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Beautiful Suarez’s strike seals Wanda metropolitano’s side a Victory over Real Betis

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Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s men made it a club-record 21 LaLiga games without defeat.

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Line-ups
Atletico XI: Suarez, Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Koke, Felipe, Lemar, Correa, Hermoso, Llorente, Torreira

Subs: Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Gimenez, I. Grbić, Saponjic, Felix, Lodi, Álvaro García, J. Sanabria, Sergio Camello, Ricard Sánchez

Betis XI: Bravo, Canales, Mandi, Bartra, Montoya, Tello, Carvalho, Fekir, Álex Moreno, Sanabria, G. Rodriguez

Subs: Joaquin, V.Ruiz, Robles, Iglesias, Moron, P. Akouokou, Lainez, Juan Miranda, Rebollo, Fran Delgado, Rodri


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Final score: Levante 0-2 Madrid

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Real Madrid climbed to the top of the LaLiga with a 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday afternoon.

2020/2021 La Liga
0-2
Vinicius (16′)
Benzema (90’+5′)

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Vinicius put Real Madrid ahead after 16 minutes when Levante failed to clear a corner and left the Brazilian in space just inside the area. So often criticised for his finishing he curled a well-struck shot beyond Aitor Fernandez.

He was Madrid’s brightest player in the first half and when he raced clear of Levante’s high defensive line he flashed the centre across the six-yard box and Benzema, who had sprinted to arrive, couldn’t stretch to finish.

Levante were by no means out of it and Nicola Vukcevic headed on to the crossbar. The home side – playing in Villarreal’s Ceramic Stadium because their own redeveloped stadium will not be ready until the end of the month – finished strongly but Madrid deserved their half-time lead.

Madrid were wasteful at the restart with Benzema hitting the post and Vinicius missing two chances. The 20-year-old could and should have had a hat-trick. With those chances missed Levante grew in confidence and when Enis Bardhi shot through a crowd of players Courtois was at full length and it was the right foot that diverted the ball wide.

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Ramos headed Real Madrid in front from Luka Modric’s free-kick but the flag was up. Replays appeared to show Ramos had stepped back from his offside position before the free-kick was taken. The replays also showed Ramos had pushed the defender in the back. The goal should have been ruled out for the push but not for the handball. The goal was ruled out, but for the apparently non-existent offside.

Courtois saved Madrid again with two more saves from Bardhi. The second was routine from the midfielder’s disappointing shot but the first was brave and alert, getting down to block the one-on-one chance. It was worthy of the three points.

Benzema raced clear to score the second with the last touch of the game. Levante did not deserve to lose by more than the solitary goal but Benzema’s first goal of the season doubled the lead.

Madrid go into the international break top of the table. ‘I’m glad to have scored but then I missed a chance in the second half which I should not have missed,’ said Vinicius. ‘I know I have to improve but I’m working hard.’

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

4′ Yellow Card! Casemiro booked

7′ CLOSE! Marti’s shot wide out

16′ GOAL! Levante 0-1 Real Madrid (Vinicius)

31′ Post! Vukcevic nearly score

44′ Miramon fire his shot into the sky

52′ CHANCE! Vinicius almost score second goal

59′ Bardhi’s powerful shot stopped by Courtois

63′ Morales hits the side-nets

68′ Disallowed! Ramos scores but the goal is offside

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78′ Courtois makes a decent save

88′ Subs! Ødegaard & Isco subbed on

95′ GOAL! Levante 0-2 Real Madrid (Benzema)

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Line-ups
Levante XI: Fernandez, Postigo, Miramon, Campana, Vukcevic, Clerc, Marti, Vezo, Morales, M. Malsa, Bardhi

Subs: Duarte, Coke, Tono, Radoja, Melero, Koke, Son, Dani Cárdenas, Rober, Jorge de Frutos, Dani Gómez

Real Madrid XI: Ramos, Modric, Benzema, Courtois, Casemiro, Nacho, Varane, F Mendy, Asensio, Valverde, Vinicius

Subs: Marcelo, Isco, Vazquez, Jovic, M. Ødegaard, A. Lunin, Víctor Chust, Rodrygo, Altube.


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New Season, New Surprises as Granada defeats Atletic Club Bilbao

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Granada finished the 2019/20 campaign running rings around Athletic Club and they have started the new season in the same way.


After winning 4-0 at home to Gaizka Garitano’s side on the final day of last season, they this time won 2-0 against the Basques to go into next Thursday’s Europa League qualifier full of confidence.

After a Yangel Herrera header was ruled out at the end of the first half for a foul by German Sanchez, Herrera did then score the opening goal of the LaLiga Santander season just after the break when he headed in an Angel Montoro cross in the 49th minute.

Just four minutes after that, the Andalusian side made it 2-0 when summer signing Luis Milla fired a shot in off the post from the edge of the area.

Inaki Williams came off the bench for Athletic Club as the visitors looked to get back into the match and the forward did hit the woodwork, but Granada were very comfortable after the second half cooling break as they nursed their lead to the full time whistle.


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Key Updates: El classicos, Derby matches and postponments; See below

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The fixture list for the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season has been released.

The draw, held at the Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters at Las Rozas, revealed the dates for all 38 matchdays in Spain’s top flight.

Seven fixtures will take place on the opening weekend of the campaign on September 13, including a derby between Valencia and Levante at Mestalla.

The first Clasico of the season will be held on October 25 when Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

The return fixture will see Barcelona travel to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 11.

As for the Madrid derbies, Real Madrid will host Atletico Madrid on December 13, while Los Blancos travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on March 7.

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Postponements
None of the five teams involved in European competitions in August will take part in the opening weekend of the LaLiga Santander season – the same goes for playoff winners Elche.

Matchday 1 fixtures involving Atletico, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Getafe, Barcelona and Elche will all have to wait until the new year.

Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla and Elche will also see their fixtures for Matchday 2 postponed because they finished later than Real Madrid and Getafe in August.

There is also the issue of Granada’s Europa League playoffs – their game against Osasuna from Matchday 4 will now take place on January 12.

No problems are expected for the final day of the season on May 23, which includes Real Madrid hosting Villarreal and Barcelona’s trip to Eibar.

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2020/21 LaLiga Santander calendar: All 38 matchdays

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has decided the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander calendar, with the new campaign set to begin on September 13.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Sevilla – as well as Elche who gained promotion via the playoffs, will have their opening matches postponed in order for these teams to get extra rest ahead of the campaign.

The schedule is asymmetrical, meaning that the first half of the season’s fixtures are not in the same order as the second half.

More to follow…

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