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Renegade Bale avoids the worse for Real Madrid

Following the draw against Valladolid on the last Matchday in La Liga, Real Madrid had yet another disappointing game in the Spanish league. This time, on Sunday (1), the Merengues visited Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica for La Liga’s Matchday 3 and ended up with a 2-2 draw. Moreno and Moi Gomez scored for the hosts, as the renegade Gareth Bale scored both goals for the visitors.

At the beginning of the match, the home owners were pushed by their supporters at La Ceramica and opened the scoring on 10 mins. Everything started with a Sergio Ramos poor ball, as Ekambi intercepted the pass, and fired, forcing Courtois to make a good save. The ball rebounded to Moreno, who struck a first-time effort into the back of the net. 1-0 Villarreal.

Real Madrid felt the blow but went on in the search of the equalizer. Benzema hit the post, but the goal just came in at the 45th minute, as Dani Carvajal and Jovic combined for a one-two, as the latter crossed to Bale, who tapped in. 1-1.

After the break, the visitors scored the second through Benzema, but the Frenchman’s goal was ruled out by the referee and confirmed with the VAR.

Villarreal retook the lead in the 73rd minute, with yet another huge contribution from Courtois. The Belgian keeper saved Moreno’s attempt, but once again delivered the rebound to a Villarreal player’s path. This time, to Moi Gomez, who slotted home. 2-1.

However, Real Madrid leveled once again. And for Zinedine Zidane’s despair, it was Bale once more. The Welshman made an individual move down the right side, cut to the left leg and hit the corner of Andres Fernandez, who could not reach the ball. 2-2.

Bale was Madrid’s hero, but he played the villain role at the same time, as he got sent off for a bad foul on Ontiveros. But in the end, the scoring remained unaltered.

With the result, the Spanish capital team dropped down to fifth place in the table, with five points in three games played. The Yellow Submarine also lost positions, taking 16th place with two points won so far. For the next round, Real Madrid host Levante at the Santigo Bernabeu, in a duel scheduled for the 14th, Saturday. On the same day, Villareal visits Leganes at Butarque Municipal Stadium.

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Barcelona drop points against Osasuna in La Liga

This Saturday, Barcelona visited Osasuna on La Liga’s Matchday 3. Barcelona sent a very mixed up team to face Osasuna away and ended up with only one point in the 2-2 draw at the El Sadar Stadium.

Even with a superb squad, and maybe with more star players than the Real Galacticos, the Messidependence is something real at Barcelona! If the Argentine is not playing, it’s almost sure that the Catalan club will have a hard time even against mid-table sides as Osasuna.

The hosts opened the scoring early in the first half, on 7 minutes. After a cross from the right, the unmarked Roberto Torres received at the far post and fired home a first-time effort. What a goal from him. 1-0 Osasuna.

Even after the goal, the home team continued to keep the ball in the attacking half, while Barcelona went all defense. However, the first half ended up with no more goals.

After the interval, Barca’s manager Ernesto Valverde introduced the 16-year-old Fati, in place of Nelson Semedo, and the sub was worth it. It took the young boy only five minutes into the second half to make his impact. He capitalized on a cross, arouse higher than anyone, and headed home scoring his first goal for Barcelona. 1-1.

Barca grew into the game after the equalizer and completed the come back on 63 minutes. Brazilian Arthur robbed the ball in the attacking half, adjusted his body to the right leg, and fired home to put Barca ahead. 1-2.

When everything seemed to be heading for a Catalan victory, however, the whole scenario changed. On 79 minutes, after a cross in the box, the ball deflected off Pique’s arm, as the referee awarded Osasuna the penalty. Torres stepped up and showed class to convert and to level the match. 2-2.

Following the 2-2 draw, Osasuna surprisingly appears in the 4th position in La Liga, with five points. Barca is the 5th, with only four points. Due to the International break, Barcelona will only be back in action on Saturday, 14/09, at home, against Valencia. Osasuna, on the same day, visits Real Valladolid, in La Liga.

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Atleti suffer but beat Eibar with a Thomas Partey late winner

On La Liga’s Matchday 3, Atletico Madrid welcomed Eibar at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. It was a really tough game for the Colchoneros, as the modest Eibar gave them a hard time. The visitors went 2-0 up early in the second half, but Diego Simeone’s side went on to turn things around from 2-0 down to 3-2. The Portuguese jewel Joao Felix, Vitolo, and Thomas Partey scored for the hosts. Charles and Arbilla scored for Eibar.

What a disastrous way to kick off a game at home! Even with the support of their fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid saw Eibar opening the scoring early in the first half on just seven minutes! The Brazilian striker Charles was the one who broke the halt, as on 19, Arbilla doubled the lead for the visitors. 0-2 Eibar.

It was the first time since 2008 that Diego Simeone’s side conceded two goals at home before 20 minutes. A new record set by Eibar.

However, after the shocking start, Atletico could put themselves together, and discounted with the young prodigy Joao Felix, with 27 on the clock. The Portuguese star was assisted by Diego Costa.

It was important to go to the break having pulled a goal back, as it took Atleti seven minutes into the second half to level, as Vitolo scored with an assist from Lodi.

The hosts grew into the game and looked like they would score earlier. Diego Costa had some clear chances but missed all of them. Simeone tried to change the game, introducing Thomas Partey for Joao Felix.

When everyone thought that the game would remain like that, and Atleti would end up losing their 100% run in La Liga, Partey stepped up and scored the winner on 90 minutes. What a goal from him, and what a sub by Simeone! 3-2 Atleti!

Following the 3-2 late win, Atleti leads La Liga on 9 points. Both sides will have two weeks off due to the International break.