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LA LIGA | SPANISH FOOTBALL | ROUND 2 SATURDAY MATCH RESULTS

Spanish Football action this weekend with Round 2 of La Liga matches. Here are all the Saturday games final results along with all the goalscorers.

Villarreal CF

The Round 2 opener was the Friday Night match between Villarreal & RCD Espanyol. The final result & the 3 points went to the home side 3 - 1 with a 2º half comeback with new signing Roberto Soldado starring.

Espanyol got ahead first with an early 4th min goal from Caicedo. However, Villarreal took advantage of the lack of finishing endeavour from the visitors & slowly pulled their game back together. In the 66th min Roberto Soldado pulled a quick shot out of the bag to score & lifted moral. Later in the 86th min Soldado passed to Bakambu who equalized, to later score again with the winner in the 93rd min. Two vital goals from Bakambu & inspirational Soldado for Villarreal. 


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Real Sociedad hosted this afternoon Real Sporting de Gijon with the home team putting from the start returning "home" midfielder Asier Illaramendi from Real Madrid. The final result a 0 - 0 draw in a game that saw both teams work hard but create very little goal opportunities.


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FC Barcelona hosted Malaga FC with Brazilian star Neymar back after sickness to boost the forward line. The final result was a worked 1 - 0 victory for Barça with a 74th min goal by defender Vermaelen after he hooked onto a loose ball that Malaga goalie Kameni could not hold from a Suarez shot.

Malaga stood firm all match & neutralized the Barça efforts at goal. However, the continuous advances by Barça finally managed to crack the Malaga tactical stance for the 3 points.


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Celta de Vigo defeated Madrid club Rayo Vallecano 3 - 0 with the latter down to 10 men from the 9th min. From that red card given to Rayo goalie Toño came the first of two goals from Celta forward Nolito in the 11th min. The second goal from Nolito came in the 50th minute & Celta managed to control the match till the end even scoring a third goal through Fontas in the 90th min.


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Real Madrid defeated Real Betis 5 - 0 & left aside the debate about the teams lack of goals this season. James Rodriguez & Benzema started from the beginning & both gave the team more flow & punch upfront & were protagonists. Gareth Bale was also active & was also under the spotlight himself scoring, while Cristiano Ronaldo still was unlucky facing goal even though he had plenty of chances. Lastly, Keylor Navas sent a message over to Directives as he put in a great match, including stopping a 2º half penalty!

The goalscorers were:
  • Gareth Bale (header) 2nd min
  • James Rodriguez (free-kick) 38th min
  • Karim Benzema (header) 47th min
  • James Rodriguez (overhead) 49th min
  • Gareth Bale (outside the box - 20 mts - shot) 88th min
Sergio Ramos hit the post with an overhead 76th min!

Good performance overall by Real Madrid which looks like getting the pieces back in order.

SPAIN LIST FOR UPCOMING EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS

Spanish National Football Team Selector & Coach Vicente del Bosque handed in his list of 23 players for the upcoming Euro 2016 Group qualifiers. Spain plays in the Spanish city of Oviedo Slovakia the 5th of September, to then travel to play Macedonia on the 8th of September.

Vital match against Slovakia where Spain is currently second in the Group behind them & needs a victory to take the top spot & with it the direct access into the Euro 2016 finals.

Some local Football observers have been surprised that Del Bosque has not called up Athletic Club Bilbao forward Aduriz. However, his 34 years of age could be his handicap as the Spanish Coach prefers to bet on young & the future.

Spanish Football Team

Full list of 23 players to represent Spain:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David De Gea, Sergio Rico
Defenders: Juanfran, Azpilicueta, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Bernat
Midfielders: Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, iniesta, Isco, Silva, Mata
Forwards: Alcacer, Diego Costa, Vitolo & Pedro.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP TEAMS MATCH-UPS 2015-2016

The Champions League Groups for season 2015-2016 have been drawn with the following results for the five Spanish Football Clubs competing:

Champions League 2015-2016 Groups


Group A: Real Madrid with Paris St Germain, Shakhtar & Malmo,

Group C: Atletico de Madrid with Benfica, Galatasaray & Astana,

Group D: Sevilla FC with Juventus FC, Manchester City FC & Borussia Monchengladbach,

Group E: FC Barcelona with Bayern Leverkusen, Roma & Bate Borisov,

Group H: Valencia CF with Zenit, O.Lyon & Gent.

Beforehand, Sevilla FC seems to have fallen into the most difficult Group along with Real Madrid which faces PSG. However, as always mentioned, at this level all Clubs are dangerous & have the potential to shake the believed favourites.

Lastly, as expected FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was awarded the "UEFA Best Player of The Year 2014-2015" ahead of the other candidates Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid). This fully deserved award puts Lionel Messi on course towards his 5th FIFA Golden Ball Award which will be announced in January 2016.

FERNANDO LLORENTE TO SEVILLA FC

After weeks of speculation, Spanish & Juventus FC forward Fernando Llorente returns to Spanish Football. Spanish press has announced that Sevilla FC will be the new home of Llorente for the next three seasons after a 10M€ transfer deal (other sources say that his transfer is at zero cost ) with the Italian Club according to Italian media. The terms of payment is delaying the official Club announcement but everyone takes it as a formality & a done deal.

Sevilla FC get themselves a top notch forward to replace Carlos Bacca who signed for AC Milan.

Goes to Sevilla FC 2015

Said the above, Sevilla FC & Juventus FC are also talking about the possibility of Chilean International Mauricio Isla landing in Sevilla. A difficult prospect but apparently open & possible that we will have to wait & see. Stay tuned!

VALENCIA CF QUALIFIES FOR UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015 - 2016

Important night & final result for Spanish Football Club Valencia CF which suffered against Monaco to get themselves qualified for the UEFA Champions League season 2015 - 2016. The final result tonight of the 2º leg return match was 2 - 1 for Monaco but Valencia CF qualified & won the tie with a 3 - 4 aggregate.

Valencia CF 2015

The only goal for Valencia CF came early in the 4th min when Alvaro Negredo pulled a perfect chip shot that gave his team a valuable away goal. After this it was a punch for punch situation with Monaco slowly grinding themselves back into the match. 

Monaco equalized in the 18th min through Raggi & later went ahead in the 74th min through Elderson which opened up the possibility of taking things into extra-time. However, Valencia CF held out with tooth & nails to qualify & win the overall tie.

The Valencia CF victory is also historical for Spanish Football, they join FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid & Sevilla FC in Champions League, thus putting into the maximum European Football competition 5 Spanish Football Clubs.

Big celebrations tonight throughout the city of Valencia. 

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