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Copa del Rey: can Real Madrid and Barcelona cross in the round of 16?

first_imgReal Madrid and Barcelona have advanced to the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey with some suffering, after overthrowing Unionists and Ibiza respectively. So, they will be in the hype next Friday in the City of Soccer of Las Rozas (1:00 pm, through the official channels of the RFEF and on As.com) and, if chance wishes, they could face in the next round.In Friday’s draw there will be no hype of the Spanish Super Cup, as it did for the sixteenth. So that, there will be one of the First Division teams, another with the Second and, in case there is any classified, another with those of Second B. If the last conditioner is met, the rest of the third category of Spanish football would face each other with a First team, but this could be anyone, not necessarily a big one. So far, the four Supercup teams, exempt in the first two rounds, faced yes or yes to a Second B. It will be a condition that disappears from now on.LaLiga SmartBank teams will also play against a First Division. That does not mean that the LaLiga Santander face each other, since there will be more classified than the total sum between Second and Second B. In other words, Real Madrid or Barcelona can play with each other, against one of the same category or against one of lower division.Provisional draw bombsFirst division: Osasuna, Sevilla, Barcelona, ​​Athletic, Real Madrid, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada and Valencia.Second division: Zaragoza and Tenerife.Slopes: Ebro-Leganés; Mirandés-Celta; Badajoz-Eibar; Ray Vallecano-Betis; Cultural Leonesa-Atlético de Madrid.last_img read more

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Piatti is one step away from leaving Espanyol and Calero stays

first_imgPiatti’s situation reflects the Espanyol market in recent seasons. He arrived in the first season of Chen Yansheng, on loan from Valencia. His first campaign was spectacular, with 11 goals and ten assists. The sports management, then headed by Jordi Lardín, did not hesitate to pay 1.2 million for his hiring and sign a leonino contract (agreed at the time) and ascending. Piatti’s performance failed to return to the point of the first year. More testimonial his contest in the last year of Quique Sánchez Flores, is relegated to the substitution with Joan Francesc Ferrer, Rubi, until he was injured in the cruciate ligament of the knee. After the operation with David López, he returned to play this October. But he has barely participated. The club has already tried in past markets to address its exit to reduce wage mass, but it did not occur. In these seasons, Piatti has played 95 blue and whites matches with 14 goals and 19 assists since arriving in 2016 from Valencia.Piatti’s march seems to be on track, and finally it will be the last one although there is another player from the first team who has been tempted. In this case, it is Fernando Calero. Valencia can sign a central due to the long-term withdrawal of Ezequiel Garay, and the former Valladolid is one of the options. The club ché contacted Rufete to probe the intentions of the parakeet club, which is not about the task of parting with Calero in any way. So this option would have already been ruled out.Rufete also revealed that players like Pipa and Víctor Gómez had had proposals, but that the club had also chosen to remain with Abelardo. The January market ended, but not the movements in the Espanyol squad. As Francisco Pérez Rufete, director of Professional Football, said on Tuesday, Pablo Piatti meets with the club’s permission until Thursday to sign with another entity in America. One of its possible destinations, as announced by the Cope Chain, may be the Toronto of the MLS, a competition that starts on February 29. In Europe, practically all the leagues, especially the important ones, have the market already completely closed. The other option for Piatti is in Argentina.For this to occur, the extreme must reach an economic agreement and pass the medical review. In that case, Espanyol and the Argentine would reach an agreement to terminate the contract that expires on June 30, taking into account that the player does not count for Abelardo Fernández and that his salary is one of the highest in the squad: he exceeds The gross three million.last_img read more

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Vinicius clings to the post

first_imgHe does not hide his secret: he is in a peak shape. “I have reached my best level of last season, which was between January and February”, he explained in the flash-interview after the copera elimination. La Real was the best example. He tried thirteen dribbles, his greatest number of the season, and successfully completed ten. An electricity generated from the left band, its comfort space. Zidane knows it and tried to organize a transition to the right wing from the preseason and in games like 2-2 against Bruges and 0-0 with Betis, in which Vini failed to stand out. “It costs me more,” the attacker himself confirmed in mid-September, when he left with the canarinha. With everything, He said he asked his coach to put him “on the right.” One more proof of willingness to play as if it were of real intention to adapt to a band in which he is still seen strange. On the other side of the decision, Hazard. Zizou smelled the problems that Real could generate and preferred to delay the return of the Belgian, who is already 73 days away, but is training with the rest of the team since the beginning of the week. On Sunday, Pamplona, ​​against Osasuna, the eighth least scored first team (28 goals conceded). A challenge for this Madrid to which the Cup has unexpectedly cut the pace. A rhythm that Vinicius has left over and Hazard still lacks. Zidane is usually of the opinion that, what works, better not to touch it. But that philosophy is complicated to sustain when he is about to enjoy Hazard again and reintegrate the Belgian in his favorite position implies … to take Vinicius out of eleven. Vini, the agitator of the derby (in his boots was born the goal of Benzema) and the engine of the attempt of white comeback against the Real in Cup (3-4). It was Vinicius against everyone. A state of form that places Zidane in a tricky dilemma. Send the Brazilian to the right wing where he has never been comfortable? Vinicius has become the most reliable attacker, in terms of football generated, along with Benzema. His status right now places him ahead of Rodrygo, Lucas Vázquez and this defenestrated Bale. In La Romareda he scored his best goal, gave the derby another air and against Real was a nightmare, with an assist to Rodrygo, a goal voided and his explosiveness ended up causing two yellow Gorosabel … last_img read more

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Delbonis, Cuevas and Monteiro advance in the Argentina Open

first_imgThe Argentine Federico Delbonis, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro and the Norwegian Casper Ruud they gained on Monday their matches of the most important draw of the Argentine Open, the ATP 250 performed in Buenos Aires, and superior to the knockout levels.As a substitute, the Spaniards Pablo Andújar and Jaume Munar they had been eradicated.Delbonis surpassed Bolivian Hugo Dellien by 1-6, 6-3, and 7-5.In eighths his rival can be the native Diego Schwartzman, quantity 14 of the world, first head of sequence and runner-up of the Cordoba Open, which gained on Sunday the Chilean Christian Garín. Cuevas went to eighths by eliminating the Italian Lorenzo Sonego by a double 6-4.In the subsequent occasion it will likely be measured earlier than the Spanish Albert Ramos or the Argentine Leonardo Mayer.Monteiro beat Munar with out many issues with a double 6-3.In the spherical of 16 he’ll face the Croatian Borna Coric, fourth seeded.The opposite Spanish eradicated in this occasion, Andújar, fell to Ruud 6-2 and 6-3.The Norwegian rival will come out of the duel that can star in the Italian Marco Cecchinato and the Spanish Roberto Carballes.The Argentine Open, which is performed on clay at the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership, will finish this Sunday.last_img read more

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Madrid would be a leader without the VAR

first_imgThe arbitration will be in the spotlight during the Classic after the last complaints of Real Madrid. The decisions of Hernández Hernández, against Levante, and Orsato, against Manchester City, have not liked the white team, which demands in some of these actions the intervention of the VAR. Video arbitration has not become precisely his great ally, since technology has intervened more times against Madrid than Barcelona. Moreover, in a parallel and fictitious classification, in which the decisions taken from the VOR room were not taken into account, Madrid would be in the first position of LaLiga Santander with two points of advantage over the Catalans.VAR interventions in Madrid matches-In favor (3): two rival goals were annulled (to Brais, for the previous offside of Aspas, and to Luuk De Jong, for a previous foul on Militao) and the repetition of a penalty against Leganés (Soriano stopped the maximum penalty for Ramos, but was early and on the second attempt he managed to beat him).-Again (5): a direct red to Modric, a somewhat rival was awarded (to Gerard Moreno) and three goals were annulled for offside (to Jovic, against Osasuna, Hazard, against Betis, and Casemiro, against Valladolid).-They did not influence (1): Sánchez Martínez had an identity error. He took a yellow one to Valverde and from the VOR they warned him that the foul was from Jovic.VAR interventions in Barcelona matches-In favor (2) a penalty in favor by Aguirregabiria and a goal annulled to Getafe for a previous foul.-Again (4): two penalties were indicated against (Vidal and Lenglet, both by hand), goal annulled to Messi for offside and goal awarded to Gameiro.-They did not influence (2): An identity error (yellow shown to Arthur that had been wrongly shown to Suarez before) and mediation to Gil Manzano (the VAR confirmed that Paulista’s goal had to be annulled due to a previous foul, but this occurred before it was put into play the corner, so from the VOR they indicated that the corner kick should be repeated and not missing as indicated by the braid).The VAR in the ClassicsThis will be the sixth Real Madrid-Barcelona with video arbitration, but to date it has only entered once. It was on the first of all, on the 10th day of the 2018-19 season. Hernández Hernández, VAR referee, warned Sánchez Martínez, on the grass, of a Varane penalty on Luis Suárez. The Murcian referee pointed it out and the Uruguayan scored. The irruption of technology is very low in the Classics, although the white team has repeatedly claimed it. They think he should have entered the same game he did to signal the maximum penalty on Luis Suarez. In that crash, later, the Uruguayan would commit a serious abrupt game action on Nachor. The Canarian referee, from the VOR, did not recommend his partner to go to the monitor. The VAR was also requested in the last Classic in LaLiga. Madrid claimed two penalties on Varane. The first for a stencil of Lenglet and another for a grab of Rakitic. In the first one the VAR did not enter because there was a previous hand of Benzema and in the second one because from the VOR they considered that it was not a clear and manifest error.The referees: Mateu Lahoz and González GonzálezThose designated to whistle Real Madrid-Barcelona are Mateu Lahoz, from the field, and González González, from the VOR. Ramos complained last weekend that Hernández Hernández could not talk. The Appointments Committee has chosen for the Classic an arbitrator totally contrary to what the white captain complained. Mateu Lahoz is one of the most talkative referees of the First Division and he likes to make players see what he plays, although he does not wrinkle before them in complicated situations. The Valencian is one of the referees who shows more cards, both yellow and red, shows. Of course, it is not one of the most penalties. Mateu, in addition, It is one of the referees that has been corrected less times by the VAR. On three occasions he has rectified his decision. In a fourth, the VAR also recommended that he review a penalty he noted, but remained in his initial decision. He is one of the few referees who has done it and has surprised everyone, since he almost always hears: “If he goes to the monitor, he will change his decision.”From the VOR he will be helping you González González, one of the most interventionist referees in the category. He has entered seven actions when he has worked as a VAR and plays of all kinds (gameplay, penalties and reds). He is a referee who does not hesitate to call his partner on the screen if he thinks he has made a clear and manifest error.last_img read more

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Zenden tells how he injured Xavi with a judo key

first_imgZenden has revealed in an interview in FourFourTwo magazine an unknown episode that he starred in during his stay in Barcelona. The retired Dutch winger spent three courses at the Catalan club, between 1998 and 2001, where he came from PSV Eindhoven. Left-handed and quite fast, the Dutch international was able to play for both profiles to put a good sequence of centers and he also stood out for being quite an outgoing person. Now, after the years, he tells an anecdote that had not come out, an accident that left Xavi out of action and in which he had a lot to do. The Dutch player is and was already by then an expert judoka, something that came from family. His father had made a career in that sport until a knee injury withdrew him from professional practice. Zenden tells FourFourTwo that one day he joked with Xavi, whom he challenged, it was something he used to do. The mischief cost them dearly. “It went a little wrong that time at Barcelona; I challenged Xavi, who was leaning one hand on a bed. However, the bed had wheels, which made him slip and dislocated one shoulder. He was out for a few weeks! “count now the Dutch international sneers. Zenden has not specified more about the injury that involuntarily caused Xavi or the arm he went in. What is certain is that some time after the Dutchman left Barcelona in 2003, the Spanish midfielder had to undergo surgery on his right shoulder due to repetitive joint dislocations.Zenden had lived with Judo all his life. “When I was a child, I just had to go down the stairs to find myself in a Judo school (his father set up an academy at home), and I automatically joined the judo classes that were taught there. It was the family business and he still follows it today being, “he explains. Zenden channeled what he learned in judo to help him in soccer. “Judo has given me a lot. It improved me as a footballer: it is a one-on-one discipline, as it often happens on the field, you learn to maintain balance, use your abilities and protect yourself in the fall. For example, I never suffered any injury when falling to the ground, “he says.last_img read more

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The home garden as a training ground

first_imgAnnalie Longo, player of the New Zealand Ferns, he trains in the garden of his house to try not to lose form before an eventual return to normality. New Zealand It decreed a state of national emergency on March 26 and since then all non-essential businesses have been closed. Getty ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Gettylast_img

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