The UEFA Europa League playoff round takes full flight Thursday, a day after Utrecht struck a blow for the Eredivisie with a 1-0 win over Zenit Saint-Petersburg in a Wednesday first leg. Premier League participants Everton will be seeking a result at
This one wasn’t even close, and is going to instantly have many Barcelona fans wondering if the loss of Neymar is going to be too much for Ernesto Valverde to handle. Real Madrid rode a stunning Marco Asensio strike to a 2-0 first half lead at the Bernabeu on Wednesday en route to a 5-1 aggregate win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. It’s Real’s 10th Spanish Super Cup, and first since 2012. Karim Benzema also scored in the opening frame, which saw Barca looking out of sorts and rudderless. As in the first leg in Barcelona, the Blaugranas had their moments but failed to show sharpness and class against the reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions League winners. Lionel Messi hit the crossbar,
MILAN (AP) A look at Spal, Hellas Verona and Benevento as the promoted teams prepare for the start of the Italian league season this weekend. Few outside of Italy will have heard about Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor, to give Spal its full name. The northeastern club has spent a total of 21 seasons in Serie A and launched the career of Fabio Capello.