MADRID (AP) — Valencia secured its return to the Champions League by beating Valladolid 2-0 in the final round of the Spanish league on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Step by step, Barcelona is moving closer to the treble.
Days after beating Manchester United to reach the Champions League semifinals, Barcelona turned its focus to the Spanish...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata is starting to show why Diego Simeone wanted him.
Morata scored twice to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday and keep alive...
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano lost 2-0 to visiting Girona on Friday, missing a chance to leave the relegation zone in the Spanish league.
It was the fifth straight defeat for the Madrid club,...
Real Sociedad and Girona play to 0-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad drew with Girona 0-0 in the Spanish league on Monday to remain unbeaten this year.
It was the 10th match in a row without a loss for the Basque Country team in...
10-man Real Sociedad holds on to home win against Espanyol
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad edged Espanyol 3-2 for its second home win in the Spanish league on Monday.
Brazilian striker Willian Jose scored twice, including a 63rd-minute winner, after Sociedad relinquished a two-goal lead. The hosts held on to victory despite playing the final 20 minutes a man down because of a second yellow card to midfielder Mikel Merino.
Kroos out for about 3 weeks because of muscle injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will be sidelined for about three weeks because of a muscle injury.
The club says tests on Monday showed Kroos sustained a tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg on Sunday in the home loss to Real Sociedad.
The German player had to be replaced late in the game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Real Madrid back in trouble as Solari effect loses luster
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Santiago Solari effect has worn off at Real Madrid.
The Spanish club hoped it had found a coach to turn its season around when it promoted Solari from its reserve team to take over from the fired Julen Lopetegui in late October.
But two weeks after Solari guided Madrid to the Club World Cup title, the club is back in trouble after consecutive stumbles left it far behind in the Spanish league title race.
Barcelona increases lead in Spain as rivals drop points
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona took another step toward successfully defending its Spanish league title after winning at one of the toughest teams to beat in the competition on Sunday, while its rivals dropped points.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1. That allowed it to open up a five-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid, which had to fight back for a 1-1 draw at third-placed Sevilla.
10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad
MADRID (AP) — Ten-man Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday to concede further ground in the Spanish league title race.
The pressure is mounting on coach Santiago Solari with Madrid in fifth place behind Alaves, which moved ahead of the 33-time champion on Saturday.
Madrid fell behind in the third minute when Willian Jose converted a penalty following a foul by Casemiro on Mikel Merino.
Madrid went a man down in the 61st when Lucas Vazquez received his second yellow card.
Real Sociedad fires coach Garitano and appoints Alguacil
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad has fired coach Asier Garitano and replaced him with reserve-team manager Imanol Alguacil, the Spanish top-flight club said on Wednesday.
Sociedad let Garitano go after four consecutive losses left the side from the Basque Country 15th in the 20-team league.
Garitano took over in the offseason after impressing with Leganes.
Alaves wins at Sociedad to rise into 5th place in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Alaves won at Real Sociedad 1-0 to head into the winter break of the Spanish league in fifth place on Friday.
The small club from the northern Basque Country beat its regional rival Sociedad thanks to an early goal by Jonathan Calleri.
The Argentine striker headed in a cross from Borja Baston in the 11th minute.
"We looked to score and then protect our advantage," Calleri said. "It was a very good cross from Borja. We had talked about him looking for me at the far post."
Real Sociedad beats Celta 2-1, ends winless streak at home
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad's winless streak at home is finally over in the Spanish league.
Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 on Monday to win for the first time in six matches at its Anoeta Stadium.
The club had lost twice and drawn three times this season at the newly renovated stadium in the city of San Sebastian.
Real Sociedad beats Levante 3-1 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — With three goals 10 minutes apart late in the second half, Real Sociedad defeated Levante 3-1 in the Spanish league on Friday to end a four-match winless streak.
Chema Rodriguez put the hosts ahead less than five minutes into the match in Valencia, but Sociedad rallied with goals by Theo Hernandez in the 73rd minute, Juanmi in the 77th and Mikel Oyarzabal in the 83rd.
Sevilla unable to keep pace with Barcelona in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla couldn't manage more than a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday and lost ground to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
The draw left second-place Sevilla four points behind Barcelona, which rallied to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Barcelona also gained from a draw by third-place Atletico Madrid at Leganes on Saturday and a loss by fourth-place Alaves at Eibar on Sunday.
Sociedad dedicates goal to player hospitalized for stroke
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Sociedad substitute Juan Miguel Jimenez dedicated the goal that earned a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo on Thursday to a teammate recovering from a stroke.
After slotting in a pass by Aritz Elustondo in the 89th minute, Jimenez raced to the dugout and held up the No. 23 shirt of Lucas Sangalli, who suffered a light stroke while training with the team the day before the Copa del Rey match.
Real Sociedad player hospitalized after mild stroke
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Real Sociedad says midfielder Luca Sangalli has suffered a mild stroke.
The club said Wednesday the 23-year-old midfielder was going through further tests in the stroke unit of a local hospital. It did not give any other details regarding his condition.
Sangalli appeared in six matches this season, scoring once in a 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.
Atletico rebounds from Dortmund debacle to take Liga lead
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid bounced back from its worst defeat under coach Diego Simeone by beating Real Sociedad 2-0 to take the lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.
Atletico was one point ahead of Barcelona and Espanyol. Barcelona can reclaim the lead on Sunday when it hosts Real Madrid in the season's first clasico.
Real Sociedad winless at home after 0-0 draw with Girona
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad could not manage more than a 0-0 draw against Girona in the Spanish league on Monday, staying winless at home this season.
The Basque Country club has drawn twice and lost twice in four games at its Anoeta Stadium.
It was the fifth straight winless match for Girona, which remains unbeaten in four away matches this season, including a 2-2 draw at Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium.
Sociedad beats Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Basque Country derby
MADRID (AP) — Mikel Oyarzabal converted penalty kicks in both halves as Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Basque Country derby in the Spanish league on Friday.
It was the second straight win for Sociedad against its rival, and the first at Athletic's San Mames Stadium since the 2015-16 season.
Sociedad, playing without several regular starters, hadn't won its last two league matches and was coming off a 1-0 home loss to Valencia, which had yet to win this season.
Barcelona still far from its best despite perfect start
MADRID (AP) — Despite another win and a perfect record to start the Spanish league, there is reason for concern ahead of Barcelona's Champions League debut this week.
The defending league champions had another lackluster performance in its 2-1 come-from-behind win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, creating a bit of worry ahead of its match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
Dembele stakes claim to big role at Barca with another goal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ousmane Dembele came to Barcelona's rescue for a third time this season on Saturday, when the France forward struck a second-half winner to complete a comeback at Real Sociedad 2-1.
Dembele was quickest to a poor clearance of a corner kick by Sociedad's defense in the 66th minute, rifling a left-footed shot through a crowd while goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli was off his line.
Dembele, Suarez lead Barcelona 2-1 comeback win at Sociedad
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez scored in the second half to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback win at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Suarez equalized for Barcelona in the 63rd minute, when Samuel Umtiti fought for a high ball in the area after a corner kick which finally fell to the striker to tap in.
Villarreal loses to Girona at home, remains winless in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal's struggles at the start of the Spanish league continued in a 1-0 home loss to Girona on Friday.
Cristhian Stuani scored shortly after halftime for the visitors, giving Villarreal its second loss in three matches.
Coming off a fifth-place finish last season, Villarreal opened with a 2-1 home loss to Real Sociedad, then drew Sevilla 0-0 in the second round.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has reached a deal to sign Spain right back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.
Madrid says the six-year contract is pending medical tests by the 22-year-old defender.
Odriozola was with Spain at the World Cup but did not participate in any of the four games played by La Roja. Spain was eliminated by host Russia in the round of 16.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Leganes has hired Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino on a one-year deal.
Pellegrino replaces Asier Garitano, who was hired by Real Sociedad last week.
Pellegrino was fired by Premier League team Southampton in March after a run of just one win in 17 games.
Real Sociedad hires new coach Asier Garitano
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Real Sociedad has hired Asier Garitano to be its coach for the next three seasons.
Garitano had been with Leganes since the 2013-14 season, leading the southern Madrid club from the third division to the top tier in only three years.
Leganes finished 17th in the first division in each of the last two seasons. This year it eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, eventually losing to Sevilla in the semifinals.
MADRID (AP) — First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta.
The league season in Spain ended Sunday with two Spanish soccer idols bidding farewell to their clubs.
Torres ended his storied career with boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team's 2-2 draw against Eibar.
A few hours later, Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Barcelona finished with 93 points, 14 more than Atletico Madrid and 17 more than Real Madrid in third.
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla returned to the Europa League qualification zone after beating Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Spanish league on Friday.
Ever Banega converted a penalty kick early in the second half to help the hosts end a nine-match winless run in all competitions.
Sevilla jumped from eighth to seventh in the standings, the final spot for the Europa League. It is three points behind sixth-place Villarreal, which hosts Valencia on Saturday.
Sevilla has a game in hand, against Real Madrid at home.
Atletico held 0-0 by Betis ahead of visit to Arsenal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Second-place Atletico Madrid was held 0-0 at home by Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday in a second straight setback before Diego Simeone's team faces Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.
Atletico, which lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad midweek, visits Arsenal in the first leg on Thursday.
Barcelona remains the overwhelming favorite to win La Liga, leading Atletico by 11 points. Third-place Real Madrid is another four points behind Atletico.
Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona on brink of title
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad on Thursday, leaving Barcelona one victory away from clinching the Spanish league title.
Barcelona, which drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday without most of its regular starters, can secure its 25th crown at Deportivo La Coruna on April 29.
The Catalan club faces Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and ensured Barcelona equaled a Spanish league record of 38 matches without a loss after beating Leganes 3-1 on Saturday.
Barcelona matched Real Sociedad's milestone set in 1979-80 by remaining undefeated through 31 rounds this season after finishing the last campaign without a loss over the final seven games. The runaway leader hasn't lost in La Liga in a year.
Newcomers make noise early in the MLS season
Carlos Vela has played around the world — most recently for La Liga's Real Sociedad. But he's a newbie to Major League Soccer.
Just two games in, the 29-year-old star from Mexico is already having an impact for Los Angeles FC.
In the expansion team's season opener against the Seattle Sounders, fellow newcomer Diego Rossi scored in the 11th minute off a pass from Vela in a 1-0 victory.
Vela added another assist — along with his first MLS goal — last Saturday in a 5-1 rout of Real Salt Lake.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Neymar out injured, Brazil coach Tite has brought in Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose for upcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany.
Other newcomers include Valencia goalkeeper Neto and Besiktas midfielder Talisca.
Tite said Monday that Neymar's absence will help Brazil learn to play without its main striker.
Ronaldo nets 3, Madrid routs Sociedad before PSG clash
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat trick of the season four days before Real Madrid meets Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League with its season on the line.
Ronaldo's treble of goals on Saturday fueled a 5-2 victory at home over a disconcerted Real Sociedad, which barely offered resistance in a first half dominated by Madrid.
Dembele fit to play for Barcelona after month-long layoff
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ousmane Dembele is fit to play in Sunday's game against Getafe after Barcelona said the France forward has recovered from a leg injury.
Dembele hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in his left leg in a 4-2 win at Real Sociedad on Jan. 14.
Prior to that, Dembele was out for more than three months after rupturing a thigh tendon in his left leg on Sept. 16.
Real Sociedad signs Mexico defender Moreno
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad signed veteran Mexico defender Hector Moreno on Wednesday as the transfer window closed in Spain without any high-profile transfers involving the top clubs.
While Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid did not add any major players to their squads, Sociedad signed the 30-year-old Moreno from Roma in a deal reportedly worth 6 million euros ($7.4 million). He is joining the Basque Country club until 2021.
Athletic acts quickly, signs Martinez to replace Laporte
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao didn't take long to replace young French defender Aymeric Laporte after his move to Manchester City.
The Spanish club said Tuesday it had signed central defender Inigo Martinez from Basque Country rival Real Sociedad, spending 32 million euros ($39 million) on the player's buyout clause.
Laporte left to play for Manchester City after his clause of 65 million euros ($80 million) was paid on Monday.
Barcelona forward Dembele injured again, out 3 to 4 weeks
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona says Ousmane Dembele is injured again and will be sidelined for up to a month.
The club says the young France forward picked up a hamstring injury in his left leg in the 4-2 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Dembele, signed from Borussia Dortmund last year as a replacement for Neymar, was out for more than three months after rupturing a thigh tendon in his left leg on Sept. 16.
Suarez, Messi lead Barcelona to 4-2 comeback win at Sociedad
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has broken its curse at Anoeta Stadium.
Luis Suarez scored twice before Lionel Messi completed Barcelona's 4-2 comeback win at Real Sociedad on Sunday, giving the Catalan club its first league win at the Basque Country team since 2007.
Barcelona was behind by two goals when Suarez set up Paulinho before halftime. The Uruguayan then scored twice in the second half to put the visitors ahead as heavy rain fell over the northern city of San Sebastian.
Vela scores in last match for Sociedad before joining MLS
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Carlos Vela made a perfect farewell appearance for Real Sociedad on Wednesday, with the Mexico forward scoring to round off a 3-1 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league.
Vela is joining Los Angeles FC after six-and-a-half seasons playing for the Basque Country club.
Madrid draws, loses chance to move closer to Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona stumbled again, and Real Madrid wasn't able to capitalize.
Madrid missed a chance to move closer to the top of the Spanish league standings after being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Sunday.
It could have moved within six points of the lead after Barcelona drew at home against Celta Vigo 2-2 for its second consecutive setback, but Zinedine Zidane's team struggled in Bilbao and remained eight points behind the Catalan rival after 14 matches.
Cadiz eliminates Real Betis in Copa del Rey thriller
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis became the latest top-tier casualty in the Copa del Rey this week, failing to advance to the last 16 after a 5-3 loss to second-division club Cadiz on Thursday.
Betis was eliminated 6-5 on aggregate, joining Malaga, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao as top-flight teams eliminated by lower-tier opponents in the Round of 32.
It was a thrilling match at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville, with both teams pressing forward from the start.
Barcelona cruises to 5-0 victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.
Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.
Girona draws 1-1 with Sociedad, continues to impress in Liga
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Girona continued its strong debut campaign in Spain's top division after fighting back for a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Friday.
Girona extended its unbeaten streak to four games as it remained in 10th place, while Sociedad stayed in seventh.
West Ham hands David Moyes another chance in Premier League
West Ham disregarded a string of failed coaching stints by David Moyes by hiring him as manager on a short-term contract Tuesday, gambling that his Premier League experience will get the team out of relegation trouble.
Moyes didn't last a year at any of his previous three clubs — Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland — in a bruising period since 2013 that tarnished the reputation of a manager once regarded as among the best in British soccer.
Girona beats Deportivo to end winless run in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Promoted Girona won at Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 to end a six-game winless run in the Spanish league on Monday.
Also, Real Sociedad drew with Espanyol 1-1 at home, Asier Illarramendi scoring the equalizer then being sent off in injury time for a second yellow card.
Midfielder Portu gave visiting Girona its first victory since the second round after controlling the ball with his chest and scoring from close range in the 71st minute at Riazor Stadium in La Coruna.
Giroud’s overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star
Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before the final whistle after Theo Walcott headed the ball to him.
"It was a great combination before the goal as well and he finished well," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Putin mocks Russian team Zenit over foreign players
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday mocked top club Zenit St. Petersburg for not fielding enough Russian players.
With Russia hosting the World Cup next year, Putin told a meeting of sports officials that Zenit couldn't claim to be popularizing soccer as a "truly Russian game" because it didn't give enough starts to Russian players.
Spain drops David Villa for final World Cup qualifiers
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker David Villa was dropped by Spain on Friday for its last World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.
Coach Julen Lopetegui recalled the 35-year-old Villa last month after a three-year absence from the national side. But the New York City striker played only the final minutes of a 3-0 win over Italy before he was sidelined by a muscle injury during training. That meant he missed Spain's 8-0 rout of Lichtenstein.