Euro: Real Madrid fight back for Elche draw

La Liga leaders Real Madrid fought back from two goals down at home to rescue a 2-2 draw against lowly Elche on Sunday thanks to a last-gasp Eder Militao goal in stoppage time.

Real Madrid, who missed a first-half penalty, wasted a golden opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the table after second-placed Sevilla stumbled at home with a draw against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Elche opened a two-goal lead with their only two shots on target as Lucas Boye netted in the first half and Pere Milla scored after the break.

Luka Modric reduced the deficit with a penalty after 82 minutes and Vinicius Junior found Militao inside the six-yard box in the 92nd minute and he headed in the equaliser.

The goal denied Elche a first win at the Bernabeu stadium in 25 visits.

Real dominated from the beginning and were denied on three occasions by Elche ‘keeper Edgar Badia, who made fine saves to keep out shots from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Vinicius in the first half.

Benzema missed a penalty with his effort going a few inches over the crossbar after Vinicius was fouled inside the area. It was Benzema’s first penalty miss in almost 13 years as a Real player, after converting all 16 of his previous efforts for the club.

Elche stunned Real with Boye heading home a cross from Fidel Chaves after a lightning-quick counter-attack just before the break.

Milla doubled their lead in the 76th minute after Boye fed a perfect pass to the Spanish forward, scoring with a curled shot from inside the box.

The visitors kept Real Madrid out for 80 minutes until VAR spotted a handball from Milla inside the area and Modric stroked the ball home from the spot.

After Benzema went off injured in the second half, Real looked to Vinicius to provide them with their creative spark and he set up the leveller for Miltao to rescue a point for the hosts.

Osasuna beat Granada 2-0 in the early game.

Serie A – Napoli close gap on Inter

Napoli were emphatic winners in Serie A
Napoli were emphatic winners in Serie A

Napoli kept pace with Serie A leaders Inter Milan after thrashing lowly local rivals Salernitana 4-1, recording their third league victory in a row.

The hosts started brightly and raced into a 17th-minute lead through Juan Jesus, the defender’s goal given after a VAR intervention, with the on-field referee having originally ruled it out for handball.

Against the run of play, with their only shot at goal in the match, Salernitana levelled through Federico Bonazzoli in the 33rd minute.

That was only a brief reprieve for the visitors from across the Gulf of Naples, however, as Dries Mertens put Napoli back in front from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time before Amir Rahmani tapped home four minutes after the break to make it 3-1.

Salernitana’s afternoon went from bad to worse moments later as Frederic Veseli was sent off for picking up a second yellow card when penalised for handball in the penalty area.

Substitute Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to seal a comfortable victory for Napoli who climbed to second on 49 points, one clear of AC Milan, who play Juventus later on Sunday, and four adrift of leaders Inter.

Roma secured a 4-2 victory at Empoli thanks to four goals in 13 first-half minutes, including a double from England striker Tammy Abraham.

The hosts started brightly and created several early openings, but they fell apart after Abraham’s swift turn and shot broke the deadlock in the 24th minute.

Abraham squeezed the ball home in the 33rd minute from close range to double his side’s lead, before January signing Sergio Oliveira scored his second goal since joining on loan from Porto two minutes later to put Roma in command.

Jose Mourinho’s team were not done there, as they added another in the 37th minute, with Nicolo Zaniolo converting at the end of a swift counter-attack from the visitors.

In cruise control, Roma were given a fright in the second half as goals from Andrea Pinamonti and Nedim Bajrami put Empoli in with a chance of an improbable comeback, but Mourinho’s side held on for the three points.

Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Cagliari while Torino and Sassuolo also played out a 1-1 draw. Spezia were 1-0 winners against Sampdoria.

Bundesliga – Bayern restore lead at the top

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich cruised to 4-1 victory at Hertha Berlin, scoring twice in each half, to stay firmly in control of the title race and restore their six-point lead at the top.

Corentin Tolisso, who had seen a superb volley ruled as offside in the second minute, did everything right in the 25th, connecting with a Kingsley Coman cross to head the champions into the lead.

Thomas Muller doubled it on the stroke of half-time, stretching to flick in a Joshua Kimmich free-kick as Bayern cruised towards their seventh league win from their last eight matches.

Leroy Sane scored for Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga win
Leroy Sane scored for Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga win

A mistake by Hertha ‘keeper Alexander Schwolow allowed Leroy Sane to slip in and score Bayern’s third goal of the afternoon in the 75th minute and Serge Gnabry made it 4-0 four minutes later, cutting in from the right to slip the ball through the ‘keeper’s legs.

The hosts, who have won just one of their last five league matches and remained in 13th place, got a consolation goal through Jurgen Ekkelenkamp 10 minutes from the end.

Bayern, who have now scored at least once in a record 67 consecutive Bundesliga matches, are on 49 points, six ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who beat Hoffenheim 3-2 on Saturday.

RB Leipzig’s recovery in the Bundesliga continued with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, marking their third victory in a row.

Ligue 1 – Nice return to top of Ligue 1

Nice reclaimed second spot in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win over Metz, with second-half goals from Khephren Thuram and Amine Gouiri.

Strasbourg were beaten 4-3 in a thrilling game with Bordeaux, while Nantes beat Lorient 4-2. Angers were 2-1 winners against Troyes as Clermont beat Rennes by the same scoreline.

Bilbao knock Barca out of Copa del Rey | Real edge Elche

Holders Barcelona were knocked out of the Copa del Rey after suffering a 3-2 defeat in extra-time at Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 on Thursday.

Athletic went ahead early thanks to a beautiful cross-shot from Iker Muniain who curled the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the top corner.

Former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres equalised for Barca with a brilliant right-foot strike from the edge of the area – his first goal for the club.

Inigo Martinez put Athletic back in front after 86 minutes, winning a challenge against Gerard Pique to score, but Pedri netted a fine goal in stoppage time to send the game into extra-time.

Man-of-the-match Muniain scored the winner from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee spotted a handball from Jordi Alba inside the area.

10-man Real Madrid overcame a hostile atmosphere and fought back from a goal down in extra-time to beat Elche 2-1 and reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Eden Hazard scored the winning goal for Real Madrid
Eden Hazard scored the winning goal for Real Madrid

Following a scoreless 90 minutes, Elche took the lead with a free-kick earned with Real down to 10 men after Marcelo was sent off for a foul on Tete Morente.

Experienced defender Gonzalo Verdu struck the free-kick into the wall but his second effort deflected off Dani Ceballos wrong-footed goalkeeper Andriy Lunin before ending up in the back of the net.

Real grabbed the equaliser when Isco deflected a Ceballos shot inside the box and substitute Eden Hazard scored the winner on a counter-attack after receiving a through ball from David Alaba, rounding the goalkeeper and finishing into an empty net.

The match ended in controversy as Elche found the net in the last minute of extra-time, but the referee disallowed the effort for a foul in the build-up.

Real Madrid joined Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Valencia, Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca and Cadiz in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, in La Liga, Getafe eased their relegation fears with a 4-2 win over Granada.

Sandro Ramirez fired Getafe ahead with a low drive from the edge of the area after 10 minutes, but moments later Luis Suarez swept in an equaliser from close range.

Enes Unai lashed Getafe ahead from a tight angle two minutes after half-time and Nemanja Maksimovic tucked in the third just after the hour.

Suarez pulled another back for the visitors but Borja Mayoral wrapped up the victory with three minutes left.

Hazard & Suarez: Could two PL legends be returning?

Could Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez be about to make their swansong in the Premier League? Alvaro Montero assesses the situation.

Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2014 in a reported £75m deal and went on to win everything possible at the Nou Camp, including an historic treble in his first season in Catalonia.

Barcelona pushed him out of the club in a money-saving operation in 2020, selling him to Atletico Madrid, where he proved the decision-makers at Barca wrong by firing his new side to last season’s La Liga title.

But this season, Suarez, who turns 35 later this month, has had to get used to spending more time on the bench under Diego Simeone and could be looking for an exit this summer when his contract expires.

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With Luis Suarez linked with a move back to the Premier League, we showcase his greatest top-flight goals with Liverpool

Reports in Barcelona claim Suarez has had offers from Brazil and Saudi Arabia but would prefer a reunion with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who has already convinced Philippe Coutinho to join him at Aston Villa.

Asked about the potential of Suarez returning to the Premier League with Villa, Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News: “It is a possibility because Luis Suarez does not have as important a role as he did last season when Atletico Madrid won La Liga.

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The Transfer Talk panel discuss the possibility of Luis Suarez joining Aston Villa after he was linked to them in the Spanish press

“He has got other players, such as Antoine Griezmann ahead of him.

“Diego Simeone does not seem to have the same confidence in him as last season. So I can understand why Luis Suarez is trying to find a way out.

“In this case, we know Steven Gerrard is a friend of his after playing in Liverpool and could be an option.”

Sky Sports News understands Suarez is not a target for Villa.

What Suarez would PL be getting?

Luis Suarez and current Villa manager Steven Gerrard played together at Liverpool
Luis Suarez and current Villa manager Steven Gerrard played together at Liverpool

Suarez’s goalscoring exploits have not slowed down at Atletico Madrid – he netted 21 times last season as Diego Simeone’s side won La Liga – but Montero suggests his pace has reduced.

Asked what sort of Suarez the Premier League would be getting, Montero told Sky Sports News: “A very different Luis Suarez to the one we saw at Liverpool. He is 34 years old, he is not as quick as he used to be – we can remember the speed he had at Anfield.

“But he has not lost the capacity to score goals inside the box, he is a very important striker to make goals in the final moment.”

What about Hazard?

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Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero gives the latest on the rumours of Eden Hazard heading to Newcastle and his current contract situation at Real Madrid

Newspaper reports in England suggest Newcastle are interested in Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard; is there a chance the 31-year-old could also return to the Premier League?

“There has been no offers to Real Madrid for Eden Hazard,” Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News. “They would accept an offer if that were true. But there is a huge problem, because the player wants to stay in Madrid.

“It’s his third season, but because of the injuries, he has not developed good football as we’ve seen him in Chelsea a few years ago. He wants to give himself a last chance and maybe finish this year and let’s see what happens in the summer.

“He earns 14m euros per year after tax. It is a big amount of money and I would say only Premier League could afford that. I will say the only chance he has to go to a good market will be the Premier League. It is a good possibility for Eden Hazard to go to England.”

‘Real willing to listen to offers for Hazard’

Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

“As far as Eden Hazard is concerned, it is a very curious situation because I think Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for him.

“The move from Chelsea hasn’t really worked out. He’s had lots of injury problems and his form hasn’t been that great when he has had opportunities, but as far as the player himself is concerned, I think he would prefer to wait until at least the summer before deciding what to do next.

“Of course, bear in mind he has a World Cup with Belgium coming up in November as well.

“Now, according to the Spanish media, Newcastle are interested in signing him. Everton are also said to be interested and Chelsea. There has been lots of talk of Chelsea and a dream return to Stamford Bridge.

“But I think as far as Madrid are concerned, they spent about 100m euros on him so if he was to leave, it would take a big transfer fee and also, there is the question of his wages because I think he earns about £250,000-a-week in Spain.

“So, any club trying to do a deal for him would have to have very deep pockets.”

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Euro round-up: Real claim Super Cup title

Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema earned them a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia.

Real took the lead in the 38th minute at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh after Rodrygo sprinted past two defenders before passing to Modric, who rifled a shot into the back of the net.

Benzema extended their lead in the second half with a penalty after the video assistant referee spotted a handball from Yeray Alvarez inside the area.

Real were reduced to 10 men three minutes from time after Eder Militao was sent off for a goalline handball.

Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brilliantly stopped Raul Garcia’s penalty kick with his left foot in the dying seconds.

Serie A: Sergio Oliveira scores debut winner

Sergio Oliveira scored a penalty on his AS Roma debut as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a three-match winless run by beating relegation battling Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A on Sunday.

Portuguese midfielder Oliveira, who joined the capital club on loan from Porto on Wednesday, calmly converted a spot-kick in the 32nd minute following a Dalbert handball.

Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened a second for the hosts after the break, but the best chance fell to Cagliari when Joao Pedro’s close-range shot was pushed onto the bar by Rui Patricio five minutes from time.

It was Roma’s first win in almost a month, after picking up one point from three games, and took Mourinho’s side up to sixth place on 35 points, six behind Juventus in fifth.

Cagliari’s bid to avoid the drop was boosted by back-to-back wins at the start of the year, but they were without 11 players due to injuries, COVID-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties for their trip to the capital, and defeat left them 18th with 16 points.

Elsewhere, Luis Nani got an assist two minutes into his debut for Venezia, coming off the bench to set up David Okereke’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw against midtable Empoli.

Antonin Barak scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win for Hellas Verona at Sassuolo that took Igor Tudor’s side above their hosts into the top half of the table.

Ligue 1: Rennes run riot; Ben Yedder scores twice in Monaco rout

Adrien Truffert is congratulated after scoring for Rennes
Adrien Truffert is congratulated after scoring for Rennes at home to Bordeaux

Rennes bounced back in style from three straight defeats by routing struggling Bordeaux 6-0 at home to reclaim fourth place in the French league on Sunday.

Striker Gaetan Laborde and winger Martin Terrier each scored to reach 10 league goals apiece this season – as many as Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

Terrier put Rennes ahead before captain Benjamin Bourigeaud netted just before the break. Laborde struck on the hour before Adrien Truffert scored in the 69th minute and fellow substitute Serhou Guirassy netted twice in the closing stages.

Philippe Clement’s first home game in charge of Monaco saw France striker Wissam Ben Yedder score twice in a 4-0 home win over Clermont. Monaco moved ahead of Lens on goal difference into fifth.

Strasbourg climbed into sixth after rallying to win 3-1 at home to Montpellier, who were seeking a fifth straight win.

Midfielder Florent Mollet gave Montpellier an early lead, but Strasbourg scored three times in the last 15 minutes through Majeed Waris, Adrien Thomasson and veteran striker Kevin Gameiro.

Later on Sunday, third-placed Marseille were hosting defending champions Lille, needing victory to move level on points with second-placed Nice. Mid-table Lyon won 1-0 at lowly Troyes.

Meanwhile, Metz moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Reims, and strugglers Lorient drew 0-0 at home to Angers.

Bundesliga: Frankfurt, Bielefeld held to draws

Eintracht Frankfurt celebrate scoring a goal
Eintracht Frankfurt celebrate scoring a goal against Augsburg

Missing key players isolating with coronavirus, Eintracht Frankfurt‘s ambitions to fight for European qualification were dented on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Augsburg.

With Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and winger Filip Kostic both unavailable after positive tests, an otherwise drab game was enlivened by two moments of individual skill for the goals.

Playmaker Daichi Kamada gave Frankfurt the lead in the 22nd minute when he ran onto a through ball and leaped over goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz before stretching to tap the ball into the net under pressure from a defender. Michael Gregoritsch leveled for Augsburg 16 minutes later with a fine finish from a tight angle.

Frankfurt were looking for a morale-boosting win after giving up a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund last week, but had to settle for a point which keeps the team in eighth. Just five points separate Bayer Leverkusen in third from Mainz in 10th.

Frankfurt’s winless start to the new year is a blow to a team that started the season poorly but recovered with wins in six of their last seven Bundesliga games of 2021 to get back into the fight for European qualification.

Augsburg produced one of the shocks of the season to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in November but have won only once in seven games since then and sit just above the relegation play-off spot, prompting concerns their 11-year stay in the top tier could be in jeopardy.

Elsewhere, Arminia Bielefeld climbed past Stuttgart to 16th with a 2-2 draw against last-place Greuther Furth. Gonzalo Castro rescued a point for Bielefeld with a goal in the 83rd minute as Furth neared what would have been only their second win since returning to the top tier.

Real reach Super Cup final with Saudi Clasico win

Player ratings

Barcelona: Ter Stegen (6), Alves (6), Araujo (6), Pique (6), Alba (6), F. De Jong (5), Busquets (7), Gavi (7), Dembele (7), L. de Jong (7), Torres (5).

Subs: Pedri (7), Depay (5), Fati (7), Nico (6), Jutgla (5), Abde (6).

Real Madrid: Courtois (6), Carvajal (6), Militao (5), Nacho (6), Mendy (6), Modric (6), Casemiro (6), Kroos (6), Asensio (6), Benzema (7), Vinicius (8).

Subs: Valverde (7), Vazquez (5), Rodrygo (5), Camavinga (5).

Man of the Match: Vinicius Junior.