Messi winner sinks Atletico 2-1 in Simeone’s 300th game

Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals in as many La Liga games against Atletico (Image credit: Reuters)

Lionel Messi scored a late winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid to go briefly top of La Liga. Rafinha gave Barca the lead when Luis Suarez – who had an effort ruled out – took a shot which ricocheted off two defenders to land at his feet. Diego Godin levelled when he headed home Koke’s free-kick. But Messi pounced in ...

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Neymar to face trial after losing appeal over corruption charges


A court rejected the final appeals against the ruling that the Brazil star will face a trial over allegations of fraud in his move to Barcelona Neymar will have to stand trial after he lost an appeal against corruption charges relating to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona, a criminal court in Spain has ruled. The Brazilian’s move to La ...

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Barcelona’s Bartomeu backs Luis Enrique and says there is ‘no plan B’

Barca owed their narrow win over 17th-placed Leganes to a 90th-minute Lionel Messi penalty (Image credit: EPA)

Enrique’s contract expires at the end of this season, and some fans booed him during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Leganes. “The priority is still for Luis Enrique to continue,” Josep Maria Bartomeu told Catalan broadcaster TV3. “In the last few years, he has won almost all competitions. The Barca supporters are very happy with him.” Former Barca and Spain midfielder ...

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Messi penalty beats Leganes at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi scores the opener for Barcelona (Photo: REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s 90th-minute penalty saw off the challenge of gutsy Leganes and spared Barcelona from a second successive embarrassing result. The champions underwhelmed again after Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League defeat at Paris St-Germain and had keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for a string of great saves. Messi gave Barca an early lead, before Unai Lopez fired in the equaliser. ...

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Gameiro Hat-trick guides Atletico past Gijon


A devastating hat-trick from Kevin Gameiro gave Atletico Madrid a 4-1 victory away to Sporting Gijon on Saturday that keeps their top-four hopes firmly in their hands. The striker came off the bench to score three times in five minutes in the closing stages to secure maximum points for Diego Simeone’s side and inflict a damaging defeat on the struggling ...

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Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: Gareth Bale scores on return from injury

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Gareth Bale made a goalscoring return from an ankle injury as he scored Real Madrid’s second in a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. Los Periquitos had not won at the Bernabeu since 1996, but looked organised in the early stages of the game, though they went behind when Alvaro Morata headed Isco’s cross past David Lopez in the ...

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Thomas Partey signs new deal with Atletico Madrid


Thomas Partey has renewed his contract with our club until 2022. The Ghanaian midfielder, who came to the red and white club in 2011, extends his link for three more seasons. Our player was happy with his renewal: “I’m very happy. I want to continue growing in Atleti.” The Ghanaian international made his debut last season with the first team ...

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Latif Blessing will not be missed- Liberty Boss


Acting Liberty Professionals Head Coach, Ignatius Osei Fosu, says the club can cope without last season’s talismanic striker Latif Blessing, in this season’s league campaign. Latif Blessing finished as last season’s top scorer with 17 goals and 5 assists and was very instrumental in Liberty’s league survival. Liberty lost their opening league game of the 2016/2017 Ghana premier league season ...

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Sampaoli laments more dropped points for Sevilla


Following last week’s shock defeat to Espanyol, Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli was left frustrated by his side’s inability to bypass a stout Villarreal defence in Sunday afternoon’s LaLiga fixture. The Yellow Submarine earned a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but only after Samir Nasri squandered a chance to claim the points from the penalty spot. “We couldn’t ...

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