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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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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