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Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo: Maxi Gomez goal enough for visitors

Maxi Gomez scored the winner as Celta Vigo beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Willian José’s header put the home team ahead, but Aspas’ penalty levelled the scores ten minutes later. Striker José almost fired Real Sociedad back in front before the break, but his penalty thundered against the woodwork, before a second half header from Goméz secured an away win. Celta’s Aspas and Gómez had scored a combined 19 league goals before their visit to the Basque Country, and the duo linked up well early on in this…

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Villarreal 2-1 Levante: Yellow Submarine sink visitors to go fourth

Villarreal jumped above Real Madrid in La Liga after a comfortable home victory over Levante at the Estadio de la Cerámica. Manu Trigueros’ penalty midway through the first half gave Villarreal a deserved lead, and the hosts doubled their advantage in the second period through Denis Cheryshev’s close range finish. Substitute forward Roger pulled a goal back for Levante from the penalty spot after a controversial spot-kick was given following a supposed foul on Emmanuel Boateng, but it was too little too late for the away side. Boosted by their…

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Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao: Points shared after Ángel strike

Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to move above Getafe in La Liga, as home striker Ángel Rodríguez scored a second half equaliser in an entertaining match where three penalties were awarded. Iñaki Williams’ sensational effort gave the visitors an early advantage, but Jorge Molina’s penalty restored parity before half-time. Raúl García’s spot-kick put the away side ahead once again, but after Molina missed the chance to score another penalty, Ángel converted from close range to earn his team a draw. Getafe went into the match unbeaten in their last six…

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Suárez reveals he worried before Barcelona move

Luis Suárez admits that he was petrified ahead of his £75m transfer to Barcelona in 2014. The Uruguayan striker – whose dazzling performances almost helped Liverpool win Premier League title that year – believes he nearly ruined the deal after biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in the preceding World Cup, which resulted in a four-month professional ban. Suárez declared that he cried after discovering Barcelona were still interested in signing him. “Everything had gone overboard for me,” he told club teammate Gerard Piqué in an interview. “The truth is, it was…

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Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal: Fornals magic earns Villarreal memorable win

Pablo Fornals scored a sumptuous late goal to snatch all three points for Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabéu, and leave Real Madrid winless in their last three La Liga games. The home side created multiple chances in the opening period, but were denied repeatedly by visiting goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, as well as the linesman who ruled out Gareth Bale’s converted header for offside. Villarreal resisted more second half pressure, and produced a swift counter-attack towards the end, which resulted in a Fornals clipping the ball beyond Los Blancos stopper Keylor…

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Understanding Malaga’s sorry season

Diego González’s face said it all. The defender’s expression was desolate and downtrodden after the final whistle of Malaga’s defeat at home to Espanyol – fitting adjectives to describe his team’s season so far, where underwhelming performances have left the side rooted in La Liga’s relegation zone. To rub even more salt into the wound, Espanyol’s winning goal was scored by Sergi Darder, a former Malaga player. Had Las Palmas not been so shambolic themselves, the glaring disappointment of this season would undoubtedly be attributed to the Andalusians, who have…

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Liverpool poised to sign Dani Ceballos

Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is ready to leave the club, with Liverpool the frontrunners to sign the 21-year-old. Reports in Spain suggest that representatives from Merseyside have met with the player and are keen to finalise a deal this January. Ceballos’ former club Real Betis are also keen to resign the Spaniard, but transfer restrictions mean he would not be allowed to join the Andalusian side until the summer. Liverpool are the most likely candidates due to their transfer budget, which was significantly boosted after the sale of Philippe…

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Villarreal 1-1 Deportivo: Andone snatches equaliser for visitors

Florin Andone’s late header earned Deportivo a precious point away to Villarreal in a closely-fought battle at the Estadio de la Cerámica. The visitors fell behind to Enes Ünal’s first half goal, but responded with ten minutes remaining to ensure a morale-boosting result in their quest to remain in La Liga. Deportivo carved out the game’s first presentable opportunity, but defender Raúl Albentosa fired over the crossbar after Adrián López’s intelligent pass found him free in the Villarreal box. Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca tested goalkeeper Rubén Martínez with a distant…

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Sevilla 3-5 Real Betis: Eight goal thriller sees Setien’s side win

Real Betis beat rivals Sevilla 5-3 on Saturday evening in one of the games of the season so far. Betis scored five away goals at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to end Sevilla’s phenomenal unbeaten home record in what was a thrilling derby encounter. Fabián Ruiz gave Betis the lead within the opening minute, but Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder equalised soon after. Betis re-established their advantage through Zouhair Feddal before Simon Kjaer equalised once again. Riza Durmisi and Sergio León scored to put Betis firmly in control, but Sevilla’s Clément Lenglet…

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Arrests made ahead of Sevilla derby

Violence between radical supporters of Sevilla and Real Betis has resulted in 24 arrests made by local police forces, according to reports in Spain. The confrontations occurred in the area of the Barqueta bridge, in the early hours of the morning ahead of tonight’s fixture between the rival Andalusian club sides. Tools such as knives, axes and sticks were used in the attacks, which are said to have been planned between sets of opposition fans. The derby – which will be played at Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium – is…

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