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) — After a dismal start, Valencia is a couple of wins away from completing an unlikely comeback.
The club can secure the final Champions League spot in the Spanish league on...
MADRID (AP) — Getafe lost 2-0 to Barcelona on Sunday, dropping out of the qualification places for the Champions League with one round left in the Spanish league.
MADRID (AP) — Valladolid rallied to a 2-2 draw at Alaves in the Spanish league on Friday after its goalkeeper had given away an early goal with an embarrassing mistake.
MADRID (AP) — The surprise announcement came after another important win by Sevilla in the Spanish league.
The club had just beaten Valladolid 2-0 to get back into the fight for the final...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia and Athletic Bilbao kept up their strong run of form on Sunday in the chase for the final Champions League spot in Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros says he has leukemia but will stay on the job with the Spanish club.
Caparros made the announcement after Sevilla's 2-0 win at Valladolid in the...
MADRID (AP) — Only 20 minutes into the match, it looked like going from bad to even worse for Real Madrid on Sunday.
Relegation-threatened Valladolid had already missed a penalty kick in the...
MADRID (AP) — Wu Lei netted in Espanyol's 3-1 win against Valladolid on Saturday, becoming the first Chinese player to score in the Spanish league.
Messi misses 1 penalty, makes another in Barcelona win
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi had a penalty saved after scoring from the spot as Barcelona struggled to end a run of poor results before it turns to the Champions League knockout rounds.
Messi's first penalty opportunity proved good enough in an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Valladolid at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday. But Barcelona's all-time leading scorer had a second spot kick stopped by goalie Jordi Masip.
Villarreal victory drought goes on after draw at Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal remained winless in 10 consecutive Spanish league matches after a 0-0 draw at 14th-place Valladolid on Friday.
The visitors, who are used to finishing much higher in the standings, stayed second from bottom with three victories from 23 games.
It was Villarreal's second straight draw since re-hiring coach Javi Calleja in place of Luis Garcia Plaza, less than two months after he was fired.
Marcelino under pressure as Valencia held at home again
MADRID (AP) — Missed chances and home setbacks — it's been a familiar plot for Valencia this season.
And it happened again on Saturday.
Valencia was held at Mestalla Stadium once more, conceding late to relegation-threatened Valladolid in a 1-1 draw in the Spanish league, adding pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.
The plot was repeated: Valencia played well and had plenty of chances to put the game away, including with a penalty kick, but it wasted most of them.
Griezmann nets 2, Atletico wins to pull level with Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid had been waiting for a world-class performance from star forward Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann scored twice, including a late winner, after setting up Atletico's opener to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Valladolid on Saturday to pull level on points with Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Real Madrid to face Leganes again in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will face Leganes in the Copa del Rey for the second consecutive season.
The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament's round of 16 on Thursday.
Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals last year, winning the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. They will play the first leg there this season.
Four-time defending champion Barcelona will face Levante and Atletico Madrid will take on Girona.
Sevilla takes Spanish league lead with win over Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — A day after seeing its rivals falter, Sevilla took care of business.
Sevilla moved past Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to go top of the Spanish league by beating Valladolid 1-0 on Sunday.
Atletico and Barcelona had played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, opening the way for Sevilla to take the lead with a home win.
"We have to enjoy this," Sevilla coach Pablo Machin said. "We have to enjoy it for now, and then we will get back to preparing for the difficulties that lie ahead."
Late goal extends Barca’s unbeaten streak against Atletico
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.
The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.
Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.
Solari making his case to stay as Real Madrid coach
MADRID (AP) — After only two games, Santiago Solari is making Real Madrid fans forget about the search for a new coach.
And Madrid may very well give it up if he keeps succeeding.
Solari has done well since taking over from Julen Lopetegui, pleasing players and fans, and increasing his chances of taking over the squad permanently.
With 2 more goals, Suarez keeps Barca winning without Messi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez is making sure Barcelona keeps on winning without the injured Lionel Messi.
Suarez came to the rescue of Barcelona on Saturday with a two-goal performance that included a 90th-minute winner to cap a 3-2 comeback at Rayo Vallecano.
Suarez's double gives him six goals for Barcelona since Messi went down with a broken right forearm on Oct. 20. He leads the Spanish league with nine goals in 11 rounds.
Madrid needs late goal by Vinicius to end league slump
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid needed a late goal by Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to beat Valladolid 2-0 and end its slump in the Spanish league as interim coach Santiago Solari made his home debut on Saturday.
A shot by substitute Vinicius took a deflection off defender Kiko Olivas in the 83rd minute and caught goalkeeper Jordi Masip out of position. Masip touched the ball but couldn't keep it from going in. The league credited the 18-year-old Vinicius with the goal.
Madrid with depleted defense for match against Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without most of its defenders when it hosts Valladolid this weekend in its first Spanish league match without coach Julen Lopetegui.
Interim coach Santiago Solari will not be able to count on veteran left back Marcelo, central defender Raphael Varane and right back Dani Carvajal. They are all unavailable for Saturday's match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium because of injuries, as is reserve central defender Jesus Vallejo.
Espanyol concedes late, loses chance to take lead in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Espanyol conceded in injury time to draw Valladolid 1-1 and miss a chance to take the outright lead in the Spanish league on Friday.
Espanyol was in front until Italian forward Daniele Verde converted a free kick a minute into injury time to even the match and keep the visitors from moving past Catalan rival Barcelona at the top of the standings.
Ronaldo’s Valladolid picks up 1st win of season
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valladolid came from behind to beat 10-man Levante 2-1 on Thursday, its first win since former Brazil great Ronaldo's club takeover.
Promoted Valladolid hadn't won in the first five games of the Spanish top-flight season, despite only conceding five goals.
Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup winner and a former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker, bought a 51 percent stake in the club earlier this month.
Brazil great Ronaldo watches his Valladolid team lose again
MADRID (AP) — Ronaldo could be in for a tough time as a team owner in Spain.
With the former Brazil striker watching from the VIP tribunes, promoted Valladolid conceded a stoppage-time goal in a 1-0 home loss to Alaves.
Valladolid remains winless — and scoreless — after four matches on its return to the top tier in Spain.
It was the team's first match since the Brazil great became the club's majority stakeholder and pledged to help the club succeed.
Former Brazil great Ronaldo takes over Spanish club
MADRID (AP) — Former Brazil great Ronaldo took over Monday as the majority stakeholder in recently promoted Spanish club Valladolid, saying he is bringing his soccer expertise to help the team succeed.
Ronaldo now owns 51 percent of the shares of the club. He will preside over the board of directors while Carlos Suarez will remain club president, a job he held before Ronaldo's arrival.
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.
World Cup winners Griezmann, Dembele lift Atletico, Barca
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored second-half goals to give Atletico Madrid and Barcelona 1-0 victories over promoted teams on Saturday.
Dembele rifled in a headed pass from Sergi Roberto in the 57th minute to help defending champion Barcelona triumph at Valladolid and secure a second victory in as many Spanish league games this season.
SPANISH LEAGUE 2018-19: Huesca makes 1st-division debut
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league begins this weekend with small club Huesca making its first-division debut and traditional teams Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid returning to the top flight.
The three promoted clubs replace Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna, which were relegated last season.
Girona, Levante and Getafe — the promoted teams two years ago — are all staying in the top tier for another season.
Here's a look at the new teams in Spain's first division this season:
Valladolid earns promotion to Spain’s Liga
MADRID (AP) — Valladolid earned promotion to Spain's topflight after drawing with Numancia 1-1 on Saturday and winning their playoff 4-1 on aggregate.
Numancia got its only goal of the two-match tie in the 87th minute when Manuel del Moral scored.
Jaime Mata leveled the second leg match for host Valladolid in stoppage time.
Atletico held by 3rd-tier Elche to 1-1 draw in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could only manage a 1-1 draw at third-division club Elche as Spain's leading clubs struggled in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao also flopped in their first-leg matches against third-tier teams. Villarreal was stunned by a 1-0 defeat at Ponferradina, while Athletic was held by Formentera to a 1-1 draw.
Leganes won 2-1 at second-division club Valladolid, and Celta Vigo defeated Eibar 2-1 in a match between first-division teams.
3 former Betis players charged in match-fixing case in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has charged three former Real Betis players for alleged involvement in match-fixing three years ago.
Former directors of Osasuna were also charged for allegedly paying 650,000 euros ($687,000) to Amaya Carazo, Jordi Figueras and Xavi Torres to help Osasuna stay in the first division in the 2013-14 season.