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Alaves rout condemns Las Palmas to relegation

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This week’s game of the week saw mid-tabled Alaves hand out a 4-0 thrashing to the now relegated Las Palmas, as many of their top performers earnt a spot in the team of the week.

After a first half in which the two sides delivered an uninspired, often insipid, 45 minutes. Nobody could have anticipated the flurry of activity that would come after the break.

The dead-heat was broken  just six minutes into the second half – as an on loan Munir  put the visitors ahead, heading home an easy finish from the centre of the goal after Wakaso did well to keep the ball in play.

The once-capped Spanish international, then doubled his side’s advantage in the 73rd minute when he tapped home at the near post following a swift counter attack that carved through a disjointed Las Palmas back line.

The goal represents the ninth goal that he has netted this campaign, a tally that puts him on 41 points for the campaign.

There is no doubt that Munir will be hoping that his form for an Alaves side that has otherwise underwhelmed this season might just be enough for his parent club to recognise the ability that he has, despite the stiff nature of the competition.

With the hosts two goals down, all sense of belief drained from their game and they were quickly pegged back again when Sobrino out-muscled two Las Palmas defenders before setting Alvaro Medran up for a precision header that powered home from near the edge of the box as he bagged only his second goal of the campaign.

The rout finally came to its conclusion when Sobrino  himself made it four in the first minute of additional time.

Again a header, the 25-year-old Spaniard rounded off an excellent individual performance to hit his third of the campaign and reach 12 points.

The Las Palmas capitulation was emblematic of an already relegated side that sit sixteen points below 17th placed Levante and are now destined to feature in the second tier of Spanish football in 2018/19.

Whilst the quality of the opposition was clearly a factor in the result, Alaves will take a lot of encouragement from their performance at Estadio Gran Canaria.

Sat in 14th place in the table, they will be hoping that their victory can be a springboard for an end of season run that can put a shine on their campaign.

Alaves next face the unenviable job of hosting Atletico Madrid whilst Las Palmas travel to Espanyol.

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Four key players for Roma in their first leg against Liverpool

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The stage is set for this evening’s Champions League showdown between Roma and Liverpool at Anfield. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men travel to the UK to face Jurgen Klopp’s side for the first leg in a rematch of the 1984 Champions League final.

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Manager Paco Lopez working miracles at Levante

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Levante’s victory at Athletic Club Bilbao on Monday effectively ensured the Valencia-based club’s safety in La Liga for next season. With just four rounds of fixtures remaining, they lead Deportivo La Coruna by nine points – a seemingly unassailable advantage.

Two near-identical free-kicks in the space of three minutes by Macedonian playmaker Enis Bardhi turned the game on its head as Levante continued their remarkable run under the down-to-earth yet hugely popular Paco Lopez. Continue reading

Loren Moron: Real Betis’s Roy of the Rovers

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Midway through the first half of Real Betis’s trip to Atletico Madrid, a threaded through ball found striker Loren Moron against an exposed defence. Not blessed with great speed and with Jose Gimenez swiftly closing behind him, the striker attempted an audacious 25-yard chip over Jan Oblak – who had yielded only four league goals in 17 appearances at their new Wanda Metropolitano home.

It was a moment which encapsulated the sky-high confidence that was not only running through the striker – who had made his first-team debut only two months earlier – but of the entire Betis squad. Continue reading

Guardiola focusing on his Man City side breaking records

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Newly-crowned Premier League champions Man City may have now completed their trophy hunting for the season, but boss Pep Guardiola isn’t ready to rest on his laurels and let his players “go to the beach” just yet.

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Serie A Team of the Week

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A busy week for Serie A teams is in the book, here are the top performers from the last two rounds.

Andrea Consigli: in a staggering turn of events, Sassuolo was the only team to keep a clean sheet in both games, against Verona and Fiorentina. The Neroverdi found their groove in the home stretch and the goalie did not have to intervene too much in either match, but still brought home 13 total points.

Mauricio Lemos: the Uruguayan centre-back had an horrific impact to Serie A, but found his footing lately and decided the key game against Verona with a tap in. He was the top defender last week with 13 points. His teammate Francesco Acerbi collected ten points for not conceding a single goal.  Continue reading

Fiorentina youngsters in demand after superb performances this season

There are just four weeks left of the 2017/18 Serie A campaign. When the season finally draws to a close on May 20th, there is no doubt that those at Fiorentina will reflect on an exhausting year. Last summer was turbulent enough in itself as owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle put the club up for sale, only to later withdraw the historic Tuscan side from the market.

In an extremely unpopular attempt to trim the wage bill, the controversial owners oversaw a huge sale of the playing staff, making supporters feel like the heart had been ripped out of a team that they so passionately follow. Sporting director Pantaleo Corvino replaced almost the entire existing squad with young – and many unknown – players, leaving the Viola without a real identity.

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Impossible run in dooms Deportivo to the Segunda Division

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Deportivo’s quest to pull of an impossible escape from La Liga relegation is doomed by a combination of form that is too little too late, the upsurge of rivals Levante and their daunting run in.

The Galician side originally struggled after Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf took over as manager in February, following the disastrous reign of Cristobal Parralo.

However the three times Champions League winner has got the players going in recent weeks, and they have lost just once in their last six games, to Atletico Madrid.

But that run has come too late to save them, in Seedorf’s first eight games he collected just three points, whereas rivals Levante picked eight.

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Getafe make late push for Europa League

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Getafe could make a late surge for a Europa League place, with a strong run of form as the season winds up.

Four La Liga wins in their last six games, mean that the Madrid-based side are in the mix for a European spot, with four sides fighting for two remaining sides, with Real Betis relatively secure in their progress.

Three wins back to back wins on the road has furthered their case, particularly as their away form was fairly rocky at the start of the season.

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