The two last remaining Spanish Football Clubs with UEFA Champions League duties played tonight with the following final results & goalscorers.


FC Barcelona hosted Apoel Nicosia in their Group F opener. The final result was a 1 - 0 victory to Barça & more importantly, the three points. Barça Coach Luis Enrique changed his team around & started with:

Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano; Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Samper; Messi, Neymar & Munir.

FC Barcelona kept to their style of possession Football while Apoel held back to defend & wait for counter-attacking opportunities. No surprises throughout the match with Barça attacking & creating chances almost getting to the monotonous stages. Apoel created some chances in the second half but failed to convert.

The only - & winning - goal came in the 28th min when Gerard Pique headed home a fixed play free kick. 


Celebrations at Bilbao as Athletic Club returns to Champions League after a 16 year wait. Bilbao hosted Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group H match & played out a 0 - 0 final result.

The Athletic Club Bilbao starting line-up was:

Iraizoz; De Marcos, Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico, Beñat; Muniain, Ibai Gomez & Aduriz.

From the Bilbao point of view, 24 crosses into the goal area & no ball converted into goal, apart from this, with only 3 true goal chance-attempts all in the second half. This sums up the Bilbao night. Shakhtar on the other hand defended very well & won in the ball possession area- 54% - having their own very clear goal opportunities as well but failing to convert. Bilbao suffered to hold them out.

Seen it all after 90 mins, perhaps deserved result & draw.


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE kicked off this season with Group matches & two of the four Spanish Football representatives in action tonight. Here is a brief summary of events, with final results & goalscorers.


Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid travelled to Greece to meet Olympiakos in their Group A match. An unexpected result with Olympiakos winning 3 - 2 At. Madrid & complicating things for the Spaniards in their quest to repeat their marvellous Champions League run last season as finalists.

The novelty for Atletico was the start of goalkeeper Jan Oblak over regular goalie Moya, & defender Ansaldi. Some Football observers have quickly come out of the wood-work to criticise Coach Simeone for putting on Oblak who frankly has had better nights & may have done better in the first Greek goal. However, Atletico was not as tight as usual in defence & made mistakes that cost them goals, especially the last & third Olympiakos goal when Ansaldi made a poor defensive mistake. 

Olympiakos took well their chances & converted in the correct moments which indicates their excellent effectiveness tonight. Atletico de Madrid deserved at least the draw as the team lifted their game in the second half especially when Griezmann came on. The Spanish Team created chances but failed to "nail" them, & the Olympiakos Spanish goalkeeper Roberto also played his part to keep out the ball. 

Here are all the goals in order:
  • Masuaku 13th min , 1-0
  • Afellay 31th min  , 2-0
  • Mandzukic 37th min, 2-1 
  • Mitroglou 73rd min, 3-1
  • Griezmann 86th min, 3-2
As the goal order illustrates Atletico had their best moments in the second half until the commented defensive mistake allowed Mitroglou to score & put the wind out of the Spanish sails.

Good win for the Greeks who get off to  flying start & a disappointing result for Atletico de Madrid which perhaps deserved more for the Football shown. That´s Football.


Real Madrid hosted Basilea in their Group B match & won 5 - 1. Therapeutic victory which will calm the rough waters these past days over the poor Real Madrid play in Liga & some unjust Iker Casillas treatment from home fans. 

Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti surprised with young defender Nacho starting over veteran Alvaro Albeloa which has opened up speculation about the latter & his near future at the Club. Said this, Nacho played a great match, even opening up the goal scoring for his team. Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was whistle again tonight until he saved a fantastic one on one situation late second half which shut a few mouths. Karim Benzema finally got out of his "dry spell" & scored the fifth goal which should lift his confidence. 

The 5-1 result is deceptive, Real Madrid continues to show symptoms of decomposition in the second half. Tonight the best moments for Real Madrid was the first 40 min of play where most of their goals arrived. The rest of the time saw defensive & midfield lapses-mistakes that allowed Basilea to create chances & make Real Madrid look out performed.

Here are the goals in order:

  •  Suchy own goal (Nacho) 14tth min, 1-0
  • Gareth Bale 30th min , 2-0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 32nd min, 3-0
  • James Rodriguez 37th min, 4-0
  • Derlis Gonzalez 39th min, 4-1
  • Karim Benzema 79th min, 5-1 
Cristiano Ronaldo was again the main engine of his team with an excellent performance. The Portuguese not only scored tonight but surpassed Messi in Champions League goals (68 goals) & is only three away from Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid) & his historic Champions League goal record of 71 goals.

Good start for Real Madrid, but still has 2º half playing & defensive issues to solve. 

Tomorrow Spanish Football Clubs FC Barcelona & Athletic Club Bilbao will be in action.


Last scheduled game of Round 3 Spanish Football Liga was played tonight with the following final result & goalscorer.

Liga 2014-2015

Eibar hosted Deportivo A Coruña & lost 0 - 1. The only goal came from a Eibar defensive mistake which Juan Dominguez converted in a 16th min goal. The eventual winner as the visitors held out the Eibar attacks to take the valuable three points. 

Tomorrow more Spanish Football Teams action with UEFA Champions League Group matches. Real Madrid & Atletico de Madrid have their matches scheduled, while FC Barcelona & Athletic Club play on Wednesday.


Spanish Liga Football continued today with four Round 3 games scheduled. Following are all the final results along with the goalscorers.


Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano hosted Elche & went down 2 - 3 in an entertaining match with the visitors deserving their well earned win. Their three goals came from Albacer in the 36th min, Jonathas in the 54th min & Mosquera in the 68th min. For Rayo Vallecano their two goals came from Kakuta in the 44th min & Bueno who converted a 90th min penalty.


Valencia CF is on a winning roll with a convincing 3 - 1 victory over RCD Espanyol. Valencia gains another three points & places the Club in the second place of the Spanish Liga classification table. Valencia put things into a groove early when Piatti scored in the 7th min. His team-mates Parejo scored the second goal in the 63rd min & the third goal came in the 72nd min via Paco Alcacer. Espanyol managed a consolation goal when Captain Sergio Garcia converted a 90th min penalty.


Important moral boosting victory for Sevilla FC 2 - 0 over Madrid Club Getafe. A fairly comfortable win for the locals with a "correct" performance against a visiting team that still needs plenty of work to be able to compete. Sevilla Colombian forward Bacca put Sevilla ahead through a penalty in the 44th min & Vidal sealed with a second in the 87th min. 

A goalkeepers night & game at the Granada vs Villarreal clash which ended in a 0 - 0 final result. Villarreal goalie Asenjo was outstaanding along with Granada keeper Roberto. Shared points!

Eibar - Deportivo A Coruña


Big day of Spanish Football with Round 3 Saturday Liga matches scheduled with the main Clubs on show due to Champions League mid-week appearances. Here are all the final results & all the goalscorers.

Yesterday night Liga kicked off with Almeria drawing 1-1 with Cordoba. The goalscorers were for Almeria Mendez in the 11th min & the equalizer for the visitors through Fede in the 18th min. Highlight was the debut of 16 year old Almeria player Gaspar, we wish him all the luck in his career.


FC Barcelona hosted Athletic Club Bilbao & managed to grab the 3 points with a 2 - 0 win & final result. Barça Coach Luis Enrique surprised leaving Neymar on the bench giving young sensation Munir another chance to show his talent. The latter once again impressed & was unlucky to not have scored (had a goal disallowed).

Barça looked good all game with an exceptional Messi who got better as the game went on. The visitors had their chances but when Neymar came on in the second half he connected with Messi (incredible stuff from the Argentine with assistance) & the Brazilian scored both team goals, in the 79th min & in the 84th min. Perhaps Neymar is understanding the "message" from his Coach to get his head "centred" on the Football.

Athletic Club claimed two penalties, one to Aduriz from Mascherano when things were 0 - 0 & the other (less obvious) to Muniain from Pique. Commented these events, a deserved victory to Barça which is looking better & more dangerous each Round. 


Different picture & result in the big Madrid city derby. Barça rivals Real Madrid lost 1 - 2 to current Liga Champions Atletico de Madrid. Two straight Liga loses to Real Madrid which will be shaking about the Club at this moment & making fans restless. 

One has to say that the game overall was very equal with perhaps the difference being that At. Madrid took their chances better. Added to this Real Madrid again showed some defensive lapses that allowed the visitors to score. The opener from Atletico de Madrid came in the 11th min from a corner that Tiago scored with a header beating opposition markers, while the second & the winner came from Arda Turan in the 77th min with unusual space to shoot. Earlier in the 26th min Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty his teams only goal. CR7 was active but the Portuguese cannot do everything 

Atletico played their habitual game following a very clear plan while Real Madrid perhaps still is looking for theirs. Real Madrid is still currently looking for Benzema (Chicharito came on in the 2nd half) while Gareth Bale was not 100% tonight although Atletico goalie Moya stopped an impressive free kick from the Welshman. 

As mentioned, in the end the result shifted due to fine details that tonight went to the visitors who actively worked hard for the balance to tip their way. Real Madrid will be having a rough time thanks to media & fan criticism the following days & will need to urgently react because Barça & At. Madrid have already began to open up a points gap in Liga. Alarm bells perhaps?

Malaga hosted Levante & the final result was a 0 - 0 draw. Both teams very weary of each other & very tactical, not being able to convert their given opportunities. Shared points.

LIGA 2014-2015

Celta de Vigo was very unlucky tonight when in the last moment of their match against Real Sociedad an own goal by Celta player Jony  gave the visitors the equalizer. Earlier Celta de Vigo dominated proceedings with goals from Orellana in the 28th min & Larrivey in the 47th min. However, Real Sociedad crawled back & managed their important first goal in the 70th min thanks to Agirretxe. The visitors perseverance later paid off & in the last moments managed the equalizer, the manner was not important obviously. Final result 2 - 2 & shared points.

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