European roundup: Modric stuns Sevilla with late winner for Real Madrid
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by PA Media
1d ago
Croatia midfielder scores in 81st minute for La Liga leaders Lautaro Martínez hits double as Inter win 4-0 Luka Modric scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 1-0 in La Liga. The Croatia international fired home from the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute to maintain Real’s five-point lead over Barcelona at the summit. Sixth-placed Real Betis are now seven points behind fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao in the table after beating the 10-man Lions 3-1. Ezequiel Avila’s strike and Yuri Berchiche’s own goal sent Betis ahead before Nico Williams was sent off in the 40th ..read more
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Athletic Bilbao deliver major blow to Girona’s La Liga title hopes
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by Reuters
1w ago
Álex Berenguer scored twice as Athletic Bilbao brought high-flying Girona back down to earth with a 3-2 victory on Monday, a result that provided a reality check to the Catalan side’s lofty La Liga title ambitions. Berenguer intercepted a pass from oppositon midfielder Aleix García to score and give Athletic the lead in the second minute but Viktor Tsyhankov levelled from close range shortly after half-time ..read more
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Bournemouth’s loss is Liga’s gain as Íñigo Pérez’s Rayo hold Real Madrid | Sid Lowe
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by Sid Lowe
1w ago
A Home Office ruling, a Brexit benefit, meant Andoni Iraola’s assistant stayed at Rayo Vallecano to Real’s detriment Íñigo Pérez had nothing to offer the Premier League, they said, so he returned to Spain and revived La Liga and a people instead. The man from Navarre with the gentle voice, privileged mind and impeccable manners should have spent this weekend sitting on the Bournemouth bench at St James’ Park, taking on Newcastle United – trophies since 1955: zero – but the Home Office and an FA panel declared him incapable of competing, a man who couldn’t contribute to English football, even a ..read more
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European football: Real Madrid denied by Rayo Vallecano’s Raúl de Tomás
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by Reuters
1w ago
La Liga leaders pegged back in 1-1 draw with neighbours Bologna boost top-four hopes with Serie A win at Lazio The Spanish league leaders, Real Madrid, were held to a 1-1 draw at their city neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Sunday as Joselu’s early strike was cancelled out by a Raúl de Tomás penalty, a result that could spice up the title race with surprise contenders Girona. After dealing what could have been a huge blow to Girona’s title hopes by thrashing them 4-0 last week, a wasteful Real stumbled at Vallecas and could see the Catalan side edge closer in the rear mirror once again. The draw ..read more
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Castellón’s Haralabos Voulgaris: ‘Our model gives us a 53% chance to win the league’
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by Sid Lowe
1w ago
The professional gambler understands risk – and that’s why he swapped betting on the NBA for owning a Spanish third-tier club “Floyd Mayweather was my beard,” says the sharpest mind in sport, somewhere in the middle of another chapter from his extraordinary story. The tale of Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris is about a philosophy student, tree surgeon and baggage handler who bet everything on the LA Lakers, won $500,000 overnight and became arguably the world’s best gambler. How he “solved” basketball and was courted by its biggest franchises, a disrupter drafted in. And how an ice hockey fan from ac ..read more
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Kieran Tierney: ‘I was up against Mbappé … it helps you in the long run’
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by Sid Lowe
1w ago
Arsenal’s left-back is loving the food, ‘crazy’ football culture and challenge of the Champions League on loan at Real Sociedad “See, just me saying this, I can see my mates saying: ‘You’ve changed, man.’” Kieran Tierney starts laughing. He knows but he can’t help it and if they were where he is, they wouldn’t either, he’s sure of that. The defender is talking txuleton, the Basque T‑bone. “I’m not big on taking pictures of food but every time I get one of those, I do: it’s different class. And there’s a dish that’s rice and clams,” he says, which is when he checks himself and cracks up, imagin ..read more
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Girona encounter Real life as Vinícius Júnior states Madrid’s supremacy | Sid Lowe
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by Sid Lowe
2w ago
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are primed to win the league after demolishing Girona, the team no one else has beaten From his glass cell on the eighth floor of the Santiago Bernabéu, Girona’s coach, Míchel Sánchez, could make out Yan Couto way down there: he was the one with the pink hair in tears. This had been all set up to be their moment, history there to be made, a future too, but in the end it had just been too much. Real Madrid had been too much. The man who came to console Couto when at last it was over certainly had: at full-time Vinícius Júnior approached and put an arm around his countryma ..read more
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European roundup: Lamine Yamal rescues 3-3 draw for Barcelona
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by Reuters
2w ago
16-year-old scores twice against struggling visitors Granada Atlético’s Álvaro Morata leaves pitch in tears with knee injury A double from Lamine Yamal salvaged a 3-3 draw for Barcelona at home to relegation-threatened Granada on Sunday in a rollercoaster La Liga match. Yamal, who does not turn 17 until July, put the hosts ahead after 14 minutes with a tap-in after João Cancelo’s cross found him at the far post. Granada equalised two minutes before half-time thanks to Ricard Sánchez’s powerful volley into the top corner and the visitors grabbed the lead in the 60th minute with an easy finish ..read more
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Bellingham injured but scores twice as Real Madrid crush Girona’s rebellion
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by Sid Lowe at the Santiago Bernabéu
2w ago
This is Real life. In the hours before this unlikely title decider, posters had gone up near the Santiago Bernabéu declaring that Girona were forever dreaming; if so, a cruel awakening awaited them. Carlo Ancelotti had insisted that whatever happened here the title race was not run but by the end it was hard not to see this as definitive. It was not only that Real Madrid beat their nearest, most unexpected rivals for La Liga to go five points clear, it was the way they did it. Two goals from Jude Bellingham and one each from Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo delivered a statement to go with victory ..read more
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Real Madrid v Girona: La Liga – live
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by Niall McVeigh
2w ago
La Liga updates from the Bernabéu, kick-off 5.30pm GMT Follow Leverkusen v Bayern Munich live with Rob Smyth Get in touch! You can or contact him on X 2 mins: The Girona full-backs, Miguel and Yan Couto, are already pushing upfield, while every Real Madrid player is back inside their own half. We’re up and running, Girona playing in their away kits which are … charcoal with a mint trim, is the best way I can describe it ..read more
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