A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:
Xavi Hernández makes his coaching debut at Barcelona when it hosts Espanyol in a derby at Camp Nou. Xavi has had little time to work with his full squad since taking over from Ronald Koeman two weeks ago with many players having been away with their national teams.
MADRID (AP) — Spain enters its decisive World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden without some key players because of injuries.
Nine players are not available for coach Luis Enrique for the matches at Greece on Thursday and against Sweden on Sunday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain called up Brais Méndez to replace the injured Yéremy Pino ahead of decisive World Cup qualifiers.
Pino was the third player dropped from the squad because of injuries before matches at Greece and against Sweden in Group B of European qualifying.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Xavi Hernández had plenty to like and much more to lament about Barcelona’s wild 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday, when his soon-to-be team squandered a three-goal halftime lead.
MADRID (AP) — Spain has called up Espanyol striker Raúl de Tomás to replace the injured Ansu Fati for its decisive World Cup qualifiers.
Fati injured his left hamstring on Saturday after scoring Barcelona’s opener in a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo.
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Luis Enrique called up Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati on Friday for the national team’s decisive World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden.
With two matches remaining, Spain is in second place behind Sweden in their qualifying group.
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty on Tuesday but still got a hat trick.
The Poland star dominated on his 100th Champions League appearance to lead Bayern Munich into the last-16 after a 5-2 rout of Benfica.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With an interim coach and depleted by injuries, Barcelona came through with a crucial win at Dynamo Kyiv to boost its chances of advancing in the Champions League.
Ansu Fati scored a second-half winner as Barcelona edged Dynamo 1-0 in Ukraine on Tuesday to put itself in good position to reach the knockout rounds of the European competition.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and teenage forward Ansu Fati have agreed on a contract extension to 2027 that includes a buyout clause of 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion).
The club's announcement came after its 1-0 home win over Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Ansu Fati is quickly becoming Barcelona's go-to player in the absence of Lionel Messi.
The 18-year-old Fati made his first start for Barcelona after a long injury layoff on Sunday, scoring a goal and earning his team a penalty as the Catalan club halted its losing streak by rallying to beat Valencia 3-1 in the Spanish league.
MADRID (AP) — Wearing the No. 10 jersey that used to belong to Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati made a triumphant return from a long injury layoff on Sunday, scoring a goal and giving Barcelona fans hope for the future.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After being humbled by a recently promoted club and a Ukrainian side playing with reserves, Real Madrid faces a trip to Camp Nou...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona began erasing some of the bad memories from last season’s embarrassing Champions League elimination with a comfortable opening group win against Hungarian club Ferencváros on Tuesday...
A look at the pick of the soccer friendlies in Europe on Wednesday:
PORTUGAL VS. SPAIN
Teenager Ansu Fati will go against Cristiano Ronaldo when Portugal hosts Spain in a friendly. The 17-year-old Fati has been the Spanish league’s sensation early on, having scored three goals in Barcelona’s first three matches.