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Spain’s Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks. Was it a surprise move? Absolutely. But the history of coaching dismissals in soccer and every other sport is littered with strange timing, strange decisions and strange … Continue reading Spain’s Lopetegui joins long line of strange coach firings

Messi keeps Barcelona’s unbeaten run alive in La Liga

MADRID /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Even without being fully fit and despite playing only a few minutes, Lionel Messi still had enough to keep Barcelona from losing in the Spanish league. Messi, who recently missed two international friendlies with Argentina because of a leg muscle problem, scored an 89th-minute equalizer in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw … Continue reading Messi keeps Barcelona’s unbeaten run alive in La Liga

Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 win

MANCHESTER/March 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Frustrated and feeling increasingly uneasy, Manchester United fans unleashed a loud cry of “attack, attack, attack” with their team’s Champions League fate hanging in the balance against Sevilla. It was the Spanish side who answered the call. Within eight minutes, Sevilla had scored two goals and was heading into the quarterfinals … Continue reading Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 win

Aspas scores twice as Celta defeats Betis in Spanish league

MADRID/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Celta Vigo stayed within range of the Champions League spots by defeating Real Betis 3-2 at home with two goals by forward Iago Aspas in the Spanish league on Monday. Aspas scored in each half to lead Celta to seventh place after 21 matches. It is seven points behind fourth-place Real Madrid. Betis … Continue reading Aspas scores twice as Celta defeats Betis in Spanish league

Ronaldo nails 2 penalties as Real Madrid beats Valencia 4-1

BARCELONA, Spain/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties in the first half to lead Real Madrid past Valencia 4-1 on Saturday, intensifying their fight for third place in the Spanish league. Madrid’s first victory in five away matches in the league takes some pressure off coach Zinedine Zidane following his team’s shock elimination from … Continue reading Ronaldo nails 2 penalties as Real Madrid beats Valencia 4-1

More jeers for Real Madrid after home loss to Villarreal

MADRID/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Another poor result, another round of jeers for Real Madrid. Madrid’s struggles in the Spanish league continued when it lost to Villarreal 1-0 on Saturday, infuriating fans at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and increasing pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane. Pablo Fornals netted Villarreal’s winner in the 87th minute, prompting loud boos by the … Continue reading More jeers for Real Madrid after home loss to Villarreal

Zidane says it’s not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid

MADRID/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— As far as Zinedine Zidane is concerned, things are not as bad as they look for Real Madrid. Zidane downplayed Madrid’s recent setbacks, blaming critics for exaggerating the team’s struggles and wanting to create turmoil at the club. “I’m tired of hearing that Madrid is struggling,” Zidane said on Friday. “It’s easy … Continue reading Zidane says it’s not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid