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Spanish judge reopens match-fixing case

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has reopened a match-fixing case involving a soccer game between Levante and Zaragoza from May 2011.

The Valencia-based court ruled Friday that the case is ready to go to trial after finding in favor of an appeal by state prosecutors to reopen the case, which had been shelved by a lower court.

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The court agrees with prosecutors that there are indications that Zaragoza paid 965,000 euros ($1 million) to Levante’s players to lose the match. Zaragoza’s 2-1 victory at the end of the 2010-11 allowed the team to avoid relegation.

Players and the clubs have denied any wrongdoing.

Lionel Messi opens 2018 goal account with beauty vs. Levante

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Yesterday, Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to himself.

Today, Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2018, and he assisted it himself…well ok not really, but he did most of the hard work, and only Jordi Alba’s head stood between what was otherwise all the Argentinian superstar.

It took just 12 minutes of play this calendar year for Messi to score his first goal, coming in the opening stages of Levante’s trip to the Camp Nou. Messi, with the ball outside the top of the box and facing the corner flag, contorted his body and chipped a brilliant, almost no-look ball to Jordi Alba down the left edge of the penalty area. Alba headed the ball back to the center of the box, and Messi, who had followed the play immediately after sending the ball in, was there to complete the one-two and strike it into the back of the net past Levante goalkeeper Oier.

Lionel Messi scored the most goals across league competitions of anyone in Europe last year, with 37 goals in 34 matches. Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored the most across all competitions, hitting 56 times in the 2017 calendar year.

Barcelona would take a 2-0 lead before the break on a ripper from Luis Suarez. Barcelona sits top of the La Liga table, six points above everyone else and threatening to go nine clear if they can hold on for the win.

American right back Moore makes first La Liga start

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La Liga saw an American amongst its Starting XIs on Sunday.

Shaquell Moore made his first La Liga start in Levante’s 2-0 win at Las Palmas on Sunday.

According to WhoScored, Moore completed 71 percent of his passes, had three interceptions and four tackles won. He was credited with one key pass and three crosses.

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The right back turned 21 earlier this month, and our primitive research shows him as the first U.S. player to make a La Liga start since Oguchi Onyewu at Malaga in 2013.

Oddly enough, Sunday’s opposition had an American on the books last season with Emmanuel Sabbi skipped college soccer to join Las Palmas. Sabbi joined Danish side Hobro this summer, and made his first start on Friday.

Jozy Altidore spent time with Villarreal and Kasey Keller played for Rayo Vallecano.

Levante’s next match is Sunday at Real Sociedad.

Giuseppe Rossi joins Spanish club Levante on loan

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VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi has joined struggling Spanish club Levante on loan until the end of the season.

Levante says its agreement with Italian club Fiorentina for the 28-year-old Rossi will be finalized after he passes a medical exam.

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Before several serious injuries in recent years, Rossi had flourished while playing six seasons for Levante’s regional rival Villarreal. Injuries then limited him to 41 appearances since joining Fiorentina from Villarreal in 2013.

Rossi was born in the United States but has played for Italy’s national team.

Levante is in last place and three points from safety after 20 matches.

La Liga wrap: Moyes orchestrates Barca upset; Top tightens as Real falls

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Real Sociedad manager David Moyes has his first signature win as manager of the Spanish club, and it’s come at the expense of a title challenger.

Atletico Madrid accepted a¬†festive gift from Real Madrid, while Barcelona stamped “return to sender” on the end of Real’s 22-match unbeaten streak.

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It’s all a part of the La Liga weekend wrap.

Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid  РRECAP

A first-half penalty conversion from Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to set the tone for another winning day at the office for Los Galacticos, but it was a false flame.

Valencia more or less controlled the goings-on, with Nicolas Otamendi and Antonio Barraga sending Real to its first loss since a Sept. 13 defeat against Atletico Madrid.

source: Getty ImagesReal Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

It wasn’t comfortable by any stretch of the imagination, but Real Sociedad manager David Moyes has his biggest win as a La Liga boss.

The hosts went in front on a mistake from the visitors, as a Jordi Alba own goal in the second minute but Barca behind an early eight ball.

And as former Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was left to rue the mistake, his replacement starred in denying Barca its equalizer. Twenty-two year-old Argentine keeper Geronimo Rulli had a strong game between the sticks for the Txuriurdin.

Dani Alves and Lionel Messi came off the bench for the¬†Blaugrana, but couldn’t find the finishing touch. Luis Suarez attempted to draw a late penalty, but Rulli got a hand on the ball before catching Suarez’s trailing foot.

Now the Scot turns his attention to Wednesday’s Copa del Ray Round of 16 match at Villarreal.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Levante

A pair of goals from Antoine Griezmann and an insurance tally from Diego Godin lifted the hosts to all three points, as Atleti is back within shouting distance of their cross-city rivals.


Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Athletic Bilbao —¬†Ivan Cavaleiro’s 24th minute goal holds up.
Malaga 1-2 Almeria — Israeli forward Tomer Hemed’s brace leads visitors to three points.
Getafe 1-2 Rayo Vallecano¬†—¬†Raul Baena’s 64th minute goal completes comeback.
Espanyol 1-2¬†Eibar¬†— A late tally from the hosts’ Felipe Caicedo¬†did not¬†inspire¬†an equalizer.
Elche 2-2 Villarreal — Four first-half goals, nothing in second.
Sevilla 1-0 Celta Vigo —¬†Nicolas Pareja scored the only goal of the match.
Cordoba vs. Granada — 245pm ET Monday


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Real Madrid 16 13 0 3 56 15 41 6-0-1 7-0-2 39
Barcelona 17 12 2 3 41 8 33 7-0-1 5-2-2 38
Atlético Madrid 17 12 2 3 34 15 19 7-1-1 5-1-2 38
Valencia 17 10 4 3 31 14 17 7-1-1 3-3-2 34
Sevilla 16 10 3 3 26 17 9 6-3-0 4-0-3 33
Villarreal 17 9 4 4 29 16 13 5-0-3 4-4-1 31
M√°laga 17 9 3 5 21 17 4 5-2-2 4-1-3 30
Eibar 17 6 5 6 21 23 -2 2-3-3 4-2-3 23
Celta Vigo 17 5 5 7 17 19 -2 3-2-3 2-3-4 20
Espanyol 17 5 5 7 21 26 -5 4-3-2 1-2-5 20
Rayo Vallecano 17 6 2 9 19 32 -13 2-1-5 4-1-4 20
Athletic 17 5 4 8 14 21 -7 3-2-3 2-2-5 19
Real Sociedad 17 4 6 7 18 22 -4 4-2-3 0-4-4 18
Getafe 17 4 5 8 13 22 -9 2-3-4 2-2-4 17
Almería 17 4 4 9 15 25 -10 0-3-5 4-1-4 16
Deportivo 17 4 4 9 14 27 -13 3-2-4 1-2-5 16
Levante 17 3 6 8 13 33 -20 2-2-4 1-4-4 15
Granada 16 2 7 7 10 26 -16 1-4-3 1-3-4 13
Córdoba 16 1 8 7 11 27 -16 0-5-3 1-3-4 11
Elche 17 2 5 10 15 34 -19 1-3-5 1-2-5 11