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LaLiga 2018 World Cup diary: Round-up of every match in Russia

Friday, June 22 Group E: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica It took Brazil right up to the 90th minute to secure victory against Costa Rica. Costa Rica did start off brightly and could have taken the lead after 13 minutes, as the ball was pulled back to Celso Borges, whose shot went just wide of Alisson’s goal. And then began the Brazilian dominance, a goal was rightly ruled out in the 26th minute, as Gabriel Jesus wandered offside as Marcelo’s shot came towards him, which he controlled and blasted past the ‘keeper….

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Liga 123 playoff final: Enticing duel between Numancia and Real Valladolid awaits

Numancia and Real Valladolid square off in the Liga 123 playoff finals, with a place in Spain’s top tier the prize for the winners of the two-legged encounter.  Tonight, Los Pajaritos in Soria is the scene of the first clash, with the José Zorrilla in Valladolid staging the return match on Saturday. The teams have met twice already during the 2017/18 calendar, splitting the series one apiece.  In December, Real Valladolid jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at home, but conceded three times inside the final 25 minutes to…

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Liga 123 playoffs: Numancia and Real Valladolid set up final clash

A late goal by Numancia’s Pape Diamanka stunned Real Zaragoza and punched his side’s ticket to a playoff final encounter with Real Valladolid, who confidently saw off rivals Sporting in the other tie. REAL ZARAGOZA            1 NUMANCIA                     2 (Numancia win 3-2 on aggregate) Following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw, the visitors signalled their intent early on.  Nacho, who had replaced the injured Unai Medina within ten minutes, saw his effort rebound off the base of Cristian Álvarez’s post in a cagey first half.  Real Zaragoza did not threaten until Gaizka Toquero’s…

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World Cup 2018 Group A: Opening day starts with Russia hosting Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 begins with Group A taking the forefront as Russia host Saudi Arabia and Egypt face Uruguay. The opening match of the competition is hardly one that whets the appetite but nevertheless, we will all be tuning in to see the hosts face off against one of the more interesting sides, Saudi Arabia. The Luzhniki stadium hosts the opener, and will be a key game in determining how far either of these sides can go in the tournament, much will be the pressure on the hosts to give…

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Liga 123 playoffs: Real Valladolid in control over rivals Sporting

A superb first half performance from Real Valladolid ensured they are firmly in the driving seat ahead of the second leg of their playoff encounter with Sporting Gijón as they dispatched their rivals 3-1 at the José Zorrilla on Thursday evening. Three goals in a frenetic eight-minute period stunned the visitors, who could only muster a reply from Jony with twenty minutes remaining. Pucela opened the scoring on 29 minutes through defender Fernando Calero.  Óscar Plano took a quick free kick, playing the ball to Pablo Hervías on the right…

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LaLiga123 Play-offs: Honours even between Numancia and Real Zaragoza in first leg

Two early goals marked the opening match of LaLiga123 promotion play-offs as Numancia could only draw 1-1 to Real Zaragoza at their Los Pajaritos home. The hosts opted for Guillermo to play the lone striker role, backed by a three-man support of Unai Medina, Pere Milla and Marc Mateu, while Natxo Gonzalez aligned his side with two up front in the shape of Jorge Pombo and the lethal Borja Iglesias. The visitors got off to a perfect start after just four minutes as Alberto Zapater struck a delightful free-kick into the top corner…

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Champions League Final outcome not dependent on Ronaldo or Salah: a preview

On Saturday night in Kiev, Liverpool and Real Madrid will go head to head in the Champions League Final. Madrid, will be looking to claim their 13th European crown while Liverpool will be after their 6th, which would elevate them to third in the all time winners chart just behind AC Milan on seven. Last season, Real Madrid became the first team since the formulation of the Champions League to retain it the following year. Needless to say, they will also be the first team to win it three years…

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Villarreal 2 – 2 Real Madrid: Nerves for Los Blancos as the Champions League final looms

In the final La Liga weekend, Real Madrid let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at Villarreal to add extra anticipation to next Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool. Gareth Bale started the match and Cristiano Ronaldo was back after his ankle injury saw him forced off at halftime of the El Clasico match on May 6. Both players scored in the first half and it looked like Real Madrid was going to end the season on a high. Bale’s goal came in the 11th minute, with five defenders around him he still somehow…

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Valencia 2 – 1 Deportivo: A celebratory atmosphere in the Estadio de Mestalla

Valencia fans were less concerned about the 2-1 win over Deportivo on Sunday and focused more on celebrating the fact that they will be playing Champions League football next season. Clarence Seedorf’s Deportivo side showed a bit of promise with some good chances and a bit of fight against Valencia that bodes well for them, considering their recent descent into Segunda Division. The first goal came in the 28th minute, courtesy of a strike from former West Ham man Simone Zaza. A crossed ball rebounded off the defense and Zaza swept it in nicely with…

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