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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Bayern Munich triumphs against 10-men Anderlecht

Despite what some may have considered to be quite a one-sided game, Bayern Munich was seen to be ‘struggling’ against an Anderlecht side that was clearly an outsider, despite claiming a 3-0 victory that did not reflect the progress of the game at all. As the Champions League kicked off this Tuesday, many were scotched in front of their TV, computers or whatever device they may have been using to watch some of the biggest, most interesting clashes of the day. With most of them watching the Barcelona, Atlético or even PSG games, some football fans instead decided to watch a game that some would expect to be very one-sided; the David-Goliath clash between Bayern Munich and RSC Anderlecht. Bayern

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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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Isco shines as Spain ends Italy’s unbeaten run in qualifiers

Isco was the star in today’s clash between Italy and Spain as the Real Madrid playmaker led la Roja to an outstanding 3-0 victory at Santiago Bernabéu. Following a foul near the angle of the 18-yard box, Isco opened the score for the hosts with a splendid free-kick. The Spaniard curled the ball above the wall and left Buffon agape, as the Italian keeper had a disappointing reaction time for this free-kick that he could have arguably saved, had he noticed the ball’s trajectory earlier. Around the forty-minute mark, as Spain started to get even more comfortable with the ball, Isco received the ball from Iniesta a couple of meters away from the 18-yard box. Spain’s number 22 had a

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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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Swansea sign Renato Sanches on season-long loan

Following what some may consider a blank season for the Euro 2016 winner, Bayern Munich has decided to loan Renato Sanches to Premier League side Swansea City, on a season-long loan. Kicking off this deadline day with a quality deal is Swansea City, signing the young yet experienced Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern, who will stay in Wales until June 2018. After a summer frenzy surrounding an eventual transfer to Manchester United on a permanent basis, Ancelotti has decided to instead loan the player to a team coached by someone he appreciates and has a good relationship with; Paul Clément, his former assistant coach. Renato Sanches will be hoping to gain some experience by playing first team football at

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PSG midfielder joins West Brom on loan

PSG midfielder and Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak has joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long deal. West Brom have been one of the biggest surprises of this beginning of the season in the Premier League. Already sitting at the fifth place in the standings, the Baggies have also shown their ambition not only through their results, but also through the quality signings they have made this summer window. From the signing of injury-flop Jay Rodriguez to that of Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal earlier today, Tony Pulis’ squad has been improving in terms of both quality and experience. This successful transfer window has also been highlighted by a success in retaining their key players at the club, with the only starter

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Tottenham sign centre-back Juan Foyth on five-year deal

According to the club’s twitter, the Spurs have finalized the signing of Estudiantes centre-back Juan Foyth on a five-year deal. The transfer fee, though undisclosed, is estimated at around £10 million. Juan Foyth’s transfer has been one of the few deals that few would expect to be favorable for Tottenham. The club had been in competition with PSG (who were the first to be rumored targeting Foyth) for now almost a month, and to see the Premier League club sign the defender was a surprise to the eyes of many. Nonetheless, with the deal now complete, Spurs fans will have something to look forward to next month, when Tottenham faces Everton in what could be Foyth’s Premier League debut. The

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