La Liga: Match-Week 23 Round Up | Madrid close gap with Barcelona

La Liga 2018-19 : Match-Week 23 Round Up | Real Madrid close gap with arch-rivals Barcelona

The 23rd match-week of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 brought with it some incredible actions on the field, last minute goals and the usual dose of thrills and excitement. 

Match-week 23 of La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday. The match-days witnessed plenty of thrills, spills, and emotions. Atletico Madrid suddenly found the going tough after suffering a serious setback against Real Madrid, while spoils were shared by Sevilla, Barcelona, and Valencia. Real Madrid scored thrice in their match against Atletico. Here are some results from the matches gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid moved up to 2nd place in the Spanish La Liga, after beating their city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano. Los Blancos got on the score-sheet after 16 minutes of play, with a great scissor kick by Casemiro. Antoine Griezmann grabbed the equalizer with a low shot from inside the box, in the 25th minute. The European champions took the lead as captain Sergio Ramos scored from the spot, just before the break. Gareth Bale secured the 3 points for Real, after scoring his 100th goal for Los Blancos in the 74th minute, 3-1 the final score.

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Valencia 0-0 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad came away with a point from Mestalla, but the home side had a number of good goalscoring chances  In the first half, Sociedad dominance was clear while Valencia were backing themselves on the counter. Januzaj was close to breaking the deadlock but his shot failed to test the goalkeeper. In the second half, the hosts looked dangerous every time they attacked but the goal did not arrive. The away side tried to defend themselves against Valencia, who failed to get the opening goal. In the final minutes, Theo put Sandro on the goal. However, the play was not easy and the ball hit an opponent.

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao as they went six points clear at the top of La Liga. Lionel Messi had Barca’s best chance as his lob from outside the box hit the top of the crossbar. The hosts were the better team and Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen pulled off excellent saves to deny Markel Susaeta and Inaki Williams. Athletic ended with 10 men when Oscar de Marcos was shown a second yellow card in injury time for handball. Champions Barcelona, who are unbeaten in 11 league games are now six points above second-placed Real Madrid.

Sevilla 2-2 Eibar

Sevilla came back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Eibar on Sunday, and down to 10 men. Eibar appeared to be completely in charge after Fabian Orellana and Charles scored goals and Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega earned a second booking for a foul in the 84th minute. But forward Wissam Ben Yedder sparked the comeback with a goal two minutes from stoppage time to give the home side hope. Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia then slid in from close range to equalize in stoppage time and provoke wild celebrations at the Sanchez Pizjuan. This draw took Sevilla to 37 points, two ahead of fifth-placed Getafe.

La Liga 2018-19 : Week 20 Round Up | Barcelona still five points clear at the top

2018-19 La Liga: Week 20 Round Up | Barcelona still five points clear at the top

The 20th match-week of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 brought with it some incredible goals, some wonderful actions on the field, and the usual dose of thrills and drama. 

For the top half of the table, except Sevilla, it was a comfortable week for most of the teams as Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all secured three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Valencia

Valencia confirmed their recovery with a very important victory in Balaidos, after coming back with goals from Ferran and Rodrigo, against Celta de Vigo, who sank in the standings after chaining its fourth straight defeat. Nestor Araujo made it 1-0 for Celta Vigo in the 39th minute of the first half heading it in. Dani Parejo had the last kick of the half which was saved by Ruben Blanco in the 45th minute of the match. Valencia came out in the second half to level things up in the second half. Ezequiel Garay had two chances but it was Ferran Torres who equalised with a great left-footed shot, after chesting the ball down and firing it into the bottom left corner on the half volley after a great cross from Gaya. Rodrigo Moreno completed the fight-back with a delightful combination between Dani Parejo, Kevin Gameiro who squared into Rodrigo Moreno who pushed it in with six minutes of normal time to play.

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Real Madrid recorded a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla to get back into the Spanish league’s top three. Casemiro was on target with a superb long-range shot before Luka Modric added a late second goal. The win moved Madrid into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari. Madrid went above Sevilla in the standings and moved within seven points of leader Barcelona, which hosts Leganes on Sunday. Solari’s men are five points adrift of second-place Atletico Madrid, which won 3-0 at bottom club Huesca. Sevilla, winless in four consecutive league matches, dropped three points behind Real Madrid after 20 matches.

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Barcelona 3-1 Leganes

La Liga leaders Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top with a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring after 32 minutes. The France international went past Oscar Rodriguez, exchanged passes with Jordi Alba and then slotted home a low shot in off the post. The hosts dominated the game but were shocked after the break when Leganes levelled. Youssef En-Nesyri played in a low cross for Martin Braithwaite to tap home. Lionel Messi quickly provided the spark Barca needed by firing a venomous shot from the outside the area which was too powerful for goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar to hold, and Luis Suarez pounced to stab home on the rebound in the 71st minute after a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review. The Argentine later scored his 18th goal of the season in Spain’s top flight, taking leaders Barca on to 46 points, five clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, after 20 games.

Huesca 0-3 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid returned to the winning ways after their midweek Copa del Rey exit to Girona by registering to a 3-0 win against Huesca on Saturday, maintaining pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona. France defender Lucas Hernandez scored in his first league appearance for over a month, to put Atletico ahead in Huesca’s El Alcoraz stadium in the 31st minute. Huesca came close to opening the scoring when Jorge Pulido struck the post with a bicycle kick. However, Atletico tightened their grip on the game early in the second half as Colombian right-back Santiago Arias volleyed in a chipped pass from Antoine Griezmann. The French came close to netting for the seventh game in a row when he headed against the crossbar, but his teammate Koke pounced on the rebound to make the scoreline 3-0.

2018-19 La Liga: Week 18 Round Up | Barcelona moves five points clear at the top

2018-19 La Liga: Week 18 Round Up | Barcelona moves five points clear at the top

Round 18 of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday. 

The match-days is Spain had plenty of drama as Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu. Meanwhile, champions Barcelona maintained their top spot in La Liga on Sunday by overcoming Getafe, courtesy goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Here are results of some of the La Liga matches, and their key talking points.


Real Madrid 0-2 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad to deliver another blow to their fumbling title challenge in LaLiga. The match got off to the worst possible start as with just 2 minutes gone, the referee awarded a penalty for a Casemiro foul on Merino. Willian Jose stepped up and put the visitors ahead. Things got even worse for Madrid in the 62nd minute, when Lucas Vazquez was shown a second yellow, to pick up the marching order. Sociedad made the extra man count when Ruben Pardo headed in a late second. The defeat leaves Real Madrid one point and one place outside the Champions League qualification spots in fifth, while Sociedad move up to 11th after ending a four-match losing streak in the league.


Getafe 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of LaLiga as goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped them beat Getafe 2-1 on Sunday. Getafe pulled a goal back form Jaime Mata, who later missed an open goal, but they were unable to turn things around at the Coliseum. The home side began the game on top and had a goal ruled out for a foul on Clement Lenglet in the build-up as they threatened a surprise. However, it was Barca who took the lead against the run of play when Messi rolled home after his initial effort flicked off David Soria’s leg. It was the Argentine’s 16th league goal of the season. Barca then grew in the game and doubled their lead when Suarez scored a stunning volley form outside the box, taking his LaLiga tally to 12 for the campaign.


Sevilla 1-1 Atletico Madrid

A stunning free-kick goal from Antoine Griezmann earned Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in an entertaining game between La Liga’s second and third-placed sides on Sunday which weakened both teams pursuit of leaders Barcelona. Sevilla took a deserved lead at a packed and rocking Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in the 37th minute with a close-range strike from Wissam Ben Yedder following a clever team move. Atletico drew level at the end of the first half through Griezmann’s sizzling set-piece. The draw left Atletico second in the standings on 35 points ahead of Sevilla (33 points) and behind leaders Barcelona (40 points).


Alaves 2-1 Valencia

Alaves continued their awesome home form by beating 2-1 on Saturday, climbing into fourth place in La Liga and boosting their chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. Valencia captain Dani Parejo gave the visitors the lead with a swerving free kick in the 14th minute but Alaves, who are the only side in Spain’s top flight alongside Atletico Madrid to still be unbeaten at home this season, soon hit back. Striker Borja Baston pulled the 2001 UEFA Cup runners-up level in the 21st with a scrappy, deflected shot from inside the area, while midfielder Tomas Pina put Alaves ahead in first-half stoppage time after a period of heavy pressure. The win took Alaves to 31 points from 18 games.


Eibar 0-0 Villarreal

Eibar and Villarreal shared the points in Ipurua, in a game in which the goalkeepers became protagonists to avoid that neither of the two teams were able to pierce the rival goal. Eibar’s high pressure and workrate could’ve created a goal or two in the first half, but the end product was lacking. At the end, their goalkeeper Asier Riesgo proved to be decisive on Sunday night when he blocked a shot by midfielder Pablo Fornals. After the draw, Eibar holds the 13th spot in La Liga table with 22 points on goal difference behind Valencia and Real Sociedad while Villarreal is 17th with 17 points.



2018-19 La Liga: Week 17 Round Up | Barcelona tops the table

2018-19 La Liga: Week 17 Round Up | Barcelona tops the table

Round 17 of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday.

The match-days witnessed plenty of thrills, spills and emotions, and goals from the likes of Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, along with the usual dose of entertainment and drama. Here are the results of the La Liga matches, and some of the key talking points.


Barcelona 2-0 Celta Vigo

Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 2-0 as Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored at home on Saturday to reach the winter break with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga. Messi took his league-leading tally to 15 goals, including six goals in his last three matches, as Barcelona stayed ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.


Atletico Madrid 1-0 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid moved into second place in La Liga after defeating Espanyol 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, in what was their final match of the calendar year. Antoine Griezmann converted a 56th-minute penalty to open the scoring for Diego Simeone’s men, who held on to move level on points with league leaders Barcelona.


Sevilla 1-1 Leganes

Wissam Ben Yedder kept 10-man Sevilla unbeaten in eight Spanish league games when the forward scored in stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw at Leganes on Sunday. Leganes went ahead in the match when Mikel Vesga headed in a cross by Allan Nyom in the fifth minute.


Valencia 2-1 Huesca

Valencia defender Cristiano Piccini scored a last-minute goal to award his side a 2-1 home victory over Huesca in a La Liga contest held at the Mestalla stadium on Sunday. Piccini scored the winner on a left-footed shot in the third minute of the second-half stoppage time to fetch all three points for the Bats.


Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Levante

Rayo Vallecano were helped by an own goal from Tono as they edged Levante 2-1 on Sunday evening. Tono gave Rayo the lead in the 23rd minute with an unfortunate own goal but Ruben Rochina equalized for Levante in the hour-mark. However, Raul de Tomas scored what was the winner for Rayo seven minutes later.


Girona 1-1 Getafe

Girona scored a goal in the dying minutes of the second half to pull out a 1-1 draw Friday against a visiting Getafe. Colombian Bernardo Espinosa secured a point for the home side when he headed home a free kick by Alex Granell in the 85th minute.


Real Sociedad 0-1 Alaves

Real Sociedad once again struggled at home in a 0-1 loss to Alaves, continuing a poor run of form that has left them near the La Liga relegation zone. A header by Jonathan Calleri off a cross by Borja Baston gave them the lead six minutes later, which proved to be the winner.


Real Betis 1-1 Eibar

Real Betis failed to claim a fourth consecutive win in La Liga after they were held at home by a resilient Eibar. Despite the draw, Betis enter Christmas in the European places. They were hoping to catch Alaves and enter fifth but instead remain in seventh. Eibar came into this one in 13th place, failing to win since their shock victory over Real Madrid.


Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Valladolid

Athletic Bilbao had their hearts broken in the dying minutes by Real Valladolid at San Mames on Saturday evening. Oscar Plano scored a last-minute equalizer for the visitors, condemning Les Leones to a spot in the relegation zone and with just two wins in 17 matches. It also denied Aduriz the opportunity to become the hero on the night, with the veteran striker opening the scoring in remarkable fashion after 45 minutes.


2018-19 La Liga: Week 16 Round Up | Barcelona tops the Table

2018-19 La Liga: Week 16 Round Up | Barcelona tops the Table

Round 16 of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Monday. 

The match-days witnessed plenty of thrills, spills and emotions, and another hat-trick from Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi along with the usual dose of entertainment and drama. Here are the results of the La Liga matches, and some of the key talking points.

Reigning champions Barcelona continued their fiery form as they routed Levante 5-0. Lionel Messi once again was at his very best scoring a hat-trick. Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique were the other scorers. Real Madrid too recorded a victory with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Karim Benzema was on target to guide the Los Blancos to glory in the absence of Gareth Bale.


Barcelona 5-0 Levante

Barcelona remains three points clear at the top of the La Liga table with a truly dominant victory on the road against Levante. After a tough beginning to the game, Barca saw Lionel Messi take over, score a hat-trick and lead his team to a big victory and ensure Barca will finish the year as league leaders.


Real Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Karim Benzema got the winner for Real Madrid with a confident 13th-minute finish for just his second goal in 13 La Liga games. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made two injury-time saves as Real Madrid earned an important 3 points to remain fourth in the La Liga race. Real still continue to be a long way away from being their best, but it was a step in the right direction for the whites.


Valladolid 2-3 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid earned a hard-fought win as Antoine Griezmann struck the decisive goal for the red and white side in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday, after they had thrown away a two-goal lead, taking them level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.


Sevilla 2-0 Girona

Sevilla pulled level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish league after beating Girona 2-0 at home on Sunday. Ever Banega converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute after Andre Silva was tripped by Juan Ramirez. Pablo Sarabia led a clever move to get the second goal in the 64th.


Eibar 1-1 Valencia

Eibar held Valencia at home, thanks to some defensive heroics. The hosts opened the scoring in the duel in the 29th minute thanks to the striker Rodrigo’s ball but failed to keep the advantage. An accurate kick from the forward Charles from the penalty spot in the 56th minute allowed Eibar to escape from defeat.


Celta Vigo 0-0 Leganes

Leganes survived a late Celta Vigo onslaught to earn a point in a goalless LaLiga draw. Celta were chasing a third straight LaLiga victory and must have thought they would get it when, in the 87th minute, Brais Mendez turned the ball towards the bottom corner of the net from six yards out but Ivan Cuellar made a superb save. Leganes are now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions.


Getafe 1-0 Real Sociedad

Jorge Molina scored the only goal of the game as Getafe beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. In the 3rd minute, former Real Betis striker Molina took full advantage of a Miguel Angel Moya mistake and profited from an assist from Gaku – to give his side all three points.


Real Betis 3-1 Espanyol

Real Betis registered a 3-1 win over Espanyol to extend their La Liga winning streak to three matches while handing their opponent their fifth defeat in a row. After the win, Real Betis holds the fifth spot in La Liga standings with 25 points, while Espanyol sits in the 11th spot with 21 points.


Huesca 2-2 Villareal

Villarreal, who had a difficult first half of the season, missed a chance to get some air in the relegation zone on Sunday, conceding a 2-2 draw with Huesca. Villarreal is only one point ahead of the relegation zone, while Huesca are now in the bottom of the La Liga standings.


Alaves 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao remained in the relegation zone of the Spanish league after being held at Alaves to 0-0 on Monday. Bilbao is in 18th place of the 20-team league and level on points with Villarreal, which is the last team in safety. Bilbao, which only has players from the northern Basque Country or neighboring areas, has never been relegated to the second division.

2018-19 La Liga: Week 14 Round Up | Barcelona tops the Table

2018-19 La Liga: Week 14 Round Up | Barcelona tops the Table

Monday brought an end to the 14th match-week of La Liga 2018-19. The past week saw some surprise results, the renaissance of a few players, and the usual dose of action and drama. League-topper Barcelona, under the management of Ernesto Valverde, have seemingly become an unstoppable force, while both league big boys – Atletico Madrid and Sevilla– faced setbacks. 

A thrilling weekend in La Liga saw Real Madrid earning a resounding win against Valencia. Barcelona overcame Villareal with goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Alena sending them 1 point clear at the top of the table as a second-placed Sevilla missed the chance to go back to the top when they drew with fourth-placed Alaves. Girona played their skins out to hold 3rd placed Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.


Real Madrid 2 – 0 Valencia

Real Madrid battled to a 2-0 home win against Valencia in La Liga thanks to an early own goal scored by Daniel Wass and a late Lucas Vazquez strike. Isco was back in the squad after being left out entirely for the Champions League win at Roma in midweek, but Santiago Solari again opted not to name the Spain playmaker in the XI. Marcos Llorente thrived in midfield in Isco’s absence but Madrid needed an eighth-minute intervention from Wass to take the lead on Saturday.


Barcelona 2 – 0 Villareal

Barcelona moved above Sevilla to the top of La Liga as Gerard Pique and Carles Alena scored to secure a win over struggling Villarreal. Pique headed in Ousmane Dembele’s right-wing cross for the opening goal. And youngster Alena scored his first La Liga goal when he chipped the ball over Sergio Asenjo from Lionel Messi’s through ball.


Alaves 1 – 1 Sevilla

Sevilla missed the chance to go back to the top when they drew 1-1 at fourth-placed Alaves later on Sunday. They had looked set for defeat following Jony’s close-range finish but Wissam Ben Yedder’s strike saved a point for the visitors.


Rayo Vallecano 1 – 0 Eibar

Rayo Vallecano got their first home victory of the 2018-2019 La Liga season after defeating Eibar 1-0 on a solid performance by goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski. Rayo marks the end of an 11-game winless streak, though they remain in the drop zone with just 10 points from 14 matches. Eibar, with 18 points, are 10th in La Liga.


Celta Vigo 2 – 0 Huesca

Iago Aspas scored twice as Celta Vigo got back on track in La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Huesca. Aspas scored in each half as Celta ended a four-match winless streak in all competitions. The result moved Celta to 11th place in the standings, six points clear of the relegation zone.


Valladolid 2 – 4 Leganes

Leganes surprised Valladolid with a 4-2 win at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla on Saturday evening. Dimitris Siovas and Oscar Rodriguez had Leganes coasting with a two-goal lead before Toni Villa reduced the deficit after the break. A Guido Carrillo doubles then put the game beyond any doubt though, leaving Enes Unal’s stoppage-time goal to be no more than a consolation.


Getafe 3 – 0 Espanyol

Getafe’s excellent form continued, with the hosts defeating Espanyol 3-0 on the outskirts of the capital city. All the goals came in the second half as the Catalan visitors collapsed, and it was Jorge Molina who broke the deadlock soon after the restart. The lead doubled through Jaime Mata minutes later, leaving Vitorino Antunes to find the bottom corner from range with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.


Real Betis 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

A first-half goal from Dominican left-back Junior Firpo on Sunday led Real Betis to a 1-0 La Liga win over Real Sociedad, who saw its victorious run end at two matches. Betis managed to open the scoring in the 33rd minute when an unmarked Junior Firpo fired home.


Girona 1 – 1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go top of La Liga after drawing at Girona. Girona striker Cristhian Stuani struck the opener from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Jan Oblak, becoming the league’s leading goalscorer in the process with 11 for the season. Atletico were on course for a first domestic defeat since 1 September but Jonas Ramalho’s own goal denied Girona. 


Levante 3 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Levante recorded a resounding 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Monday. Chema Rodriguez, Jose Campana, and Roger Marti scored for Levante, which moved to a sixth place after its first victory in five matches in all competitions.

Barcelona 4 – 2 Sevilla | Lionel Messi Injured

Barcelona 4 - 2 Sevilla | Lionel Messi Injured

La Liga 2018/19 Highlights: Barcelona beat Sevilla 4 – 2 but Lionel Messi gets ruled out of next week’s El Clasico due to injury.

Barcelona reclaimed the top spot of La Liga with a 4-2 victory over title rivals, Sevilla, as they ended a four-match run in La Liga without a win. Philippe Coutinho put the defending La Liga champions ahead with his trademark goal, curling a first-time shot into the top corner past Tomas Vaclik in the second minute of the game as Messi found him inside the box. Messi doubled the lead ten minutes later, creating enough space to fire the ball into the bottom corner, assisted by Luis Suarez.

However, he was shortly forced off with his right arm in a bandage in the 17th Minute. The Argentinean landed awkwardly during a challenge with Franco Vazquez and it was later announced that he fractured his right arm, ruling him out of the impending Champions League match against Inter Milan, as well as the Clasico next Sunday against Real Madrid. He was replaced by France international Ousmane Dembele.

The incident seemed to take the bite out of Barca‘s sharp start, and Sevilla were denied a great chance of halving the deficit when Marc-Andre Ter Stegen produced an amazing double-save on the hour-mark to deny Andre Silva and Franco Vazquez. Just three minutes later, Luis Suarez converted from the spot after Vaclik swept the feet of Suarez inside the box.

Sevilla persisted to probe the Barca defence and were quickly rewarded when Pablo Sarabia‘s shot struck the back of the net after a deflection off Clement Lenglet in the 79th minute.

About 9 minutes later, Ivan Rakitic produced an exquisite half-volley to beat Vaclik in the bottom corner to make it 4-1. The game ended as frantically as it started with Luis Muriel curling in a shot beyond Ter Stegen in the most composed way he could to end the match at 4-2. The Catalan club were indebted to Ter Stegen’s contributions in the match as they go to the top of the table with 18 points.

Barcelona face Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Thursday, 25th October before the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on Sunday, 29th October. While Sevilla face Turkish side Akhisar in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday before hosting Huesca in La Liga on Sunday.

Messi injury spoils the party for Barcelona

Lionel Messi is set to miss next week’s Clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm according to the club’s official website. Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly and was withdrawn wit ha bandage on his arm in the first half of their victory over Sevilla, and the Barcelona number 10 is set to spend three whole weeks on the sidelines.

A statement on their club’s official website read: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.”

Three weeks on the sidelines means that Messi will not be involved in the coming six matches including Champions League game against Inter Milan, La Liga clash against Real Madrid, Copa del Rey game against Cultural Leonesa, the second leg against Inter and La Liga matches against Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis heading into next international break.

‘Barcelona without Messi’ has always been a significant topic of discussion among the football fans. The Catalan side will have everything to prove in the coming month of November and all the challenges that come along with it.

Real Madrid 0 – 3 Sevilla | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid 0 - 3 Sevilla | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid faced a disappointing 3-0 defeat through the hands of Sevilla in the La Liga on Thursday.

Real Madrid suffered their first loss in La Liga under new coach Julen Lopetegui and missed the chance to benefit from Barcelona‘s shock 2-1 defeat at Leganes.

Portuguese striker Andre Silva gave Sevilla the excellent start against Real Madrid, finding the net from close range in the 17th minute after a miscommunication between Real’s Brazillian defender Marcelo and his international teammate Casemiro.

The AC Milan loanee pounced on an opportunity just four minutes later after poor goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, netting his second of the match and his 6th for the season, taking the top spot of the scorers’ list of the Spanish league.

Although Gareth Bale almost pulled one back for Real, his shot struck the post letting the hosts keep their clean sheet. 

Franco Vazquez also attempted score but failed as his shot hit the bar as well. But in-form striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the 39th minute, rounding off an exceptional 4th consecutive home league win for the Spanish side.

Real’s wretched night continued as recently crowned The Best FIFA Men’s PlayerLuka Modric had a goal ruled out for offside following a lengthy consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Marcelo also came off injured, endangering his chances of playing in Sunday’s derby against neighbors Atletico MadridThe timing of Marcelo’s injury also went against Real, who had to play the final 20 minutes of the match with 10 men as Lopetegui had already made the maximum of three substitutions for his side.

Sevilla ultimately took the 3 points through their three first-half goals to pull off a shocking victory against the European Champions.

Sevilla faces Eibar on Saturday, 29th September while Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid on Sunday, 30th September for their next La Liga fixtures.

Gonalons – Sevilla sign Roma midfielder on loan | La Liga

Gonalons - Sevilla sign Roma midfielder on loan

Sevilla have completed the signing of French midfielder Maxime Gonalons on a season-long loan from Serie A side AS Roma.

A statement from Roma’s official website read: “The club can confirm that midfielder Maxime Gonalons has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan deal. The agreement with the Spanish club runs until 30 June 2019. Good luck Maxime!”

Sevilla FC and AS Roma have reached a negotiation for the loan of Maxime Gonalons. The 29-year-old French international is a defensive centre-midfielder, who has also performed as a centre-back in his recognised career. 

Although he joins from Roma, Gonalons has devoted most of his sporting years advancing in the ranks of Olympique Lyonnais, with whom he lifted the French Cup in 2012 and the French Super Cup a few months later. Gonalons registered at the Lyon Academy at the age of just 11 and played his first team match at just 20 in a Champions League qualification match against Anderlecht. In that same season – 09/10 – he made 19 official appearances.

He grew in value and even though rumours circulated of a departure from France, he stayed there for 8 seasons, ultimately leaving in the 16/17 season. In total, he made 334 official appearances (60 coming in European competitions), scoring 12 goals and making 13 assists.

In the summer of 2017, Gonalons signed with AS Roma, where he encountered tough competition in the centre of the park but made 23 appearances – 16 in Serie A, six in the Champions League and one in the Italian Cup.

As an international, Gonalons debuted with France at the age of 22. Since then, he has earned 7 caps with Les Bleus. 

Speaking about his move, Gonalons said: “The last season was a difficult one for me. But now I want to give everything for this club, they have put a lot of trust in me. I know that I’m coming to a club with high expectations, but I want to achieve great things here.”

Sevilla faces Villarreal in their next La Liga fixture on Sunday, 26th August.

Nzonzi – Roma sign World Cup winner from Sevilla

Nzonzi - Roma sign World Cup winner from Sevilla

AS Roma have completed the signing of World Cup-winning midfielder Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.

Steven Nzonzi joins the Italian side for an initial fee of €26.65 million with performance-related clauses that could be worth up to an additional €4 million making it a possible €30 million deal.

The France international has agreed to a 4-year contract with the club that runs until 2022. Nzonzi will wear the No. 42 shirt for the upcoming season. 

This move to Roma unites him once again with Monchi, the sporting director who initially brought him to Sevilla.

Speaking about Nzonzi, Monchi said: “Steven [Nzonzi] is a footballer with a mix of physical and technical qualities that we think will really add to the players that we already have here at AS Roma. With his arrival, we have even more quality and competition in midfield.”

Steven Nzonzi began his professional career in France with Amiens before spending the most of his developmental footballing years in England with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City afterwards. At Stoke, he established himself as a crucial pivotal part of the squad under Tony Pulis and then under Mark Hughes, where his exceptional performances earned him the Stoke Player of the Year award in the 2014-15 season.

Nzonzi then moved to La Liga side Sevilla in the summer of 2015 and won the UEFA Europa League in his first season. The midfielder has spent the last three years at the Spanish side, becoming a steady presence in the heart of midfield consequently earning him international recognition for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old was an important part of the France team that won the World Cup in Russia this year. Nzonzi participated in 5 games in the tournament. In total, he has earned 9 caps for his country. 

Speaking about his move, Nznonzi said: “I’m very happy to be here and to be an AS Roma player. I really felt that the club wanted me to come. I will give my best on the pitch, and hopefully be a very good player for this team.”

Roma face Torino in their first Serie A fixture of the season on Sunday, 19th August.