|00:30||Nacional Asunción – Sportivo Ameliano||1||2-3GOAL 1.98|
|00:30||Sol de América – Olimpia||2||GOAL 1.91|
|17:00||Panetolikos – Panathinaikos||2||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|18:00||Viktoria Plzeň – FC Zbrojovka Brno||1||UNDER 2.35|
|19:00||Debreceni VSC – Mezőkövesd Zsóry||1||GOAL 1.62|
|19:15||Ferencváros TC – Paksi FC||1||UNDER 2.88|
|19:30||1. FC Köln – Bayer 04 Leverkusen||1X||2-3GOAL 2.07|
|19:30||Lecce – Atalanta||2||OVER 2.10|
|19:30||Sassuolo – Roma||2||UNDER 2.00|
|20:00||Sevilla – Real Sociedad||X2||GOAL 1.95|
|20:00||AEK Athens – OFI Crete||1||OVER 1.62|
|21:45||Inter – Bologna||1||GOAL 1.95|
|21:45||Dundee United – Kilmarnock||1X||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|21:45||Motherwell – Celtic||2||UNDER 2.50|
|21:45||Arsenal – Brighton & Hove Albion||1||UNDER 2.00|
|21:45||Newcastle United – Crystal Palace||1||GOAL 1.91|
|22:00||Manchester City – Chelsea||1||UNDER 2.30|
|22:30||RCD Mallorca – Atlético Madrid||2||OVER 2.50|
Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw in the Metropolitano Stadium by Espanyol, despite the visitors playing for over an hour with 10 men.
Leandro Cabrera was slightly unlucky to be shown a direct red card after being adjudged to have committed a professional foul on Alvaro Morata in the 28th minute, but Atletico were unable to take advantage and were booed off at halftime.
Things got even worse for Diego Simeone’s men in the 62nd minute when Sergi Darder put Espanyol in front after good work from Joselu, but Joao Felix saved a point with a powerful volley with 12 minutes remaining.
Real Sociedad were also reduced to 10 men early in their 1-1 draw at home to Valencia when Aritz Elustondo caught Samuel Lino with a full set of studs.
The side from San Sebastian were ahead through Hugo Guillamon’s own goal, but Lino’s shot from outside the area leveled the score before the break.
Real Sociedad then defended well to frustrate Valencia in the second half.
There were three red cards in the Seville derby as Real Betis drew 1-1 at home to Sevilla in a typically bad-tempered affair.
Sevilla defender Gonzalo Montiel was the first to go after a late, knee-high challenge on Alex Moreno in the 37th minute, and six minutes later Betis took the lead after a confused action ended with the ball deflecting off Jesus Navas into his own net.
Betis were on top, but Nabil Fekir was the next to be sent off when he caught Papu Gomez with a flying arm, and Borja Iglesias left Betis with nine men early in the second half when he was late on Joan Jordan with a challenge from behind.
Sevilla pressed hard against nine men and got their reward in the 81st minute when Nemanja Gudelj scored a screaming 30-meter shot.
Gudelj hit the crossbar minutes later and almost won the game in the last minute with another effort that Claudio Bravo tipped over the bar.
Quique Setien is still looking for his first win since replacing Unai Emery at Villarreal after his side were beaten 2-0 at home to Mallorca. Vedat Muriqi opened the scoring with a low shot for the visitors after half an hour, and although Villarreal passed the ball well, they couldn’t get through a well-organized Mallorca defense.
Amath sealed the win in the 74th minute, prompting the Villarreal fans to call for him to leave the club at the final whistle.
On Saturday night, Gerard Pique’s last game for FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou ended with a 2-0 win for Barca at home to Almeria.
The veteran defender, who announced his retirement during the week, was in the starting 11 for the game, which Barca won with relative ease, despite Robert Lewandowski missing an early penalty.
Second-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong assured all three points and Pique was given an emotion reception by the fans when he was substituted in the closing minutes.
Barca lead the table ahead of Real Madrid’s game with Rayo Vallecano on Monday evening.
Osasuna won 2-1 away to Celta Vigo to move into the top six thanks to two first-half goals from Chimy Avila in the eighth and 28th minutes, with Iago Aspas netting for Celta after 19 minutes.
Celta had chances to take something from the game, but once again failed to take them.
Valladolid defeated bottom side Elche, with goals from Javi Sanchez and Roque Mesa seeing them home against a rival that has still not won a game this season.
Saturday kicked off with a 0-0 draw between Getafe and Cadiz which favored neither side and ended with three players sent off in injury time, with Portu and Gaston Alvarez getting their matching orders in the 96th and 97th minutes for the home side, while Luis Hernandez saw red in the 99th minute for Cadiz.
The round of matches began on Friday with Girona winning 2-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao to end a seven-game winless run.
Spanish clubs Barcelona and Atletico Madrid crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Inter Milan’s 4-0 home win over Viktoria Plzen meant that Barca were knocked out of the Champions League and condemned to a place in the Europa League.
Barca lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich after being outplayed by the Germans for most of the game and failing to manage a single shot on target in the game.
Sadio Mane put Bayern ahead in the tenth minute and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark.
Barca huffed and puffed without causing Bayern serious problems, and Benjamin Pavard netted the third goal with the last kick of the game following a corner.
Meanwhile, Porto’s win away to Club Brugge meant that anything other than a win for Atletico at home to Bayer Leverkusen would also see their Champions League adventure come to an end for this season.
There was high drama in Atletico’s match, especially in the final minute.
Atletico failed to score from a corner and the referee blew the final whistle when the score was 2-2. But then the referee received a call from VAR over a possible penalty for the Spanish side.
The penalty was awarded to Atletico, but Yannick Carrasco saw his spot-kick saved by Lucas Hradecky and Saul Niguez headed the rebound off the bar.
The game began with Leverkusen taking the lead through Moussa Diaby, with Carrasco netting for Atletico in the 22nd minute. Callum Hudson-Odoi put Leverkusen back in lead in the 29th minute, and although Rodrigo de Paul drew Atletico level early in the second half, they couldn’t find a winner, even from the penalty spot.
Atletico now have to equal Leverkusen’s result in the last group game in order to ensure their place in the Europa League.
1. Real Madrid to make Sevilla suffer
The arrival of Jorge Sampaoli at Sevilla appears to have produced a minor reaction, with three draws and a narrow win away to Mallorca, but taking a point at home to Athletic Bilbao and Valencia is hardly the bounce the club would have hoped for when they replaced Julen Lopetegui.
Sevilla’s next game is a visit to Real Madrid, who currently look unstoppable, with Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde playing some outstanding football.
Sevilla have a vital Champions League match against Copenhagen next week, which they have to win if they want to at least progress to the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have done their European homework and can focus on La Liga – and that makes Sevilla’s job much harder.
2. Which Barcelona will we see?
FC Barcelona recovered from their defeat last weekend against Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at home to Villarreal on Thursday night, thanks to two goals from Robert Lewandowski and one from Ansu Fati.
Barca took advantage of rivals that sat way too deep to recover some of the confidence lost the previous week.
Sunday sees Athletic Bilbao visit the Camp Nou and it’s unlikely that the Basque side will sit as deep as Villarreal, and Athletic’s pace up front could also give their defense something to think about.
Barca were flat in their defeat to Madrid and much sharper on Thursday. Which version will we see on Sunday?
3. Contrasting styles in Betis-Atletico
It has been a strange week for Atletico Madrid, who won in Bilbao last Saturday thanks to a solid defensive display after managing just one shot on target all game, but who were then punished for their conservative attitude when Rayo Vallecano took a point with a 92nd-minute penalty on Tuesday night.
Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata have been in excellent form, but with a must-win European game on Wednesday, Diego Simeone could be tempted to rest them.
That would probably be an error against Real Betis, who have won all their league games at home this season and can be expected to look for the game from the starting whistle.
Betis could be without Sergio Canales if their appeal against his harsh sending off on Wednesday is rejected and that could handicap their creative play.
4. Chance for Cadiz in Vallecano?
Cadiz remain second from bottom of La Liga, but the side coached by Sergio Gonzalez seem to have stopped the rot after their dreadful start to the season.
Cadiz kicked off the campaign with five straight defeats in which they conceded 14 goals without scoring any, but are unbeaten in their last five matches.
That is mainly down to improving their defense, with three clean sheets and just three goals conceded. Now they need to improve in attack, and although they have a difficult visit to an aggressive Rayo Vallecano on Saturday lunchtime, it is the sort of match where Gonzalez could hope to see his side get some joy at a set piece to continue their improvement.
Former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scored a 92nd minute penalty against his former club to give Rayo Vallecano a 1-1 draw in La Liga on Tuesday.
The veteran striker made no mistake from the spot after VAR had ruled against Atletico defender Jose Gimenez for handball.
Atletico had looked to be on track for a 1-0 win after Alvaro Morata swept home Antoine Griezmann’s cross in the 20th minute.
Griezmann had a goal ruled out for offside, but Rayo were good value for their point after another display of attacking football.
There was late drama in Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at home to Valencia after Jose Luis Gaya saw his 95th-minute penalty saved by Sevilla keeper Bono, following a confusing moment which saw Sevilla’s Kike Salas sent off.
Edinson Cavani’s third goal in two games put Valencia ahead in the sixth minute, and Los Che looked as if there were going to hold on for a win before Erik Lamela leveled from close range in the 86th minute after Salas flicked on a corner.
Elsewhere, Getafe twice came back from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao.
1. Way too easy for Real Madrid
Real Madrid edged past Barcelona to win the Clasico in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and the frustrating thing for Barca fans will be that they appeared to do so without even hitting top gear.
Although Carlo Ancelotti insisted his side had been at maximum effort all afternoon, a combination of a solid midfield and defense, coupled with a handful of moments of inspiration in attack were enough to give them a comfortable win.
The two sides are likely to meet several more times this season, but round one goes to Real Madrid.
2. Back to the drawing board for Xavi
While it was a good afternoon to support Real Madrid, it was a bad one to be a Barca fan, with Sunday’s defeat coming just days after Barca’s exit from the Champions League was all but confirmed.
Barca attempted to play their passing game but looked flat and lacked the spark needed to create spaces against Madrid’s well-organized defense and midfield.
Having 24 hours less to prepare certainly didn’t help, but Xavi will be worried by the lack of intensity in his side (and perhaps he made a big mistake in leaving Gavi out of his starting 11).
Xavi said before the game that Barca’s passing game was unnegotiable, but he needs to get more energy into his side, otherwise, the season could slip away.
3. Old virtues serve Atletico well
One shot on target, one goal and a 1-0 win away to Athletic Club Bilbao saw Atletico Madrid go third in La Liga on Saturday night.
Antoine Griezmann’s goal early in the second half caught the home side off guard and from then on Atletico mounted a rearguard action to stave off Athletic’s wave after wave of attacks.
Reinildo was outstanding at left back and Geoffrey Kondogbia won everything in midfield as Atletico clung on.
On another day Athletic could easily have taken a point, but on this occasion the ball wouldn’t go into the net and Atletico took a vital win thanks to their defensive strength in depth.
4. Real Sociedad upwardly mobile
Real Sociedad’s 2-1 win in Vigo was their seventh consecutive victory and lifted Imanol Alguacil’s side into the European places.
The team from San Sebastian have done well to overcome the loss of players such as Mikel Oyarzabal and Umar Sadiq through injury with the summer signings including Take Kuko and Alexander Sorloth.
However, it is their 14-million-euro purchase, Brais Mendez, who is currently capturing the headlines with five goals and two assists. Mendez has been in excellent form and turned on the style on Sunday against his former club and if he continues like this, he could push for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.
Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Club Bilbao 1-0 away to move into third place in La Liga on Saturday night.
Antoine Griezmann’s goal two minutes into the second half was enough to decide a game of few chances, although the home side pressed Atletico hard in the last 15 minutes.
Jan Oblak had to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury and his substitute Ivo Grbic made one excellent save to deny Inigo Martinez, while Reinildo Mandava made a vital block to frustrate Raul Garcia with just two minutes left after the referee allowed 10 minutes of injury time.
A combination of a magnificent goal from Nemanja Gudelj and a series of magnificent saves from goalkeeper Bono were enough to give Sevilla a 1-0 win away to Mallorca.
Gudelj’s 53rd-minute shot from around 30 meters was Sevilla’s only shot on target all game and although Mallorca threw everything at Jorge Sampaoli’s side, Bono was able to produce a string of saves to give his side just their second win of the campaign.
Cristhian Stuani held his nerve to net an injury time penalty to save a point for Girona at home to Cadiz.
Alex Fernandez put Cadiz ahead at the start of the second half, and the visitors had keeper Jeremias Ledesma to thank for keeping them ahead until Stuani broke their hearts in the 11th minute of injury time.
Jorge Almiron started his second spell in charge of Elche with a 2-2 away to Valencia.
Edinson Cavani scored twice for Valencia in the 41st and 52nd minutes, while Pere Milla had put Elche ahead in the 29th minute and leveled the score in the 65th.
Real Madrid will entertain FC Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday afternoon in the biggest game of the weekend.
The result leaves Barca with four points from four games, three behind Inter in Group C, who have the better head-to head record and who will ensure their place in the next round with a win at home to Viktoria Plzen, who have lost all four group games, conceding 16 goals in the process.
Barca, meanwhile, have to win at home to Bayern Munich and away to Plzen and hope Inter fail to win either of their remaining games.
The match turned into an end-to-end thriller, with the result in doubt until the final whistle.
Inter began brightly and Edin Dzeko had the first chance with a header that rattled the Barca crossbar, before the home side came increasingly into the game.
Barca’s pressure high up the pitch began to force errors from the Italians and the chances started to arrive.
Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha all had chances before Roberto combined with Raphinha to serve the ball for Ousmane Dembele to score from close range five minutes before the break.
Inter were level five minutes into the second half when Nicolo Barella took advantage of a big loss of concentration from Gerard Pique to sneak in behind the Barca defense and beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a first-time shot.
Suddenly, Inter were creating chances, with Gavi blocking Dzeko’s volley before ter Stegen denied Hakan Calhanoglu’s left-footed effort and got down well to stop Lautaro Martinez’s goalbound header.
A goal was coming and it was delivered by Martinez, who controlled well and fired home off both posts, with the Barca defense all over the place.
Lewandowski drew Barca level thanks to a deflection with eight minutes left, but with Barca stretched looking for a winning goal, Gosens finished a perfect counter-attack to put Inter 3-2 ahead.
Lewandowski made it 3-3 from Eric Garcia’s cross in the second of six minutes of injury-time to give Barca a lifeline, and ter Stegen then produced a brilliant save to stop Martinez scoring a fourth for Inter in a thrilling finish.
Earlier in the day, a sublime performance from Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet helped his side cling on for a 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in Group B.
The result means the Belgian side have qualified for the last 16 of the competition, but leave Atletico in a delicate situation with just four points from four games and with a lot of work to do in the last two games.
The Spanish side have failed to score in five of their last six Champions League matches, although on Tuesday a lot of the responsibility was down to Mignolet, who produced a string of excellent stops, including a first-half save to frustrate Antoine Griezmann and second-half stops from Alvaro Morata and Matheus Cunha.
Brugge ended the game with ten men after Kamal Sowah was shown a second yellow card in the 92nd minute, but there was no time for Atletico to force a much-needed winner.
Spanish sides Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona both face must-win Champions League matches on Wednesday night to secure their places in the knockout stages of the competition.
Barca are at home to Inter Milan, who beat them 1-0 in Italy a week ago, and the Catalans are still upset about a late penalty decision that didn’t go their way when VAR failed to see a clear handball in the Inter area.
The defeat leaves Xavi Hernandez’s side with just three points from a possible nine and another loss to Inter would effectively end their chances of reaching the last 16 and deal a significant blow to the club’s delicate economy.
Refereeing controversies aside, Xavi will be worried by a dip in form in the past three matches as a string of injuries have limited his options. Jules Kounde, Hector Bellerin, Franck Kessie, Ronald Araujo and Memphis Depay will all miss out on Wednesday, while other players, such as Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Gavi, Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele, have played in every league match so far this season and their energy levels dipped on Sunday as they clung on to win 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo.
Xavi is likely to continue with Alejandro Balde at right-back, while Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia continue as his only fit options in central defense.
Atletico Madrid are in a similar position to Barca after losing their last two away matches in the tournament, with the last of those defeats a 2-0 loss away to Club Brugge.
The Belgian side travel to the Metropolitano Stadium as surprise leaders of Group B with nine points from a possible nine, and can assure their place in the next phase if they can take a point.
There was good news for Atletico on Monday when Antoine Griezmann re-signed until 2026 after Atletico and Barca reached agreement to make his loan deal permanent, and he will start on Wednesday night.
Sergio Reguilon, Felipe and Marcos Llorente are all out through injury, and Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez will play in defense, while Alvaro Morata partners Griezmann.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be looking for Joao Felix to return to form in this match, and with over 70,000 fans expected in the Metropolitano, now would be a good moment for the talented but erratic Portuguese to take a step forward.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid Monday confirmed that Antoine Griezmann has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until June 2026.
The news comes just two days after Atletico and FC Barcelona reached an agreement to resolve the complicated loan agreement that would have meant Griezmann spending this season on loan at Atletico (after being on loan as well last campaign).
Atletico would then have been obliged to make the move permanent for 40 million euros if Griezmann played 45 minutes or more in 50 percent of this season’s matches.
However, in what looked like a clear attempt to avoid having to pay that much money, Atletico had used Griezmann almost exclusively as a substitute for the last half hour of matches and Barca were forced to give way, completing a sale for 20 million euros.
Griezmann has so far made 304 appearances for Atletico Madrid, scoring 144 goals and giving 59 assists and coach Diego Simeone will be happy to be able to include him in his starting 11 on a regular basis from now.
The striker reacted to the completion of the issue on his social media, saying “I am happy to be where I want to be.”
Atletico entertain Bruges in the Champions League on Wednesday in a match they have to win to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive.