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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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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