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Barcelona 2-0 Sporting Lisbon: Easy night for Valverde’s men

Barcelona breezed to a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon thanks to goals from Paco Alcacer and a Jeremy Mathieu own goal. With the Catalan giants already qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League; Valverde opted to make several changes which included a rest for both Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi. The likes of Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Paco Alcacer were handed a chance to impress and it was the latter who did just that to open the scoring. Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has featured in every single Barcelona…

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Global News 

Valverde unconcerned by Luis Suarez’ form; Iniesta keen to grow

Ernesto Valverde has backed Luis Suarez after criticism over his poor form for Barcelona so far this season, whilst the striker himself has responded. The Catalan side were fortunate to beat Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League fixture on Wednesday evening but never the less, they secured all three points thanks to a deflected Lionel Messi free-kick. Messi has been in typically sensational form this season, but that is in stark contrast to the form of former Liverpool striker Suarez, who has just two competitive goals. The Uruguayan failed to…

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Match Centre News 

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Barcelona: Valverde’s side made to work for three points

Barcelona beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 on Wednesday evening to maintain top spot in Group D of the Champions League. A hostile crowd and the work-rate of the home team saw Ernesto Valverde’s side find it hard to get past their opponents but an own goal from former Liverpool defender Sebastien Coates gave them a 1-0 victory. Barca were kept well in check in the first half with Sporting keeper Rui Patricio reacting well to everything that was thrown at him, whilst former defender Jeremy Mathieu was determined to halt Lionel…

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La Liga News 

Gabigol set for either Malaga, Sporting or Benfica

Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa, also known as ‘Gabigol’, looks set for a summer move with one of three clubs ready to seal his signature, according to reports. The 20-year-old striker joined the Serie A side from Santos last summer for a massive €29.5m, but failed to make a league start in the club’s domestic campaign. A total of 10 appearances during the season has seen the Italian side look to loan him out for playing time and experience. Plus, it is thought that the Brazilian’s relationship with the club took…

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La Liga News 

Sevilla set to sign Zeegelaar

Sevilla are set to complete the signing of Sporting Lisbon left-back Marvin Zeegelaar in a €3m deal, according to reports in Spain. El Desmarque report on Wednesday morning that the 27-year-old Duthman is now set to arrive in Spain and complete his move to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The move will see competition provided for Sergio Escudero after the Andalusian club failed to complete a move for Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa with the Frenchman failing his medical. Sporting defender Zeegelaar can operate in the left back roll or has been…

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La Liga News 

Malaga submit Schelotto bid

Malaga have submitted a bid for Sporting Lisbon’s Matias Schelotto, according to A Bola. The Andalusian side have been busy during the summer transfer window thus far, but frustrations from their fans have come about after the sales of experienced keeper Carlos Kameni and captain Ignacio Camacho. Other departures are likely with Villarreal in negotiations for youngster Pablo Fornals, but news of a bid for Argentine defender Schelotto will be welcome news to those fans. Schelotto is much travelled around Europe, having arrive from Argentine side Banfield in 2008 as…

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La Liga News 

Sporting Lisbon complete Mathieu and Coentrao deals

Sporting Lisbon have completed deals for Jeremy Mathieu and Fabio Coentrao of Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. According to Marca and AS, deals for the La Liga defensive duo have been completed seeing the former sign on a permanent deal and the latter arrive on a one-year loan deal. Coentrao moved to Santiago Bernabeu in 2011 from Benfica but has seen playing time hard to come by following a number of injury problems and the form of Marcelo and Dani Carvajal. Madrid president Florentino Perez recently discussed the deal, telling…

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La Liga News 

Coentrao set to join Sporting with Real paying part of his wages

Fabio Coentrao has reached an agreement with Sporting CP to join the Portuguese side on loan, according to A Bola. Real Madrid are willing to pay €2m of his wages with Sporting paying €1 million meaning the left back would have to cut back on his current €3.5 million wage at the Bernabeu but this isn’t proving to be a problem with the transfer expected to be confirmed by the end of the week. When the move is confirmed it will see Coentrao reunited with the manager who ignited his…

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