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Real Madrid boss Santi Solari plays down supporters' whistles and boos

9 hours 11 minutes ago
Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points. Real Madrid coach Santi Solari proclaimed himself very satisfied with his team's performance and form despite whistles from a frustrated Bernabeu crowd and anger from local media after Saturday's uninspiring 1-0 La Liga win at home to Rayo Vallecano. Karim Benzema's well-taken early strike was enough for the three points versus a Rayo team struggling against relegation, with Madrid having just four shots on target all game, and Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a double save in added time...
Dermot Corrigan

Modric shows off Ballon d'Or in 8/10 showing as Madrid hold on vs. Rayo

9 hours 44 minutes ago
Luka Modric turned in his best performance in a Real Madrid shirt in some time in a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. After a super-dramatic 2018, Real Madrid end the calendar year with a 1-0 home win against a poor Rayo Vallecano side on Saturday in one of the least entertaining Bernabeu occasions in many a year. Positives This was at least a victory to end the year with three points. The early goal was cleverly constructed and nicely taken. Marcos Llorente again showed his worth in holding midfield, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos either side playing well too. A third consecutive La Liga clean sheet was...
Dermot Corrigan

Karim Benzema nets early winner as Real Madrid edge Rayo Vallecano

10 hours 2 minutes ago
Real Madrid Rayo Vallecano 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points. Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game after 13 minutes as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu on Saturday. It was a third consecutive La Liga victory, but Madrid again failed to sparkle and had to endure booing from their unhappy supporters. Benzema beat a poorly constructed Rayo offside trap to score and Toni Kroos came close to doubling Madrid's advantage later in the first half when he struck a post from outside the box. The win put Santiago Solari's side up to third place...
Reuters

Tottenham teenager Oliver Skipp played like 30-year-old - Mauricio Pochettino

10 hours 5 minutes ago
Substitute Christian Eriksen's 91st minute strike gave Tottenham an undeserved win over a gutsy Burnley, at Wembley. Substitute Christian Eriksen's 91st minute strike gave Tottenham an undeserved win over a gutsy Burnley, at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino believes Oliver Skipp will become a better player than he was himself after being impressed by the 18-year-old's calmness in his first Tottenham start. Skipp, the 13th academy product to play for the club under Pochettino, had made two brief substitute appearances prior to Saturday's 1-0 win over Burnley, but was included in the initial lineup for the first time against the Clarets and impressed in his 75-minute outing. "I think he played like a 30-year-old man -- so relaxed,...
Ben Pearce

Borussia Dortmund nine points clear in Bundesliga as winter break looms

10 hours 10 minutes ago
Borussia Dortmund Werder Bremen 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund edged past Werder Bremen 2-1 on Saturday to open up a nine-point gap that guarantees they will stay top going into the winter break later this month. Goals from the league's leading scorer, Paco Alcacer, and Marco Reus earned unbeaten Dortmund their sixth league win in a row. It put them on 39 points from 15 games, nine clear of Borussia Monchengladbach, who drew 0-0 at Hoffenheim, and champions Bayern Munich, 4-0 winners at Hannover, with two matchdays left...
Reuters

West Ham deepen struggling Fulham's problems with victory at Craven Cottage

10 hours 16 minutes ago
Fulham West Ham United 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats West Ham won their fourth successive Premier League game to add to Fulham's woes at Craven Cottage on Saturday, beating their London rivals 2-0 thanks to goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio. Fulham, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, remain rooted to the bottom of the table with nine points from 17 games, while the Hammers rose to ninth on 24 points. New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri had been looking to build on the four points his side had taken from their first two home games...
Reuters

Al Ain put three goals past Esperance to book Club World Cup semi-final

10 hours 22 minutes ago
Esperance Sportive de Tunis Al-Ain 0 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Alexander CornwellAL AIN, United Arab Emirates, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Host side Al Ain upset African champions Esperance of Tunisia 3-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.Defender Mohamed Ahmad put Al Ain in front two minutes into the quarter-final, getting on to the end of a cross from Rayan Yaslem and scoring from close range.The UAE champions went 2-0 up in the 16th minute through a Hussein Elshahat strike into the bottom right corner from inside the box and midfielder...
Reuters

Mauro Icardi's Panenka penalty gives Inter Milan win over Udinese

10 hours 33 minutes ago
Internazionale Udinese 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Mauro Icardi scored with a Panenka, 10 minutes after missing a point-blank header, to help Inter cap a tough week with a win over Udinese. Inter Milan rebounded from the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit by scraping a 1-0 win at home to Udinese in Serie A after captain Mauro Icardi converted a Panenka penalty late in the game on Saturday. Udinese appeared to have cleared a corner in the 76th minute, but the referee then asked for a review amid Inter protests and, after looking at the pitchside monitor, ruled that Seko Fofana had handled the ball. Icardi, who had missed from close range minutes earlier, then sent...
Reuters

Smalling signs new Man United contract through to 2022

11 hours 15 minutes ago
Alexis Nunes and Stevie Nicol predict this weekend's Premier League fixtures, including a heavyweight matchup between Liverpool and Manchester United. Chris Smalling has put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United. Smalling, 29, joined United from Fulham in 2010 and has made 307 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals. He has penned a new deal through to the summer of 2022, with the option of an additional year.  "This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team," he told the club's official website. "It is a real honour to play for Manchester United...
ESPN

Barcelona's Dembele, Coutinho dilemma an 'advantage' - Valverde

11 hours 29 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Barcelona edge Liverpool for the pole position. Shaka Hislop's take on Ousmane Dembele is that his reliance on and preference for his childhood friends is part of the culture growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood. Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes take a look at this weekend's upcoming fixtures in La Liga. Through the Barca Foundation, FC Barcelona are changing the rules to make sure no child gets left offside. Ernesto Valverde said it's not a problem finding room for both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho as he finds ways to fit Barcelona's two most expensive signings into the same side. The two were both regulars at the start of the season, but Valverde has preferred to use either one or the other since bringing midfielder Arthur Melo into the team against Tottenham in October. Dembele was initially the player to drop out of the side, but it was Coutinho who lost his place for last week's derby win...
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