MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
Aguero set for decade at City after signing 1-year extension
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester City, tying him to the Premier League club until 2021.
If the Argentina striker sees out his new deal, he will have been at City for a decade after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.
A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.
Late winner moves Betis into 6th in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Leon scored an 89th-minute winner as Real Betis defeated Getafe 1-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, moving into the qualification zone for the Europa League.
Betis jumped from eighth to sixth in the standings with its third straight victory. It is one point behind fifth-place Villarreal.
The teams in fifth, sixth, and seventh places qualify for the Europa League.
Sevilla tops Osasuna to stay close to leader Real Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla salvaged a key 4-3 victory in a thrilling game against last-placed Osasuna on Sunday, guaranteeing second place at the halfway point of the Spanish league season.
Captain Vicente Iborra scored twice - in addition to his own goal - to help Sevilla win its fifth in a row and remain only one point behind leader Real Madrid.
Franco Vazquez and Pablo Sarabia also scored for Sevilla, with both goals coming after the 80th minute, to secure the away victory.