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Real Madrid target Mario Hermoso addresses transfer speculation

Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso plays down suggestions that he could re-join Real Madrid at the end of the season. Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso has played down suggestions that he could re-join Real Madrid this summer. The 23-year-old came through the youth system at the Bernabeu before joining Espanyol in the summer of 2017. The Spaniard has impressed during his time with the Catalan outfit, leading to claims that Madrid want to re-sign the centre-back at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. Hermoso, though, has said that he will remain with Espanyol ‘unless the club decide to kick him out’. “Of course I see myself here next year, unless Espanyol wants to kick me out,” OK Diario quotes Hermoso as saying. “I have a contract until 2020 and as long as nothing str...

Result: Lionel Messi magic inspires flat Barcelona as they move further clear

Barcelona beat Catalan rivals Espanyol 2-0 at Camp Nou thanks to a couple of second-half goals from Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi scored a brace as Barcelona defeated Catalan rivals Espanyol 2-0 in Saturday afternoon’s derby clash at Camp Nou. The Argentinian forward settled a cagey affair with his strikes in the final 20 minutes – the first an incredible free kick and the second a sweeping finish at the end of a quick counter. Barca were below par until their main man stepped up, with Messi’s double taking them 13 points clear of Atletico Madrid after playing a game more than their closest title challengers. © Reuters Messi uncharacteristically wasted a couple of half-decent opportunities in the goalless first half, firing the ball into Naldo in front of goal early on and t...

Barcelona team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Espanyol

Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for title-chasing Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s local derby with Espanyol at the Camp Nou. Barcelona could take another big stride towards defending their La Liga crown when they host city rivals Espanyol at the Camp Nou on Saturday. The champions boast a 10-point lead at the top of the table with just 10 games of the season remaining and return to domestic action after the international break on a 16-match unbeaten run in the league. It would take a major collapse for Ernesto Valverde‘s side to throw away one leg of a potential treble from such a position, although there are doubts over some key players ahead of this weekend’s local derby. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for the...

Result: Benzema bags brace as Real Madrid beat Espanyol

A rejuvenated Karim Benzema scored twice in a LaLiga match for the first time in almost five months as 10-man Real Madrid beat struggling Espanyol 4-2. The France international scored in the first half either side of Sergio Ramos‘ header to register his first league double since September 1. Substitute Gareth Bale, in the squad for the first time since sustaining a calf problem on January 3, added the fourth as Espanyol’s miserable run was extended to nine defeats in 10 league matches, despite Raphael Varane’s dismissal 18 minutes from time. Lift off with @Benzema! ⚽️⚽️#EspanyolRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/Vdw2ao9O2Y — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 27, 2019 Real, who moved above Sevilla into third, clinically scored from all three attempts in the first half, with the opener co...

Bale earns Solari praise after netting on winning Real Madrid return

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari praised Gareth Bale after he took less than three minutes to mark his return from injury with a goal. The Wales international was named in the squad for the first time since sustaining a calf injury on January 3 and came off the bench to score Real’s final goal in a 4-2 win at Espanyol. “Gareth is a decisive player, he’s always capable of scoring a goal. He has great physical strength,” Solari told his post-match press conference. 🔁 64′ Comes on as substitute⚽ 67′ GOAL! Welcome back, @GarethBale11! pic.twitter.com/6qsGmjY9Rh — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 27, 2019 “He scored as soon as he came on and that was good for the game and for his confidence. “Step-by-step he has to regain the form from before the Club World Cup when he...

Solari hails ‘selfless’ Benzema one of the game’s top strikers

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari believes Karim Benzema is currently one of the world’s leading strikers and someone who makes the players around him better. Benzema notched his 13th goal of the season in all competitions in Thursday night’s Copa del Rey win against Girona. The France international has continued to be a standout performer for the European champions despite nursing a hand injury sustained in the recent win at Real Betis. 🎙 Solari’s thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s LaLiga game against @RCDEspanyol! #RMTV pic.twitter.com/L2YThZJNUr — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 26, 2019 “Benzema has been around a long time and has had a lot of highs throughout his career,” Solari told a press conference before Sunday’s LaLiga game at Espanyol. “He’s in great form and...

Result: Eibar cruise to victory against Espanyol

Sergi Enrich, Pablo de Blasis and Charles were all on target for the hosts. Eibar eased their relegation fears with a commanding 3-0 victory over Espanyol at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. The hosts headed into Monday’s fixture without a win from their last six La Liga outings, while Espanyol were looking to build on last week’s 3-1 victory against Villarreal in the Copa del Rey. But it was the home side who cruised to an impressive victory, their first since November, to move six points clear of safety and above their opponents in the table, with Espanyol, who failed to register a shot on target, now looking nervously over their shoulder. Eibar were on top from the kick-off and Sergi Enrich struck after 24 minutes with his fifth goal of the campaign to give the hosts a well-deserved lead. ...

Result: Willian Jose bags a brace as Real Sociedad edge five-goal thriller with Espanyol

Former Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino was also on target for the hosts. Willian Jose scored twice as Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 3-2 in a Monday night LaLiga thriller. Real raced into a two-goal lead after only eight minutes, with Mikel Merino opening the scoring with a close-range finish from a corner. Five minutes later David Lopez handled in the area and, after a VAR review, a penalty was awarded which Willian Jose converted. But Espanyol clawed their way back into the game in the 32nd minute when Naldo headed in from a corner. Then, in first-half stoppage time, Real centre-half Diego Llorente attempted to clear the ball after it came back off the crossbar but only succeeded in bundling it into his own net. But just after the hour mark, Willian Jose tucked in a cross from Merino to s...

Ernesto Valverde hails latest Lionel Messi masterclass

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed “extraordinary” Lionel Messi after his brilliant free-kicks helped set up an impressive 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Seville had earlier seen hopes of keeping the pressure up on the leaders dented after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser at Valencia. Barcelona capitalised to move three points clear, and never looked in danger at the RCDE Stadium, where they were 3-0 ahead by half-time. Messi, who finished fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before picking out Ousmane Dembele to double the lead after 26 minutes. Luis Suarez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time, with the Barcelona captain then curling in another superb dead-ball strike after 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and te...

Result: Lionel Messi stars as Barcelona down Espanyol

Lionel Messi scores two stunning free kicks as Barcelona record a 4-0 win over Espanyol in Saturday night’s Catalan derby. Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez were all on the scoresheet as Barcelona recorded a 4-0 win over Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday night. Messi scored two stunning free kicks to make it 23 derby goals, while fellow forwards Dembele and Luis Suarez also registered at the RCDE Stadium. The result has seen Barcelona move three points clear at the top of La Liga, while Espanyol, who have lost their last four league fixtures, remain down in ninth. © Reuters The first half-chance of the match fell to Espanyol in the ninth minute, but the home team’s leading scorer Borja Iglesias could only fire his effort wide of the post. Barcelona were havi...

Valverde ready for ‘trial by fire’ derby against Espanyol

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned his players to be ready for one of their toughest derby encounters in recent years when they visit Espanyol on Saturday. Espanyol sit seventh in LaLiga, seven points behind leaders Barcelona who have taken 28 points from their opening 14 matches. Barca enjoyed the upper hand over their city rivals for several years but the gap narrowed last season, with Espanyol winning one and drawing one of their four derby clashes, and Valverde believes they have pulled even closer this time around. Barça manager Ernesto Valverde on Saturday’s #EspanyolBarça: “Espanyol are having a great season—this is a really big test for us.” That and more of what the boss said 👇 pic.twitter.com/iT3h1L00Gv — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 7, 2018 “It...

Preview: Espanyol vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full match preview of Barcelona’s trip to Espanyol on Saturday night. The latest instalment of the Catalan derby will take place at RCDE Stadium on Saturday night as Espanyol welcome the Spanish champions Barcelona in La Liga. Espanyol have lost their last three in the league to drop down to seventh position in the table, while Barcelona currently top the pile on 28 points, one point ahead of second-placed Sevilla. Espanyol © Reuters A six-game unbeaten run between September 25 and November 11 included four wins, and left Espanyol in the top four. At that point, Rubi‘s team were showing signs that they could be surprise challengers for a Champions League position in Spain’s top flight during the 2018-19 campaig...

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