First test for Solari as Real shocked by Eibar

Santiago Solari could not have asked for a worse start to his official reign as Real Madrid manager as tiny Eibar stunned them 3-0.

As observed by fans, it was another loss to a Blaugrana colours wearing club for Real (following previous losses to CSKA, Barcelona and Levante).

Eibar scored in the 16th minute and twice after the interval to jump to 10th in the league.

Bale played the full 90 minutes and was carded just before half time. Real’s next game is away at Roma in the Champions League- another tricky fixture for Solari’s men.

Wales 1-2 Denmark | Bale scores but Ryan Giggs’ side miss out on promotion

Gareth Bale scored but his Welsh side missed out on promotion to League A following a 2-1 defeat in Cardiff to Denmark.

A win for Wales, who were on 6 points from 3 games going into the fixture, would’ve seen them promoted, but they lost in front of a 32,354 strong crowd as goals from Nicolai Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite gave the Danes victory. Bale scored a late goal to set up a tense finale, but the Danes held on to complete a home and away set over Ryan Giggs’ men, having beaten them 2-0 in Aarhus back in September. Continue reading

Celta 2-4 Real Madrid- Solari gets job on permanent basis

An impressive display from Real Madrid at the Balaidos saw them beat Celta 4-2 and earn interim manager Santiago Solari the role on a permanent basis. La Liga regulations stipulate that an interim manager cannot be in charge for more than fifteen days, and Real’s form with Solari, which has seen them win four in a row, was enough to convince the board that the Argentine was the right man to repair the damage caused by Julen Lopetegui. Continue reading

Bale injured, Real suffer shock loss to Alaves

Real Madrid’s scoring woes continued as Los Blancos were beaten 1-0 by tiny Alaves over the weekend- the first time in 87 years that they have lost away to the Babazorros. Alaves clinched the win thanks to a late goal from Manu Garcia that leaves Real boss Julen Lopetegui in a very precarious position. The international break could perhaps have not come at a better time for the manager, with Real winless in four games and more importantly, scoreless in those four (their worst streak since 1985)

To make matters worse for Real, star forwards Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were both substituted due to injury. Benzema was replaced at half time by Mariano Diaz while Bale played 80 before coming off for Vincius Jr. Continue reading

Bale-less Real Madrid upset in Moscow

Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat in Moscow as they were beaten 1-0 by CSKA Moscow. The Russians edged Julen Lopetegui’s side thanks to a second minute goal from Croatian Nikolai Vlasic (from a Real defensive mistake), which proved to be the difference between the two sides at the final whistle. It was the first time in 30 Champions League games that Real had failed to score a goal, and a crowd of 71.811, better than than 69.251 Real had at the Bernabeu for the Roma fixture, and the third biggest attendance in the Champions League season so far , saw CSKA register a famous win.

It is also the first time in 12 years that Real have gone three consecutive games without scoring a goal (they were beaten 3-0 by Sevilla and drew 0-0 with Atleti before this fixture).

Real’s next game is away to Deportivo Alaves, who are surprisingly 6th in the league table, and are yet to lose a game at home this season.