Croatian Ivan Rakitic struck the only
goal of the game midway through the first half, delivering an ice-cool
finish over Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois after being played in by a
clever pass by Sergi Roberto.
With Real Madrid on the ropes in front of its own fans, Barcelona
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has boasted that his side’s
record of reaching six successive Copa del Rey finals will never be matched.
Barca secured a 3-0 win in the second leg of their
semi-final against El Clasico rivals Real Madrid to win 4-1 on aggregate after
two second-half efforts from Luis Suarez and Raphael
Alvaro Morata netted with a left-footed shot from near the penalty spot in the 31st minute to help Atletico Madrid keep pace with league leaders Barcelona while two penalties gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Levante.
Alvaro Morata’s celebration finally counted this time. After twice
There was good news and bad news for Barcelona at their Friday training session.
The good news was that Samuel Umtiti took some part in the session as he works to return from his knee injury, but the bad news was that Lionel Messi didn't participate.
The Argentine has been
Alvaro Morata had an unconvincing debut as Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Real Betis to miss its chance to move closer to Spanish league leader Barcelona
Atletico Madrid lost its first Spanish league game since September on
the day of Alvaro Morata’s much-anticipated debut. The newly signed
Barcelona who signed Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele while renewing a few contracts have staff costs of 562 million euros a year
La Liga champions Barcelona became the first football team to spend over half a billion euros in wages after their staff costs shot up by
Ten-man Real Madrid suffered a
surprise defeat by Real Sociedad as the visitors earned their first
victory at the Bernabeu in La Liga for 15 years.
fired Sociedad in front from the penalty spot in the third minute after
Mikel Merino was fouled by Real Madrid's Casemiro.
Things then got
Lionel Messi ensured Barcelona reached the Spanish league’s winter break atop the standings, playing a part in both goals of a 2-0 win at home over Celta Vigo on Saturday. Messi scored Barcelona’s second goal to take his league-leading tally to 15 in 17 rounds, including
Calleja took over as coach in September 2017, leading the Yellow Submarine to a fifth-placed finish and Europa League football last season.
Villarreal on Monday have sacked coach Javi Calleja with the club just three points above the relegation zone in La Liga, the club said.
A former Villarreal midfielder, Calleja took
A third European club competition with the working title 'Europa League 2' will be introduced from 2021.
One English team will enter the play-offs of the new tournament, while Scottish sides may miss out on Europa League places in a reshuffle.
As part of Uefa's 2021-2024 cycle, the Europa League will be