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Result: Spain put three past Sweden to continue winning run

Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal score the goals as Spain record a 3-0 win over Sweden in Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier. Spain have made it four wins from their four Euro 2020 qualification matches courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Sweden in Monday night’s Group F clash at the Bernabeu. The triumph – earned by goals from Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal – means that La Roja are now five points clear of second-placed Sweden at the top of the section ahead of their next qualifier away to Romania in September. © Reuters Spain’s team showed eight changes from the one which started against the Faroe Islands on Friday night, with only Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ramos and Isco keeping their spots in the XI. Meanwhile, Sebastian Larsson for Kristoffe...

How Spain could line up against Sweden

Ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier between Spain and Sweden, Sports Mole looks at how Luis Enrique’s side could line up in Madrid on Monday night. Spain play host to Sweden in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday night having put together a four-match winning streak in all competitions. La Furia Roja failed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals, leaving Luis Enrique with extra work to do in order to secure a place at the next European Championship. However, three successive wins – against Norway, Malta and the Faroe Islands – have provided Spain with a two-point advantage over their next opponents in Group F. Below, Sports Mole predicts what starting lineup could be named by Enrique for the fixture at the Bernabeu. A number of changes will likely be made by Enrique, the ...

Preview: Spain vs. Sweden – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualification fixture between Spain and Sweden. Spain head into Monday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden looking to register their fourth successive victory in Group F. Sweden make the trip to Madrid just two points adrift of their hosts, although the Scandinavian nation can play with a certain level of freedom having already guaranteed themselves a playoff spot. Spain © Reuters Missing out on a place in the UEFA Nations League Finals left Spain needing to perform at the start of their Euro 2020 campaign, and Luis Enrique will be delighted that his side have registered maximum points from three matches. However, Spain have not been at their best against each of Norway, Malta and the...

How Spain could line up against Faroe Islands

Sports Mole looks at how Spain could line up in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Malta. Spain will be looking to move onto nine points in Group F when they travel to Torshavn to face Faroe Islands in their third Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday night. La Roja currently sit top of the section having followed a 2-1 home win over Norway on March 23 with a 2-0 victory in Malta three days later. Luis Enrique‘s side will be the overwhelming favourites to triumph on Friday night as they prepare to take on a side currently ranked outside of the top 100 teams in international football. It will be just the third meeting between the two teams and Spain won the previous two with an aggregate score of 9-3. Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how the 2010 world champions could line up. Captain S...

Preview: Faroe Islands vs. Spain – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between Faroe Islands and Spain, including team news and predicted lineups. Spain will be looking to continue their 100% record in Group F when they face Faroe Islands in their third Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday night. La Roja have overcome Norway and Malta in their two Group F fixtures thus far and will be the overwhelming favourites to beat a Faroe Islands side that are listed 102nd in the FIFA rankings. Faroe Islands © Reuters Friday night will mark just the third meeting between Faroe Islands and Spain in international football. The two nations also locked horns during qualification for the 1998 World Cup – La Roja winning 6-2 away before recording a 3-1 victory on home soil more than a year later. Landslioio were the huge ...

Filipe Luis ‘on verge of Barcelona move’

Experienced defender Filipe Luis closes in on a move to Barcelona, according to a report. Experienced defender Filipe Luis is reportedly closing in on a move to Barcelona. Luis will see his contract with Atletico Madrid expire at the end of this month and it is understood that the 33-year-old will not be penning an extension at the Wanda Metropolitano. According to Marca, Barca are set to sign the Brazilian on a free transfer, with the move to be completed in a ‘matter of days’. The left-back re-joined Atletico from Chelsea in 2015 and made 32 appearances for the capital giants during the 2018-19 campaign, contributing two goals and three assists. Should Luis arrive at Camp Nou then he would provide competition for Jordi Alba on the left side of defence. However, Barca have als...

Barcelona ‘to battle Manchester United for Junior Firpo’

Barcelona will battle Manchester United for the signature of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo, according to a report. Barcelona are reportedly preparing to battle Manchester United for the signature of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo in this summer’s transfer window. United are believed to be in talks with Betis over a swoop for the 22-year-old, who scored three times and contributed five assists in 29 appearances for his Spanish club during the 2018-19 campaign. However, according to SPORT, Barca are also interested in a move for the former Spain Under-21 international as the Catalan giants look to provide Jordi Alba with some competition at left-back. Firpo is believed to have a £43m release clause in his current deal – which is due to expire in June 2023 – although it...

Barcelona ‘eye swoop for Jerome Roussillon’

Barcelona consider a summer swoop for Wolfsburg defender Jerome Roussillon, according to a report. Barcelona are reportedly considering a summer swoop for Wolfsburg defender Jerome Roussillon. The 26-year-old joined Wolfsburg from Montpellier in the summer of 2018 and made 31 appearances for the German club during the 2018-19 campaign, contributing three goals and six assists. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca were impressed by the form of Roussillon last season and could attempt to sign the former France Under-20 international in this summer’s transfer window. Roussillon, who started his professional career with Sochaux, would provide competition for Jordi Alba at left-back if he moved to Camp Nou ahead of the 2019-20 season. Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Atletico Madr...

Result: Valencia beat Barcelona to land Copa del Rey title

Valencia win the 2019 Copa del Rey title courtesy of a 2-1 win over holders Barcelona at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. Barcelona missed the chance to land a fifth straight Copa del Rey title as the Spanish champions suffered a 2-1 defeat to Valencia in Saturday night’s showpiece final in Seville. Having successfully defended La Liga, Barca were chasing another domestic double but Ernesto Valverde‘s side were outclassed and outworked by Los Che over the 90 minutes of football. Valencia have won their first Copa del Rey title since 2008 while the Catalan giants have been left with just the La Liga trophy to show for their efforts this season despite widely being tipped to claim a treble. © Reuters Valencia, who are now eight-time winners of the Copa del Rey, clearly had plans to...

Result: Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona overcome Getafe

Barcelona record a 2-0 win over Getafe on the penultimate matchday of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign. Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi scored the goals as Barcelona recorded a 2-0 win over Getafe on the penultimate matchday of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign. Barca have already been confirmed as Spanish champions, but Getafe are chasing fourth position, and the defeat at Camp Nou – coupled with a win for Valencia – has seen the capital outfit drop into fifth spot ahead of Week 38. © Reuters The absence of Luis Suarez following a knee operation meant that Messi went through the middle, with Malcom and Philippe Coutinho selected in the wide positions. Getafe were without two key players in the shape of Jaime Mata and Bruno Gonzalez through suspension, but the away side made a positive st...

Result: Magnificent Liverpool thrash Barcelona to reach Champions League final

Liverpool reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Anfield, with the Merseyside giants successfully overturning a three-goal deficit. Liverpool have reached their second successive Champions League final with a remarkable 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the second leg of their semi-final clash at Anfield. Divock Origi netted the first and fourth goals on a memorable night on Merseyside, but the enforced introduction of Georginio Wijnaldum proved key with the Dutchman chipping in with a double in three second-half minutes. Barcelona had their opportunities on Tuesday evening but at times, the La Liga champions looked powerless as a rampant Liverpool wrote another page in their illustrious history. Liverpool set the tone for the task ahead by almost going ahead aft...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest possible combined XI from the squads of Liverpool and Barcelona ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield. Anfield will be primed and ready for what the home fans hope will be another famous European night this Tuesday when Liverpool look to overturn a big first-leg deficit in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Barca take a commanding 3-0 lead to Merseyside courtesy of Lionel Messi‘s heroics at the Camp Nou last week, and know that a place in their first final since 2015 awaits them should they avoid an almighty collapse. However, the Spanish giants did let a three-goal first-leg lead slip en route to exiting the competition last season, and Liverpool are no strangers to a rousing European comeback eit...

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