There was something of a mixed bag for La Liga sides in friendly action over the past few days. Espanyol enjoyed their trip to the Queen City as they ran out 3-2 winners at new MLS side Cincinati. It was a memorable afternoon at the Nippert Stadium as FC Cincinati scored their first-ever goal in an international friendly, through Russell Cicerone’s fifth minute strike. Cicerone said afterwards that he hadn’t realised it was the first time the club have scored on such an occasion. Emmanuel Ledesma scored their second in the 76th minute, which brought the game level as the Spaniards had gone 2-1 up through strikes from Victor Sanchez and Sergio Garcia. Sergi Darder later added the third to secure the win for the visitors.
There were a couple of other La Liga sides on their travels this past weekend as well, though their outcomes weren’t quite so happy. Levante and Eibar travelled to Feyenoord and Stuttgart respectively, but both sides would ultimately wind up losing 2-1 to their hosts. Levante were undone by striker from Jens Toornstra and Steven Berghuis, with a goal from Levante striker Jason offering a glimmer of hope to the guests, though that would ultimately prove to be in vein. Suffering a similar fate, Eibar went behind thanks to a strike from Erik Thommy. They levelld up thanks to Sergi Enrich, but Daniel Didavi’s penalty on 56 minutes gave the Bundesliga outfit the victory.
Real Betis were on hosting duties, taking on Ligue 1 side Lille at the Benito Villamarín. This match was about as tight and tense as one might expect from these two sides as they battled out a 2-2 draw. Ryad Boudebouz had given the hosts the lead before Lille turned the game on it’s head, going 2-1 owing to goals from Loïc Remy and Nicolas Pepe. Sergio Canales spared the hosts’ blushes as he pulled level with just over half an hour to go.
Still to come over the next few days, Villarreal travel to Angers SCO of France on Wednesday, with that game kicking off at 6pm. Also on Wednesday, Real Madrid will continue their International Champions Cup campaign when they take on Man Utd, managed by former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, while Barcelona will do battle with Roma of Italy. Atletico Madrid’s next match in the tournament sees them going up against Inter Milan, also of Italy, though that match doesn’t take place until August 11th.
If you fancy yourself as a Euro Fantasy League manager, why not get involved and register your team? It is always fun, and gives you the opportunity to show your tactical nous (or psychic tendencies, if you prefer) against other like-minded fans around the world.
If you feel La Liga specifically is more your cup of tea, then head over to Fantasy Liga, where you can play a version of the game containing only players and teams from the Spanish game. That is always an alternative if you prefer a more specific style of fantasy football management.