence before Enis Bardhi completed the victory with a fine free-kick shortly afterwards.

The crushing win takes newly-promoted Levante above Real Madrid and up to fifth in the table.

Villarreal were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The hosts went into the match on the back of successive victories following two defeats in as many of their opening matches. But the Yellow Submarine were unable to muster up a hat-trick of consecutive wins despite having more of the ball and 14 shots to Espanyol’s 10.

Villarreal move up to eighth in the table while Espanyol, who managed their first victory of the season with a 2-1 success against Celta Vigo on Monday night, are 16th following their hard-fought point.

Angel Luis Rodriguez Diaz salvaged a point for Getafe with a late strike at Celta Vigo as the game ended 1-1.
Uruguayan Maxi Gomez, the 21-year-old who arrived atCelta Vigoin the summer, continued his fine form by opening the scoring for the hosts.

Gomez, who scored twice in his side’s opening-day defeat to Real Sociedad, took his La Liga tally for the season to an impressive four from the opening five matches with his 25th-minute strike.
But Diaz scored with just four minutes remaining to rescue a draw for the newly-promoted side.

La Liga results: Real Madrid slip on Ronaldo’s return; Atletico edge Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Leganes 0 – 0 Girona
Deportivo La Coruna 1 – 0 Alaves
Real Madrid 0 – 1 Real Betis
Sevilla 1 – 0 Las Palmas

Antonio Sanabria scored a 94th-minute winner as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid to win at the Bernabeu in La Liga for the first time in 19 years.
The 21-year-old dived onto Antonio Barragan’s cross to head past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal.
It leaves the European champions seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Ronaldo, returning from a five-game ban,was making his first La Liga appearance of the season, but saw a back heel cleared off the line before Antonio Adan saved a long-range effort from the Portugal forward.

Wales forward Gareth Bale gave Ronaldo arguably the best opportunity to open the scoring with a low ball across the area, but the 32-year-old sliced over.
Luka Modric had earlier hit the side netting after a driving run from inside his own half, while Bale was denied from a clever flicked effort.

But for all the hosts’ dominance, they were left open at the back and were handed a warning when Sanabria saw his tap-in ruled out for offside late on.
Moments later the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake as Real were again caught short, scoring the winner to send Betis above their hosts to sixth in the table.
It was the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since Finidi George scored in a 1-0 win in October 1998 and brought to an end Real’s all-time Spanish record of scoring in 73 successive games.
Los Blancos are yet to win at home in La Liga this season, having drawn with Levante and Valencia.
The defending champions have now taken just eight points from five matches on the young season. They are seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who throttled Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals as Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten league start to five matches with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico, unbeaten in six games in all competitions this season, broke the deadlock through Correa 10 minutes into the second half and Carrasco added a second in the 73rd minute.
Bilbao, who slipped to a first home defeat of the season, squandered a first-half penalty when Aritz Aduriz’s spot kick, for Filipe Luis’ foul on Raul Garcia, was saved by Jan Oblak.
Bilbao midfielder Garcia struck a late consolation for the Basque side in the second minute of time added on.

Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas fired the only goal as second-placed Sevilla closed the gap on Barcelona to two points after a 1-0 home win against Las Palmas.
Navas lashed home a shot into the top corner from outside the penalty area and from a tight angle in the 83rd minute as Sevilla extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games in all competitions.

Portuguese defender Luisinho’s solitary goal clinched Deportivo La Coruna a 1-0 home win against fellow strugglers Alaves.
Luisinho fired home in first-half stoppage time to secure Deportivo their first league win of the season and lift them out of the bottom three.
Deportivo goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon denied Alaves an equaliser early in the second half when he saved winger Burgui’s angled drive in the bottom corner.
Alaves, who stay second from bottom, and Malaga have both lost their first five league games.

Leganes drew 0-0 at home against Girona, but were grateful for the woodwork in the 73rd minute when visiting defender Juanpe’s header hit the crossbar.

La Liga: Four goals by Messi as Barcelona crush Eibar; Zaza the hat-trick hero in Valencia’s mauling of Malaga

Valencia 5 – 0 Malaga
Barcelona 6 – 1 Eibar

Lionel Messi scored four goals as La Liga leaders Barcelona maintained their 100% start to the season with a big win against Eibar.
Messi converted a penalty to give the hosts the lead before Paulinho headed in a second.
Denis Suarez then struck from a rebound but Sergi Enrich made it 3-1 with a near-post finish.
Messi scored twice within a minute before exchanging passes with Aleix Vidal for a late fourth.
The win means Barcelona are top with 15 points, five clear of second-placed Sevilla but having played a game more.
Messi is once again enjoying an impressive run of form in front goal.
The Argentina forward has scored nine goals in his past four La Liga appearances with his four on Tuesday moving him to a total of 301 at the Nou Camp in 13 years.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza scored a hat-trick inside nine minutes as Valencia beat Malaga 5-0.
After Santi Mina opened the scoring, Italy international Zaza scored between the 54th and 63rd minutes to put Valencia in control.
Substitute Rodrigo then finished from Goncalo Guedes’ clever backheel to complete the win.
Valencia move up to third in La Liga, six points behind Barcelona.

La Liga: Bale scores as Real end Sociedad perfect start; Loic Remy on target again in Las Palmas win

Alaves 0 – 3 Villarreal
Girona 0 – 1 Sevilla
Las Palmas 1 – 0 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 1 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Real Sociedad 1 – 3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a superb individual goal as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1 at the Anoeta on Sunday to go fourth in La Liga.

Real Madrid took the lead after 28 minutes when Borja Mayoral crashed home his first goal for the club from a Sergio Ramos tee-up, only for Kevin Rodrigues to level when his powerful drive slipped through Keylor Navas’ fingers.

Rodrigues then slid in to plant the ball past his own goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from Mayoral’s low cross, just seconds after having headed against Navas’ crossbar at the other end.
Bale raced away from Sociedad to score a sublime third after the break for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s side recovered their form to rise to fourth.

Real were seeking to make it 73 consecutive games in all competitions in which they had scored and that record was upheld after 19 minutes when 19-year-old full-back Theo Hernandez crossed for Sergio Ramos to tee-up an attempted overhead kick, only for Mayoral to romp through the middle and score.

  • Girona 0 – 1 Sevilla

Luis Muriel’s second-half goal proved the difference as Sevilla moved two points behind league leaders Barcelona by edging to a 1-0 win at Girona.
Muriel latched onto Franco Vazquez’s through ball and beat Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz at his near post with a left-footed finish in the 69th minute.

The hosts had an opportunity to secure a point but Alex Granell saw his penalty one minute into injury-time rattle the crossbar and Sevilla clung on to claim their third successive league win.

  • Las Palmas 1 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Loic Remy struck three minutes from time to lift Las Palmas to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Remy, who joined the club on Sept. 1 after being released by Chelsea, scored on his Las Palmas debut in the victory at Malaga earlier this week.
And he came off the bench to grab the winner on Sunday, cutting in from the left and firing beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga to hand Athletic their first defeat in four matches.

  • Alaves 0 – 3 Villarreal

Cedric Bakambu scored two goals as Villarreal claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over struggling Alaves in Sunday’s early kick-off at Mendizorrotza.
The Congolese striker fired Victor Ruiz’s assist into the bottom corner just after the half-hour mark and Carlos Bacca added a close-range second seven minutes after the break.
Bakambu, who was also on target in Thursday night’s 3-1 Europa League victory over Astana, completed his double 10 minutes later thanks to Samu Castillejo’s well-placed through-ball to hand the Yellow Submarine their second successive league victory.
The result means a fourth straight defeat for Alaves, who sacked manager Luis Zubeldia after the match with the team having no points or goals scored in their start to the league.
Alaves said that Javier Cabello would be interim manager.

La Liga results: Paulinho rescues three points for Barcelona; Griezmann scores as Atletico open new home with victory

Eibar 1 – 0 Leganes
Levante 1 – 1 Valencia
Getafe 1 – 2 Barcelona
Real Betis 2 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Malaga

  • Getafe 1 – 2 Barcelona

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a late winner as Barcelona maintained their 100% record in La Liga by coming from behind to beat Getafe.

Paulinho came on as a second-half substitute and powered his way into the box before netting from a tight angle.

Getafe had taken the lead in the first half through Gaku Shibasaki’s stunning volley high into the roof of the net.

Ousmane Dembele hobbled off injured on his first league start, as Denis Suarez clipped in Barca’s leveller.

The result keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of the table, having won all four of their games so far this season.

Signed in the summer transfer window for a club-record £96.8m to replace Neymar,who joined Paris St-Germain, Dembele was making his first league start for Barcelona.

But this was a game to forget for Dembele, as he barely had a sniff of the ball in the 29 minutes he was on the pitch, before hobbling off as he looked like he pulled a hamstring when chasing a ball into the left corner.

Messi had a free-kick brilliantly saved by Guaita and Getafe could have gained at least a point when Mauro Arambarri’s deflected shot struck the foot of the post.

  • Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Malaga

Antoine Griezmann christened Atletico Madrid’s new stadium by scoring the only goal of the game in a La Liga victory over Malaga.


The France striker darted in front of defender Luis Hernandez to meet Angel Correa’s low cross just after the hour in front of about 63,000 fans.
Atletico move up to third in the table, a point behind Real Sociedad and four off leaders Barcelona.
Diego Simeone’s side have played their first

three league games away.

Atletico left the Vicente Calderon at the end of last season and were granted permission to play away from home this term as work was completed at their new home.

And twelve hours of celebrations had been planned around the first match at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday.

Bottom side Malaga could easily have put a dampener on the party however with striker Borja Baston – on loan from Swansea – forcing a good save from Jan Oblak in the first half and substitute Diego Rolan going close in the final minute.

  • Levante 1 – 1 Valencia

Enis Bardhi cancelled out Rodrigo’s 31st-minute opener to give Levante a 1-1 home draw against Valencia.

The Brazil-born striker put Valencia ahead just past the half-hour, sneaking a well-placed header past Levante keeper Raul from an Andreas Pereira cross.
But Bardhi would give the hosts a point 10 minutes later, the Macedonia midfielder controlling a poor clearance on the edge of the box before powering a low effort past Neto.

  • Real Betis 2 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Veteran midfielder Joaquin scored twice as Real Betis beat struggling Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 in Seville.
The 36-year-old headed home his first in the 14th minute after a goalmouth scramble but the visitors equalised through Federico Cartabia.
The Argentinian’s goal raised hopes that the visitors could go on to claim their first win of the new league season.
But Sanchez had other ideas and won the game 14 minutes from time when he latched onto a perfect through-ball from Jose Guardado and slotted the ball past Costel Pantilimon in the Deportivo goal.

La Liga results: Loic Remy score on debut in Las Palmas win over Malaga; Sociedad move to second

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 4 Real Sociedad

Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Girona

Celta Vigo 1 – 0 Alaves

Villarreal 3 – 1 Real Betis

Malaga 1 – 3 Las Palmas

MONDAY

  • Malaga 1 – 3 Las Palmas

Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy scored on his Las Palmas debut as they beat Malaga 3-1.
The 30-year-old, who joined after leaving Stamford Bridge on a free transfer, wrapped up the visitors’ first win of the season as they climbed off the bottom of La Liga.

Jonathan Calleri and Jonathan Viera also netted for Las Palmas with Diego Gonzalez’s equaliser eventually counting for nothing with Malaga still winless this season.

Remy, a second-half substitute, then netted his first goal since December 2015 with two minutes left to seal victory.

SUNDAY

  • Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 4 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad made it three wins from their opening three La Liga games as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 at the Riazor.
The visitors began the match in stunning fashion, going 2-0 up through goals from Juanmi and Asier Illarramendi in the third and fourth minutes.

Depor pulled level following efforts from Adrian in the 27th minute and Florin Andone in the 50th, but Eusebio Sacristan’s men produced another quickfire double in the closing stages, with substitute Diego Llorente netting in the 83rd minute and Illarramendi adding another three minutes later.

  • Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Girona

Goals from Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz eased Athletic Bilbao into the top four with a 2-0 home win over Girona.

Muniain broke the deadlock with 25 minutes gone when he fired into the top corner from Inaki Williams’ cross, but the visitors responded and keeper Iago Herrerin saved from Pedro Alcala, Aday Benitez and Alex Granell.

However, Aduriz extended his side’s lead with 53 minutes gone with Williams once again the provider and although Benitez and Cristhian Stuani might have reduced the deficit, Athletic finished strongly to claim the win.

  • Villarreal 3 – 1 Real Betis

Carlos Bacca set Villarreal on their way to a first win of the campaign as they came from behind to beat Real Betis 3-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
It took Real just 11 minutes to get their noses in front when Sergio Leon headed Joaquin’s cross past keeper Mariano Barbosa.
But the home side were level 13 minutes before the break thanks to Bacca’s strike following an error by keeper Antonio Adan, and came desperately close to taking the lead when midfielder Rodrigo’s long-range effort came back off the post.
They did go ahead 16 minutes into the second half when Samu Castillejo curled a shot expertly around Adan, and victory was sealed by an equally emphatic finish from Enes Unal 13 minutes from time.

  • Celta Vigo 1 – 0 Alaves

A first-half goal from Maxi Gomes was enough to give Celta Vigo a 1-0 home win over Alaves in a game between two sides searching for their first league victory of the season.
The key moment arrived after 33 minutes when Gomez was in the right place to head home from close range following a cross by Pione Sisto.
They could have doubled that advantage before the break as Jozabed Sanchez headed narrowly wide, but although they had to withstand more pressure after the break Alaves struggled to create many clear chances for a leveller.

La Liga results: Messi’s hattrick sink Espanyol; Real Madrid held by Levante

Leganes 1 – 2 Getafe

Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante

Valencia 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Sevilla 3 – 0 Eibar

Barcelona 5 – 0 Espanyol

  • Barcelona 5 – 0 Espanyol

Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win over Espanyol in the 167th Catalan derby thanks to a 38th career hat-trick from Lionel Messi.

Messi slotted home from an Ivan Rakitic through-ball midway through the first half, despite replays showing the Argentine was clearly offside when the ball was played.

Jordi Alba slipped in Messi for his second and the full-back repeated the trick shortly after the break as Messi and Barca made it three.

Gerard Pique powered in a header to make it 4-0 before £135m Ousmane Dembele, who was making his debut, set up Luis Suarez for a simple last-minute tap in, as Barca cruised to the top of the La Liga table.

  • Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante

Real Madrid’s stuttering start to their La Liga defence continued, coming from behind to draw against Levante. The visitors took a shock lead through Ivi, who spun past Dani Carvajal in the area before slotting home.

But Lucas Vazquez equalised from close range after Sergio Ramos’s header was saved by Raul Fernandez.

Marcelo was dismissed for kicking out at Jefferson Lerma and Toni Kroos could have won it for Real in injury-time but curled a shot a against the post. Minutes earlier, Brazilian full-back Marcelo had struck an effort at goal which Raul brilliantly saved, but lashed out at Lerma after a challenge by the Levante player and was dismissed. The result means Real have won one game from three in the league this season, but failed to win their opening two matches at Bernabeu for the first time since 1995.

Missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo – who served the fourth of his five-game ban for pushing a referee – Real then had to deal with the loss of Karim Benzema through injury in the first half. The Frenchman was replaced by Gareth Bale, who missed a host of chances.

  • Valencia 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Valencia and Atletico Madrid both protected their unbeaten records but will have been frustrated by their goalless draw at the Mestalla.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico enjoyed the better chances to force the issue, with Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto going close in the first half before Nicolas Gaitan was denied on the hour mark.

With time ticking away, Martin Montoya missed an opportunity to clinch it for Los Che as Jan Oblak parried his effort from the middle of the box.

  • Sevilla 3 – 0 Eibar

Sevilla dominated Eibar at the Sanchez Pizjuan to win 3-0 and record back-to-back victories.

However, it took the Andalusians until the 46th minute to score, with Ganso rifling home Nolito’s assist at the expense of Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

Sevilla continued to turn the screw and Wissam Ben Yedder continued his hot streak in front of goal by tapping in a Pablo Sarabia cross. At the death, Nolito rubber-stamped the result at the far post.

FRIDAY

  • Leganes 1 – 2 Getafe

Miguel Angel Guerrero scored but then had a penalty saved as Leganes lost 2-1 to Madrid rivals Getafe in La Liga. Alvaro Jimenez punished the miss with the visitors’ winner after Guerrero cancelled out Mauro Arambarri’s first-half opener.

Leganes had early sights of goal through Guerrero and Javier Eraso before Getafe took control.

Faycal Fajr’s dangerous set-piece delivery created chances for Djene Dakonam and Juan Cala, while Gaku Shibasaki and Fajr himself also threatened.

Just as Leganes looked to come back into the game, with Eraso’s shot saved before Ruben Perez fired over, Jorge Molina teed up Arambarri who set himself nearly 30 yards out and fired a ferocious rising drive into the top corner.

Guerrero headed just wide early in the second half but equalised in the 65th minute, following up after Diego Rico was twice denied by Vicente Guaita.

But his low spot-kick, after Cala fouled Gabriel Pires, was well saved and instead Jimenez had the final say, hammering home after Fajr delivered a corner directly to the edge of the box.

La Liga results: Asensio rescues point for Madrid; Messi bags brace after penalty miss

Real Sociedad 3 – 0 Villarreal

Real Betis 2 – 1 Celta Vigo

Alaves 0 – 2 Barcelona

Girona 1 – 0 Malaga

Levante 2 – 2 Deportivo La Coruna

Las Palmas 1 – 5 Atletico Madrid

Eibar 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol 0 – 1 Leganes

Getafe 0 – 1 Sevilla

Real Madrid 2 – 2 Valencia

SUNDAY

  • Real Madrid 2 – 2 Valencia

Marco Asensio scored twice for Real Madrid as they drew an entertaining game with Valencia.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring from 20 yards and Carlos Soler levelled from close range after a good team move.

Geoffrey Kondogbia put Valencia ahead from the edge of the area, but Asensio equalised with a free-kick.

Karim Benzema – who missed a host of simple chances – almost won it for Real when his header was tipped onto the post by a brilliant save by Neto.

Benzema fired several close-range efforts wide, including one from the rebound of a blocked Asensio cross moments before that header.

Real, who were still without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, had to play midfielder Casemiro in central defence because of Sergio Ramos’ ban and injuries to Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo.

Kondogbia was making his Valencia debut alongside Jeison Murillo, with the pair having joined on loan from Inter Milan this week.

The France midfielder was impressive, even aside from his 77th-minute goal from Rodrigo’s pass.

However, both sides missed the chance to join Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Leganes on six points from the opening two games.

  • Eibar 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

One goal was also enough for Athletic Bilbao to win on the road at Eibar, with Aritz Aduriz ghosting between two defenders to power home a header from six yards following a superb cross from Inaki Williams.

The home side’s best chances to equalise both fell to Enrique Kike, who got on the end of an excellent cross from substitute Bebe but saw his close-range effort well saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, who also got down smartly at his near post to gather Kike’s header from a free-kick.

  • Getafe 0 – 1 Sevilla

Sevilla scored a 1-0 victory at Getafe, with Paulo Henrique Ganso producing a rare moment of quality to light up a mediocre contest.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Ganso deftly flicked Gabriel Mercado’s cross into the far corner in the 83rd minute, while substitute Luis Muriel wasted a golden chance to double Sevilla’s lead in injury time.

Amath Diedhiou missed the home side’s best chance in the first half when he blazed his shot over the bar from 12 yards out after being played through by Jorge Molina.

  • Espanyol 0 – 1 Leganes

Defender Martin Mantovani scored the only goal of the game as Leganes continued to enjoy an impressive start to just their second season in La Liga with victory at Espanyol.

Mantovani stabbed home a loose ball in the 28th minute after Espanyol goalkeeper Sabata Pau Lopez had saved superbly from Gabriel Pires’ header and the follow up from Javier Eraso.

The win gives Leganes six points from their first two games of the season, while Espanyol have just one point to show from their opening two matches.

SATURDAY

  • Alaves 0 – 2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored twice – after having a penalty saved – as Barcelona beat Alaves in La Liga.

The Argentine’s first-half spot-kick was excellently saved by Fernando Pacheco after Gerard Pique was fouled.

He gave them the lead after the break when his shot from Gerard Deulofeu’s ball was deflected in, and scored a second from Jordi Alba’s headed pass.

Messi, who has scored a record 351 La Liga goals, had the chance for a hat-trick but his 20-yard shot hit the bar.

Messi scored the milestone goal in La Liga more than 12 years after his first, when he was only 17.

He has 66 more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest challenger in the all-time list.

Messi, who has at least one league goal in 14 straight seasons, is only the second player to have surpassed 350 goals in the top five European leagues, after Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller, who ended his career with 365 in the Bundesliga.

They did bring on another summer signing, Paulinho, for his debut late on although the £36.4m recruit from Guangzhou Evergrande did not have time to make an impact.

Alaves, who were beaten by Barca in last season’s Copa del Rey final, brought on Enzo, the son of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, for his debut in the second half.

  • Las Palmas 1 – 5 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid scored twice in the first five minutes on their way to an emphatic 5-1 win at Las Palmas.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco fired Atletico into an early 2-0 lead, before former West Ham loanee Jonathan Calleri pulled a goal back for Las Palmas in the 58th minute.

But the visitors sealed the points through Koke’s double and, after Jonathan Viera was denied by Jan Oblak from the penalty spot nine minutes from time, Thomas Partey added a fifth at the death.

  • Girona 1 – 0 Malaga

Defender Pedro Alcala wrote his name in the history books as Girona claimed their first ever win in La Liga thanks to a 1-0 home victory over Malaga.

Alcala scored what proved to be the winner in the 28th minute as the newly-promoted side built on their 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on the opening day of the season.

  • Levante 2 – 2 Deportivo La Coruna

Girona and last season’s Segunda Division champions Levante both have four points from their first two games after 10-man Levante recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

Goals from Fede Cartabia and Rechel Sidnei in the opening half-hour seemingly gave Deportivo control of the match, but Enis Bardhi pulled one back on 35 minutes with a stunning free-kick.

The home side were reduced to 10 men when Jose Luis Morales was shown a second yellow card 15 minutes from time, but still found an equaliser from the penalty spot after 84 minutes thanks to substitute Ivan Ivi.

FRIDAY

  • Real Sociedad 3 – 0 Villarreal

Two goals from Willian Jose and another from Xabier Prieto earned Real Sociedad victory over Villarreal on Friday.

  • Real Betis 2 – 1 Celta Vigo

Real Betis recovered from one goal down to defeat Celta Vigo 2-1 at home on Friday. Maximiliano Gomez put the visitors ahead before Betis responded through goals from Sergio Leon and Zouhair Feddal.

La Liga results: Real, Barca WIN

Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid began their La Liga title defence with an easy victory at Deportivo La Coruna, although Sergio Ramos was sent off in injury time.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Bale tapped in from Karim Benzema’s scuffed shot to put Madrid ahead.

Casemiro ended a move with 44 passes by converting Marcelo’s cross, before Toni Kroos smashed in from Bale’s pass.

Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone’s penalty, before Ramos was dismissed.

The Madrid defender picked up his second yellow card for a high elbow in an aerial challenge, having received his first for shoving Fabian Schar’s face.

Ramos, 31, has now been sent off 23 times for Madrid, and 18 times in La Liga, a joint record he shares with ex-Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and Xavi Aguado, formerly of Real Zaragoza.

  • Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Lionel Messi hit the post three times as Barcelona opened their La Liga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Betis.

The 30-year-old, who was looking for his 350th goal in the competition, was denied by the woodwork before the break and twice after it as Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan enjoyed good fortune at the Nou Camp.

However, an evening on which the club paid tribute to the victims of last week’s terror attack in the city before kickoff ended in satisfactory fashion for the Catalan giants with Alin Tosca’s own goal and a second from Sergio Roberto handing new manager Ernesto Valverde victory in his first league game at the helm.

Stung by their 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch-rivals Real Madrid, Barca, whose players wore the word “Barcelona” on the backs of their shirts rather than their own names, might have taken the lead with less than three minutes gone when Gerard Deulofeu stabbed a shot wide from close range after being picked out by Sergio Roberto.

Messi whipped a left-footed effort wide seconds later with the visitors firmly on the back foot, and then curled a 14th-minute free kick on to the roof of the net.

The Argentinian went even closer with a swerving 25th-minute shot, and was then denied by the post 10 minutes later with his shot having comprehensively beaten Adan.

However, Barca took the lead within seconds when defender Tosca turned Deulofeu’s cross into his own net, and it was 2-0 six minutes before the break.

Javier Mascherano’s superbly-timed challenge on Leon Limones sparked a lighting break which ended in emphatic style when Roberto steered Deulofeu’s cross into the net.

Messi went close once again on the hour when he ended a scintillating run with a curling left-foot shot which once again clipped the foot of the post with Adan helpless.

Barca were rampant, but their Argentinian superstar’s luck had for once deserted him with the woodwork coming to Betis’ rescue for a third time with nine minutes remaining, this time repelling his blistering rising drive.

  • Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita was the hero as 10-man Getafe left Athletic Bilbao with a hard-earned point.

The Primera Liga new boys played the final 24 minutes with a numerical disadvantage after midfielder Alvaro Jimenez had been sent off for a second bookable offence, and they might even have emerged with all three points had it not been for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s save from Markel Bergara’s early header.

La Liga results: Griezmann sees red as ten-man Atletico fight back to earn point at Girona; Sociedad edge Celta

Celta Vigo 2 – 3 Real Sociedad

Girona 2 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Sevilla 1 – 1 Espanyol

  • Girona 2 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann was sent off but Atletico Madrid battled back to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw at La Liga newcomers Girona in their opening match of the new season on Saturday.

The Catalans were making their debut in Spain’s top flight.

Following a minute’s silence at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in respect of the victims of the terror attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside town of Cambrils, Girona raced into a two-goal lead.

Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani headed in a cross at the far post on 22 minutes and was on target again just three minutes later when he nodded the ball in after it had been knocked back through the six-yard box following a deep free kick.

Atletico then found themselves down to 10 men.

In the 66th minute, Griezmann was cautioned for what the referee viewed as a dive over Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz just inside the penalty box.

The French forward then appeared to say something to the official.

Referee Juan Martinez Munuera swiftly showed Griezmann another yellow card followed by a red to leave Diego Simeone’s men with it all to do.

However, Atleti responded when Angel Correa pulled a goal back with a fine individual strike in the 78th minute before, with just six minutes left, Jose Gimenez headed in an equaliser from Koke’s free kick.

  • Sevilla 1 – 1 Espanyol

Sevilla and Espanyol draw 1-1 at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where the hosts finished with 10 men following substitute Ever Banega’s late dismissal for foul language.

Clement Lenglet put Sevilla ahead on 26 minutes when the defender bundled the ball in at the near post following a corner, but a fine individual goal from Leo Baptistao had the visitors level before half-time.

Both sides had chances to win the match, with Sevilla forward Luis Muriel rattling the woodwork, before Argentina midfielder Banega — who only came on just before the hour — lost his cool in the 84th minute after being cautioned and was then shown a red card by Alejandro Hernandez.

  • Celta Vigo 2 – 3 Real Sociedad

Willian Jose’s late penalty gaveReal Sociedada 3-2 win atCelta Vigo.

Uruguay forward Maximiliano Gomez gave the hosts the lead in the 22nd minute.

Sociedad, tough, were level just 10 minutes later when Mikel Oyarzabal capitalised on a loose pass from goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez to score into an empty net.

Gomez was on target again five minutes into the second half, but the visitors set up a tense finish when Jose Juanmi equalised with 10 minutes left.

Then, with 88 minutes on the clock, Celta Vigo defender Jonny pulled down Carlos Vela and Brazilian frontman Willian Jose made no mistake from the spot, lashing the ball into the bottom corner to snatch all three points.

La Liga results: Zaza scores in Valencia win; Alaves beaten by Gabriel’s goal for Leganes

Leganes 1-0 Alaves

Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas

    • Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas
  • Simone Zaza was the match-winner as Valencia started their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over 10-man Las Palmas.

    The former Juventus and West Ham forward struck after 22 minutes when Carlos Soler rolled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area.

    Zaza finished with a powerful side-foot which gave Leandro Chichizola no chance in the visitors’ goal.

    Alen Halilovic should have equalised two minutes later but he fired tamely at Valencia goalkeeper Neto and it got a lot more difficult for Las Palmas when Croatian midfielder Halilovic was sent off after 34 minutes, receiving a straight red card for catching Jose Gaya with a high foot.

    Valencia’s impressive football should have put the game beyond Las Palmas in the second half, but Chichizola made excellent saves to deny Joao Cancelo and Zaza before substitute Santi Mina’s header hit a post in the final seconds.

    • Leganes 1-0 Alaves

    Gabriel’s close-range strike settled the first game of the new La Liga season for Leganes as they beat Alaves1-0.

    The Brazilian struck in the 24th minute after Miguel Angel Guerrero’s free-kick took a deflection and Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco could only push the ball into his path.

    In doing so, Gabriel became the first Brazilian since Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho in 1997 to score the opening goal of a La Liga season.

    Alaves had wasted a great chance to take a 17th-minute lead when home defender Diego Rico flattened Burgui in the penalty area.

    Manu Garcia sent a weak spot-kick straight at Ivan Cuellar, who was able to catch the ball for his third successive penalty save in LaLiga.

    Few chances were created in the second half with Leganes content to defend their 1-0 lead, although Burgui gave them a late scare when his powerful 25-yard drive clipped the top of the crossbar.

    La Liga reject payment of Neymar’s buyout clause

    La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Barcelona forward Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros (£198m).

    The Brazilian, 25, is expected to signfor Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club on Wednesday.

    Spanish media say La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

    Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to Uefa for a FFP breach.

    In Spain a player must buy himself out of his contract.

    This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga – Spain’s equivalent of the Premier League – to release the player from his contract.

    The league then passes the money to the selling club.

    “We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected,” La Liga told BBC Sport.

    FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30m euros.

    PSG are backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of “financial doping”.

    He told AS:

    “La Liga is positing that state-backed clubs that compete using ‘financial doping’ could destabilise professional football in Europe”.

    Neymar timeline

    April 2016- Rumours of a move away from the Nou Camp surface when Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro says the Brazilian striker has a £154m release clause in his contract which expires in 2018, and would discuss a move to PSG if the French champions showed an interest.

    October 2016- Neymar signs a new five-year contract until 2021, increasing his release clause.

    May 2017- Rumours resurface again after Barcelona end a disappointing La Liga campaign and Neymar fails to win the Ballon d’Or.

    29 June 2017- Speculation intensifies over Neymar’s future as transfer window opens.

    17 July 2017– Reports emerge in the Spanish media suggesting PSG have met the player’s release clause.

    19 July 2017- Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu tells BBC Sport Neymar will not leave.

    20 July 2017– PSG coach Unai Emery tells French daily newspaper L’Equipe they needed a player of the calibre of Neymar to compete with the big clubs.

    21 July 2017- Neymar posts an Instagram picture of himself in thoughtful contemplation,sparking a fresh wave of speculation.

    23 July 2017– Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugs off PSG reports, and tells reporters in New Jersey: “We want Neymar with us. We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”

    26 July 2017- Defender Gerard Pique posts a picture of himself and Neymar on Twitter with the caption ‘Se queda’ (‘He stays’). Pique later downplays the post, saying it was a “gut feeling” rather than a hard fact, but adds he hopes Neymar stays at Barcelona.

    29 July 2017- Barca striker Luis Suarez tells reporters in Miami: “As soon as he clarifies the situation it’s better for us and him. He will have his say when he is ready and as a team-mate I will support him. Our relationship won’t change. We want him to stay.”

    30 July 2017– Neymar’s Brazilian team-mate Dani Alves says he “hoped Neymar would join him at PSG” but insists he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.

    31 July 2017- La Liga chairman Javier Tebas says he would file a complaint with Uefa for FFP breaches against PSG if any move is made for the player- “We will make a complaint to Uefa and if they don’t do anything we will take it to the competition tribunals in Switzerland and Brussels. And, from there, we don’t rule out going through the courts in France and Spain.”

    2 August 2017– Neymar is given permission by Barcelona to leave after telling the club he sees his future elsewhere.

    3 August 2017– La Liga rejects an attempt by Neymar’s lawyer’s to buy out his contract.

    Jesus Navas rejoins Sevilla from Manchester City

    Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has returned to Sevilla on a four-year deal, the LaLiga club have announced.

    The 31-year-old Spain international has signed contract until the summer of 2021 after being released by City at the end of last season.

    Sevilla announced the move after posting a video on YouTube of a man appearing to be ‘kidnapped’ by masked men, bundled into the boot of a car and then driven to the club’s ground, where Navas removed a hood and smiled at the surroundings.

    A statement on sevillafc.es read: “Sevilla FC have reached an agreement with Jesus Navas, with the player signing a deal on Tuesday keeping him at the club for the next four seasons.”

    Navas joined City from Sevilla in 2013 and went on to make 183 appearances and helped the club to one Premier League title and two League Cups.

    He joined Sevilla as a 15-year-old and progressed to the first team, winning two UEFA Cups and two Copa del Reys.

    Navas suffered from homesickness earlier in his career that forced him to skip pre-season tours and turn down international call-ups.

    The winger took counselling to solve the problem and was able to be a part of Spain’s victorious World Cup squad in South Africa in 2010, before leaving Andalusia for Manchester three years later.

    Navas will be presented to Sevilla’s fans on Wednesday evening at Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

    Middlesbrough midfielder  Christian Stuani joins LaLiga newcomer Girona 

    Middlesbrough midfielder Cristhian Stuani has joined LaLiga club Girona for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old, a Uruguay international, scored 16 goals in 66 appearances since arriving at Boro in 2015.

    Stuani, who links up with former team-mate Bernardo at Girona, played a big part in Boro winning promotion to the Premier League in 2016 before suffering relegation last season.

    We exclusively revealed earlier  this week that the player was  due to hold talks over a return to  La Liga.

    Barcelona formalize the re-signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu has officially completed his move back to Spanish giants Barcelona from Everton.

    The 23-year-old forward passed a medical on Friday morning before signing a two-year contract tying him to the Spanish giants until June 30, 2019.

    Barca last month activated the buy-back clause in Deulofeu’s contract with Everton to bring him back to the Nou Camp, where he came up through the youth ranks before moving to England in a permanent deal in 2015.

    It has reportedly cost Barca £10.5million to re-sign the Spain Under-21 captain, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.

    Barca said on their website: “Deulofeu formalises return to Barcelona. The 23-year-old forward was at the club’s offices on Friday morning to sign the deal that brings him back to the team after four seasons with Everton, Sevilla, and AC Milan.

    “Before heading to the club’s offices to sign the deal along with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Deulofeu underwent a pre-season physical at the team’s training centre with the rest of Barca’s internationals.”

    Deulofeu spent 10 seasons in Barca’s youth academy before joining Everton on loan in 2013. He spent the following season on loan with Sevilla before returning to Everton in a permanent deal for £4.3m in 2015.

    Real Madrid sign EURO U-21 player of the tournament Dani Ceballos on a six-year deal from Real Betis

    Real Madrid have announced the signing of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Betis.

    Ceballos, 20, has become one of the most coveted players across Europe, having helped Spain reach the European Under-21 Championship final in Poland and winning the player of the tournament award.

    Ceballos signs on a six-year contract after James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal earlier this week.

    Real reportedly beat off competition from Barcelona to sign the youngster, who has also been linked with Liverpool in the past. Ceballos has already played 105 games for Betis, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists.

    Real say Ceballos will join the team on their pre-season tour of the United States on Friday, July 21, after being unveiled the day before.

    Ceballos becomes Real’s second signing of the summer, after Theo Hernandez joined from city rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this week for £25m.

    Despite a reputation for world-record-breaking transfers on ‘Galacticos’, Real Madrid have changed their image in recent years — securing young, talented Spanish players.
    Marco Asensio, Isco and Nacho are among those already at the club.
    Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking to win consecutive La Liga titles for the first time since 2007/08.

    Adnan Januzaj joins Real Sociedad from Manchester United 


    Real Sociedad have completed the signing of winger Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United.

    It is understood the 22-year-old has joined the La Liga outfit for an initial £8million – although the fee could rise to £9.8million – and that United have a buyback clause for the Belgium international.

    Januzaj sensationally broke into the United team as an 18-year-old, hitting two goals on his full debut against Sunderland in 2013.

    Since then his stock has fallen and, after two forgettable loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, he has now moved on.

    Januzaj’s early United form earned him a call up to the senior Belgium squad, with the Brussels-born forward also eligible to also play for either Albania or Kosovo at the time.

    He has since gone on to pick up six caps but will now be hoping to inject fresh impetus into both his club and country career following the move to San Sebastian.

    “Adnan Januzaj has completed a transfer from Manchester United to Real Sociedad,” a statement on United’s website read.

    “The Academy graduate and Belgium international has signed with the side who finished sixth in La Liga last season, bringing an end to a Reds career that consisted of 66 senior appearances and five goals.

    “Januzaj made his United debut in the FA Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic in August 2013 and established himself as an excellent prospect that season, famously scoring a brace at Sunderland under the management of David Moyes – who is coincidentally a former boss of Real Sociedad.

    “Opportunities proved hard to come by during Louis van Gaal’s first season at Old Trafford and that led to a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2015/16, the Dutchman’s second campaign with United.

    “Jose Mourinho allowed Adnan to spend last season on loan at Sunderland and now the 22-year-old forward has taken the tough decision to leave United and make the move San Sebastian. Everybody at Manchester United wishes Adnan well for the next chapter of his career.”

    Atletico Madrid sign Vitolo from Sevilla; then loaned to Las Palmas

    Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Vitolo from Sevilla in a deal that saw the Spain winger trigger his €37.5 million release clause and will see him now spend the first half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Las Palmas.

    Atletico have been tracking Victor Machin Perez, known as Vitolo, all summer despite being unable to register players until next January due to a FIFA imposed transfer ban. And it had seemed only last Monday that he was set to remain at Sevilla when the club’s president Jose Castro told reporters that a new improved contract at the Sanchez Pizjuan had been agreed.

    However, the 27-year-old visited La Liga’s offices in Madrid on Wednesday morning accompanied by a Las Palmas director, and Atletico confirmed the details in a club statement soon afterwards.

    “Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Victor Machin Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the player rescinded his contract with Sevilla Futbol Club,” a club statement read. “As a consequence of the FIFA ban which stops the club from registering any players during the current summer transfer window, the player will play the first half of next season at Union Deportiva Las Palmas and will join up with us from 1 January 2018. The Spain international has signed with our club until 30 June 2022.”

    Las Palmas also confirmed their involvement in the deal with a club statement welcoming their former player.

    On Monday, Castro had said Vitolo had agreed a new long-term contract with the club which included a significant pay-rise, and criticised the behaviour of “other clubs” through recent weeks.

    Things took another twist on Tuesday when Marca photographers caught Vitolo leaving Madrid’s Barajas airport, with the player apparently having changed his mind following a conversation with Rojiblanco coach Diego Simeone, and Las Palmas’ Patricio Vinayo was spotted visiting La Liga’s headquarters in the capital before Vitolo himself also visited on Wednesday morning.
    Vitolo appeared at La Liga’s headquarters on Wednesday to pay his release fee of £33million, which was funded by Atletico.

    Vitolo was due to join Sevilla’s preseason training on Wednesday, ahead of the squad’s flight to Japan on Thursday. Local media in Andalusia say the Sanchez Pizjuan hierarchy are considering what legal steps they can now take against either the player or other clubs involved.

    “Vitolo cannot play for Sevilla again,” ex-Sevilla captain Pablo Alfaro said on “El Larguero” radio show on Tuesday night. “I don’t know if he can even set foot in Seville again.”

    Vitolo joined Sevilla from Las Palmas for just €3m in summer 2013, and reports had claimed that the Canary islanders were to receive 12.5 percent of any future sale, meaning they would now be due approximately €5m in total out of the latest deal.

    Fernando Torres signs one-year contract extension at Atletico Madrid 

    Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has ended speculation about his future by signing a one-year contract extension, the La Liga club have announced.

    The 33-year-old, recently linked with a move away from Spain, will now remain at Atletico until June 2018.

    Torres is currently in his second spell with his boyhood club, who are under a transfer ban that restricts them from registering new players until the New Year, following spells away with Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan.

    The former Spain striker has scored 28 goals since returning to the Vicente Calderon but has fallen down the pecking order behind Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro under Diego Simeone.

    In a brief statement on Atletico’s official website, Torres said: “I am very happy to continue one more year together.”

    Saul Niguez signs new nine-yeal deal at Atletico Madrid 

    Saul Niguez has committed his future to Atletico Madrid by signing a new new deal until 2026.

    Saul, whose current deal had been due to expire in 2021, signed a new five-year deal at the club.
    The impressive Spain midfielder was linked with a £60million move to both Barcelona and Manchester United.

    Saul starred for Spain at the recent European U21 Championship where they lost at the final to Germany U21, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals.

    He played 53 games for Atletico last season, scoring nine goals, four of which were in the Champions League.

    “I am very happy because at Atletico we are a family and there is no better place to be,” Saul said in a statement on the club website.
    “I will work my full potential on the field as always to pay back the trust that the club is giving to me. I’d like to thank all my team mates and the coaching staff for their help day by day so that I can be the player I am today.”

    Watford complete double signings of  right back Kiko Femenia  and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann

    Watford have signed right-back Kiko Femenia from Alaves on a four-year deal.

    Femenía featured 77 times during two seasons at Estadio Mendizorrotza, including 31 appearances in the Spanish top-flight during 2016/17 and 38 league outings – plus five goals – as Alavés secured promotion as champions the year before.

    Femenia started his career as a winger and has also played for Hercules, Barcelona B, Real Madrid B and Alcorcon.

    Austria Under-21 goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has also joined the Hornets from Stoke City.

    The 22-year-old, who spent six seasons with the Potters, has signed a three-year deal at Vicarage Road.

    The Austrian has 16 international caps at Under-21 level and has also been selected for Austria’s senior squad in each of the last two international breaks.

    He has gained first-team experience through loan spells with Wrexham, Ross County and Bury, and prior to joining Stoke in 2011 was part of Austria Wien’s youth setup.

    Barcelona set re-sign Gerard Deulofeu from Everton

    Barcelona have announced that they will re-signing Gerard Deulofeu from Everton on a two-year deal for 12 million Euros.

    The Catalan side have activated a buy-back clause for the Spanish winger who signed for Everton on a permanent basis in July 2015.

    Deulofeu fell down the pecking at Goodison Park following the signing of Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace and spent the second half of last season on loan with AC Milan.

    The 23-year-old, who is a product Barca’s famed La Masia academy, is currently on international duty with Spain U21 and is expected to start Friday night’s European  Championship final  against Germany in Poland.
    A statement from Barcelona said: “FC Barcelona have activated the buy-back clause for Gerard Deulofeu. In the following days, the terms will be agreed with both Everton and the player. Deulofeu’s contract will run until 30 June 2019.”

    Getafe back to La Liga 

    Getafe  3 – 1 Tenerife (aggregate 3 – 2) 

    Getafe earned an immediate return to the Spanish top flight after beating Tenerife in the second division promotion play-off final.

    The Madrid-based club, whose 11-year stint in La Liga came to an end when they were relegated last year, lost the first leg of their final 1-0 in the Canary Islands, but they turned things round on Saturday with a 3-1 home victory.

    Alejandro Faurlin’s 10th-minute goal wiped out Tenerife’s first-leg advantage and Daniel Pacheco’s strike three minutes later put Getafe in charge at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

    Anthony Lozano got Tenerife back into it with a close-range goal in the 18th minute but Pacheco’s second of the night just before half-time proved decisive for Getafe, whose 3-2 aggregate win sees them join Levante and Girona in going up.

    Barcelona make Marlon Santos’ loan deal permanent

    Barcelona have made their first signing of the summer with the confirmation that they will execute their option to make Fluminense defender Marlon Santos’s loan deal permanent.

    Marlon, 21, signed a three-year deal with the Catalan club and will form part of the first team’s preseason tour of the United States under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

    No fee has been revealed by either club, but as ESPN FC reported earlier in the season it’s estimated to be somewhere in the region of €6 million.

    However, Barca will only have to pay €2m due to the fact they paid Flu €4m to have the first option on Gerson (€3.2m), Kenedy (€400,000) and Marlon (€400,000). Gerson and Kenedy have since gone on to sign for Roma and Chelsea respectively.
    Marlon was a cornerstone of Barca B’s impressive season last campaign, with Gerard Lopez’s young side winning their league.
    He had previously made his debut as a second-half substitute in the Champions League win over Celtic in Glasgow and Valverde will now use the summer to decide whether to keep him with the first team squad next season.

    Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

    ​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

    The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

    A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

    Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

    His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

    And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

    • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

    4 %

    • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

    1 %

    • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

    16 %

    • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

    1 %

    • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

    2 %

    • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

    2 %

    • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

    25 %

    • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

    4 %

    • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

    3 %

    • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

    6 %

    • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

    23 %

    • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

    1 %

    • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

    13 %

    Ernesto  Valverde leaves Athletic Bilbao with Barcelona appointment imminent 

    Ernesto Valverde has left Athletic Bilbao and could replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach.

    According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique in the managerial hot seat at the Nou Camp for next season, with the Catalan giants set to reveal their new coach next Monday.

    Valverde’s contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
    A brief club statement read: “Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach of the first team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 campaign.

    “The coach, accompanied by president Josu Urrutia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 24 at 1200 (local time) at San Mames.”
    Valverde, who helped Barca win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey during his two-year spell at the club, had impressed since taking charge of Athletic for a second time in 2013.

    He led the club to four successive top-seven finishes, a Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

    The former Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia boss also helped Athletic lift their first silverware in three decades when he masterminded a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barca to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.
    Ernesto Valverde’s exit from Athletic Bilbao has been confirmed a week before Barcelona will announce their new head coach.
    The confirmation will arrive two days after the team’s Copa del Rey final meeting with Alaves on Saturday.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo and Benzema scores as Real Madrid clinch first title in five years; Barca win but miss out

    ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    • Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at 2-0 Malaga at La Rosaleda.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

    Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ shot.

    Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

    The result means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

    If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League – with Zidane having won the tournament six months into the job last summer.

    • Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Barcelona fought back to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season, but could do nothing to stop Real Madrid winning the La Liga title.

    Takashi Inui’s double put the minnows in charge at the Nou Camp, but a David Junca own goal got Barcelona back into it just after the hour mark, while Luis Suarez equalised after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.


    Ander Capa was then dismissed for Eibar as he brought down Neymar in the box with 15 minutes to go, and Messi redeemed himself from the spot before sealing the win with a fine solo effort in stoppage time.

    There was a rapturous reception at the Nou Camp for Luis Enrique before kick-off.

    • ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended life at the Vicente Calderon with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

    The boyhood Atleti fan, who is out of contract this summer, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, netting from close range and hooking home a volley.

    The 33-year-old scored more La Liga goals at the Calderon than any other player in the 21st century – with 54.

    Inaki Williams pulled one back before Angel Correa’s 89th-minute strike.

    After the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that he would remain at the club next season.

    The Argentine had two spells as an Atletico player and has enjoyed a successful five and a half years as manager during which he has won La Liga (2013-14) and reached the Champions League final twice (2013-14 and 2015-16).

    “The journalists ask me constantly if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay,” Simeone told the crowd inside the stadium.

    “And do you know why I am going to stay? I am going to stay because this club has a future and this future is all of us.

    • Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Bilbao’s defeat, coupled with a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Sociedad at Celta Vigo, meant Sociedad guaranteed Europa League football next season thanks to a 93rd-minute Juanmi equaliser.

    A penalty from Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo ahead but Mikel Oyarzabal levelled after 82 minutes before Andrew Hjulsager looked to have won it for Celta.

    But Juanmi was left unmarked to head home a corner and secure the all-important point.

    • Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Villarreal secured fifth place in the table as an excellent performance brought them a 3-1 win at Valencia.

    The visitors led in the first minute when former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored.

    Nani levelled after the break, but Manu Trigueros was quickly on the mark to restore Villarreal’s lead and Nicola Sansone added another to wrap the game up.