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REAL MADRID TARGETS LAPORTE OF AT BILBAO?

According to todays front cover of Spanish Sports daily "Marca", Real Madrid wants to sign Aymeric Laporte, 20 year old French-Basque Central Defender of Athletic Club Bilbao. According to the news article Bilbao acknowlges  the interest from Real Madrid but does not want to enter into negotiations. Laporte is not for sale & the Bilbao President Urrutia response is "go to" the contract release clause of the player which is 42M€.

Real Madrid obective

Real Madrid is awaiting the decision of its current midfielder Asier Illaramndi, on whether he accepts a said offer from Athletic Club Bilbao. If he finally does, Real Madrid would want to negotiate a "package deal". At this point of time it is all speculation. 

Stay tuned!

SPANISH FOOTBALL LIGA ROUND 20 SUNDAY GAMES RESULTS

Spanish Football Liga continued today with four matches of Round 20. Here are all the final results along with the goalscorers.

La Liga 2015

Two bottom placed Clubs met this midday in a very entertaining game of Football. Deportivo A Coruña drew 2 - 2 will Granada, with the latter making a comeback. In fact, Depor let off the hook Granada & basically let slip the 3 points.

Although Granada got ahead first through Piti with his 7th min goal, Depor reacted with goals from Jose Rodriguez in the 35th min & another through Lucas in the 39th min. However, Granada recovered & equalized when Robert got his goal in the 84th min. Shared points.

La Liga 2015

Very even game with a final 1 - 1 result between Athletic Club Bilbao & Malaga FC. Athletic got the opener through San Jose in the 70th min, while the equalizer for Malaga came in the 78th min by Javi Guerra.

La Liga 2015

Very impressive performance by RCD Espanyol after defeating Almeria 3 - 0. The result could have been greater for Espanyol as they created plenty of goal scoring opportunities throughout the game. The goalscorers were Stuani with two goals - 36th & 39th min - while in form Caicedo got the third in the 74th min. 


Liga 2015

Valencia CF hosted Sevilla FC in the match of the day. Both Clubs want to join the current "Big Boys" of Spanish Football - Real Madrid, Barça & Atletico - & aim for the Champions League next season. The final result of 3 - 1 to Valencia slammed their fist on the table in authoritative fashion & with a solid performance. An overall team effort from Valencia that halted the Sevilla attacks including a penalty saved by goalie Diego Alves in the 41st min, just when Sevilla was coming back strongly.

The goals fell in the following order:
  • Parejo (penalty) 18th min, 1 - 0
  • Parejo 33rd min, 2 - 0
  • Bacca (penalty), 2 - 1
  • Javi Fuego 55th min, 3 - 1
Valencia grab the 4th place on the Liga classification table, 2 points ahead of Sevilla FC which sits in 5th position.

MONDAY NIGHT ROUND 20 LAST  SCHEDULED MATCH:
Getafe - Celta de Vigo

SPANISH FOOTBALL LIGA ROUND 20 SATURDAY GAMES FINAL RESULTS

Spanish Football Liga action today with 5 matches scheduled of Round 20. Here is a brief summary of events, the final results & all the goalscorers.

Real Madrid Liga 2015

Cordoba nearly pulled off the surprise taking Real Madrid down to the wire. Although the home team lost 1 - 2 to the visitors, Cordoba did not deserve to lose. 

Cordoba got off to a flying start when they were awarded a penalty due to a Sergio Ramos hand-ball penalty. Cordoba forward Ghilas converted & put his team in the lead in the 2 min. Far from defending the home team contested the ball & kept on creating chances. However, Real Madrid has a lot of resources up their sleeve & managed to draw from a corner when Karim Benzema scrambled a loose ball for goal in the 27th min. 

From here, Cordoba defended well, made Real Madrid feel totally uncomfortable & kept on creating chances. Their lack of finishing prowess in-front of goal made them pay later, plus with luck not being on their side when they hit the bar mid 2º half. 

But, as mentioned, Real Madrid has the resources, & a Gareth Bale free-kick was hand-balled in the penalty square & the maximum punishment was called. In the 89th min Gareth Bale scored the penalty to save the day, match & give Real Madrid the three points. A win but one of the worst games for Real Madrid all season, on the contrary for Cordoba which put in a "blinder".

But the victory was highly paid for Real Madrid as the accumulated frustration of the day made Cristiano Ronaldo lashed out on Cordoba defender Edimar late in the 2º half to earn himself a direct Red Card. The Portuguese will miss out the next Liga match, & possibly the Atletico de Madrid clash if the "Disciplinary Commission" hands out a 2 game suspension.    


FC Barcelona Liga 2015

Elche hosted FC Barcelona & were steamed rolled 0 - 6. The home team only lasted around 36 mins & less after Fajr received a red card in the 54th min to leave Elche with 10 men. The goals fell in the following order:
  • Pique 36th min, 0 - 1
  • Messi (pen.) 55th min, 0 - 2
  • Neymar 69th min, 0 - 3
  • Neymar 72nd min, 0 - 4
  • Messi 88th min, 0 - 5
  • Pedro 93rd min.
Excellent & authoritative exhibition from Barça which seems to have overcome their mini-crisis from weeks back, plus maintains the pressure on Real Madrid in the classification table. Lionel Messi adds another 2 goals as he begins to narrow the "goal scoring" margin between himself & rival CR7. 


At Madrid Liga 2015

Atletico de Madrid took the local derby defeating relatively comfortably Rayo Vallecano 3 - 1. The home team deserved the win, while Rayo had brief moments were they looked better but were not able to lift beyond. Overall, the visitors paid dearly for their defensive mistakes as the Atletico pressure, speed & counter-attacking was deadly. 

The man of the match was Antoine Griezmann with his two goals - 12th & 22nd min - getting better match by match. The Frenchman nearly got a hat-trick but the ball hit the wood-work late in the 2º half. The other Atletico goal came from an own goal by Rayo player Manucho

The only goal for Rayo Vallecano came in the 35th min from Trashorras that put his team brief back in the game. 

Liga 2015

Real Sociedad won 1 - 0  Eibar in the "Basque Region" derby. The winner came through the 56th min header from Xabi Prieto.


Villarreal won 1 - 0 Levante & once again to the play & goal of Vietto in the 52nd min was vital. Villarreal consolidate themselves in the European ladder positions. 

BRAZILIAN LUCAS SILVA TRANSFER TO REAL MADRID

The Brazilian Football Club Cruzeiro has officially announced the transfer of their 21 year old midfielder Lucas Silva to Spanish Football Club Real Madrid.

The President of Cruzeiro, Gilvan de Pinho Tavares, confirmed today the transfer of their player in a press conference adding that the final details of the agreement are still being discussed with the Spanish Club; but they are "details". It was revealed that Lucas Silva "pressured" Cruzeiro to accept the transfer to Real Madrid, although this could just be "talk" to calm some local fans critical with selling "the local talent".

Real Madrid

It is being speculated that Real Madrid has spent 13-14M€ on the signing. 

Lucas Silva is one of the most promising midfielders of Brazilian Football & with Cruzeiro he has won two consecutive league titles, in 2013 and 2014. Real Madrid still has to make the signing official, but local "insiders" are talking about a next Monday, or Tuesday, presentation to media in Madrid.

Lastly, the debate is on which current midfielder at Real Madrid will exit to make way. Firstly, there is no imperative that a player needs to exit, however local media speculate with Illaramendi. The young midfielder claims that no one at the Club has talked to him & that he is happy at Real Madrid. The other possible - more than likely - exit is German International Khedira who finishes contract this season & has not renewed with the Spanish Football Club.

SPANISH CUP - COPA DEL REY THURSDAY GAME FINAL RESULT 1º LEG Q/FINAL

The last of the scheduled 1º leg Quarter-Finals of the Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey was played tonight between RCD Espanyol & Sevilla FC. Here is the final result & the goalscorer.

Spanish Cup 2015

Intense stuff with Espanyol striking first in the 18th min when in form forward Caicedo scored. This was a blow that Sevilla FC did not fully recover from although their young forward Denis Suarez hit the bar in the 29th min. 

Espanyol made things uncomfortable for the visitors cancelling their Football with solid defending & dangerous counter-attacks. It was not long before Espanyol got their second when Sergio Garcia scored in the 74th min delivering the "final knock-out" to Sevilla. The third goal came soon after when Lucas Vazquez put the ball in the net in the 81st min. However, Sevilla managed a "lifesaving" goal in the 91st min that keeps them alive with an important away goal from Bacca.

Espanyol has virtually a foot into the Spanish Cup semis with a very advantageous three goal advantage. It´s an uphill battle for Sevilla FC which will have to pull from heroics to attempt to turn this tie around next week in the 2º leg return match, but they will have the warmth & support of their local followers.

Final result tonight 3 - 1 to RCD Espanyol.
  
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