Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid (aet): Juanan the hero in huge Copa del Rey upset

Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid (aet): Juanan the hero in huge Copa del Rey upset

Real Madrid suffered an embarrassing Copa del Rey exit on Wednesday, letting slip a one-goal lead as they went down 2-1 to Segunda Division B team Alcoyano after extra time. Zinedine Zidane’s side had won just once in four outings going into the last-32 tie, including falling to a disappointing Supercopa de Espana semi-final exit to eventual winners Athletic Bilbao. However, while that result was a setback, Madrid can expect to face a much more severe backlash after being on the wrong end of a famous upset at the tiny Estadio El Collao. Eder Militao rewarded the visitors’ dominance when heading his team in front on the stroke of half-time, yet Madrid failed to build on the centre-back’s first goal for the club. The hosts defended in stoic fashion to keep the gap down to one before

Juventus 2-0 Napoli: Ronaldo inspires Supercoppa glory for Bianconeri

Juventus 2-0 Napoli: Ronaldo inspires Supercoppa glory for Bianconeri

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 760th goal in professional football helped deliver Supercoppa Italiana glory for Juventus as they beat Napoli 2-0 after Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty miss. Having seen their aspirations of again retaining the Serie A title dealt a blow by a 2-0 loss to rivals Inter, Juve could have been considered vulnerable to a Napoli side coming off a 6-0 thumping of Fiorentina. But Andrea Pirlo’s men grew into the game in the second half and Ronaldo rewarded their efforts with what proved to be the decisive goal in the 64th minute. Pirlo’s first title as Juve head coach came with a dramatic conclusion, however, Insigne incredibly chipping wide from the spot after Weston McKinnie had felled Dries Mertens before Napoli were caught cold

Juventus 2-0 Napoli: Player ratings as Juve win the Supercoppa Italiana

Juventus 2-0 Napoli: Player ratings as Juve win the Supercoppa Italiana

Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading goalscorer in footballing history as Juventus won the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday night. After a tepid - really, really, tepid - first half, the game finally sparked into the life in the 65th minute when Ronaldo latched onto a loose ball in the six-yard box to volley home is his 760th career goal. Juve dominated thereafter until a clumsy challenge from Weston McKennie on Dries Mertens gifted Napoli a chance to draw level. And it was a chance that Lorenzo Insigne did not take, as he curled he result penalty kick well (welllllll) wide of the post. As Napoli pushed forward in search of the equaliser in the dying embers of the game, La Vecchia Signora snatched

Real Madrid 1-2 Athletic Club: Player Ratings as Athletic down lacklustre Blancos in Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid 1-2 Athletic Club: Player Ratings as Athletic down lacklustre Blancos in Spanish Super Cup

Athletic Club edged past an abject Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final on Thursday night, with two first-half goals enough to secure a 2-1 win. Despite Los Blancos dominating the early proceedings, it was Marcelino's side who took the lead with less than 20 minutes on the clock. After Lucas Vazquez's sloppy pass gave away possession in the Real half, Bilbao sprung into life and Raul Garcia kept a cool head to slot past Thibaut Courtois. Vazquez was yet again at fault as Athletic doubled their lead, with the Spaniard hauling down Inigo Martinez in the area, allowing Garcia the chance to make the score 2-0 - an opportunity he never looked like passing on. Madrid continued to push throughout the

Holders Bayern Munich dumped out of German Cup by second-tier Holstein Kiel

Holders Bayern Munich dumped out of German Cup by second-tier Holstein Kiel

Defending champions Bayern Munich were sent crashing out of the DfB-Pokal in the second round as second-tier side Holstein Kiel booked their place in the last 16 with a dramatic victory on penalties. Bayern entered the game in about as unconvincing form as you're ever likely to see from them. They recently lost their second Bundesliga game of the season and have conceded the first goal in each of their last nine league games. Bayern put out a strong team  To try and rediscover their mojo, Hansi Flick sent out a strong Bayern team which was only missing a handful of regular starters. Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard were left on the bench, but Bayern still looked more than good enough on

Aston Villa close training ground following Covid-19 outbreak

Aston Villa close training ground following Covid-19 outbreak

Aston Villa have closed their training ground after a 'significant' Covid-19 outbreak at the club, casting doubt over their FA Cup clash with Liverpool. Villa are scheduled to play the Reds on Friday evening, but did not train on Thursday as a result of the outbreak. The club confirmed that they are in discussions with the FA and the Premier League, but have made no announcement regarding whether Friday's clash will take place. A statement released on the official club website read: "Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak. "A large number of first team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Three Things We Learned

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Three Things We Learned

Manchester City reached their fourth consecutive Carabao Cup final on Wednesday evening as they beat local rivals Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford. John Stones was surprisingly the man to score first as he netted just after the half-time break. Fernandinho then blasted home minutes before full-time to rubber-stamp City’s progression to Wembley where they will now face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. Here are three things we learned from Old Trafford: City hunt the cup again Since Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, Manchester City have only failed to reach the League Cup final once, and even that came in the Spaniard’s first season. In the campaigns since, City have been irresistible in the competition, lifting it on three consecutive occasions, giving

Five subs allowed in EFL Cup semi-finals and final

Five subs allowed in EFL Cup semi-finals and final

Teams will be allowed to make five substitutions from nine players on the bench for the EFL Cup semi-finals and final. The change in the rule was introduced following consultation with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Brentford, the four semi-finalists in the 2020-21 competition. VAR will also be introduced, having not been involved in previous rounds. The EFL added in a statement on Monday: “Each team is only permitted a maximum of three opportunities (excluding half time, full time and half time of extra time) to make substitutions during normal time. However, if a tie goes to extra time, an additional opportunity to use a substitute(s) will also be permitted but only from the five substitutes allowed.” The decision comes despite Premier League clubs voting

Mourinho sees Brentford semi-final as his biggest Tottenham game yet

Mourinho sees Brentford semi-final as his biggest Tottenham game yet

Jose Mourinho considers Tottenham’s EFL Cup semi-final against Brentford on Tuesday their biggest game since he joined the club. Spurs take on the Bees at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after overcoming Stoke City in the last eight almost a fortnight ago. The club are now just two wins away from a first major trophy since they won the same competition in 2008, beating Chelsea 2-1 through Jonathan Woodgate’s extra-time goal. Mourinho has won the EFL Cup four times – three with Chelsea and one with Manchester United – and is looking to become just the third manager to reach the final with three different clubs after Ron Atkinson (United, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa) and Ron Saunders (Norwich City, Manchester City and Villa). But he will have his work cut out

The Manchester United lineup that should start against Manchester City

The Manchester United lineup that should start against Manchester City

Manchester United host Manchester City in the semi final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, in a repeat of last year's same fixture. City went to Old Trafford and defeated United in last season's fixture and advanced to the final despite losing the second leg at the Etihad, but fate will be decided this season over just the one game. Pep Guardiola's side have held the cup since 2018, having successfully defended it in every year since. United, meanwhile, lost three semi finals last season and are still working to fix a patchy home record this season, but did win against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Friday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also holds an impressive record over Guardiola, winning three of