Out of the Copa del Rey

Martin Odegaard gave his club a great reminder of his talents as Real Sociedad stunned Real Madrid with a 4 – 3 victory in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old sensation opened the scoring in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, assisted by a goalkeeping mistake from Alphonse Areola. That was Odegaard’s sixth goal in the first season of a planned two-campaign loan in San Sebastian. Sociedad striker Alexander Isak later on took centre stage with two goals in as many second-half minutes.

Mikel Merino made it 4 – 1 after Marcelo scored one for Madrid, and Sociedad held out to serve Zinedine Zidane’s shuffled line-up a first defeat in 22 matches, despite goals from Rodrygo and Nacho and a red card for Andoni Gorosabel in a hectic finale.

Areola had a clumsy save to reward a great start from Sociedad, pushing Isak’s strike into Odegaard’s way before allowing the midfielder’s first-time follow-up to slide embarrassingly through his legs.

James Rodriguez’s sharp shot from the edge of the box drew a fine save from Alex Remiro low to his right, with the Real Sociedad goalkeeper denying Vinicius and Valverde in quick succession before Sergio Ramos planted a 39th-minute header against the crossbar which was ruled offside.

Isak’s unpredictable finishing had threatened to ruin Sociedad’s fine work during the first half and he had a 49th-minute effort disallowed when a VAR review showed he was offside on the end of Odegaard’s through ball.

But the Swedish forward superbly volleyed a chipped cross from Ander Barrenetxea – on as a half-time substitution for Adnan Januzaj – into the top left corner. Isak then recuperated of his earlier wastefulness by slamming an unstoppable shot high beyond Areola from Nacho’s bad clearance.

Unfortunately for the Sociedad, Remiro’s earlier consistency deserted him as Marcelo fired through his grasp at the near post, handing Galacticos a 59th-minute hope. More terrible defending sealed their fate, however, with Merino the unlikely and unmarked scorer when Isak became the provider.

Madrid almost dug themselves out of a hole with Vinicius cutting back for Rodrygo to score after having a header of his own disallowed for offside.

Nacho’s stoppage-time header and Gorosabel’s second yellow card, for a foul on Vinicius, meant Sociedad stumbled, but they’ve still managed to secure the win at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid will aim for a safe La Liga victory when they travel to Osasuna on Sunday.

Finally on top!

Real Madrid are three points clear at the top of La Liga after Nacho scored the only goal in a 1 – 0 win over Real Valladolid.

With eternal rivals Barcelona slipping to a 2 – 0 loss to Valencia on Saturday, Zidane’s team earned a hard-fought victory over a Valladolid side that came into the game unbeaten in three league matches.

There were few chances at both ends and the points were likely to be shared after Karim Benzema missed from point-blank range with only Jordi Masip to beat. But Nacho arrived in the box to score a crucial header with 12 minutes left and put his side in the driving seat in the title race.

Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez was lucky to escape with just a booking after a 10th-minute foul on the youngster Rodrygo. Casemiro scored with Toni Kroos’ free-kick but the goal was ruled offside following a VAR check.

The hosts’ high press forced Los Blancos onto the back foot and Thibaut Courtois made an acrobatic one-handed save to keep Michel’s looping cros-shot from slipping under the crossbar. The Madrid goalkeeper was alert to another testing high ball 10 minutes before half-time when Raul Garcia’s swerving drive from distance whipped across the face of goal, the Belgium international parrying it away from danger.

Rodrygo drew a good save from Valladolid’s keeper early in the second half, and Benzema should have beaten him from close range when he collected Isco’s cross but he fired weakly into the goalie’s hands.

Galacticos remained calm and turned the game in the 78th minute when Kroos collected a poor clearance and floated a cross that Nacho met with a well-struck header into the far corner of Masip’s goal.

Sergi Guardiola scored the equaliser when he fired high into the net from close range but his effort was ruled offside as the points went into the hands of Real Madrid.

Los Blancos will face Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday.

Hakimi about his first training session with Real’s 1st team: “That day my dream came true.”

The highly-skilled defender, who is a product of Real Madrid’s academy system, spoke about his career up till now and looked ahead to the future

Achraf Hakimi admits he was astonished when being offered the chance to link up with Real Madrid, with a man who conquered the Champions League  – Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, he’s starring alongside the likes of Erling Haaland during a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.

At just 21 years of age, the Moroccan international is still a hot prospect. His performances in the present are, however, earning him plenty of praise, with a solid grounding within the famed La Fábrica serving him well.

Madrid native Hakimi was recognized by Real in 2006 and spent 10 years working his way through the youth ranks before breaking into the Galacticos’ reserve and first-team ranks.

On his early experiences, the promising full-back told Goal and DAZN: “One day my father picked me up from school and gave me a letter. I was invited to a trial session. At first I couldn’t believe it and asked him if the letter was real. After he confirmed that, I just thought: Oh sh*t, how cool is that?! I will never forget this day, the day it all started for me.”

About his first training session with the senior squad, Hakim said: “That day my dream came true. My coach came to me and said that I would train the first team today. I still remember the way from our locker room to the locker room of the professionals. I was extremely nervous and didn’t know what to think about. At the same time, I really wanted to train with the best players in the world. I will never forget that. To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at first. I paid attention to the smallest detail so as to not miss anything and soak up everything to learn and improve.”

Hakimi got to play alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo while making 17 competitive appearances, describing the Portuguese as the perfect role model for any young football player.

“He is an incredibly good player. Playing with one of the best players in the world is an incredible experience. I really enjoyed it and always tried to assist goals for him. He talked a lot to me and gave me good tips. I loved listening to him and trying to learn as much from him as possible and to learn certain things.”

In 2018, Los Blancos sent Hakimi on a a two-year loan move to Borussia Dortmund. His game has been taken to another level in Germany, and it suggested that Madrid will, most likely, welcome him back into their ranks this summer.

For now, though, Hakimi is working to make the most of a 2019-20 campaign which could yet deliver a title for BVB. About his future, he said: “I honestly don’t know (at which club I’ll play next season). I currently see myself clearly at Borussia Dortmund. I am very happy here and I still have a four or five-month contract.”

Sevilla 0 – 1 Real Madrid

Los Blancos responded to their last week humiliation in the French capital with a much-improved display against Sevilla yesterday, with Karim Benzema earning them a 1-0 win which will for sure raise morale in Madrid.

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Los Merengues turned their heads to La Liga and the clash against a team that started the weekend as league leaders, led by Julen Lopetegui, who had quite a point to prove after Real fired him last season.

Despite the UCL miserable appearance, Zidane chose the same starting line-up, with the addition of captain Sergio Ramos, who had been suspended. 

And with the egos of his squad shattered, they responded with the sort of defensively diligent display that it had seemed Galacticos were completely incapable of delivering. In fact, for the first time since August 2016, Real didn’t allow a single shot on target in a league match.

Their win at a tough Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan pitch made Madrid rise to the top of the table, joining 1st place with Athletic Club.

The teams fought hard and, even if there weren’t many opportunities, the game was interesting to watch.

In the 2nd half, the quality dropped as both teams began to look exhausted. Real Madrid, because they don’t seem capable of maintaining their intensity for a full 90-minute match. Sevilla, probably because they came home late from their Europa League clash with Qarabag in Baku.

But, Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal combined for the decisive moment, with the right back scooping a cross into the box for the striker to rise and nod home in the 65th minute.

The Frenchman has, no doubt, saved Real a number of times in 2019 and has been their standout player. This was his fifth goal of the season from five La Liga games, putting him at top of the scoring charts alongside Gerard Moreno. It was also Benzema’s 9th header of 2019 – nobody in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more.

Sevilla nearly struck the equaliser in the final stages, but Chicharito only netted from an offside position.

There are still major worries at Madrid. Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale barely appeared in the offense, failing to get involved and, when they would get the ball, they were wasteful.

Hazard also missed the best opportunity in the first half, coming inside from the left after Benzema set him up, but firing straight at Sevilla’s goalie, Tomas Vaclik.

With Benzema in such great form, a lot of Real’s weaknesses can be covered up. For years he worked to feed Cristiano Ronaldo but now he seems to be the main man and Hazard and Bale will have to wrestle that title from him if they can.

Christian Karembeu: “Pogba is ready for a move to Real”

Ex-France international and fellow World Cup winner believes that summer transfers to the Santiago Bernabeu could be beneficial to both, Pogba and Mbappe.

Paul is ready for a switch to the Galacticos, says Christian Karembeu, with the Manchester United midfielder once again sparking huge interest from the Spanish capital, where Zidane is trying to build a new long-lasting super team which could compete at the highest levels of domestic and European football. If you’re planning on trying out your luck by predicting results of Real Madrid’s and Man UTD’s upcoming matches, make sure to check out vipbonuscode.com, where you can find out more about online betting and bonus codes. Real Madrid are playing their first game against Bayern Munich on July 21st, in Houston, USA.

Many sources close to Real Madrid have revealed that Paul Pogba is now, without a doubt, a top transfer target. They have already finished transfers of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, allowing them to turn their attention elsewhere.

Any efforts to bring Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen have been frozen, with Pogba now being the ideal target in Perez’s sights. He already admitted in the past to being interested on taking a new step in his career with the La Liga giants, while the opportunity to work with fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane has been talked up by both of them.

Former Real Madrid star Karembeu considers that a deal would be beneficial to all concerned, with the 1998 World Cup winner telling El Mundo when asked if Paul will end up in Spain: “Hopefully. He is a great player, and Zizou knows him from Juventus. He is ready for Madrid, although he will have to prove it. That shirt weighs a lot.”

Pogba is not the only Frech international to be generating talk of a huge-money move to Real. Young superstar, Kylian Mbappe, is a must-have forward for the Blancos, as supporters at the Bernabeu are keen to see the 20-year-old “stolen” away from the French capital.

Karembeu talked about Mbappe’s possible move to Madrid: “He is a player for Real Madrid. You have to sign him now! The president (Florentino Perez) knows it. He’s fabulous. But also very, very expensive. And you have to respect PSG. I hope to see Kylian playing in white one day. You must understand that there is nothing like playing in Madrid.”

The Galacticos are spending a lot after enduring a weak 2018-19 season. Karembeu thinks the right approach is being taken and is excited by the project being put into reality by Perez and new/old coach Zidane: “Yes, the season was bad. In my time we also went from winning the Champions to suffering later. Madrid always returns. They have a good base, starting with the great captain, Ramos. The signings have been good.”

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Militao joins Real

The Spanish giants have confirmed that they have closed an agreement in place which will see the talented defender link up with them over the summer.

Real Madrid have completed the €50 million signing of Eder Militao from Porto, with the defender signing a six-year contract. As the Blancos are facing Celta this weekend, a player like him would be quite useful for Zidane’s debut, but this centre-back will be available for the Frenchman only after the current season ends. If you would like to predict the outcome of the upcoming match, feel free to use Bet9ja promotion code, although the win could go either way, as Real are definitely shaken up after all the changes that have been made. The 21-year-old Brazilian was registered on the transfer radar of those at the Santiago Bernabeu for a long time. An agreement is now in place, with the Galacticos having got their target.

Militao has become the first addition made during Zinedine Zidane’s second run in the Spanish capital, with the Frenchman having moved quickly to land a top signing upon returning to Los Blancos. A statement released by Real on their official website read: “Eder Gabriel Militao is officially a new Real Madrid player, signing until 2025. The 21-year-old defender will join the club next season and is already a full Brazil international.”

“He comes to the Whites from Porto, where he has quickly become a star of the team in only his first year in the Portuguese League. He has been named the best defender in the league for the last five months in a row. A versatile footballer, Militao plays largely as a centre-back although he has also spent time at right-back. His speed, positioning and anticipation are his greatest assets, while he is also strong in the air. These qualities have been on consistent display since his arrival at Porto last summer as he has adapted swiftly to the European game.”

Militao only arrived to the European stadiums during the summer of 2018. Porto acquired him from the legendary brazilian side of Sao Paulo and handed him a five-year contract. He will have seen out less than 12 months of that agreement before moving to Madrid. Those at the Santiago Bernabeu are hoping that he proves to be a strong addition for the future.

A man who made his senior international debut for Brazil in September 2018 will join a defensive unit in Spain which has been far from greatness this season. The Galacticos have endured a difficult campaign as a result, with Zidane becoming the third man to fill their managerial hot-seat. He has enjoyed great success in that role before and will be hoping to see Militao help to deliver since he’s more than welcome on the Bernabeu.

For now, the South American is chasing down major trophies with Porto, with the Portuguese giants waiting to discover who they will face in the Champions League quarter-finals when the draw for the last eight is made on Friday.

Transfer rumours

After a disasterous start in La Liga, the current title holders, Real Madrid, have found themselves up against a wall, struggling to win any matches in the domestic competition. Despite all that, Zinedine Zidane is still trying to keep everyone calm and convince them that this poor period is just a temporary phase. But, since it has lasted much longer than expected, many Real Madrid fans lost their patience and are already ranting for Zidane’s resignation, despite everything he achieved with this club in the past two years. Apart from them, Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, also seems to be pretty sceptic about the French coach’s promises, since the Los Merengues have had a huge downfall and haven’t been able to come back up in form yet. This might have an effect on Real Madrid’s standing on bookies but surely you can look in this oddschecker at William Hill football to make sure you’ll have the right calculations on the upcoming matches.

All of this has triggered a lot of media to write about possible major changes in the Galacticos’ roster. The most imposing titles were the ones about the five times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real and going back to his former club, Manchester United. The 32-year-old Portuguese received the title for the best football player of 2017 recently, but hasn’t managed to live up to the expectations after getting the award, as he was as well pretty harshly criticized by the fans. This rumour has been swiftly shut down by Zinedine Zidane on today’s press conference:

“I’m not worried. I know you have to write about all kinds of stuff, but Cristiano only thinks about playing football, just like always. I can not imagine Real Madrid without Ronaldo.”

“This is his club and he should stay here. The club, the fans and everyone else loves him. I always say the same things about Ronaldo, but I just can’t imagine Real without him.”

Judging by the statistics, Real Madrid’s offense is in a catastrophic form, with not even a single player scoring over five goals in La Liga. It is widely known that Real Madrid have been keeping an eye on Inter Milan’s captain and superstar Mauro Icardi for a long time, considering him as a possible replacement for the French veteran Karim Benzema. According to some newest sources, Icardi is most definitely leaving the Italian side for Real this year, and it’s only uncertain will the move manifest this winter, or in the summer transfer window.

Apart from Mauro Icardi, there have been talks about some signings from the English Premier League as well. The ones that have been mentioned the most were Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling. Even it seems a bit crazy, most of these players could actually make a move to Real Madrid, since the Los Blancos sold many of their players and haven’t spent much money on buying superstars in a long time, at least for their standards.

Barcelona and Real Madrid held and Athletico Madrid wins

The two best football teams in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid were held by their rivals. Barcelona entertained 10th placed Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou in their 14th match of the 2017/18 season.  Celta de Vigo took the lead inside 20 minutes of the first half through Iago Aspas. The visitor’s lead only lasted for two minutes when Argentine superstar Lionel Messi levelled matters in the 22nd minute.  For the rest of the first half, the match remained balanced with both sides failing to capitalize their chances. Barcelona finally found a breakthrough in the second half. Luis Suarez, the soccerstar who is more controversial than real money internet casinos added to the goal tally to make it 2-1 on 62 minutes. You can visit www.puntcasino.co.za for more information.

Celta de Vigo equalized after eight minutes when the Catalan defence was caught napping by Gomez in the 70th minute. The match ended a 2-all-draw, however, Barcelona remains unbeaten in La Liga. Meanwhile, Real Madrid was supposed to close in the gap on Barcelona after dropping points. The Los Blancos is failing to find the superb form from last season. Real Madrid was away to Athletic Club and the match ended in a nil-all stalemate. The Los Blancos remains on number four on the log with 28 points, eight points behind the log leaders Barcelona.

Athletico Madrid won 2-1 over Real Sociedad. Real Sociedad got its goal from a spot kick converted by Willian Jose on 29 minutes and this upset many real money online casino fans. Athletico Madrid equalized in the 63 minute through Filipe Luis and Griezmann scored a late winning goal on 88 minutes.

Second-placed Valencia had a match away against Getafe. Valencia got a shocking 1-0 defeat. Getafe’s goal came in the 66th minute through Bergara. Fifth-placed Sevilla got a convincing 2-0 win over struggling Deportivp La Coruna at home. Ben Yedder put the home team in front on 46 minutes and Krohn-Dehli added another goal on 78 minutes.

Barcelona Maintains 100% Record Start, Real Madrid Slips Up Again

La Liga returned after an international break with some exciting matches. On Friday night Leganés welcomed Getafe. The visitors opened up scoring in the 39th minute through Arambarri. Leganés searched for an equalizer and the breakthrough came in 65 minutes of play when Guerrero levelled for the home team. Both teams searched for a winner and the visitors finally claimed all three points with a winning goal from Alvaro Jiménez in the 83rd minute to make it 2-1.

Real Madrid hosted Levante in a tricky encounter at Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday afternoon. Los Blancos are still yet to clean up their firing cylinders this season. The visiting team went in front just after 12 minutes of play through Ivi Lopez. Karim Benzema got injured and limped off the field on 28 minutes. Real Madrid then responded with a goal from Lucas Vas Vázquez in the 35th minute. It seems like the defending champions are missing their main man Christiano Ronaldo who is serving a five-match ban. And many online casino players and gamblers have lost a lot of money because of the stars red-card. Gareth Bale had so many chances but he was wasteful as he missed two clear chances to put Real Madrid in front. Both teams shared spoils with a 1-1 draw. Zinedine Zidane’s side has drawn two consecutive games and has had only one win in three league games.

Meanwhile later that day, Real Madrid’s rivals Barcelona clashed against Espanyol at the Nou Camp. The Catalan giant thrashed the visiting team 5-0 as Lionel Messi scored a hat trick. Barcelona’s new record signing Ousmane Dembele came off the bench to assist a late Luis Suarez goal, Gerard Pique also scored and some people who bet on Gerard on internet gambling services walked away with lots of winnings. Lionel Messi put Barcelona in front after 26 minutes of play and another goal in the 35th minute. He finally grabbed his hat trick in the second half on 67 minutes. Barcelona was not yet done with scoring, Luis Pique headed towards the goal in the 87th minute. A quick counter attack from the Catalan saw a good combination between Dembele and Suarez resulting in goal on 90 minutes.