August 23, 2019
Latest News

Barça move step closer to title with 2-1 win against Sociedad

Barcelona, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- A solid if not inspired performance was enough Saturday for Barcelona to prevail 2-1 over Real Sociedad and leave themselves needing just 6 points to clinch the LaLiga title.

With 77 points from 33 matches, Barça lead Atletico Madrid by 9 points and can secure the championship before the end of this month with victories against Alaves and Levante in their next two games.

For 10th-place Sociedad, it's now 28 years since they last won a match at Camp Nou, though they can take some comfort from forcing Barcelona to work for the points.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde made only three changes from the lineup that crushed Manchester United 3-0 here a few days ago to send the Catalan club into the Champions League semifinal.

Even so, the hosts were below their usual standard and Sociedad set the tone for much of the first half.

Barça did plenty of attacking, but patience and coordination were lacking and the only anxious moments for visiting goalkeeper Gero Rulli came on a pair of free kicks by Leo Messi.

At the opposite end, Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make stops in quick succession against Juanmi and Willian Jose before Rulli turned aside a low blast from Luis Suarez.

The hosts broke through in the 45th minute on a set piece, as Clement Lenglet got his head to an Ousmane Dembele corner to put Barcelona ahead 1-0 at the break.

Sociedad started the second half in high gear, making it difficult for Barcelona to play out from the back.

Ruben Pardo tried his luck from distance and the shot took a deflection off Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo, but Ter Stegen reacted in time to turn the ball aside.

And when midfielder Igor Zubeldia went down with an injury, Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil decided to replace him with the attack-minded Luca Sangalli.

While the change initially helped Barça by opening up space in the middle of the pitch, Sociedad managed to string together enough passes for Mikel Merino to find Juanmi in scoring position and the forward deftly lifted the ball over Ter Stegen to make it 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

The Basque squad's joy turned out to be short-lived however, as it took only two minutes for the hosts to retake the lead.

Messi passed to Jordi Alba on the left side and instead of returning the ball to the Argentine star, the defender took the shot himself and beat Rulli for the 2-1.

Instead of sitting on the lead, Barcelona sought a third goal as Sociedad chased after another equalizer, but Alba had the final word.

News history
Real Madrid loans Kubo to Mallorca

Madrid/Palma, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid is sending Japanese emerging talent Takefusa Kubo on a year-long loan to RCD Mallorca, the clubs said Thursday.

Serena, Sharapova to play in US Open 1st round; Federer in Djokovic's half

New York, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will square off in a blockbuster first-round match at the US Open, while third-seeded Roger...

Germany's Werth wins her 19th European equestrian title

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Germany's Isabell Werth, winner of more Olympic medals than anyone else in the sport, took top honors again here...

Tai, Sindhu set up quarterfinal showdown at badminton World Championships

Basel, Switzerland, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying and India's P.V. Sindhu will square off in a much-anticipated women's singles...

Bautista Agut looking to continue strong run of form at US Open

By Helen Cook

Torres prepares to bid farewell to soccer with final match against Iniesta

Tokyo, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Spanish forward Fernando Torres is set to play his last ever professional match on Friday in a Japanese first division clash for...

Elkeson first non-Chinese soccer player to be called up for national team

Shanghai, China, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Brazil's Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso will be the first soccer player without Chinese ancestry to play for China, local...

Bolivian siblings say passion for tennis at root of Pan Am Games success

By Gina Baldivieso

Race walker Bakulin handed 8-year ban over doping

Moscow, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Russian race walker Sergey Bakulin has been handed an eight-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations...

Hermoso, Felipe to be on Atletico’s defense vs Leganes

Madrid, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid defenders Mario Hermoso and Felipe Monteiro might be the La Liga side’s new defense in the upcoming league game...

Pollution levels in Tokyo Bay spark concerns for organizers of 2020 Olympics

Tokyo, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Excessive levels of bacteria detected in the waters of Tokyo Bay have reignited concerns over their possible impact on the...

Yamaguchi crashes out of badminton World Championships; Prannoy upsets Lin

Basel, Switzerland, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Japanese world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi lost her opening women's singles match at the 2019 BWF World Championships,...

Soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo admits payment to rape accuser

Washington, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Attorneys representing soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledged that the Portuguese striker paid $375,000 to a woman...

Pogba target of racist slurs for missing penalty against Wolverhampton

London, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been subjected to racist insults on social media after missing a penalty in the...

Brahim Diaz sustains new injury

Madrid, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Brahim Diaz, Real Madrid's promising talent, suffered a new injury just 10 days after returning to the team’s training sessions...

Dembele adds to Barça’s attacking woes ahead of Betis game

Barcelona, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Barcelona on Tuesday continued its preparations for the upcoming La Liga match against Real Betis struggling with injury woes...

Alonso tests new Toyota car

Madrid, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Spanish Formula1 champion Fernando Alonso is to rejoin Toyota Gazoo Racing and carry out several tests with the team’s new car,...

Alonso tests Toyota Gazoo Racing new car, competes in 2019 Harrismith 400

Madrid, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Spanish Formula1 champion Fernando Alonso is to rejoin Toyota Gazoo Racing and carry out several tests with the team’s new car,...

Messi among 10 candidates for FIFA's best goal award

Madrid, Aug 19 (EFE).- A goal by Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi against Real Betis was nominated on Monday for the FIFA Puskas Award, a recognition...

Barcelona to make offer to get Neymar on loan

Barcelona, Aug 19 (EFE).- FC Barcelona intends to make a written offer to Paris Saint-Germain in order to get Brazilian star Neymar Jr. on a season-long...

Man United drop points against Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton, England, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Manchester United managed only a 1-1 draw here Monday against Wolverhampton as Paul Pogba failed to convert a...

11-time world canoe champion Vincent-Lapointe suspended for doping

Madrid, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Canadian canoer Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, an 11-time world champion, has been temporarily suspended after testing positive to a...

Momota cruises into 2nd round of badminton World Championships

Basel, Switzerland, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Japanese world No. 1 Kento Momota breezed into the second round of the 2019 BWF World Championships with a 21-9,...

Coutinho: I hope I can stay at Bayern for a long time, win lots of trophies

Berlin, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho on Monday was unveiled at Allianz Arena after being loaned to Bayern Munich, stating he was...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.