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
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
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
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.
Gareth Bale suffered a muscle injury as Real drew against Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening. Real fans would’ve been hoping for a statement at home against their local rivals after the defeat in midweek against Sevilla but had to instead settle for a goalless stalemate.
Bale played 45 minutes before being replaced by Dani Ceballos.
Fortunately for Real, Barcelona have also mirrored their form with defeat away at Leganes and a draw at home to Athletic Club, meaning that the two sides are still neck and neck in the league standings.
Bale is expected to be a doubt for Real’s next game- a Champions League clash away in Moscow against CSKA.