superclasico

It was Barcelona who won the first El Clasico of the season as they recorded a 3-2 win in the Super Cup first leg at Camp Nou, but the goal Angel Di Maria scored in the dying moments of the match can give los Blancos reason for optimism before the return leg.

It’s been a while since Real Madrid last failed to win any of their first three games, and during pre-season nothing could suggest such a scenario.

If we disregard the 5-2 defeat to Benfica, los Blancos were pretty convincing in all other pre-season friendlies and they were certainly expected to start the league campaign with a bang.

However, Real Madrid could only muster a goalless draw against Valencia in the season opener, while they had to settle for a 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Super Cup first leg despite taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo.

To make matters worse, los Merengues were beaten by Getafe at the weekend, so they clearly face a mountain to climb in the Super Cup return leg.

New signing Luka Modric could be in contention, while Pepe is set to start after recovering from a concussion.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao – Alonso, Khedira – Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo – Higuain.

Unlike their fierce rivals, Barcelona have enjoyed a bright start to the season, and their five-point advantage over Real in La Liga is likely to put an extra pressure on their opponents.

The Catalans needed some time to hit the ground running in the Super Cup first leg and they even allowed Real to take the lead, but three quick second-half goalsproved enough for the win.

Victor Valdes’ mistake gave los Blancos a lifeline before the match at Santiago Bernabeu..

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could be in contention for this high-profile match despite fracturing his cheekbone at the weekend, while David Villa will probably have to wait for his chance on the bench.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes – Dabi Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Pedro, Messi, Sanchez.

evening preview

Seattle – Caledonia  -1,5ah Seattle

Big quality difference between Trinidad & Tobago side and MLS club. Seattle playing home, in good form, thinks seriously in this competition while Caledonia loose important players after last season, manny changes in squad and their match fitness is questionable (season not playing)

LA Galaxy – Real Madrid

Real Madrid kicks off its part in the World Football Challenge with a preseason friendly against the LA Galaxy, who feature former Madrid midfielder David Beckham.

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LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Junior Lopes, Gaul; Jimenez, Juninho, Beckham, Magee; Keane, Donovan.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); DF Todd Dunivant (R calf hematoma); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee surgery); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms)

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas, Antonio Adán, Jesus Fernandez Collado

DEFENDERS: Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Fabio Coentrão, Jose Nacho Fernández, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane

MIDFIELDERS: Xabi Alonso, Jose Maria Callejon, Angel Di Maria, Lass Diarra, Alex Fernandez, Esteban Granero, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Jese Rodriguez, Nuri Sahin

FORWARDS: Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo

Copa Sudamericana » La Equidad – Mineros

Colombian league (and clubs) are much stronger than Veneyuelans (Atletico Nacional, Once Caladas, Junior are last years in final stages of Copa Libertadores, Santa Fe, Tolima in sudamericana;in Venezuela only Caracas come before tree years in finale stages). La Equidad will have here altitude help (they are from high Bogota) and Mineros didnt play serious game from may (13.5 last league game). In league Mineros had 13 points less than Deportivo Lara in apertura, in clasura they had 9 points less. 3 important players left Mineros: Flores (mf 22/0), Machis (att 28/8) and J. M. Velázquez (df 26/2). They also bring some new players.
But problem is La Equidad loose some players..