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
The Vietnamese Football Federation has imposed two-year bans on two players and suspended a coach for three years after their team was involved in a bizarre penalty protest during a league match on the weekend. Long An players were furious at a late penalty awarded by referee Nguyen Tr?ng Thu to Ho Chi Minh City when the score was locked 2-2 late Sunday. After initially walking off the pitch, the players returned to the field but goalkeeper Nguyen Minh Nhut turned his back as the penalty was taken, conceding a goal. The whole team then stood motionless and allowed Ho Chi Minh City to score two more goals as the margin blew out to 5-2. [ LIVE: Stream every PL game live ] In a statement, the VFF
Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt was thoroughly impressed with Atletico Madrid after his side were beaten 4-2 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie. The Bundesliga outfit fought back in the second half after going two goals down in the opening 45 minutes, but it was all for nothing in the end as Fernando Torres found the net late on to ensure Atletico took home a two-goal lead. It is easy to see how Atletico have reached two finals in three years," Schmidt said at a media conference.