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Deschamps Leaves out Laporte

French national team manager, Dider Deschamps, has left Athletic club defender, Aymeric Laporte out of the French squad for the the upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany. Deschamps picked his 24 man squad, opting for Laporte’s under 21 international partner,  Benjamin Pavard. Laporte has played for the under 21s since 2013 and has previously claimed that it his dream is to earn a senior cap for Les Blues. However, constant rebuttals from Deschamps has had Laporte speak out against the head coach and even hint that he might declare for…

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Wins for Los Blancos, Las Palmas, Levante and La Real – Copa del Rey Round Up

Real Madrid will begin the second leg two goals to the good as penalties from Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez helped them to a win against Fuenlabrada in a match that saw both teams end the game with ten men. Zinedine Zidane had made many changes to his team from last week’s win over Eibar and the youngsters struggled in the first half as Fuenlabrada gave their best. They took the lead however on 63 minutes from the penalty spot, Asensio sending the keeper the wrong way after Fran Garcia was…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Thursday

The Copa del Rey round of 32 first legs come to an end on Thursday with five more games across the night. Real Madrid make their bow in the tournament with a trip across the city to face third tier Fuenlabrada. Los Blancos go into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over Eibar last Sunday and are of course clear favourites to get past their hosts comfortably, with Zinedine Zidane clear with his intentions to win the cup this year. “Winning the cup isn’t something personal, it’s…

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Barcelona leave Murcia dressing a disgraceful mess

Images and a video has emerged of the dressing room used by Barcelona in their Copa del Rey tie with Murcia on Tuesday evening. The Catalan side paid a visit to third-tier Murcia on Tuesday evening, winning the first leg of their Copa dey tie 3-0 thanks to goals from Paco Alcacer, Gerard Deulofeu and youngster Jose Arnaiz. Boss Ernesto Valverde chose to utilise a number of young players for the fixture, leaving out the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti. Barca, who have…

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Simeone frustrated by Atleti’s Copa draw

Diego Simeone was left frustrated after Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw with Segunda B side Elche. The La Liga side were forced to settle for a first leg draw as Elche held them at the Martinez Valero. The capital side took the lead after 17 minutes when Thomas Partey nodded home from Jose Gimenez’s cross. Elche were causing problems however and after six minutes of the second half were level with Lolo stepping up to slot the ball past Miguel Angel Moya from the penalty spot. Both sides had…

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Ponferradina stun Villarreal with Atletico and Athletic held – Copa del Rey Round Up

Ponferradina provided the shock of the round so far by beating Villarreal 1-0 at El Toralin in their first leg. The Segunda B side scored the only goal of the game after 37 minutes through a fantastic free kick by Sergio Cidoncha as he bent the ball into the top corner from 30 yards. The visitors had a lot of the ball and went close on a couple of occasions, mainly through Denis Cheryshev, but were unable to find a way into the net. Third tier Formentera held La Liga…

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Michel annoyed with Malaga after another defeat

Malaga boss Michel has been left annoyed after his side failed to beat Numancia on Tuesday evening in the Copa del Rey. The La Liga side took the lead through Recio’s outstanding free kick and looked destined for a crucial first leg win as they entered stoppage time but Nacho stroked home from the edge of the area to equalise on 92 minutes, before in the 95th minute – Alberto Escassi’s header hit the post only for him to nod home the rebound and give Numancia a lead to take…

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Berizzo praises Sevilla after much needed victory over Cartagena

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo praised his side after they beat Cartagena 3-0 in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday evening. The victory over the Segunda B side ends a drastic two week period for the Andalusian’s, who lost 5-1 to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League and 4-0 to Valencia in La Liga last week. Goals from Pablo Sarabia, Joaquin Correa and Luis Muriel saw Sevilla comfortably dispatch of the third tier side. The La Liga side dominated the game early on and opened the scoring on 25 minutes. Pablo…

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Jose Arnaiz discusses ‘memorable’ Barcelona debut

Barcelona forward Jose Arnaiz has discussed his debut for the club in which he scored against Murcia on Tuesday evening. The 22-year-old joined the Catalan club’s B side from Real Valladolid earlier this summer and has since scored four goals in eight games in La Liga 123, catching the eye of the club’s supporters and first team coach Ernesto Valverde. Handed his official Barca debut on Tuesday evening, Arnaiz scored the third of this side’s goals as they beat Murcia in the Copa del Rey first leg. “My debut with…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Wednesday

Three more of La Liga’s European representatives get their campaigns underway at Segunda B side’s as the Round of 32 continues. Atletico Madrid have arguably the hardest third tier side to face as they take on Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Elche were demoted from La Liga at the end of the 2014/15 season due to financial irregularities, despite finishing 13th. This of course has affected the club and at the end of last season (2016/17) the club were relegated. They currently sit fourth in the Segunda B…

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