Messi scores four goals as Barcelona win 6-1 against Eibar

Lionel Messi netted four goals in Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Eibar at Camp Nou. Despite the predictions of Barcelona falling down in the La Liga standings this season, Lionel Messi and his teammates have been standing tall, managing a perfect record of five wins in five games. The Argentine star has also been on a roll in these early stages, with 9 goals in 5 La Liga games; and a brace against Juventus in the Champions League. His teammates have also been doing quite well, though the club’s record signing Ousmane Dembélé did injure his hamstring in the last fixture of the club against Getafe. However, Yesterday’s game was routine for Valverde’s Barcelona. After Messi giving the lead to the

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Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid grab important 3-1 win against Sociedad

Real Madrid have earned themselves a key win today as Los Merengues triumphed 3-1 against Real Sociedad away from home, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. This fixture was quite an important one. Real Madrid, who had already disappointed in the past couple of weeks, with draws against Levante and Valencia, needed this win in order to come back in the title race and to increase their hopes of catching up to FC Barcelona, who had maintained a splendid record this season. Real Madrid started the game with the absences of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, and victory was far from certain at this point. Real Madrid’s first goal would come from a long cross to Sergio Ramos.

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Ousmane Dembélé injured as Barcelona win over Getafe

Despite Barcelona being onto what many may call a perfect start with 4 wins already in La Liga, today’s 2-1 win over Getafe, along with Paulinho’s first Barcelona goal were outshone by Ousmane Dembélé’s hamstring injury. Barcelona’s starting eleven featured the lineup that everyone expected, with the exception of Sergi Roberto being placed at the right-back spot ahead of Benfica signing Nelson Sémédo, who impressed many in his first couple of games for Barcelona (whether that be in the Real Madrid clash, or in the early La Liga fixtures). Ousmane Dembélé’s injury would come right after a successful backheel, nearly thirty minutes into the game. The player performed his back-heel flick successfully, before the receiving player to be dispossessed; Dembélé

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Messi scores twice, leads Barça to 3-0 win on Juventus

Lionel Messi’s stellar performances have not stopped; in fact, the Argentinian winger has been noted as man of the match yesterday as Barcelona faced Juventus in one of the most anticipated clashes of this season’s UEFA Champions League. Many knew that this game would be quite an interesting one, though the prestige of both teams had decreased in the past season. Despite being Champions League finalists, Juventus had already lost a sizeable amount of key players in the transfer window, whereas Barcelona was also plagued by exits as their star Neymar left to join PSG (his replacement Ousmane Dembélé made his debut last week-end). Nonetheless, for many experts, this was a game to watch if anyone was to evaluate the

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La Liga Round-Up: Barça flies, Real sinks

Barcelona’s triumphant win over Espanyol, Messi’s spectacular performance in the Catalonia derby, Real’s fumble in Santiago Bernabéu; review this Liga matchweek. Real Madrid slowed down by Levante Madrid fielded a much less competitive starting eleven than anyone would expect; players such as Vázquez, Casillo, Llorente and Nacho were starters in a game that would be a relative nightmare for Zidane’s players. Levante would be the first team to score, following a long throw-in from Iván López that would reach Ivi López, marked by Ramos in the box; the winger performed an interesting first touch with his back facing the net, before taking a turn and tucking the ball into the back of the net. Real Madrid’s efforts would finally come

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Aleix Vidal’s Valencia move ‘fell through’ on deadline day

According to Spanish radio RAC1, Aleix Vidal was expected to join Spanish outlet Valencia on a move away from Barcelona; but the deal fell through in the first half of the transfer deadline day. Barcelona’s transfer deadline day was quite an interesting one when looking at it with an outsider’s perspective. With most deals falling through at the last minute and rumours extinguishing themselves as the deadline approached (such as Coutinho’s arrival to the club), rumours regarding departures were quite rare. Aside from André Gomes’ reported departure to the Premier League, Aleix Vidal rumours were some of the hottest amongst Barça fans. Some were in favor of a sale of the winger, who was initially bought as a replacement for

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Arda Turan rejects move away from Barcelona

Arda Turan, the Turkey international winger, has rejected to join Galatasaray on a two-year loan deal, according to Marca. Despite being expected to leave the club this summer, Area Turan’s chances of getting playing time this season have increased following the sale of Neymar to PSG, though they went back to ‘normal’ as Ousmane Dembélé joined the club on a record-breaking transfer a couple of weeks ago. Following this deal, the Turkish international was rumored to be questioning his future at the club, though rumours have now quieted down with his most recent declaration. After an agreement between Barcelona and Galatasaray for a two-year loan deal for the former number 7 of the Blaugranas, Turan has indeed rejected a move

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Nani joins Lazio on season loan with option to buy

Portuguese winger Nani has officially left Valencia to seal a season-long loan move to Lazio – the Italian club will have an option to buy for the duration of the loan. After a successful medical yesterday in the evening, Nani is now officially a Lazio player. The Portuguese left-winger will be leaving Valencia for Rome after playing just over a year in Spain – the Serie A will be the fifth league he plays in after notable spells in Manchester United and Sporting CP. The player was one of the key members of the Portuguese squad that won the most recent European Championship, and was named amongst some of the best players of the tournament. These performances, along with a

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Dortmund and Barça agree €150m deal for Dembélé

The reported asking price of £138m for Ousmane Dembélé may have been a hoax, as Barcelona are expected to strike a deal for the left winger for a ‘reduced’ asking price, though addons could raise said price. It has been quite a story. After failing to sign Coutinho and Di Maria, Barcelona’s last hope seemed to be the signing Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé, as the Jean-Michaël Seri transfer story came to an end when Nice increased their asking price to €50m. However, with now only one player to focus on, things are looking like a deal could finally be struckAccording to BeINSport, both clubs have agreed a €120m fee (with €30m in add-ons and bonuses) for the transfer of the French

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Barça told that PSG ‘are not selling’ Di Maria

FC Barcelona have been actively pursuing replacements for Neymar. After being told to give up on a possible Philippe Coutinho deal, the Spanish giants were expected to find another target. As their targets seem to get more expensive every day that passes, the Barça administration has set his sights on yet another winger to fill in the spot that is currently disputed between Paco Alcacer and Gérard Deulofeu. But this player will also not be joining Barcelona, despite some sources announcing that his arrival at Camp Nou will be imminent. And that player is none other than Angel Di Maria; the former Real Madrid, Manchester United and Benfica winger was expected to join Barcelona on a £45million deal just as

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