#1 It was a shame that own-goal just before the break von linchao 07.01.2020 07:32

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid had to overcome a disastrous first half against Club Brugge to avoid a second consecutive loss to open its Champions League campaign.Real Madrid rallied from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Belgian club on Tuesday Cheap Argentina Soccer Team Uniform , avoiding a home defeat that would have left the 13-time European champions in a deep hole in Group A.Young Nigerian forward Emmanuel Bonaventure scored two first-half goals — imitating former Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration after the second — but the hosts recovered with headers by Sergio Ramos in the 55th and Casemiro in the 85th.Casemiro’s header came from a free kick straight after Brugge went down to 10 men as captain Ruud Vormer was sent off for a second yellow card.“We didn’t get off to a good start. We had a bad first half,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “They created problems for us. We couldn’t control anything. But in the second half it was completely different. We changed our attitude. We played with more heart. You have to be focused from the first minute and we didn’t do that.”Madrid stayed last in Group A, two points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain, which visits Galatasaray later Tuesday. Brugge, which has never advanced to the knockout round, has two points, one more than Galatasaray.“It’s still a historic game. We scored two goals against Real Madrid. We played so well,” Brugge coach Philippe Clement said. “Of course, we would have liked to go home with three points, but this is a historic night.”Madrid, which lost 3-0 at PSG in the first round, hasn’t failed to advance past the group stage since the 1989-90 season.The result kept Madrid from losing a third straight Champions League game at home. It lost to CSKA Moscow in the group stage last season, then to Ajax as it was eliminated in the round of 16.Bonaventure’s first goal and Ramos’ score for Madrid were confirmed by video review after being initially disallowed for offside.Brugge struck first as Bonaventure scored from close range after a fast breakaway in the ninth minute, finding the net with a fortuitous shot that sent Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the wrong way. Bonaventure tried to control the ball with his right foot but it ended up ricocheting off his left leg before trickling past a fallen Courtois across the line.Madrid pressed forward but Brugge kept threatening on counterattacks and Bonaventure added to the lead after a great run that started with a mistake by Luka Modric in the midfield. The 21-year-old forward stumbled at the end of the run but still found a way to send a shot over Courtois. He then imitated the traditional celebration of Ronaldo www.thetopsoccer.com , jumping and opening his arms as he fell back to the ground.“Everyone expected them to beat us easily,” Bonaventure said. “We prepared for them, we believed and we had a good feeling. I am a little bit disappointed in a way, but also happy that we won a point against a big team.”One of Madrid’s best chances was a close-range header by defender Raphael Varane that forced Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to make a terrific reflex save when the score was 1-0. Mignolet also made some good saves in the second half but couldn’t stop the headers by Ramos — who was back in the squad after a suspension — and Casemiro.Madrid kept attacking throughout the second half, finishing with 27 total attempts.Zidane made a surprising goalkeeping change at halftime, replacing Courtois — who had been jeered by part of the Bernabéu crowd — with Alphonse Areola. The coach didn’t give a clear reason for why he replaced Courtois, only saying the goalkeeper wasn’t well and couldn’t continue.In his first action early in the second half, Areola made a great save to keep Bonaventure from adding his third goal after another fast counterattack.__ It was showtime for Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium. Lionel Messi had a hat trick. Luis Suárez scored with a superb backheel goal. There was even an assist by goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six Spanish league matches.With one of its best performances of the season, Barcelona cruised to a 5-2 win over promoted Mallorca on Saturday, keeping pace with Real Madrid and regaining the league lead.Madrid had beaten Espanyol 2-0 earlier Saturday to provisionally move to the top, but Barcelona’s win left the teams tied on points and the Catalan club ahead on goal difference. The highlight of Barcelona’s win was Suárez’s 43rd-minute backheel goal, which came after a smart exchange of passes between Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto. De Jong made the final pass to Suárez who was near the corner of the six-meter (yard) box, and the Uruguay striker hit the ball with the back of his right foot, pressing it down and making it bounce off the ground over goalkeeper Manolo Reina.“I knew I had a difficult angle www.thetopsoccer.com/national-team-kit/belgium , my only option was to backheel the ball firmly so it would bounce and make it harder for the goalkeeper,” Suárez said. “It wouldn’t be impossible for the ball to go through if it didn’t bounce. Luckily it worked and it was a beautiful goal.”Barcelona’s dominant performance had started with Griezmann’s seventh-minute goal off a long pass by Ter Stegen, who quickly took a goal kick to set up the Frenchman’s run from behind the midfield line. Griezmann entered the area and niftly tapped the ball over Reina.It was the second assist for Ter Stegen this season. He had also set up Suárez’s goal against Getafe in September.Messi was at his best, scoring in the 17th with a superb curling left-footed shot into the top corner and then with another well-placed strike from outside the area in the 41st. He completed his record 35th league hat trick from inside the area in the 83rd after Suárez’s pass. The goal also allowed Messi to take the league’s scoring lead with 12 goals, one more than Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Before the match, Messi was presented with the Ballon d’Or award which he won for best player of the year on Monday. Messi’s three young sons carried the trophy out to him as the Camp Nou crowd chanted his name.Ante Budimir scored Mallorca’s goals in the 35th and 64th minutes.Barcelona has won nine of its last 10 league matches, including four in a row. It has lost only once in its last 14 games in all competitions.It was the seventh consecutive away loss for Mallorca, which stayed in 17th place, one point from the relegation zone.MADRID STAYS CLOSERaphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored a goal in each half to give Madrid its win over second-to-last-place Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.The result extended Madrid’s unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches. It was the team’s fourth straight league win, and the 14th in the last 15 games against Espanyol across all competitions.Varane opened the scoring with a low left-foot shot from inside the area in the 37th after a pass by Benzema, who sealed the victory with a shot from close range in the 79th after being set up by midfielder Federico Valverde.Madrid played the final minutes with 10 men as left-back Ferland Mendy was sent off with a second yellow card for a hard foul in the 83rd.Madrid played without several regular starters because of injuries, including Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, James Rodríguez and Marcelo.VALENCIA DERBYIt was a three-goal night for Levante striker Roger Martí Cheap Brazil Soccer Team Uniform , but only two counted for his team in a 4-2 loss to city rival Valencia.Martí put the hosts ahead with a pair of goals by the 20th minute, but then netted an own-goal just before halftime while trying to clear a cross from inside the area. The ball hit his right knee and went backward into his own net.Valencia came back with two goals in two minutes by Kevin Gameiro in second-half breakaways, one in the 57th and another in the 59th. Ferran Torres closed the scoring in the 88th to give Valencia its fourth win in its last five league games.“It was a shame that own-goal just before the break,” Martí said. “It was an unlucky play.” Levante played with 10 men after defender Eliseo Falcón was sent off with a second yellow card in the 74th.Levante hasn’t won the Valencia derby since 2016, having lost three of the last five.The result left Valencia in seventh place and Levante stayed in 11th.GRANADA WINS AGAINPromoted Granada ended a five-match winless streak with a 3-0 rout of Alavés, moving to eighth with 24 points.Carlos Fernández, Roberto Soldado and Yangel Herrera scored second-half goals for Granada, which had lost four of its last five matches.Alavés, sitting in 15th place, had two players sent off Wakaso Mubarak in the 67th and Víctor Laguardia in stoppage time.

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