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Sergio Ramos loses two penalties in Spain, Switzerland clash.

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Spain’s press was beaten too easily for the first goal as Switzerland broke at speed.

Sergio Ramos missed two penalties as Spain needed a late equaliser from Gerard Moreno to draw 1-1 with Switzerland in the Nations League on Saturday.

Ramos was making his 177th appearance for Spain to break the international appearances record for a European player, pulling clear of Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, who has 176.

But instead of a celebration in Basel, it was a night to forget for the defender, who saw one spot-kick saved by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer but backed himself to score a second, only to miss again with a dreadful attempted ‘Panenka’.

Ramos had previously scored 25 penalties in a row and his inaccuracy from the spot cost Spain, who will now have to beat Germany in Sevilla on Tuesday to reach the final four.

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Luis Enrique’s side have only scored three times in their last five matches and finishing was their undoing against a well-organised Switzerland, who had led through Remo Freuler.

They also had Nico Elvedi sent off for conceding the second penalty with 11 minutes left, but the hosts held on for a deserved point.

With Ramos out of position, Breel Embolo raced in behind before pulling a cross back to Freuler, who opened up his left foot and skewed the ball brilliantly into the far corner.

Ferran Torres could have equalised on the stroke of half-time but fired over at the back post before Ramos began a frantic half an hour.

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First, he brilliantly blocked Freuler’s shot on the line after Unai Simon had made a mess of rushing out and then the Spain captain won the first penalty, his header hitting the arm of Sergio Rodriguez, who had turned his back.

But Ramos was unable to convert, his shot well saved by Sommer, who refused to commit too soon and got down quickly to his right.

Twenty minutes later, Alvaro Morata, on as a substitute, was fouled by Elvedi and Ramos stepped up to make amends only to compound his earlier error by missing again, this time with an attempted chip that Sommer easily collected.

Spain finally found an equaliser in the 89th minute as Moreno capitalised on a tiring Swiss defence by converting Sergio Reguilon’s cross. Switzerland held on for a point.


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Shakhtar Defeat shows Madrid’s defense is nothing without Ramos

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The Shakhtar game was Madrid’s latest European disaster without their captain. Since 2018, the team has suffered defeats to Ajax, PSG, City and CSKA…


Real Madrid’s shambolic first-half display against Shakhtar Donetsk once again illustrated how important Sergio Ramos’ influence is on the team. In Europe, whenever they have been without him, Madrid fall to pieces. The magic that accompanied the team’s eleventh and thirteenth European crowns has long disappeared. And since then, when Ramos has been unavailable for suspension or injury, Madrid have looked listless and leaderless. It was plain to see in the last Champions League game of last season, when Zidane’s team were beaten 2-1 in Manchester on an evening which Varane will be keen to forget. It happened again in the first group game of this season’s edition with Militão seemingly miles away and at fault for much of Madrid’s sloppy defending. Last night both players – Varane for showing no leadership in Ramos’ absence and Militão for a lack of attitude, have come under fire…

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Madrid, weak without Ramos in Europe
And there have been other games in which Madrid have disintegrated without their captain. In the 2017-18 season, Juventus came close to eliminating a Madrid side without Ramos by beating them 1-3 in the first leg of the quarter finals. Then there was the humiliating 1-4 defeat to Ajax at the Bernabéu during the season when the club went through three coaches – Lopetegui, Solari and Zidane. Without Ramos, Madrid lost home and away to CSKA that same season (1-0 and 0-3). Last season, with Zidane at the helm, the Varane-Militão pairing were picked apart by PSG as it ended 3-0 at Parc des Princes and Madrid were left looking exposed once more in Europe without their leader.

Ramos missed the Shakhtar game after taking a knock to his knee against Cádiz at the weekend. Madrid fell behind as early as the 13th minute to a rival with most of its first choice players self-isolating after positive coronavirus tests and yet still managed to open the scoring in a one-on-one with Courtois. After that, instead of improving, it got worse. The Ukrainians put three past Madrid in the first 45 minutes and it could easily have been four or five. The sight of Militão trudging back at an almost pedestrian pace in the move that led to the third goal shocked Pedja Mijatovic, commentating on Carrusel Deportivo, who exclaimed, “I don’t know what is going on with Madrid’s centre-backs but Good God…”

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Result could have been even worse for Madrid
If Militão was at fault, Casemiro, Varane, and Marcelo weren’t much better – the left-back was caught upfield several times and unable to get back. Férland Mendy, a naturally left-sided defender playing out of position as a makeshift right-back was the only one who gave a good account. Dentinhó missed a golden chance to make it 1-4 on 55 minutes and Teté could have made it 2-4 in another one-on-one with Courtois in the 68th minute. Teté was caught offside when Marlos had the ball in the back of the net with 10 minutes of normal time remaining. Madrid’s defending was simply not the standard you would expect from a team which aspiring to win the Champions League – as both Courtois and Zidane claimed in the pre-match press conference.

What’s worse for Zidane is that Wednesday’s lesson could leave psychological scars. Varane admitted that he struggled to regain focus after his two costly mistakes at the Etihad in August. This latest defeat, including an own goal, will only rub salt in the wounds. In the meantime, Ramos isn’t getting any younger and his contract expires in 2021…


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Ramos becomes the Highest scoring defender ever at international level

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Sergio Ramos’ record in front of goal grew even more impressive on Sunday evening, scoring two first half goals to first equal and then break Daniel Passarella’s record with Argentina as international football’s most prolific defender.

His early penalty against Ukraine drew him level with the Argentine on 22 goals before going on to get his 23rd.

Most impressive is that Ramos’ 23 for La Roja have come in just 70 appearances, compared to the 172 caps that Passarella took to reach 22.

His record from the penalty spot also got even better as he converted his seventh in a row and his eighth of 10 taken for his country in all.

Now level with Alfredo Di Stefano for Spain goals, next on Ramos’ list of records is Emilio Butragueno’s total of 26 goals for the country.

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Could Ramos possibly still play for Madrid next season?

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Defender and club captain Sergio Ramos reportedly plans to extend his career with LaLiga holders Real Madrid.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wants €17million to renew his contract with the LaLiga champions, according to NS.

Ramos is out of contract in 2021 and there have been question marks as to whether the Spain skipper will sign a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The defender has called Madrid home since arriving from Sevilla in 2005.

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‘Ramos is the best Defender in the World’ – Modric


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‘Ramos is the best Defender in the World’ – Modric

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Luka Modric was full of compliments for team mates Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema after winning his second LaLiga title with Real Madrid.

Luka Modric believs his club team mate Sergio Ramos as a football phenomenon and says the Real Madrid captain is the best defender in the world. Ramos skippered Madrid to the club’s 34th LaLiga title this season and his fifth at the club, scoring 11 times on the way – a record for a defender this century.

Modric and Ramos, friends on and off the pitch
The 34-year-old has won 22 trophies with Los Blancos since joining from Sevilla in 2005 and remains integral to Zinedine Zidane’s plans, with some suggesting he could have been in the running for the Ballon d’Or this year before the 2020 award was cancelled. Modric, who has become a good friend of Ramos since moving to the Spanish capital in 2012, says there can be no doubting his quality.

“My brother Sergio is a phenomenon,” he told Sportske Novosti. “And I’m not just saying that because in eight years we’ve created a really special relationship, we hang out as families, go on holiday together, or because we’ve had fantastic footballing experiences and successes together. Ramos is a 34-year-old rock, a top-level competitor, and when you watch him working on himself, it’s clear how dedicated he is and how hungry he is for success. He’s a team leader and the best defender in the world.”

Benzema at his best


Madrid’s title triumph was also inspired by in-form striker Karim Benzema, whose 21 goals earned his side 16 points in the title race. Modric believes Benzema is now starting to get the recognition he deserves.

“Now, everyone has finally realised what we players have known for a long time,” he said. “Benzema is a top striker who is a pleasure to play with. His understanding of the game, movement, disrupting the balance of the opposition defence, is something special. Benzema has always done a great job for the team and I am just glad that he has now experienced a general standing ovation and great satisfaction from people recognising his class.”

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Madrid unbeaten since LaLiga resumed
Madrid trailed Barcelona at the top of the table when LaLiga was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a run of 10 wins in a row and a draw with Leganés on the final day saw them finish five points clear. Modric felt there were signs when the team returned to training that they had a good chance of overhauling the Catalans.

“I’ve already won 16 trophies at Real Madrid, four Champions Leagues, but this LaLiga title made me especially happy,” he added. “We definitely should have had more domestic titles because we threw away some championships in a very clumsy way. While we were shut in our homes, we all trained. I was in contact with team-mates and noticed everyone was working with extra motivation. When we finally got back to training together, I felt an even stronger connection between the players, enjoying being together again and in full swing.”

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Ramos breaks record for the defender with most goals this century

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Sergio Ramos made history with his opening goal for Real Madrid on Sunday night.

He scored his 11th league goal of the season against Leganes, which is the best total of any defender in LaLiga Santander in the 21st century.

Mariano Pernia previously held the record this century with his tally of 10 for Getafe 15 years ago.

Since LaLiga Santander restarted in June, Ramos has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi with six and has been key in Real Madrid’s successful push for the league title.

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‘I’ll stay here for as long as the president wants’ – Ramos

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The Real Madrid spoke after lifting the league title and praised Zidane: “He’s an incredible coach and I hope he stays with us for a long time”.

Sergio Ramos spoke to Movistar+ shortly after lifting the 2019/20 LaLiga title.

League champions: “All the hard work over the season has come off. It really has been an incredible run to win the past ten games”.

Restart and end of the season: “It’s been an odd season and we knew when we started again in June that we had to win all remaining games. We knew that there was very little margin for error. This is my fifth league title with the club and Real Madrid’s 34th overall and I’m so ecstatic”.

Zidane: “Key to all this, he’s the captain of the ship and the one who needs to make the decisions. He’s shown confidence in his players and this is a rarity in the game at this level. We feel supported by him and believe in his vision. I hope he’s with us for a long time to come and I hope people appreciate his work too as he’s unique”.

This is La Liga of..: “It’s a LaLiga title based on graft, effort and consistency, I hope we have many like this ahead of us”.

How long do you see yourself with Real Madrid?: “For as long as the president wants. I’m delighted to be here and want to hand up my boots at the club. I don’t believe there will be issues from either side to make that happen”.

Emotion: “I’m so, so happy and can’t wait to tell my children about these successes. It’s a great day”.

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‘More than a defender’ Ramos tops goalscoring list after football resumes

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Ramos has scored more La Liga goals (5) than any other player since La Liga resumes after Madrid beating Athletic 1-0.

Ramos scored the penalty at 71′ in Athletic game after Marcelo fouled.

And this goal has made the Real Madrid captain become the first centre-back to score 10 goals in a single LaLiga season since Fernando Hierro during the 1993/94 season.

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Ramos made history with his direct freekick goal against Mallorca


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Ramos made history with his direct freekick goal against Mallorca

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Real Madrid scored their first freekick for 528 days as Sergio Ramos found the back of the net against Real Mallorca.

Los Blancos have struggled to convert from dead-ball situations since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, despite specialists like Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos remaining.

Ramos broke the drought in style with a magnificent freekick from the edge of the area to double Real Madrid’s advantage against Mallorca, his 69th LaLiga Santander goal.

Dani Ceballos was the last Real Madrid player to score directly from a freekick when he did so against Real Betis in January 2019.

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Ramos targeting trophies at Madrid when football returns from coronavirus hiatus

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is eager to win a trophy this season, but is prepared to wait to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Everyone’s health is not going to be put at risk. I am looking forward to playing again, returning to compete, playing in La Liga and the Champions League,” he said, via AS, while hosting Ramos UNICEF Day.

“I am hungry to end the season with a title, but first we have to wait for the people who know about all of this to make the appropriate decisions.”

Spain has been hit hard by coronavirus, with more than 232,000 reported cases and a death toll exceeding 23,800.

Ramos called on people to continue following the guidelines in the country.

“We can’t think that everything has already been achieved yet, the seriousness of the matter is still with us,” the defender said.

“We have to comply with the guidelines in order to end this virus and give scientists the time to find a vaccine.”

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Ramos’ current contract expires in 2021 but former Real midfielder Fernando Redondo would like to see the club icon, who has won four La Liga titles and the same number of continental crowns, remain tied to Madrid.

“Sergio has a lot of football ahead of him,” he said of Ramos in an interview with AS.

“He is physically gifted and he has professionalism too. He’ll be the one who decides when to end his career.

“Logically, he has to be at Madrid and he has to remain linked to the club for everything he represents.”


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Sergio Ramos Insists He’s in No Rush For New Deal


Sergio Ramos has moved to quell speculation over his Real Madrid future but also admitted that he is in no rush to sign a new deal.

Real’s captain’s contract expires in 2021 and the club are understood to be working to extend his stay at Santiago Bernabéu.

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0-0: Real Madrid still 2nd position after stunning draw with Athletic bilbao

Real Madrid finished off 2019 with a second successive 0-0 draw and gave Barcelona an inch in the La Liga title race, as they laboured to a goalless home point against Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted to freshen things up from that stalemate during the week. Eder Militao, Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were all reintroduced, hoping to do their bit to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Barcelona had responded to that midweek draw with a rampant 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves 24 hours earlier, moving themselves three points clear at the top, so a win against an Athletic side that had conceded just 12 goals in their opening 17 league matches was a must for Real – but that was never going to be easy.

And so it proved. The home side dominated the territory in the early proceedings, but an effort cleared off the line by Unai Nunez after Karim Benzema had neatly rounded Unai Simon was as close as they came in the first half.

Kenan Kodro had a goal ruled out for offside in one of the visitors’ few threatening ventures forward, but they were largely content to sit in and frustrate their more esteemed hosts, and with the clock ticking down, Gareth Bale and and Luka Jovic were thrown on in an increasingly cagey second 45 to try and make something happen.

Toni Kroos stung the crossbar and Jovic later clipped the post with a deft header, but Gaizka Garitano’s men stood strong in the face of pressure.

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Real had as many as 20 efforts at goal, but the eight that hit Simon’s target were dealt with well, and it finished with a point that will frustrate Zidane’s men ahead of their brief winter break that comes to an end with a trip to Getafe on January 4.

For now, it’s advantage Barcelona in the title race.

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