|00:00||Coritiba – Corinthians||1X||OVER 2.40|
|00:00||Fluminense – Goiás||1||GOAL 2.00|
|01:30||Fortaleza – Red Bull Bragantino||1||UNDER 1.85|
|02:30||Atlético Goianiense – Athletico||1X||GOAL 1.70|
|02:30||Juventude – Flamengo||2||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|19:00||Volos NFC – PAS Giannina||1||OVER 2.08|
|19:00||Pafos FC – Anorthosis Famagusta||1||UNDER 1.70|
|20:00||Rayo Vallecano – Celta Vigo||1||OVER 2.20|
|21:00||Feyenoord – SC Cambuur||1||GOAL 1.91|
|22:00||Manchester United – Aston Villa||1||OVER 1.80|
|22:30||Real Madrid – Cádiz CF||1/1||OVER 1.44|
Real Madrid were beaten 3-2 by Rayo Vallecano to surrender their La Liga leadership to Barcelona on Monday night.
Rayo had lost 19 of their last 20 games against Real Madrid, but were good value for the win after a fearless attacking display, coupled with some last-ditch defending in the closing minutes.
Rayo started the game like an express train against a team still missing Karim Benzema in attack. The home side looked to move the ball quickly and pressure Madrid high up the field, and soon got their reward when Santi Comisana scored a left-foot volley from Alvaro’s cross from the left after just five minutes.
Rayo continued to dominate with Oscar Valentin firing over and Isi Palizon forcing a good save from Thibaut Courtois, before the game changed radically in the 36th minute.
VAR showed that Marco Asensio had been caught from behind in the Rayo area and Luka Modric made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Four minutes later, Eder Militao headed Real Madrid ahead from a corner, with Rayo asking for a foul in attack, but this time VAR didn’t see anything.
However, there was one more act in a thrilling first half when Alvaro Garcia made it 2-2 with a powerful left-foot shot that left Courtois helpless, after another rapid attack from the home side.
Rayo also started the second half strongly, with Fran Garcia firing just over in an action that saw Rayo coach Andoni Iraola sent off for protesting Courtois had got a touch.
The home side were back in front in the 67th minute after a twice-taken penalty from Oscar Trejo. Dani Carvajal was penalized for handball and although Courtois saved Trejo’s first penalty, VAR showed that he was fractionally off his line before the shot was taken and at the second attempt, Trejo slotted the ball to the keeper’s left.
Trejo was replaced by Unai Lopez after the goal, but his side didn’t change their style of play, with the fullbacks continuing to press forward at pace. It wasn’t until the last five minutes that Real Madrid were able to lay siege to the Rayo area.
Rodrygo fired over from close range in the last minute of regular time after a cross from Asensio and Fede Valverde sent a shot onto the balcony of one of the apartments behind Rayo’s ground, but the home side held on for a deserved win.
|18:30||Aris Limassol – Omonia Nicosia||1||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|20:00||FC Midtjylland – FC Nordsjælland||X2||OVER 1.62|
|21:00||Jong AZ Alkmaar – Roda JC Kerkrade||1X||OVER 1.70|
|21:00||Jong Utrecht – FC Eindhoven||X2||GOAL 1.65|
|21:00||CFR Cluj – FC Universitatea Craiova 1948||1||UNDER 1.62|
|21:45||Bracknell – Ipswich||2/2||OVER 1.35|
|22:00||CD Lugo – FC Cartagena||X2||2-3GOAL 1.95|
|22:00||Rayo Vallecano – Real Madrid||2||OVER 2-3 GOAL 2.00|
Defending champions Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home by struggling Girona in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.
Although his side kicked off the game third from bottom, Girona coach Michel said in his pre-game press conference that they were not going to the Santiago Bernabeu to make up the numbers, and that was how it proved to be.
In the first half, Girona restricted Madrid to long-range chances and it wasn’t until the 70th minute that they took the lead, when Fede Valverde’s low cross was turned in by Vinicius Jr.
Veteran Girona forward Cristhian Stuani came into the game in the 75th minute and five minutes later scored from the penalty spot after Marco Asensio had handballed.
Toni Kroos was sent off for a second yellow card in the last minute, and despite nine minutes of injury time, Real Madrid were unable to find a winner.
Real Betis moved up to fourth after goals from Juan Cruz and Borja Iglesias in the 85th and 93rd minutes gave them a 2-0 win away to Real Sociedad.
Elsewhere, Inaki Williams’ second-half goal following an excellent pass from Raul Garcia saw Athletic Bilbao return to winning ways against Villarreal. The first half was an even affair, but Athletic dominated after the break and should have won by more than 1-0.
Osasuna are seventh thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Valladolid. Chimy Aliva netted a 13th-minute penalty and Moi Gomez added a second just six minutes later as Osasuna had the game wrapped up well before halftime.
1. Big guns back for Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s unbeaten record came to an end with a 3-2 defeat away to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde, while Dani Carvajal came on as a second half substitute.
All of these players should be back in the side on Sunday when third from bottom Girona visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Girona have played some attractive football since winning promotion last season and have netted 15 goals in 11 games, although their defense is more vulnerable, having conceded 19.
A lot of attention will be on Girona’s Brazilian forward Reinier Jesus, who is on loan from Real Madrid.
2. Test of character for Barcelona
Barcelona went out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion on Wednesday night, as Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen even before their game hosting Bayern Munich kicked off.
Barca then produced a poor display against Bayern, losing 3-0 to raise questions about the personality of some players, just two weeks after another tepid defeat against Real Madrid.
Home wins over Villarreal and Athletic Club Bilbao appeared to show an improvement in Barca’s form, but Wednesday raises questions about their ability to dig deep in difficult games and an aggressive Valencia are likely to show just how real Barca’s recovery is.
3. Real Sociedad and Real Betis test credentials in San Sebastian
Sunday’s game between Real Sociedad and Real Betis promises to be a test of both sides’ credentials to qualify for a place in Europe next season.
Both sides go into the match after defeats last weekend (against Valladolid and Atletico Madrid) and both played Europa League matches on Thursday night, with long trips to Cyprus and Bulgaria.
The Basque side also saw David Silva added to their long injury list this week, joining Mohamed-Ali Cho, Mikel Oyarzabal and Umar Sadiq on the sidelines, while Betis are without Luis Felipe and Juanmi.
It promises to be an entertaining game, where a win would boost European ambitions.
4. Valverde to look for a reaction against Setien’s Villarreal
Athletic Club Bilbao produced their worst performance of the season last week, losing to Barcelona 4-0 after coach Ernesto Valverde tweaked his side in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Barca’s passing game.
He needs to see an immediate reaction and both Oihan Sancet and Iker Muniain are likely to be back as Bilbao look to get back on the front foot against Villarreal.
Villarreal were rocked at the start of the week by the shock departure of coach Unai Emery to Aston Villa, although they reacted quickly to being in Quique Setien as a replacement.
Setien favors a more attacking style of play than Emery, but is handicapped by a long injury list.
The game also has extra bite because Setien was the man who replaced Valverde at Barca when Valverde was sacked with the club top of the league in January 2020.
RB Leipzig consolidated second spot in UEFA Champions League Group F after stunning Real Madrid 3-2 on Matchday 5 on Tuesday with goals from Josko Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner.
Real grabbed a bright start on the road as Aurelien Tchouameni headed the side netting following a free kick with five minutes played.
However, the opener was scored at the other end, as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois parried Andre Silva’s attempt into the path of Gvardiol, who nodded home the rebound from close range in the 13th minute.
Nkunku had the chance to double the lead moments later, but the Frenchman couldn’t find the open goal from tight angle.
Nkunku atoned for his error in the 18th minute, when he drilled a loose ball from inside the box into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 following a corner.
Real showed signs of life in the 35th minute when Rodrygo tested Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich.
The visitors eventually halved the deficit before halftime, after Marco Asensio’s pinpoint cross found Vinicius Jr, who headed home off the inside of the post.
The Red Bulls focused on counterattacks and should have extended their lead after the restart, but Nkunku snatched at a chance in the 71st minute.
Real remained dangerous in fast breaks but lacked in accuracy, as Vinicius Jr pulled wide from a promising position in the 79th minute.
Leipzig put the result beyond doubt and completed a counter through Werner, who poked home Mohamed Simakan’s square pass two minutes later.
Real were able to reduce the deficit in the dying seconds of the match after Rodrygo converted a penalty, but couldn’t find an equalizer.
“It is always great to snatch a 3-2 win over Real. We played very well in the first half. Especially until the 25th minute. We knew that Real would turn up, but we defended well. I think we deserved the victory,” said Leipzig head coach Marco Rose.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund booked their berth in the last 16 after a goalless draw with Manchester City in Group G. City had a golden chance to take all three points but Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty.
|12:30||Shanghai Shenhua — Guangzhou City||1||UNDER 1.85|
|14:30||Wuhan Three Towns — Dalian Pro||1||OVER 1.57|
|21:45||Barnsley — Lincoln City||1X||UNDER 1.85|
|21:45||Plymouth Argyle — Shrewsbury Town||1||UNDER 1.85|
|21:45||Doncaster Rovers — Stevenage||X2||UNDER 1.85|
|22:00||GNK Dinamo Zagreb — Milan||X2||GOAL 1.80|
|22:00||RB Leipzig — Real Madrid||X2||OVER 1.67|
Three things stood out in matchday 11 of Spain’s top tier league over the weekend.
Real Madrid continued to steamroller over their rivals, while Barcelona claimed a convincing win over Athletic Club Bilbao in Matchday 11 in La Liga.
NO CHANGE AS REAL MADRID ROLL PAST SEVILLA
Federico Valverde scored another powerful shot to round off Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at home to Sevilla, which was more comfortable than the final score suggested. Only for a brief while after Erik Lamela’s 53rd minute equalizer did the game threaten to escape Carlo Ancelotti’s men and once they recovered their balance, there was never the feeling they would not win the game.
There is a total belief in this Real Madrid side that they have the talent and the energy to beat their rivals and currently nobody epitomizes that more than Valverde, who once again was a ball of non-stop energy, and who produced the third goal from nowhere.
BARCA RECOVER AS RIVALS MAKE IT EASY
Barca recovered this week from their 3-3 draw at home with Inter Milan and their defeat to Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at home over Villarreal on Thursday and a 4-0 victory over Athletic Club on Sunday.
On both occasions their rivals made it easy for them, with Villarreal sitting way too deep and Athletic more concerned about stopping Barca playing than trying to play their own brand of attacking football.
Barca led 3-0 after 22 minutes on Sunday, as Athletic gave their worst display of the season, allowing space to Ousmane Dembele, who scored one goal and assisted the other three.
It was an excellent day for the Frenchman, who was dropped in midweek after several indifferent performances.
GRIEZMANN SHOWS HIS WORTH TO ATLETICO
Diego Simeone’s big frustration at the start of the season was being unable to field Antoine Griezmann for more than 30 minutes per game, due to the conditions of his loan deal from Barcelona.
However, since that issue was resolved with Atletico buying Griezmann for around 20 million euros, the French striker has shown just how important he is, with a goal in Bilbao last weekend and the two goals that saw host Atletico beat Real Betis on Sunday.
Holders Real Madrid beat Sevilla 3-1 to extend their lead at the top of La Liga on Saturday night.
Erik Lamela’s 53rd minute goal for Sevilla seemed to cause a surprise in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium which had witnessed Luka Modric’s fourth minute opener for the home side.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested Karim Benzema for the game, but his side were quickly ahead after Vinicius Jr set up Modric.
Real Madrid dominated the first half, but failed to add a second and Lamela drew Sevilla level after a pass out of defense. However, Vinicius set up Lucas Vazquez for Madrid’s second in the 78th minute, just minutes after Vazquez had come on as a substitute.
Federico Valverde then continued his excellent recent form with a third goal, two minutes later as Sevilla were still reeling from the second goal.
The eight-game winning run that has helped Real Sociedad climb up to third in La Liga came to an end in a rainy Valladolid, where Sergio Leon’s powerful finish was enough to give the home side all three points.
The VAR ruled out a goal for both sides for questionable fouls, before Real Sociedad also had a late “equalizer” disallowed for a tight offside.
Lee Kang-in scored an 83rd minute winner against his former club as Mallorca came back from a goal down to stun Valencia 2-1 in Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium.
Edinson Cavani’s 51st minute penalty (his third goal in four games) looked as if it had set Valencia on course for a home win, but another penalty allowed Vedat Muriqi to level from the spot just 12 minutes later and Lee won the game for the visitors, with an excellent finish after a pass from Dani Rodriguez.
Rayo Vallecano enjoyed themselves with a 5-1 win at home to Cadiz in a match that changed drastically in the 41st minute when Cadiz’s defender Iza was sent off for a foul on Rayo’s Alvaro Garcia, which gave the home side a penalty.
Alvaro then added a second in first half injury time. In the 63rd minute, Cadiz were reduced to nine men when Ruben Alcaraz was sent off for a second yellow card. Florian Lejeune scoring the resulting free kick.
Sergio Camello and a second from Lejeune rounded off the scoring in the closing minutes.
|01:30||Tacuary de Asunción — 12 de Octubre de Itauguá||1X||UNDER 1.62|
|04:10||Rionegro Águilas Doradas — Envigado FC||1||UNDER 1.44|
|14:30||Nottingham Forest – Liverpool||2||OVER 1.50|
|14:30||Heart of Midlothian — Celtic||2||OVER 1.50|
|14:30||Zalaegerszegi TE — Budapest Honvéd||1X||OVER 1.73|
|15:00||Reggina – Perugia||1X||UNDER 1.65|
|16:30||1899 Hoffenheim – Bayern Munich||2||OVER 1.35|
|17:00||Manchester City – Brighton||1||OVER 1,45|
|17:00||Blackburn Rovers — Birmingham City||1X||UNDER 1.73|
|17:00||Queens Park Rangers — Wigan Athletic||1X||UNDER 1.80|
|17:00||Rotherham United — Hull City||1X||GOAL 1.83|
|17:00||Kilmarnock — Ross County||1X||UNDER 1.67|
|17:00||Rangers — Livingston||1||OVER 1.53|
|17:00||FC Slovan Liberec — FK Jablonec||1X||UNDER 1.85|
|17:15||Ternana — Genoa||X2||UNDER 1.90|
|17:30||Feyenoord — Fortuna Sittard||1||OVER 1.30|
|17:30||FC Famalicão — Paços de Ferreira||1||UNDER 1.67|
|17:30||Slavia Sofia — FC CSKA 1948 Sofia||X2||OVER 1.85|
|18:00||Red Bull Salzburg – Sturm Graz||1||GOAL 1.75|
|18:45||Hapoel Haifa — Sektzia Ness Ziona||1||UNDER 1.85|
|19:00||AC Milan – Monza||1||OVER 1.65|
|19;00||SC Young Boys – FC Sion||1||OVER 1.50|
|19:30||Panetolikos — Olympiacos||2||OVER 1.90|
|19:45||Levski Sofia — Lokomotiv Plovdiv||1||UNDER 1.67|
|19:45||Waalwijk -Ajax||2||OVER 1.37|
|20:00||Bordeaux — Annecy FC||1||UNDER 1.70|
|20:00||Paris FC — Stade Lavallois||1X||UNDER 1.70|
|20:00||Estoril Praia — Sporting Braga||2||OVER 1.73|
|22:00||Real Madrid – Sevilla||1||OVER 1.57|
|22:30||Sporting CP — Casa Pia AC||1||OVER 1.73|