La Liga champions FC Barcelona suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Granada CF. The latest setback puts them seventh in the league table, after having won only two of their first five matches. Meanwhile, Granada provisionally holds the top spot while waiting for the rest of the matches to be concluded this weekend.Granada stamped their authority less than two minutes into the match. Ramon Azeez found the back of the net after taking advantage of a defensive error by Junior Firpo, who didn't make a good first impression on his first start for the team. The summer signing started the match in place of an injured Jordi Alba. Ths hosts proved that the first goal wasn't a fluke by keeping Barcelona at bay for the rest of the match. After having just recently been promoted from the second division, Granada has shown the defending champions that they are not to be considered "minnows" in the competition.Even the introduction of Lionel Messi and rising star Ansu Fati at half … [Read more...] about La Liga: Barcelona suffers humiliation against Granada
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Eden Hazard was the biggest summer signing for Real Madrid CF. However, he was unfortunately sidelined for several weeks due to an injury. On Saturday's early fixture against Levante, Zinedine Zidane finally gave him the opportunity to make his competitive debut albeit off the bench.Real Madrid edged out Levante 3-2 after a stellar first half that saw striker Karim Benzema netting a brace. Casemiro gave Los Blancos a comfortable 3-goal advantage before the end of the first half and boy, did they need it!Levante came out of half time with all guns blazing. Former Real Madrid player, Borja Mayoral, pulled back a goal in the 49th minute. He respectfully refused to celebrate in front of his former club's fans. However, his goal was enough to fire up Levante.The game's tempo quickly changed and Real Madrid's first half dominance visibly disappeared. In the 60th minute, Zidane brought in Hazard and fellow new signing Eder Militao for Casemiro and captain Sergio Ramos.Hazard had an attempt … [Read more...] about Real Madrid vs. Levante: Eden Hazard finally makes La Liga debut
Real Madrid CF returned to winning ways as they beat Sevilla FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last night, 1-0. Karim Benzema's lone goal helped Los Blancos climb back to second position in this season's La Liga standings. They stand level with Athletic Bilbao at 11 points. Bilbao sits on the top spot based on goal difference. As of now, Real are still unbeaten in La Liga this year. They won 3 games and drew 2.Madrid had an early chance of scoring, when their summer signing Eden Hazard almost created panic in the opponent's box. However, Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik denied the Belgian's attempt. The hosts also had a chance later in the match, when Javier Hernandez put the ball into the net. However, his attempt was disallowed because he was offside.In the end, It was Benzema's goal in the 64th minute that proved to be the decider of the match. It also helped Los Blancos to maintain their unbeaten La Liga run.Throughout the match, the hosts maintained a higher ball possession … [Read more...] about Sevilla vs Real Madrid: Benzema eases pressure for Los Blancos
Football fans from around the world keep waiting for the blockbuster clash between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona. This season's first El Classico will be held at Camp Nou on 26th October, Saturday. Real Madrid CF will travel to Barcelona to face the home team in a match that will kick off at 13:00.Although several publications have announced the time set for this season's first El Classico, La Liga authorities are yet to officially confirm the final schedule of the match.Right after the match schedule was disclosed, many fans criticised the schedule. Local fans are not happy with the odd timing of the most awaited La Liga game of the season. In contrast, fans in Asia are rejoicing. If the announcements are true, fans in the Far East will be able to watch the match during the early evening primetime hours.This is not the first instance that such a high voltage match has been scheduled for a Saturday afternoon lunchtime spot. During the 2017-18 season, Santiago Bernabeu hosted the El … [Read more...] about Barcelona vs Real Madrid: El Clasico date and time announced
Not many people took note of what happened to Julen Lopetegui after he was unceremoniously kicked out of coaching duties at Real Madrid early last season. On Sunday night, the disgraced coach, who is now at the helm of Sevilla FC, will have a big chance to redeem himself as his side hosts his former team at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.It may be remembered that Lopetegui was sacked from the Spanish National Team on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after it was revealed that he had accepted a job with Real Madrid. The Spaniard's woes continued after he was also sacked by Real Madrid just two months into the 2018/19 season. He was axed after only managing to take the team to 9th position on the league table, and after suffering a 5-1 defeat at El Clasico.Needless to say, his reputation was in shambles. On Sunday, Lopetegui has the opportunity to redeem himself in front of the same people who almost ruined him. His current team, Sevilla FC, will be playing against Zinedine Zidane's … [Read more...] about Sevilla vs. Real Madrid: Julen Lopetegui out for revenge?