Real Sociedad did enough to frustrate the visitors for 80 minutes, but Gareth Bale’s superb header sealed three points for Los Blancos, who notched up their 10th straight league win and kept their title hopes alive.
After a goal-less first half, the home side looked in control in the second half.
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was in no mood to miss an opportunity of taking a sly dig at their fierce rival Bayern Munich, after the German giants lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League first leg semi final at Vicente Calderon.
Despite dominating loads of possession, and were superior in almost every department of the game in terms of statistics, Bayern had failed to breach Atletico’s defence, after Saul Niguez gave the host an early lead.
Chelsea are looking to strengthen their midfield options this summer and it is being reported that the Premier League giants considering making an offer for the highly talented Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer.
Bazoer has attracted a lot of interest from several European heavyweights like Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich because of his outstanding performances this season and Chelsea are willing to submit an acceptable offer of around 31 million Euros for the Holland midfielder.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte takes charge of the London club this summer and the Italian could instantly become an unpopular figure amongst the fans if he decides to sell one of their star players.
The likes of Hazard, Costa and Courtois have all been linked with moves away from the club at the end of the season and Express are reporting that the Italian is ready to sell the unhappy Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Manchester United have been linked with a quite a few central midfielders lately.
The Red Devils are also expected to make a move for the likes of Renato Sanches and Toni Kroos this summer. It seems that a central midfield signing is definitely on the cards at Old Trafford this summer.
Super agent Jorge Mendes has apparently urged Manchester United to look at his client Saul Niguez.
Ahead of this weekend’s crucial Premier League tie with Leicester City, the Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal has vowed his team will try its best to prevent the league leaders clinching the Premier League title at Old Trafford.
He acknowledged that Leicester would be deserving champions, but won’t hand them any easy point on Sunday, as United are solely focussed on making into the top four.
Mauricio Pochettino has verbally agreed a five year contract extension with Tottenham that will keep him at the club till 2021.
The former Southampton manager has steered Spurs into second in the Premier League table, where they still have an outside chance of lifting the trophy, trailing leaders Leicester by seven points with only three games left to play.
Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches is on his way to Manchester United if the latest reports are to be believed.
Recently it was reported that the Benfica president is in Manchester to iron out the details of the transfer and now the Portuguese media (via Sportwitness) are claiming that an agreement has been reached.
With just three rounds of the domestic season now remaining, we take a look at the upcoming actions in the Premier League this weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle went from 2-0 down at half time to salvage a 2-2 draw at Anfield last week. The Magpies now face a struggling Crystal Palace side at St James’ Park on Saturday, where three points would take them above the drop zone, depending on other results.
The match appeared to be heading for a stalemate; the teams heading towards next Thursday’s second leg at Anfield with the tie neatly balanced, until Adrian Lopez struck in the 90th min to leave the visitors frustrated.
The Reds produced a professional performance, but a momentary lapse of concentration had pulled the tie slightly in Villarreal’s favour.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning that the tie is far from over and that Villarreal would face a different proposition at Anfield in the second leg.
The German was overall pleased with Liverpool’s professional approach but disappointed with a late show of inexperience, as a momentary lapse of concentration in the dying minutes of the match had shifted the balance slightly in Villarreal’s favour, when it seemed the teams were heading for the second leg at Anfield with the tie evenly poised.
Joe Allen will enter the final year of his contract at the end of June, and Swansea are looking to bring back their former player in the summer on a cut-price deal.
Swansea are reportedly interested in re-signing their former midfielder Joe Allen in the summer. The Swans considered the options of signing the Welshman on loan during the January transfer window, and now have made him one of their priority targets this summer.
Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi has been linked with a move away from the Eredivisie this summer and it appears that Premier League giants Liverpool are monitoring the highly talented winger.
El Ghazi was being linked with a move to Serie A with AC Milan being the most probable destination. But now the reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that El Ghazi prefers a move to the Premier League and negotiations have begun with Liverpool.
Chelsea’s Under-18 side beat Manchester City 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) to clinch a third successive FA Youth Cup at rain soaked Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues have an overwhelming dominance on this competition, having now won five times in the last seven seasons. The London club also retained the Uefa Youth League last week; the future looks bright at the junior levels.
Manchester United are looking to seal the transfer of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.
The highly talented Portuguese midfielder has been a target for the Red Devils since last summer and the Old Trafford outfit were linked with a move for him during the January transfer window as well.
Recently it was reported that Manchester United have agreed a deal with Benfica for the talented teenager and now it is being reported that the Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira was in Manchester to discuss the transfer.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is set for a coaching role at the club from this summer.
The French striker has agreed to take up the position of the Arsenal U18s assistant manager. Thierry Henry earned his UEFA A coaching licence last month under the guidance of the Welsh FA and will take up a full-time role as a coach now.
Chelsea’s season has long been over as they are simply fighting for pride at this stage in the Premier League season. The Blues dominated the Premier League last season, leading many to believe that they could challenge for the title yet again this year. This season, however, has been a struggle for Chelsea and their big players, such as Hazard and Fabregas, who shined last season.
Liverpool have reportedly beaten a host of Premier League clubs to the signing of England Under-17 international Diego Lattie. The youngster is all set to join the club’s Kirkby Academy after penning a three-year-deal with the Reds.
Manchester United, Everton, Stoke, Sunderland and Aston Villa had shown an interest in the youngster who had been training with City since the age of nine.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has refused to challenge for his B sample to be tested by UEFA. The French defender has accepted UEFA’s findings that he failed drugs test and will plead mitigating factors to UEFA, as he fights to avoid a lengthy suspension.
Last week it was revealed that Sakho had tested positive for use of a ‘fat burner’ following the last 16 second leg Europa League tie on March 17 against Manchester United.
Arsenal have agreed on a professional contract with the highly talented Romanian midfielder Vlad Dragomir.
Dragomir is the captain of the Romanian U16 side and is highly rated by the coaches at the Arsenal academy. Dragomir joins a long list of young players who have recently signed a contract with Arsenal.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the highly talented Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and it seems that the Old Trafford outfit have finally agreed on a deal with the Portuguese giants.
Reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio tweeted last night that Manchester United will pay around 60 million Euros for the Benfica midfielder and the payment will be spread over four years.
The Semifinals of the Champions League are upon us and the remaining four teams – Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City will fight it out for a place in the final of competition.
Real Madrid travel to Manchester City tonight and Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich later tomorrow.
Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Benfica’s highly talented young midfielder Renato Sanches. Several heavy weight European clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also shown an interest in him, but it seems Manchester United have made the first move in securing his services.
Finally, after 27 years of long wait, justice is being served to the 96 Liverpool families.
A total of 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush in the Leppings Lane tunnel at the FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Notthingham Forest on April 15, 1989. Initially, Liverpool fans were blamed for the horrific disaster, but the families kept on fighting for the justice.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the out of favour Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England international might be sold this summer and it seems that the Old Trafford outfit are monitoring his situation. Earlier it was reported that Liverpool were eyeing a move for the talented midfielder.
Two weeks back, Barca looked well on course to winning their second consecutive treble. Things change quickly and Barcelona have since been under severe pressure from their Madrid rivals. The Catalan side crashed out of the Champions League and lost three consecutive league games for the first time since 2003.
Andre Villas Boas' Zenit Cooking On Gas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Things are hotting up in the Russian Premier League. Quite a skirmish is underway at the top of the table, with just five games left to play. FK Rostov sit top with 48 points, just a point from CSKA Moscow in second.
Why Toby Alderweireld's exclusion from the Player of the Year is shocking - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Player of the Year nominees were announced sometime back and as is the case every year, some players were hard done by and should've got a mention. Remarkable, or unremarkable because it doesn't come as a surprise, as it is, no defender or goalkeeper was mentioned in the list and N'Golo Kante was the only player with some defensive attributes who got a place among the nominees.
Newcastle and Sunderland boost survival hopes with big wins - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As the Premier League season is drawing to a close, the relegation battle is heating up. Aston Villa have just been put out of their misery, and are officially relegated from the league, following their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Mahrez, Vardy or Kane? Who will win the player of the year award? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Player of the Year award shortlist was announced on Wednesday and the list comprised Leicester City trio Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy along with West Ham Untied's Dimitri Payet, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.
Favourites crash out as Madrid and Bayern power through to Champions League semis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The UEFAChampions League quarter-final second legs came to a conclusion last night with Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid the four teams who cemented their place in the semi-finals.
4-2-3-1 vs Villa: LvG's to field strongest Man Utd lineup after injury boost; Key Stats & Possible Teams - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United vs Aston Villa English Premier League 16th April 2016, 15:00 pm BST Old Trafford, Manchester Live Stream: Watch Manchester United v s Aston Villa live online
Manchester United take on Aston Villa in the Premier League at Old Trafford this weekend and the Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat against Tottenham with an emphatic win here.
Eden Hazard speaks out on Real Madrid transfer rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has come out and quashed rumours about a move to Real Madrid in the summer. The Belgian has had a dreadful season at Stamford Bridge, and there have been several talks doing the rounds that he could be on his way out of the club in a couple of months time.
Scottish Cup Semi-Final Preview: Rangers v Celtic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Call it whatever you want, but on Sunday afternoon much of the country will come to a standstill for a football fixture. A fixture, that regardless of how you choose to define it, is the only blockbuster event Scottish football has to offer.
Can Manchester City win the Champions League after PSG heroics? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester Cityare in their first ever Champions League semi-final after pulling a rabbit out of the hat in their quarter final tie against French giants Paris Saint-Germain. After coming away with a mightily impressive 2-2 draw in the French capital last week, City completed the job in Manchester last night with a 1-0 win.
Benfica v Bayern Munich, Champions League 2016: Team News, Lineups, Live Stream - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Benfica vs Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League 13 April 2016, 19:45 pm BST Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Benfica host Bayern Munich in the return leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals tomorrow and the Portuguese giants will be looking to maintain their outstanding home form against the German champions.
Champions League 2016: Scores, Analysis, Fixtures & Live Stream - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals are upon us and the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will be fighting it out to make it to the last four of the competition.
Gabriel Jesus, following in the footsteps of Neymar and Oscar, is another Brazilian wonderkid who has put every big club in Europe on alert with his immense rise in stature.
Palmeiras’ young hot-shot Gabriel Jesus’ incredible performances both at club and international levels has sparked the interest of a host of European clubs including Arsenal, Juventus, Benfica and Roma among others.
Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini has questioned his compatriot and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s credibility in an outspoken interview with BeIn Sports.
The French football legend gave a talk on a number of issues including his country hosting the European Championship in the summer, the current generation of French internationals and his suspension from European football’s premier governing body in charges of corruption.
West Ham vs Arsenal English Premier League 9th April 2016 Boleyn Ground, London West Ham and Arsenal go head to head in the Premier League this weekend and the Gunners will be looking to avenge their defeat against the Hammers at Emirates earlier this season.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ready to jump on the latest bandwagon and join former teammate Ramires in China. According to this report in the Telegraph yesterday night, the Spaniard is almost set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. It had looked earlier like a return to Atletico Madrid was on the cards, but the story has taken a stunning turn to Asia.
Real Madrid vs Eibar and Real Sociedad vs Barcelona La Liga 9th April 2016 15:00pm and 19:30pm BST Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid and Anoeta, San Sebastian Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Eibar or Real Sociedad vs Barcelona live online
Following a Real Madrid win in last weekend’s Clasico, the door has not been shut on the La Liga title race just yet – but it remains Barcelona’s to lose.
Reported Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to sign a one year contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain before accepting an eye watering €50 million offer from Qatar.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Barcelona and Inter Milan stalwart sparked the interest of a host of European clubs, including the likes of United and Arsenal, when he decided against renewing his contract.
English clubs have struggled for a while now to make an impact on the biggest stage of them all – the UEFA Champions League. Teams from Spain, Germany, Italy and even France have upstaged them, and the dominance that the Premier League sides had a decade or so ago is not well and truly in the past.
The excitement around Anfield is bubbling ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s first summer transfer window since taking charge of Liverpool, and fans will be expecting a flurry of activity as the German looks to stamp his authority on the Reds squad.
The Premier League club has been linked with bids for a number of Europe’s brightest youngsters in recent weeks.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has demanded a written promise from Manchester United that they will appoint him as their new manager this summer.
According to The Sun (via Daily Star), Mourinho is nervous about the situation after Sir Alex Ferguson’s public backing of Louis Van Gaal and has therefore asked the Old Trafford outfit for assurances.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has confirmed that he will stay at the club next season.
A managerial change is expected in the summer with Jose Mourinho taking over from Louis Van Gaal and there could be quite a few incomings and outgoings and according to the former Monaco striker, he will be staying put.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer but if the reports from Dutch media are to be believed, the Dutchman could well be in charge of the Premier League giants beyond this summer.
De Telegraaf are claiming that Van Gaal is set to stay at Manchester United and his transfer budget for this summer has also been revealed.
The Premier League is not just the most popular and entertaining European football league, it also has a massive impact on the travel industry in the United Kingdom. It helps generate more revenue than any other European football league.
According to GoEuro, a company that aims to make travelling across Europe easier by providing people with the tools to fully benefit from Europe’s excellent rail, bus and air travel infrastructure, Premier League generates around £447,688,000 per year.
Manchester United have been linked with the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
According to latest reports (via SportWitness), the Premier League giants have a verbal agreement with the Portuguese manager and everything will be signed and sealed once the move is approved by the Manchester United owners.
We’re only in the first week of April, but Aston Villa’s fate in the Premier League has been all but sealed. Remi Garde’s departure last week didn’t make too much sense, as the level of performances hardly indicated that a late Renaissance was on the cards. If the Board did think that, they were brought crashing down to the earth yesterday afternoon.
Italian national team manager Antonio Conte is expected to take over at Chelsea at the end of this season.
The former Juventus manager has already begun planning for life at Stamford bridge and according to recent reports he has requested the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to retain the notorious striker Diego Costa for next season.