SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 10: Godfrey Itama Oboabona of Nigeria (L) and N Prejuce Nakoulma of Burkina Faso (R) in action during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from the National Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
MADRID (AP) Eibar routed 10-man Real Betis 5-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, ending an eight-match winless streak in all competitions.
Eibar hadn’t won since Sept. 15. It had lost six of its eight matches since then.
The hosts got on the board with an own goal by Betis defender Jordi Amat just six minutes in, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante scored with a header near halftime.
Striker Charles Dias scored twice in the second half, and Sergi Enrich closed the scoring in front of less than 5,000 fans at Ipurua Stadium.
“We deserved a victory like this to help us regain our confidence,” Enrich said.
Betis played with 10 men from the 55th as Aissa Mandi was red-carded for the foul that prompted a penalty kick converted by Dias.
“It was difficult to recover after we went a man down and they scored the third goal,” Betis midfielder Joaquin Sanchez said.
Eibar remained 17th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.
Betis, winless in three matches, dropped to ninth place.
Barcelona leads by four points over second-place Valencia.
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There’s no doubt that on paper Manchester United has all the workings of a Premier League contender, and Paul Pogba certainly agrees.
With Jose Mourinho’s squad finally getting healthy, Pogba believes that the sky is the limit for his side as they look to chase down league leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.
“To win the league we need all our players,” Pogba told MUTV. “When you have one injured here, one injured there, it doesn’t help. It’s always better to have a full team.
“Zlatan’s back and Marcos after a long injury. It was hard for them but they kept believing and worked hard to come back. We need them to win the league and we’re really glad they’re here.”
Pogba’s presence was certainly missed in his absence, and he wasted no time in making an impact upon his return, scoring a goal and adding an assist against the Magpies.
The French international also spoke about his struggles last season with several minor injuries, but he’s hoping to remain in his United side for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.
“Most of last season I had injuries but small ones. You just have to recover well because the Premier League is different to Italy — it’s more intense and you just have to think about recovery, then you have more games. Otherwise, I just feel good, just to come back.
“I’ve trained very hard to come back fit. The season is really long so we have to be fit — not only me but all the players. To come back, to play again, to see Old Trafford, to see the fans again, to score at Old Trafford on my comeback, I feel blessed. But we had to win — that was the most important thing.”Follow @MattReedFutbol
Players from around the world display their skills on social media on a regular basis, but they’re usually on a soccer field or blacktop when they do so.
This New York Red Bulls freestyler had a different interpretation of how he’d show off his ball control on Monday.
DJ Diveny (@djdiveny on Twitter) posted this video — below — across his social media platforms today dribbling a soccer ball on a treadmill, while his colleagues appear to introduce cones at random points as obstacles.
In addition to his talents as a freestyler, Diveny is also a youth coach with Student Athlete Coaching & Consulting, based out of New Jersey.
Again… he’s on a treadmill while doing this. Pretty cool stuff.
Watch below.Follow @MattReedFutbol
New York City FC has quickly become one of Major League Soccer’s most exciting clubs in three short seasons, and a lot of its success can be attributed to be David Villa.
The Spanish international has been with the club since completing a move to MLS in 2014, and has easily been NYCFC’s most important signing since the team’s inception.
Despite boasting an impressive 22 goals in 2017 for Patrick Vieira’s side, Villa knows that his days in MLS are starting to count down after one of the legends of the international game recently announced his retirement.
“[Seeing Andrea Pirlo retire showed me] that I have to train harder every day if I want to continue extending my career. Someday I will leave, as will everyone, it’s a fact of life. But I’m going to fight to make it as late as possible,” Villa told Marca.
Villa, 35, received a one-year extension to his contract in 2017, leaving his future with NYCFC up in the air beyond next season.
Additionally, the forward says that he constantly receives positive feedback about MLS and he knows that there is a lot of interest from players outside the United States in the developing league.
“Really, quite a few [have reached out],” he said. “The MLS is growing a lot and is having more and more global impact. Many have called me and are interested in what’s going on here.”Follow @MattReedFutbol