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Sergio Ramos suffers broken nose in Atletico Madrid draw

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Real Madrid trails Barcelona by 10 points in the La Liga title race just 12 matches in, and now they will have to play catch-up without their best defender.

Club captain Sergio Ramos suffered a broken nose after being accidentally kicked in the face by teammate Lucas Hernandez during the first half of Madrid’s 0-0 draw with cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid. He received treatment and remained on the field, but he was withdrawn at halftime.

Manager Zinedine Zidane was unable to give a timetable for Ramos’s return.

Ramos said via Twitter, alongside some graphic images of his bloody nose, “I would bleed a thousand times for this badge and this shirt. Thanks for your support. I’ll be back in no time.”

Up next for Madrid is Champions League group match against Cypriot club Apoel midweek before a league game against Malaga at home. Athletic Bilbao and Borussia Dortmund are also on the horizon. A masked Sergio Ramos could be in our midst soon.

Real Madrid has not lost a league match without Ramos since March of 2015, but they drew their only game this season with Ramos suspended, a 2-2 home split with Valencia.

UCL roundup: Ronaldo, Bale shine for Real; Liverpool flustered (video)

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Gareth Bale scored and then set up Cristiano Ronaldo for the first of two goals as Real Madrid won for the first time at Dortmund, one of the many highlights of a busy Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

[ LIVE: Champions League scores ] 

As for the Premier League sides, Liverpool was frustrated at Spartak Moscow while Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur picked up shutout wins.

And be sure to check out Lorenzo Insigne’s (eventual) celebratory honor for a fallen Napoli teammate.


Sevilla 3-0 Maribor

Wissam Ben Yedder has goals in both of Sevilla’s UCL qualifiers and now both group stage matches after netting a 27th minute marker in Spain. He added another before the break, completing a hat trick with a late penalty.

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool — RECAP

Loris Karius will not enjoy the replay of a 23rd minute free kick given away by Philippe Coutinho, and he especially won’t enjoy his slow reaction to a free kick from Fernando (not that Fernando) which was not hit too near a post.

Coutinho made amends with a solidly struck equalizer just after the half-hour mark, working a 1-2 with Mane and lacing a shot beyond the hopes of Rebrov.

Besiktas 2-0 RB Leipzig

A man with a Liverpool connection is on the board in the form of Ryan Babel, and Anderson Talisca added a marker before halftime to double the Turkish side’s lead.

Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar DonetskRECAP

Man of the Match almost certainly belongs to Kevin De Bruyne — don’t tell Fabian Delph-loving Pep Guardiola — who missed a first half chance but did not miss a second half chance. Raheem Sterling scored City’s other goal.

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals to help Real Madrid to its first ever win at Dortmund.

Gareth Bale’s 18th minute goal has the double-defending champions up at the Westfalenstadion. Cristiano Ronaldo added to the lead in the 50th minute, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needed just four minutes to put Real’s advantage back in the balance.

Ronaldo added a second goal late in the contest, and USMNT phenom Christian Pulisic played the final 15 minutes for BVB.

By the way, this was somehow not a penalty:

Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord

A sneaky side to watch in the tournament, Napoli led through Lorenzo Insigne and doubled its advantage thanks to Dries Mertens. Coincidentally, there may not be a pair of more under-appreciated superstars in world football.

Jose Callejon added a 70th minute goal for Napoli, who had a funny moment when Insigne tried to salute injured striker Arkadiusz Milik (below). Sofyan Amrabat, younger brother of ex-Watford man Nordin, scored late for Feyenoord.

Monaco 0-3 Porto

Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar scored twice against Ligue 1 opposition, and Mexico’s Miguel Layun completed the evening’s list of goals.

APOEL Nicosia 0-3 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

Harry Kane, guys and girls. The English striker beat an offside trap to a Toby Alderweireld pass and bested the keeper in the 39th minute, and added a pair in the second half to make it 11 goals for club and country in September.

UCL AT HALF: Bale scores; Spurs lead, Man City and Reds level (video)

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Two Premier League sides are level, Spurs lead, and Real Madrid has luckily kept a Gareth Bale-authored lead thanks to some goofy officiating on the second match day of group stage play at the UEFA Champions League.

[ LIVE: Champions League scores ] 


Sevilla 2-0 Maribor

Wissam Ben Yedder has goals in both of Sevilla’s UCL qualifiers and now both group stage matches after netting a 27th minute marker in Spain. He’s added another before the break.

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool

Loris Karius will not enjoy the replay of a 23rd minute free kick given away by Philippe Coutinho, and he especially won’t enjoy his slow reaction to a free kick from Fernando (not that Fernando) which was not hit too near a post.

Coutinho made amends with a solidly struck equalizer just after the half-hour mark, working a 1-2 with Mane and lacing a shot beyond the hopes of Rebrov.

Besiktas 2-0 RB Leipzig

A man with a Liverpool connection is on the board in the form of Ryan Babel, and Anderson Talisca added a marker before halftime to double the Turkish side’s lead.

Manchester City 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Fairly even at the Etihad Stadium, with Kevin De Bruyne missing a solid chance and Ederson denying Marlos at the other end.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale’s 18th minute goal has the double-defending champions up at the Westfalenstadion.

By the way, this was somehow not a penalty:

 

Napoli 1-0 Feyenoord

A sneaky side to watch in the tournament, Napoli leads through Lorenzo Insigne.

Monaco 0-1 Porto

Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar scores against Ligue 1 opposition.

APOEL Nicosia 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane, guys and girls. The English striker beat an offside trap to a Toby Alderweireld pass and bested the keeper in the 39th minute.

La Liga: After PSG comeback, Barca lose to Deportivo; Real Madrid go top

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24 hours ago, Barcelona just about controlled their own destiny in the La Liga title race. At the end of weekend, Real Madrid, with their two-point lead and game in hand, are back in total control.

[ MORE: Saturday’s La Liga roundup — Atleti gain ground in race for 3rd ]

Deportivo La Coruña 2-1 Barcelona

If only league games were played over the course of two leagues, too, Barca might still be able to call themselves favorites for the title. Four days after overcoming a 4-0 deficit to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League, all the momentum in the world on their side, Luis Enrique’s side laid an egg away to 15th-place Depor. Five minutes before halftime, Joselu fired Depor into the lead.

Barely a minute into the second half, Luis Suarez had Barca back on level terms, but that would last fewer than 30 minutes, as Alex Bergantiños reclaimed the lead for Depor with a simple, downward header at the far post in the 74th minute. The defeat snaps Barca’s 19-game unbeaten run (six straight wins) in league play.

Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis

Of course, Barca’s defeat would mean little for Madrid if they couldn’t capitalize on the golden opportunity which presented itself. For 80 minutes, they looked destined to squander it. Antonio Sanabria fired the visitors ahead in the 25th minute, but Cristiano Ronaldo brought Los Blancos back to 1-1 four minutes before halftime.

Through 80 minutes, though, the sides remained deadlocked at 1-1. Then, Sergio Ramos, Madrid’s late-game goalscoring specialist, saved the day.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Real Madrid 26 19 5 2 69 27 42 11-3-0 8-2-2 62
 Barcelona 27 18 6 3 77 23 54 9-3-1 9-3-2 60
 Sevilla 27 17 6 4 51 31 20 10-2-1 7-4-3 57
 Atlético Madrid 27 15 7 5 49 22 27 9-2-2 6-5-3 52
 Villarreal 27 13 9 5 39 19 20 8-3-3 5-6-2 48
 Real Sociedad 27 15 3 9 42 38 4 7-3-4 8-0-5 48

Elsewhere in La Liga

Real Sociedad 0-2 Athletic Bilbao
Celta Vigo 0-1 Villarreal

UCL: Real Madrid survives early scare thanks to Ramos

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  • Napoli scores early
  • Ronaldo, Mertens hit posts
  • Ramos puts it to bed
  • Morata adds stoppage time goal

Sergio Ramos scored a pair of second half headers to help overcome Napoli’s early comeback effort and lead reigning champions Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Stadio San Paolo.

Dries Mertens had given Napoli a 1-0 lead to bring the Serie A side to within a goal of advancing, but Ramos’ double restored order as Real won the leg 3-1 and the tie 6-2.

Alvaro Morata scored the third Real Madrid goal.

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Mertens’ terrific run was met in class by Marek Hamsik’s deft pass, and Napoli had edged to within one on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo almost had an immediate answer for the visitors, but he slammed a shot off the post.

Mertens hit a post himself before the end of the half.

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Ramos then did what he tends to do in seemingly every big game, coming up from the back to bury a goal. The soon-to-be 31-year-old headed Toni Kroos’ cross home to make it 4-2 on aggregate in the 51st minute.

Ramos added another with a header off a corner six minutes later to put it away.