24 Aug From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49462126 Read more about sharing. Real Madrid were left frustrated by Valladolid's equaliser with just two minutes remaining in La Liga.Sergi Guardiola latched on to a through ball late on and coolly converted his finish between the legs of Real's ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Frenchman Karim Benzema thought he had won it for Real on 82 minutes with a brilliant turn and finish.Substitute Luka Jovic headed against the crossbar for the hosts a minute after going on as a substitute.Real went into their second league game of the season after beating Celta Vigo 3-1 in their opener with Gareth Bale once again handed a place in the starting line-up.The Welshman came close to leaving Madrid for China in the transfer window but … [Read more...] about Real Madrid 1-1 Valladolid: Guardiola cancels out Benzema goal
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Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid secured their first win of pre-season by beating Fenerbahce 5-3 in the Audi Cup in Munich on Wednesday evening. After a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich, a 2-2 draw against Arsenal and a 7-3 defeat to Atletico in the International Champions Cup in the United States, Zinedine Zidane’s side went down 1-0 to Tottenham in the semi-finals on Tuesday. That meant Los Blancos would meet Fenerbahce, with the Turkish team thrashed 6-1 by Bayern in their last-four game. Zidane picked a strong side, but saw his team concede after just six minutes as some sloppy defending allowed Garry Rodrigues time and space to shoot, his long-range effort beating an unsighted Keylor Navas as Marcelo jumped in his goalkeeper’s view in an attempt to block. Benzema then slotted in at the far post where he was left unmarked following some good play by Vinicius Junior after 12 minutes. And the French forward gave Madrid the lead after 27 minutes as he glanced home … [Read more...] about Real Madrid 5-3 Fenerbahce: Benzema bags hat-trick in thriller
19 May From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48257228 Read more about sharing. Unused substitute Gareth Bale walked off without acknowledging the home support after Real Madrid's final La Liga match this season ended in a dismal defeat by Real Betis.Speculation over the 29-year-old, who joined for a club record £85m in 2013, has intensified this season with reports suggesting he will leave the Bernabeu during the close season.Real finished third with 68 points - their worst total since 2001-02.Loron Moron and Jese scored for Betis.This latest defeat was Real's 12th in the league this season, the first time that has happened since the 1998-99 campaign.Real finished eight points behind runners-up Atletico Madrid and are 18 adrift of champions Barcelona, who visit face … [Read more...] about Gareth Bale does not acknowledge fans in final Real Madrid game
Real Madrid are close to finalising a €60 million deal to sign Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic. Los Blancos were known to be in the market for a centre-forward to provide back-up and also competition to Karim Benzema and are now on the verge of tying up a deal for the Serbian striker. Jovic, who has scored 27 goals in 47 appearances for Eintracht this season and was key in the German side’s run to the Europa League semi-finals, is only 21 years old and will lead a summer of rebuilding at the Santiago Bernabeu. According to Sky Germany, the striker will sign a five-year contract with the Spanish side and he could be unveiled as early as next week. Meanwhile, Madrid’s move for Jovic could be partially funded by the sale of Mariano Diaz, who is wanted by Valencia. Mariano returned to Real from Lyon last year in a €21.5m deal, but is not in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane and is one of a number of players set to be sold by Los Blancos this summer. Reports … [Read more...] about Real Madrid closing on €60million Jovic deal
Suffering relegation to the Segunda Division with a goal in the last five minutes at your own stadium in the penultimate game of the season is a tough blow. Despite that sheer disappointment, the majority of the 13,000 Girona fans inside Montilivi stayed in the stands. And they did not stay to whistle their players but to applaud their efforts during two great seasons in the top flight, their first ever campaigns in LaLiga Santander. There was also the farewell to Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid after nine terrific seasons with the club, which was by far the highlight of the weekend. In a week where the word 'failure' returned to be associated with the team which, only ten days earlier, was receiving high praise for winning their eighth league title in the last eleven seasons, those samples of greatness deserve to stand out for their exemplary nature. Between so much tension and rancour are the behaviours to imitate. On Sunday, Keylor Navas and Gareth Bale will play their final match … [Read more...] about Can Real Madrid fans give Bale a fond farewell?