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: 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: 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.

    Spanish Super Cup Second leg – Asensio and Benzema strike as Real beat Barcelona to clinch Super Cup

    Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Agg 5-1)

    Real Madrid produced a dominant display in the Spanish Super Cup second leg to beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night and lift the trophy after a 5-1 aggregate win.

    Real Madrid were without their two most expensive players as Ronaldo began a five-game ban for pushing a referee and Bale was dropped to the bench to make way for 21-year-old Marco Asensio.

    Marco Asensio, who also scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, gave them an early lead with an excellent 25-yard strike.

    And Karim Benzema flicked up Marcelo’s cross and turned defender Samuel Umtiti to fire home a second with Barcelona rarely looking like coming back.

    Real eased off in the second half, with the cup practically wrapped up, and Barca improved slightly as a result, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork.

    In less than two years in charge, Zinedine Zidane has led Real to two Champions Leagues, and the 2016-17 La Liga title.

    Kevin-Prince Boateng leaves Las Palmas by mutual consent

    Las Palmas have released Kevin-Prince Boateng after reaching an agreement to terminate his contract following the player’s request to leave the La Liga club due to “irreversible personal reasons.”

    The announcement comes just three days before Las Palmas open their league campaign away to Valencia and just three months after the 30-year-old midfielder signed a three-year contract extension with the club.

    A Las Palmas statement read:

    “UD Las Palmas and Prince Boateng have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that linked the player to the club for the next three seasons. Irreversible personal reasons have led to this unexpected exit.

    “The player alongside club president Miguel Angel Ramirez will give a news conference this afternoon to bid farewell to the fans.”

    German tabloid Bild reports that Eintracht Frankfurt hope to complete a deal for Boateng, who has already played in the Bundesliga for Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

    “He’s certainly on our radar,” Eintracht coach Niko Kovac said. “We lost [Marco] Fabian [with a back injury] and are scouting the market.”

    Boateng signed a one-year contract with Las Palmas last summer after being released by AC Milan.

    He arrived in Spain eager to prove his worth after making just one league start during a second spell with Milan, whom he joined in January 2016 from Bundesliga side Schalke.

    Boateng was Las Palmas’ leading scorer with 10 goals and has also set up four more in 28 league appearances, 25 as a starter, last season.

    The former Ghana international said after putting pen to paper on a contract until June 2020 with Las Palmas that he had turned down several offers this summer to remain at the club, where he was “very happy.”

    Las Palmas president Ramirez thanked Boateng in May for turning down lucrative offers from other European clubs that would have seen the player move closer to Milan, where his wife and child live.

    However, Boateng has now reconsidered that decision.

    The statement continued:

    “The player’s personal situation has precipitated his departure. Boateng will continue his sporting career in a place that will allow him to be closer to his family.

    “The club wishes to thank the player for his professionalism during his season with us and especially for the gesture he made when he signed a new contract when he had better financial offers from important European clubs.

    Las Palmas wishes him success and will always be grateful for the season he had with us.”

    Spanish Super Cup – First leg result: Ronaldo sees red as Real Madrid beat Barcelona in Camp Nou

    Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo went from hero to villain in the space of two minutes as Real Madrid won the first El Clasico of the season with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

    An incident-packed second half at the Nou Camp saw Gerard Pique’s own goal put Real ahead before Lionel Messi equalised from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Keylor Navas.

    Ronaldo, on as a substitute, was booked for taking his shirt off to celebrate his spectacular strike three minutes later.

    That was followed swiftly by a second yellow card for diving following a challenge by Samuel Umtiti and an angry Ronaldo appeared to push referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea on his way off the field.

    Marco Asensio wrapped up the victory for 10-man Real with a brilliant finish in the 90th minute, condemning new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde to defeat in his first competitive match at the Nou Camp.

    The two sides will play the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

    Barcelona grant Neymar permission to discuss with PSG ahead of world record move

    Barcelona forward Neymar has been given permission to discuss a world record 222m euro (£198m) transfer with Paris St-Germain.

    The Brazil international told his team-mates at training on Wednesday that he wanted to leave the Spanish club, and spent 40 minutes at Barcelona’s training ground.

    He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.

    A Barca club statement read: “Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices. “Faced with this position, the club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222million euros, which will have to be deposited in its entirety.

    “Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved. “The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.”

    The 25-year-old contract has a release clause set at 222m euros, which PSG are understood to be ready to pay.

    The latest development comes two days after it emerged Barca were ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if PSG signed Neymar.

    That came after La Liga president Javier Tebas threatened, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo,a legal response against the former Ligue 1 champions if European football’s governing body failed to take action.

    He also said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been made aware of the Spanish league’s intentions.

    Neymar flew back to Spain from Dubai on Tuesday following Barcelona’s pre-season tour in the United States, after attending a series of promotional events in China earlier this week.

    One of Neymar’s agents, Wagner Ribeiro, has now arrived in Paris, according to his Twitter account.

    A spokesperson for La Liga president Javier Tolbas told Sky Sports News they would not accept payment for Neymar’s €222m (£198m) release clause over “doubts that this money is in accordance with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules”.

    However, UEFA sources have since confirmed that Neymar’s release clause cannot be blocked by La Liga.

    Neymar moved to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 for £48.6m, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Spanish champions in 2016.

    The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.

    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.

    Sevilla sign Manchester City winger Nolito on a three-year deal


    Sevilla have announced the signing of Spain forward Nolito from Manchester City.
    The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and returns to La Liga after one underwhelming season at the Etihad Stadium.
    Sevilla are reported to have paid £7.9m for Nolito, who joined Pep Guardiola’s City for £13.8m from Celta Vigo last summer.

    The 30-year-old appeared in 30 games in all competitions in his only season with Man City, scoring six goals. He started only nine games in the Premier League and now returns to La Liga, where he starred for Celta Vigo from 2013-16.

    Nolito had another three seasons on his City contract but said in May that he was “crazy about returning to Spain.” 

    “I hope I can leave, whether it’s on loan, a transfer or whatever. I have several teams I’d prefer to join,” Nolito said.
    Last month he claimed his “daughter’s face has changed  colour”because of the English weather.
    He underwent a medical with Sevilla on Sunday and is now expected to join up with the squad on their pre-season trip to Japan.

    Sevilla have been busy this summer as they prepare for the Champions League playoff round, with Luis Muriel, Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro and Sebastian Corchia already joining, while Vitolo, Adil Rami and Vicente Iborra have all departed.
    The club have also expressed interest in bringing back Jesus Navas, whose contract recently expired at Man City, while Stevan Jovetic, another former City player, is expected to leave.

    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.

    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.

    Sevilla sign Guido Pizarro on a four-year deal from Tigres UANL

    ​Sevilla have confirmed the signing of midfielder Guido Pizarro from Tigres UANL, for an undisclosed fee.
    The 27-year-old has signed a four-year-deal with the club after passing a medical.
    Pizarro is expected to replace Vicente Iborra who left last week for Leicester City in Eduardo Berizzo’s first-team plans.
    Sevilla are expected to complete the signing of Sampdoria forward Luis Muriel in the coming days after they reached an agreement with the Serie A side on Saturday.

    The Andalusian club have already secured the return of Ever Banega from Inter.

    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.

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho charged with tax evasion in Spain

    Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid’s head coach.

    A Madrid prosecutor said on Tuesday that a claim of two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, when he was manager of Real Madrid, had been filed.

    Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities £2.9m (€3.3m), according to a statement, which added it had presented a claim to a local court.

    The allegations follow those made against Cristiano Ronaldo made by Spanish tax authorities last week, which led to the player disclosing a wish to leave the country and perhaps work with Mourinho again at Old Trafford.
    Other footballers accused of tax fraud in Spain include:

    • Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, who has been handed a 21-month jail term. His father Jorge, who manages his finances, was also convicted.
    • Barcelona defender Javier  Mascherano- also an Argentine – admitted tax fraud, escaping a jail term with a one-year suspended sentence.
    • Barcelona and Brazilian star Neymari s also facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 – a case which also involves his parents. Prosecutors allege the transfer cost much more than publicly declared, and that millions were concealed from authorities
    • Former Barcelona president Sandro  Rosell, was arrested in May as part of a money-laundering investigation.

    Florentino Perez stay on as Real Madrid president


    Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline.
    Perez, who first held the position in 2000, won uncontested, the Spanish and European champions announced on Monday.
    The 70-year-old has overseen a period of continued success at Madrid, who claimed their third Champions League in four seasons in 2016-17.

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit rumours 

    • ​Manchester United are lining up a sensational £183million, three-player deal with Real Madrid.

    • Manchester City have reportedly  contacted Cristiano Ronaldo amid  speculation he is set to quit Real  Madrid.
    • Chelsea have also emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old.
    • Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to bid €140M and make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in history, on a salary of €30m per year.
    • Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United.
    • But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”.
    • Real president Florentino Perez has told Portugal forward Ronaldo that he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
    • Ronaldo will only stay at Madrid if the club agrees to pay his disputed £13m tax bill.
    • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is considering possible destinations for his client, while Real, who are yet to receive any bids, believe the 32-year-old may have a change of heart in time.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo has been called by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and pleaded with him to stay

    Spanish youth coach sacked after 25-0 win


    The coach of a Spanish youth team has been sacked after a 25-0 win – because the club’s management decided the margin of victory went against the spirit of the game.

    After defeating fellow Valencia side Benicalap C on 3 June, Serranos B’s under-11 manager was removed from his position.

    “We believe in encouraging respect for your opponents. After the result, we decided that the manager should leave,” Pablo Alcaide, who helps run the side, told El Pais.

    However, the Spanish newspaper also published comments from the manager’s lawyer, who insisted his client had not pushed players to score as many as they could.

    The manager instead instructed his side “to pressure only in their own half” in the eight-a-side game, but Benicalap C “continued to attack and left spaces in behind”, the lawyer said.

    The game was Benicalap C’s final match of the season. They finished bottom of the league with zero points and 247 goals conceded from their 30 matches.

    El Pais reports that such one-sided scores are not infrequent in Spanish youth football, but many clubs stop counting once they have scored more than 10 goals.

    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 %

    Former Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue returns to Balaidos as Celta vigo coach 

    ​Juan Carlos Unzue has returned to Celta Vigo to succeed Eduardo Berizzo as boss, further narrowing the field of candidates for the vacancy at Barcelona.

    Berizzo, who is expected to take over at Sevilla following Jorge Sampaoli’s imminent departure for Argentina, left Celta at the end of a season in which the Galicians reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and finished 13th in La Liga.

    Unzue – the assistant to Luis Enrique at Barca until the pair left the Nou Camp this weekend – has signed a two-year deal at Balaidos, Celta announced on their official website on Sunday.

    The 50-year-old former goalkeeper had been touted as a long-term successor to Enrique in Catalonia, but his appointment as Celta head coach would appear to leave Ernesto Valverde in the clear to take charge of Barca.

    The Copa del Rey winners will announce their new manager on Monday and Valverde, who left Athletic Bilbao last week, is the front-runner with the likes of Sampaoli and Diego Simeone recently ruling themselves out of contention.

    Ronald Koeman, Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger have also been linked.

    Copa del Rey Final – Luis Enrique  sign off in style as Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer goals help clinch Copa del Rey title

    Barcelona  31 Alaves

    Luis Enrique ended his tenure as Barcelona manager in style with a 3-1 Copa del Rey final victory over Alaves at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

    Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a sumptuous finish on the half hour, only to be usurped by Theo Hernandez, whose exquisite free-kick hauled Alaves level three minutes later.

    But two quick-fire goals on the stroke of half-time from Neymar, in contentious circumstances, and Paco Alcacer turned the game firmly in Barcelona’s favour.

    Enrique is leaving after three years in charge at the Nou Camp.

    Messi, who struck the opener after exchanging passes with Neymar outside the penalty area, became the first player to score in four Copa finals (2017, 2015, 2012 and 2009) since Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra in 1950.

    Neymar, who forced in Barcelona’s second when Messi played in Andre Gomes to cross low from the right, is the first man to score in three successive Copa finals since Ferenc Puskas, who achieved the feat with Real Madrid between 1960 and 1962.

    The one major worry for Barcelona was a nasty head injury to Javier Mascherano, who was carried off on a stretcher after an early collision with Marcos Llorente,

    He suffered concussion as well as a cut to his head, and an injury to his right knee that will need further tests, the club said afterwards.