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Bale benched as Theo makes first LaLiga start for Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane has named the under-fire Gareth Bale among the substitutes for Real Madrid’s match against Levante.

Gareth Bale has dropped to the bench for Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Levante on Saturday.

The 28-year-old started the champions’ opening two games against Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia but has been named among the substitutes for the visit of Juan Muniz’s side, which comes just four days after he played the full 90 minutes of Wales’ World Cup qualifying win away to Moldova.

Bale came in for criticism for his performance in the 2-2 draw with Valencia but his form was defended by head coach Zinedine Zidane this week.

Keylor Navas has been left out of the squad after a gruelling international break with Costa Rica, meaning Kiko Casilla starts in goal. Casemiro and Isco are among the substitutes.

Theo Hernandez will play his first league game for the club, while Marcos Llorente and Lucas Vazquez have also been drafted into the side.

Toni Kroos starts in midfield in what will be his 100th appearance in Spain’s top flight.

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The five games that have forever changed Kaká’s career

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An official end of career, Kaká wanted to remember the five games that he said changed his life.

According to the echoes of ‘AS’, Kaká began to realize what football was on June 30, 2002, during the World Cup final: « I did not hold against Germany , but I was proud to be part of this team in the final of a World Cup. I was very nervous, but when Ronaldo scored his goal I knew we were going to win. Five minutes from the final whistle I entered the field, without really getting heated, and I did not touch the ball, but it was one of the best moments of my career.

The second encounter that marked him was the 3-3 against Liverpool in the final of the Champions League in 2005. His club lost when he had three goals in advance, but Kaká was able to draw the positive side of defeat: « That day I realized that in football you can not consider a match as being won in advance. I still do not know how Liverpool could go up and tie in six minutes.

Kaká also mentioned his defeat with Brazil against France at the 2006 World Cup: « I learned a lot of defeats. This Brazilian team was incredible: Cafú, Lucio, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos … but Zidane was the best that day and on a slip of the road we had to forget the title of world champion.

« Liverpool-Liverpool 2007 was also an incredible match. We arrived with so much motivation, so that the events of 2005 can not be repeated again, we then allowed ourselves no respite. we were winning 2-0 and Kuyt scored. But this time we did not lose. It was wonderful, the best year of my career, « said Kaká.

Finally, the Brazilian recalled the final of the 2007 World Club against Boca: « Although it seems easy, a final of World Club is always complicated. I played it with a shirt that said ‘I belong to Jesus’ and it went around the world. We celebrated the victory like kids and I was named Player of the Match.

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Golden Ball 2017: Messi wins all votes in front of Cristiano Ronaldo!

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FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is already winning all the votes in the Ballon d’Or race. Cristiano Ronaldo can only see the damage.
The Spanish press reported again yesterday: the entourage of Cristiano Ronaldo is worried. In front of the repeated performances of Lionel Messi, CR7 starts to panic in obtaining the Balloon of gold that he already thought acquired in January 2017. For the time being, and if the Portuguese striker of Real Madrid can remake the cherry and still seems favorite, football fans have already chosen their side.

Thus, having learned about the 30 players named for the Grail, the Madrid daily Marca published a poll in which it clearly appears that Messi is the favorite: the Argentinian FC Barcelona has indeed won 53% of the votes of the 32 000 votes against only 30% for Cristiano Ronaldo!

In France, the situation is much the same since France Football, on the same idea as Marca, has done the same to sound its readers. Messi still largely leads with 51% of the vote, Cristiano Ronaldo follows from a distance with 24% of the vote. For the third step of the podium, Antoine Griezmann and Riyad Mahrez are also neck and neck.

And if Lionel Messi deprived the Portuguese of 5th Ballon d’Or? His admirers would be delighted. A cover of the weekly leaked, with « La Pulga » announced as the MVP of the year. The Argentine is applying today for the 6th Golden Ball of his career. Except that this one is nothing but a counterfeit.

 

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Liga: Luis Suarez leads Barça to victory in Leganés

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Barça moved to Leganés with a 3-0 win, thanks in large part to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who found his way back to the net.

Barça arrived on an excellent dynamic, with a record of ten victories and a single draw in eleven league games. Unbeaten, Barcelona moved to Madrid to face Leganés, a club from the southern suburbs of the capital that serves as a team revelation for his second season in the Liga, pointing to the ninth position in the standings. Ernesto Valverde lined up a rather classical composition, with a Paco Alcacer still running tonight after his double before the truce. Nelson Semedo was this time lined up Sergi Roberto on the right flank of the defense, the Catalan being injured. Side pepinero, Beauvue started the game on the bench.
From the start of the game, the Barcelonans had quite offensive ambitions, and very quickly, Luis Suarez was denied a first goal after a nice collective action (3rd). But the Pepineros held up well, leaving very few spaces behind. Amrabat was trying to create a panic in the opponent’s area, but was too much of a kicker on this coiling attempt (20th). After a corner, Messi deviated too much his shot (24th), while Gabriel responded with a shot from outside the surface, not framed (26th). But on a center shot Alcacer, Ivan Cuéllar was going to make a huge hand foul, releasing the ball. Luis Suarez ran around and sent the leather to the back of the net (0-1, 28 ‘). A blow for the people of Madrid rather solid so far

A team of valiant Leganés

The locals did not give up, and Alexander Szymanowski forced Ter Stegen to make a decisive parade on this pretty coiled (35th). Leganés had a certain facility to create danger through the wings, and the Barcelona were more than relieved when the referee sent the 22 players of the meeting to the cloakroom for half-time. Back on the meadow, Claudio Beauvue came into play in the place of Eraso. And the former Lyonnais was close to shaking the nets, but it is finally Ter Stegen who won his mano a mano, after the French left behind the back of Umtiti (52). Barça was in trouble, but was soon to take cover.
Lionel Messi performed a superb service for Alcacer. The latter saw how the goalkeeper diverted his shot, but again, Luis Suarez recovered the ball and propelled it to the bottom, offering himself a double (0-2, 60th). His fifth goal of the season in Liga, he had not scored more than a month in all competitions. In the wake, ter Stegen, excellent again this afternoon, came out perfectly in front of Amrabat (63). The Pistolero, then Vidal, were close to bend definitively the meeting (75th). Despite new hot situations for Suarez and Messi, it was Paulinho who folded the match, setting foot after an individual action from La Pulga (0-3, 90th). With eleven points ahead of the two teams in Madrid, the Barcelonans will be able to watch the evening derby quietly, while watching closely Valencia that faces Espanyol tomorrow.

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