Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona head into next week’s first El Clasico of the season six points behind leaders Real Madrid after failing to break Real Sociedad and scraping a draw.

Barcelona have now  failed to win their last two La Liga games, and have failed to win in their last eight games at Anoeta Stadium.  Which means that the club have not won a match in Anoeta Stadium since 2007.

Real Sociedad’s Da Silva started the scoring at the 53rd minute mark, and had the lead which lasted for only six minutes until Lionel Messi managed a goal of his own.

Real Sociedad are now fifth in the La liga standings, and Barcelona is barely holding it’s 2nd position with a 6 point difference with leaders Real Madrid.

Barcelona will host the first EL Classico of the season against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp next Saturday (15:15 GMT).

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Retires after 19 year career

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked for Steven Gerrard to be given space for his transition into coaching.

Gerrard, 36, has said that he was leaving LA Galaxy earlier this month, and  has now confirmed his retirement from professional football on Thursday.

Klopp wants Gerrard to be given his chance to settle into management, comparing the situation to what Ryan Giggs went through at Manchester United.

“In Manchester it is the same with Giggs. Where will he go next? But if you want these guys on the bench let them work and don’t handle them as the players they were before,”

“That is a little advice from a very average football player.”

It is expected Gerrard will return to Liverpool in some capacity,  but Klopp wants the former midfielder out of the spotlight.

 

FC Rostov 3-2 Bayern Munich: German champions stunned in their defeat against the Russians

Two months after the humbling 5-0 loss of Rostov, it was time for payback as Bayern Munich lost to the  Russian club 3-2 in a Champions League match.

Bayern had already qualified but will most likely finish second in Group D behind Atletico Madrid. Rostov were already eliminated, but can reach the Europa League.

Bayern’s  Douglas Costa delivered the opening goal in the first half,  then Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun showed magnificent skill and equalised eight minutes later, just before half-time.

Azmoun charged into the Bayern box and sent Jerome Boateng sprawling with a smart feint before hitting the ball low past Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, starting in place of the rested Manuel Neuer.

Rostov took the lead after  Boateng  Dmitry Poloz stepped up to hit the penalty low.Five minutes later, Bayern equalised again when Juan Bernat scored with a fierce angled shot.Noboa then scored  the winner during the  67th minute witha free kick.

Rostov clung on for the win, blocking shots and packing the box until the final whistle.

The defeat leaves the German champions in danger of facing one of the competition’s biggest clubs when the draw is made for the last 16.

WELLBET news: Real Madrid worry over Gareth Bale’s fitness for upcoming El Clasico against Barcelona

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is forced to wait to see if he will be fit for the upcoming El Clasico against Barcelona.

The Bale, was taken out of Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon with an ankle injury.

Real madrid are currently the leaders of La Liga, with  a four-point advantage over Barca. They will have the “El Clasico” at the Nou Camp on Saturday, 3 December.

“He suffered more of a twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane added: “On Wednesday, he will be examined by our medical staff and after that, we will find out more.”

La Liga dominates the shortlist for UEFA team of the Year

FIFA has now unveiled the UEFA shortlist of 40 players from which the UEFA team of the year will be chosen.

The list is heavily dominated by players which hail from La Liga, with 18 of them nominated for the team of the year. The list also features players from the Premier League, the Serie A and Bundesliga. 

Here are  the list of nominees:

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio (Sporting), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Gigi Buffon (Juventus).

Defenders

Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders

Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Joe Allen (Stoke), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG).

Forwards

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Neymar (Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Sergio Aguero (Man City).

WELLBET News: Atletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo silences his critics and performed his 39th career hat- trick and gave Real Madrid a derby win over Atletico, solidifying their position at the top of La liga.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a deflected free-kick,  a second from the penalty spot, and a the third from Gareth Bale’s cross.

Real still sits at the top of La liga standings, and now a have a four-point lead over second-placed Barcelona, who were held to a goalled draw with Malaga earlier.

Ronaldo showed his best performance of the season, he certainly shows no sign of slowing down.

WELLBET News: Arsene Wenger ha won just 1 of 15 matches against Jose Mourinho

WELLBET News: Arsene Wenger has won just one of 15 matches against Jose Mourinho

The hotly anticipated match between Arsenal and Manchester United this Saturday is heating up.But Arsene Wenger has to overcome an abysmal head-to-head record with rival Jose Mourinho. Wenger has won just 1 in 15 of his clashes with Mourinho.

Will Wenger previal?
Their match is on 12:30 BDT