Real Madrid traveled to Valencia on Wednesday for a La Liga showdown that was rescheduled from December when Real was playing at the Club World Cup. Entering the day with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table and with two less matches played, this was one of the two upcoming chances Real had to separate themselves from the Catalan club and really cement themselves as favorites to win the league. But at a loud, rowdy Mestalla, Real couldn’t get it done. Goals from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana carried Valencia to a 2-1 win, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the sole Real Madrid goal. Los Blancos dominated possession and looked sure to score in the final half hour by pushing high
Sutton United have sacked reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw after he ate a pie live on television during the FA Cup defeat by Arsenal on Monday night. The 46-year-old Shaw was pictured live on television eating a pie after the club’s manager, Paul Doswell, made all three substitutions during the 2-0 loss at Gander Green Lane. After the initial comedy wore off though, the incident was revealed to be a publicity stunt for a betting company who offered odds on Shaw eating a pie during the match.
(CNN)Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has rarely rushed things. On his way to becoming Bulgaria's all-time record goalscorer, seven-time footballer of the year and the country's most expensive player, it sometimes seemed as if Berbatov barely broke stride as he nonchalantly netted goal after goal. Now approaching the twilight of his career, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old thinks this is a vintage year for football's over 30s. "There are some players that are exceptions to the rules and they deserve a lot of respect," Berbatov tells CNN, extolling the virtues of United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, a pair of fellow thirtysomething strikers who have scored 15 and 14 goals in the English Premier League respectively this season.