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Lewandowski’s brace led Barcelona to a hard-fought win over Alaves



Lewandowski’s brace led Barcelona to a hard-fought win over Alaves

Barcelona (AFP) – Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored both goals for champions Barcelona in the thirteenth round of the Spanish Football League on Sunday.

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Lewandowski snapped his goal drought dating back to September 23, 18 seconds after the whistle, in the 53rd and 77th minutes in response to the visitors’ lead through young striker Samo Omortian (19). 3-2 in the sixth stage when he scored two goals in a win against Celta Vigo.

Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid on 28 points beat Villarreal 3-1 in a game less than the capital club and Barcelona, ​​forced to win at home to stay away from their pursuers, raised their score to 30 points, 4. This season they are ahead of surprise leaders Girona, who beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 on Saturday, and are two points ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid II, who beat Valencia 5-1 on the same day.

Barcelona also returned to winning ways after losing 0-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the fourth round of the Champions League, before that included a hard-fought 1-2 win over Real Sociedad 1 in the eleventh round against Real Madrid in the Spanish Clasico. 0 in the last round.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez made 6 changes compared to the Donetsk match, notably keeping Kavi, Ferran Torres and Brazilian Rafinha Aguirre on the bench and inserting Petri, Fermin Lopes, Lamine Jamal and Portuguese striker Joao Felix.

The referee blew the opening whistle before handing the Catalan club home after 18 seconds after the ball was intercepted by German Ilkay Gundogan and reached Javier Lopes. It went between the legs of German goalkeeper Marc-Andre der Stegen.

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“As has happened to us many times this season, when it starts late, you have to swim against the tide,” Petrie told the Movistar network about his team falling behind by a goal in the first twenty seconds for the second time this season.

He continued, “We have reached this stage after many difficult results, especially in the Champions League, but we must continue to get these three points.”

Barcelona equalized early in the second half after Kamal and France’s Jules Conte teamed up, the latter sending a cross towards the penalty mark which Lewandowski headed in (53).

A foul on substitute Torres by Moroccan defender Abdelgebir Abkar cost the defending champions three points and Lewandowski awarded the penalty kick. )

Coach Luis Garcia summed up the defeat for his side Alaves, who are now 15th, five points adrift, as “sad, very sad”.

And added, “The first half is what matters, if the score is 2-0 or 3-0, it’s a different story.”

Atlético’s stronghold of 15 consecutive wins-

Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over hosts Villarreal to consolidate their fourth place in the league after claiming their fifteenth straight win, a record in the capital club Madrid’s history.

Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann scored his 300th career goal in the win over Villarreal. © Thomas COEX / AFP

After losing 1-2 to Las Palmas in the last leg, Atletico topped their group with a 6-0 win over Scottish club Celtic in the fourth round of the Champions League. 20), Belgium’s Axel Witzel (45+) alternated three to win, 1) French player Antoine Griezmann (80) scored his eighth goal in “Liga” this season, and Brazilian substitute Samuel Leno (85).

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Griezmann told the “Movistar” network that after scoring his 300th goal for the clubs he has defended and for his country’s national team, he gave his Argentina coach Diego Simeone the perfect gift and extended his contract with the club this week. I am very happy (with Simeon staying). I think he’s the best coach for this club.” “It’s great that they’ve reached an agreement.”

The 32-year-old “Roosters” striker praised Atletico’s substitutes for reviving the team, adding, “It was difficult for us, maybe because of fatigue, for the substitutes to participate like today… Thanks to them, we managed to score two goals and get three points.

Villarreal, which sacked the services of its coach Jose Rojo “Pachetta” three days ago, is in 14th place (12 points) two months after assuming his duties and, according to local media, is awaiting the arrival of former French Marseille coach Marcelino. To supervise the group.

The Andalusian derby between Sevilla and their hosts Real Betis ended in a 1-1 draw.

Betis took the lead with Ayoze Perez (72) and Croatian Ivan Rakitic equalized with a shot from outside the Sevilla area (79).

Real Betis are seventh with 21 points, and Sevilla, who have not won a league match since September, notably a 5-1 win over Almeria in the seventh round, are thirteenth with 12 points.

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Al-Ittihad News Today | A “very strange” decision by Gallardo ahead of Sepahan and the team’s star engagement with Karim Benzema



Al-Ittihad News Today |  A “very strange” decision by Gallardo ahead of Sepahan and the team’s star engagement with Karim Benzema

Today, Saturday, December 2, 2023, we bring you the most important news from the Union


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A strange decision before facing Sebahan

Marcelo Gallardo of Argentina decided; Al-Ittihad’s technical director today rested the team’s players from training, 48 hours before they face Iran’s Sebahan Isfahan in the final round of the AFC Champions League group stage tomorrow, Monday.

The rest of the players are coming in light of the fact that the Asian tournament is a foregone conclusion as Dean has already decided to qualify for the next round from the fifth round.

But with the Tigers currently leading the pack with 12 points and Sepahan second with 10 points, it is strange that this is not an achievement in deciding the top spot in the group.

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New sponsorship deal

Today, Al-Ittihad is expected to sign a new sponsorship deal with Tatweer Al-Balad at the company’s headquarters in historic Jeddah.

The company is owned by the Public Investment Fund, which acquired 75% of the Al-Jedawi Club as part of the privatization of the Big Quartet.

The deal is the fifth sponsor of the federation in the current season after Roshan, Saif Security, NOAA and SRC.

The truth about Faisal Al-Khamdi’s involvement in Karim Benzema’s injury after Al-Ittihad blamed the star…

In the past few hours, fingers have been pointed at Al-Ittihad Al-Shabaab club midfielder Faisal Al-Khamdi for an injury to his teammate, top French striker Karim Benzema. (see details)

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Will the confederation bar him from the World Cup? .. revealing Karim Benzema’s absence in stadiums

One of the Saudi federation’s primary goals is to include French striker Karim Benzema in the 2023 Saudi Club World Cup, and while he has been tempted to accept the offer, he seems to be adding to the world. The file is suspect. (see details)

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Real Madrid will be looking to regain top spot in the Spanish league against Granada



Real Madrid will be looking to regain top spot in the Spanish league against Granada

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Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:53 AM

Leads a team Spanish Real Madrid Its rival Granada, this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in a match that will bring them together in the 15th round of the Spanish League competitions.

Real Madrid is on top of the Spanish league table with 35 points and Granada is in nineteenth place with 7 points.

These days, Real Madrid are in high spirits after the team’s impressive results in recent times, with goalkeeper Kepa Arethabalaga returning from injury and Frenchman Aurelian Souwamini taking part in recent training sessions.

Girona is second in the Spanish league table with 35 points from 11 wins, 2 draws, one loss, 12 goals and 17 conceded.

Real Madrid are at the top of the Champions League Group C table with 15 points after winning 5 matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding 3 goals.

The team was coached by Italian Carlo Ancelotti Real Madrid The Spaniard confirmed the availability of England international Jude Bellingham to face Granada: “Bellingham will be ready to play. He has no problem. He had a bit of discomfort in the ankle, which we wanted to avoid. Whatever the contact, he will be fine tomorrow.”

He said of goalkeeper Keba Arrizabalaga, “He’s there. Lunin will play tomorrow and we’ll have a week to think about who will play against Betis.”

Regarding injuries in the team, Ancelotti said, “It’s a general problem, not just ours. Players are out in every match, the schedule is tight. We have to endure, but as I said, injuries are also opportunities for other players, those who have played less minutes.”

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And, “Who knows if fatigue and injuries will come in January or February? Anything can happen in football, you can’t plan for it. We know it’s coming, it’s important to prepare.”

He continued, “Bellingham has a lot of respect in the team, not only for the goals he scores, but also for the work he does. I’ve never seen Di Stefano play. In the previous press conference, I compared him to Zidane. Well, I’m in awe of him. I want to say.” “It’s the first time I’ve seen Kaka. He looks like him and has Kaka stuff.”

Real Madrid are the only team to progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League with a 100% record in 32 of their 32 appearances.

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No need for temporary evacuation… Just follow the rules



No need for temporary evacuation… Just follow the rules

Soccer fans await the track for Germany’s June 14-July 14 European Cup finals, scheduled for Saturday in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city.

The event marks the start of the countdown to the 20 teams that have qualified so far, with hosts Germany, and 3 additional teams joining them in the qualifiers for the finals next March.

Teams were drawn in 4 stages, with the first stage comprising Germany (host), Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium and England. The second tier includes Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Albania and Austria. Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic in the third level and Italy, Serbia and Switzerland in the fourth level after winning the first playoff match. Second playoff and third playoff winner.

France, the runners-up at the last World Cup, and England, the second-to-last edition of the continental championship, are among the main contenders for the title, given the high level both teams have shown in recent times. And first-class stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann and Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham were first.

Pressure will be high on coach Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions after reaching the finals for the first time in their history in 2021 and losing to Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley Stadium in London.

Southgate, who led England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, touched on the pressure his side face to win their first major title since their country hosted the 1966 World Cup, saying: “I think we have to accept it. (The pressure).”

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He added: “The pressure comes when expectations differ from reality and the reality is that we will be one of the teams that can win.”

On the other hand, Germany, without a title since the 1996 edition in England, are in crisis after losing 6 of their 11 matches at last year’s World Cup after their second consecutive group stage exit.

These results cost Hansi Flick his position as Die Mannschaft’s chief of technical staff, but did not improve under new coach Julian Nagelsmann, who suffered two defeats in 4 matches compared to one win and a draw.

“We have a lot of work to do in every position,” Nagelsmann told local media after the recent 0-2 defeat in Austria.

As always, there are dangerous teams not in first place, notably the Netherlands, who won the title in 1988 in Germany, in third place, and Italy, the defending champions, in fourth place.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in the last two editions, managed to qualify this time after a tough goalless draw with Ukraine in their last match.

The first-tier teams, of course, hope to avoid relegation with these two teams, although the structure of the next tournament reduces the risk of early exit for the big teams, as the first and second teams in each of the six groups reach. In the second round, except for the top 4 teams who finished third.

“After all the difficulties we have faced, we will be in Germany, we will go there as champions, we will win there,” Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma said after the draw with Ukraine.

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The host nation’s position represents a real concern and threatens Germany’s hope that the tournament will become another “summer fairy tale”, which is how the country remembers the 2006 World Cup finals.

However, football fans across the continent are eager to capitalize on the return to the classic format of a continental championship held in one country after the last tournament was held in 11 different countries across the continent.

The latest edition was marred by restrictions on travel and attendance due to the “Covid” pandemic.

Fans will flock to ten host cities across the country, from the capital Berlin and Hamburg in the north, to Munich in the south and Dortmund in the heart of the Ruhr industrial region.

Germany will play their opening match in Munich on June 14, while the 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Berlin will host the final on July 14.

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