Big city of Madrid derby tonight as part of La Liga Round 12 schedule with Atletico de Madrid hosting Real Madrid. Both needed a victory to stay in touch with classification leaders FC Barcelona (which won today) & Valencia CF currently second & plays tomorrow.

End result a disappointing 0 - 0 draw which puts both Clubs together with 24 points, but puts Real Madrid 10 points behind Barcelona. 

Spanish Football Liga

These were the staring line-ups:
ATLETICO DE MADRID: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Koke, Saúl, Thomas; Correa & Griezmann. (substitutions: Carrasco, Torres & Gamiero)

REAL MADRID: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco; Karim Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo. (substitutions Nacho & Asensio).

Match dominated tactically by At Madrid in the first half, while Real Madrid bettered in the second half of the match. Few relative goal opportunities to both sides as the "battle" was fierce in the midfield. A physical game as habitual ( few Atletico players saw yellow cards) & controversial encounter as usual historically between both teams. Penalties were claimed by both teams, like a kick in the face of Ramos ( which caused his substitution in the 2º half) by Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez that was not seen along with a "clear" Godin handball late second half. At. Madrid claimed a handball by Ronaldo in the latter part of the second half in the box.

La Liga

Overall an entertaining 90 minute match which only missed goals. Here is the debate, goals are not coming to both teams. Griezmann & company are in drought, while Cristiano Ronaldo creates opportunities that do not materialize. Real Madrid forward Benzema again will be questioned as his contribution should give rise to more goals, something that is not happening at all. The continuing goal drought will keep the debate heated theses days in Sports media while both teams watch rivals open important point gaps on the classification table.


SPAIN played tonight in  St. Petersburg RUSSIA in an International Friendly match which finished in a 3 - 3 draw result. Different match to last Saturdays Costa Rica friendly with more experiments, a more enthusiastic opponent & suffered encounter, especially towards the end of the game. A good sparring experience that should keep the Spanish Football Team humble enough with their upcoming World Cup 2018 planification. 

Russia - Spain Friendly match

SPAIN started well & looked strong with their usual good Football style. They scored early in the 8th min & was 0 - 2 up by the 35th min. However, Russia begin to find their place & exploited the Spanish midfield & defensive errors. Smolov managed Russia´s first before half time.

International Friendly Soccer match 2017

The second half saw how both teams did some chances & tested out players which broke up the tactical scheme, this allowed spaces & goal opportunities for both teams. Russia equalized but Spain scored another to put them back ahead, to later see Russia again equalize. Russia managed the upper hand late in the match & nearly converted a late opportunity which was stopped by Spanish goalie De Gea. 

Tonight´s goals & goalscoreres:
  • Jordi Alba 8th min, 0 - 1
  • Sergio Ramos 35th min, 0 - 2
  • Smolov 40th min, 1 - 2
  • Miranchuk 50th min, 2 - 2
  • Sergio Ramos 52nd min, 2 - 3
  • Smolov 69th min, 3 - 3
Spain starting 11:
De Gea, Nacho, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta, Suso, Asensio & Rodrigo.
Later changes:
Vitolo, Saul, Callejon, Moreno, Illaramendi & Silva.


SPAIN played COSTA RICA tonight in a Friendly International in the Spanish city of Malaga. The final result was 5 - 0 victory for the local side. Total domination by Spain which experienced just a couple of chances to the visitors which failed to convert their limited goal opportunities. 

The starting 11 team for Spain was:

Spanish Football Team

In the second half Spanish players Batra, Nacho, Asensio, Aspas, Saul & Luis Alberto got a run. Good warm up match for Spain as they begin planning for next years World Cup finals in Russia.


The names to highlight was DAVID SILVIA who put in a blinder with two goals & ISCO who was magical until taken off mid second half after a hard tackle from WASTON. The Real Madrid player will undergo medical checks but it looks like a knock at this stage & may be able to play next weekend clash against Atletico de Madrid.

The goalscorers tonight were:

  • Jordi Alba 6th min , 1 - 0
  • Alvaro Morata 22nd min, 2 - 0
  • David Silva 51 st min, 3 -0
  • David Silva 55th min, 4 - 0
  • Andres Iniesta 73rd min, 5 - 0
Spain will continue with their International preparation games next Tuesday when they travel to St Petersburg to play Russia.


Spanish Football Team Selector & Coach Julen Lopetegui hand in today his list of players for the upcoming Football Internationals against Costa Rica & Russia.

Spanish Football Team

Full list of Spanish Internationals:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), David de Gea (ENG/Manchester United).

Defenders: Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona), Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool/ENG).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Saúl Ñíguez (Atletico de Madrid), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern Múnich/GER), Luis Alberto Romero (Lazio/ITA), David Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Marco Asensio & Isco Alarcón (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea/ENG), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Iago Aspas (Celta), Jesus Joaquín Fernández "Suso" (Milán/ITA), Víctor Machín "Vitolo" (UD Las Palmas), Jose Callejón (Napoli).


Champions League matches continued tonight with the two remaining Spanish Football Clubs scheduled for their Group matches. Here are the final results & goalscorers from both matches.

Tottenham - Real Madrid 2017

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS defeated REAL MADRID 3 - 1 in Wembley to virtually assure their place in the next stage of the Champions League grabbing top Group spot & opening a 3 point gap with Real Madrid. Real Madrid´s participation in Champions League is not in danger but the Spanish team has entered into a "spiral" of bad play that continues from Liga. The Spaniards may be unhappy with the first Tottenham goal which was offside but the English team was tactically superior & when given space was more efficient with their opportunities at goal.

Real Madrid made plenty of mistakes & looked at times lacking ideas to break a well positioned & more fresh Tottenham. The name tonight that shined was Tottenham youngster DELE ALLI who was quick both with feet & mind & gave the Real Madrid defenders problems, along with some late rough play on Ramos which should have seen a red card. 

  • Dele Alli 27th min , 1 - 0
  • Dele Alli 56th min, 2 - 0
  • Erikson 65th min, 3 - 0
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 80th min, 3 - 1
Congratulations to Tottenham well played & won, while Real Madrid enters a "down period" which are not unusual for big teams during the season. Sure Real Madrid will get back soon. 

Prediction: When Zidane´s time as Coach finishes ( this will come at some stage ) his replacement at Real Madrid will be current Tottenham Coach Mauricio Pochettino...

Champions League 2017

SEVILLA FC defeated SPARTAK MOSCOW 2 - 1 in their Group match to keep the Spanish Football flag flying positively compared to the other Spanish Club representatives. Sevilla controlled the match relatively well during the entire game with the Russian being compensated for their efforts with a late goal after putting pressure on Sevilla in the later part. 

  • Lenglet 30th min, 1 - 0
  • Benega 60th min, 2 - 0
  • Ze Luis 77th min, 3 - 0

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