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.
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on independence protests in Catalonia (all times local):
Catalan secessionists are capping a day of protests with a huge march through downtown Barcelona, the northeastern Spanish region's capital.
The demonstrations Monday marked the first anniversary of an independence ballot that was stopped by police and failed in its bid to create a new country separate from Spain.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis joined a group of seven teams separated by only three points at the top of the Spanish league after squeaking out a 1-0 win at home over Leganes on Sunday.
Repeated slips by leader Barcelona and second-place Real Madrid have given hope to a pack of pursuers after seven rounds.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish players' association remains against the league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States despite receiving more detailed information.
The association was not convinced by the league's update and said on Monday it still disapproved of the Girona-Barcelona game planned for suburban Miami in January. It said the league still lacks the necessary approvals from other stakeholders, and it can't guarantee the union contract won't be breached.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi set the record for the most Spanish league appearances by a non-Spanish player on Sunday, but the Argentine's goal couldn't prevent 10-man Barcelona from dropping its first points of the season in a 2-2 draw with Girona.
Messi, the league's all-time leading scorer, overtook former teammate Dani Alves of Brazil by appearing in his 423nd game.
Messi gave Barcelona the lead before Clement Lenglet was given a red card in the first half.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that his team will not participate in the Spanish league's scheme to play regular-season matches in the United States.
Perez says Sunday that "We are not going to the United States. we do not know who this interests, surely not the clubs or the fans. We are vehemently against it."
MADRID (AP) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — A feud has erupted in Spanish soccer over the league's unprecedented plan to hold a regular-season match in the United States.
The Spanish league and clubs are for it.
The national soccer federation and players' union are against it.
And in the middle, fans who have grown up supporting their teams are divided over their future in a sport that is expanding its global profile.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is still not convinced it's a good idea to play Spanish league games in the United States.
Infantino says on Tuesday he would "prefer to see a great MLS game in the U.S. rather than La Liga being in the U.S."
His statement repeated comments made last month in Washington D.C. after the Spanish league announced its 15-year, brand-building plan to play games in the U.S.
MADRID (AP) — Cristhian Stuani scored in each half as Girona ended Celta Vigo's unbeaten run in a 3-2 win in the Spanish league on Monday.
Celta was yet to lose in three league games and could have tied Real Madrid for second place in the standings had it won at Montilivi Stadium. It won two straight matches — including 2-0 at home against Atletico Madrid — after opening with a draw against Espanyol.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league has requested permission from the national soccer federation to play a regular-season match between Girona and Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Jan. 26.
Staging the match abroad is part of the league's goal of promoting soccer and its brand in other countries, but the idea has drawn criticism from some players, fans and clubs.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's players' association says it will have the final say on whether La Liga will play a regular-season match in the United States this season.
The announcement was made after a meeting of more than two hours with league president Javier Tebas in Madrid on Monday.
MADRID (AP) — Girona is willing to play a regular-season game against Barcelona in the United States as part of La Liga's goal of promoting soccer and the league in North America, the small club said Thursday.
Girona said in a statement it is working with the league and Barcelona to finalize details of the proposed game, which has attracted criticism from Spain's players' association and some clubs and fans.
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) — Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are keeping Real Madrid's attack alive in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema scored twice and Bale once as Madrid came from behind to earn a 4-1 win at Girona on Sunday, remaining perfect in the Spanish league after two rounds.
Sergio Ramos also scored for Madrid as it kept pace with Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao, Levante and promoted Huesca can match them with six points when they play their matches on Monday.
MADRID (AP) — Jose Luis Morales scored twice as Levante won 3-0 at Real Betis in the opening round of the Spanish league on Friday.
Levante's 4-4-2 formation worked to clinical effect as his strike partner Roger Marti gave Levante the lead close to halftime, tapping in after right midfielder Jason cut through the Betis defense.