La Liga & Serie A roundup: Real Madrid back on track; Napoli thrashed by Palermo

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Shockingly, it’s now been three La Liga games since Cristiano Ronaldo last scored a goal for Real Madrid — and he might even be up for sale — but Los Blancos got back on track with a smooth 2-0 victory over Deportivo on Saturday. Ronaldo did pick up an assists on Karim Benzema’s goal in the 73rd minute, but the game seemed to be well in hand already following what proved to be the winner from Isco in the 22nd minute.

With Barcelona (53 points) and Atletico Madrid (50) still to play this weekend, Real (57) hold a four-point lead in their bid to regain the La Liga title from Madrid’s “other” team.

Sevilla 3-0 Cordoba

With Sevilla (45 points) and Valencia (44) locked in a tight battle for La Liga’s fourth and final UEFA Champions League place, the former took a slim lead on Saturday thanks to a comfortable home victory over Cordoba.

Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the game’s opening goal (38th minute) before being sent off (73rd) a little later. Colombian forward Carlos Bacca banged in his 13th league goal of the season a minute before halftime, giving Sevilla a cozy 2-0 lead. Vicente Iborra chipped in with the just-in-case insurance goal (76th), putting all the pressure on Valencia, who play early Sunday morning.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Granada 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
Malaga 0-2 Espanyol

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Valencia vs. Getafe (6 am ET)
Barcelona vs. Levante (11 am ET)
Rayo Vallecano vs. Villarreal (1 pm ET)
Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid (3 pm ET)

source: APPalermo 3-1 Napoli

It was an afternoon to forget for Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side — and that’s putting it nicely — who, despite holding 64 percent of possession and out-shooting Palermo eight to seven, were toothless and fell 3-1 to seventh-placed Palermo.

Moroccan midfielder Achraf Lazaar opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Franco Vazquez doubled the lead (36th minute) and Luca Rigoni made it 3-0 (65th) before Manolo Gabbiadini snatched a late consolation goal (82nd). Napoli remain in third, but with results going against them elsewhere, saw their hold on third shrink considerably.

Sassuolo 1-3 Fiorentina

Mohamed Salah (above photo), the player sent the other way in Juan Cuadrado’s move to Chelsea, had himself quite a full debut for Fiorentina on Saturday, scoring a goal and setting up another as the race for Serie A’s third and final Champions League place got extremely interesting.

Salah put Fiorentina ahead with a slotted finish past the ‘keeper in the 30th minute before assisting on Khouma Babacar’s goal two minutes later. Babacar scored again in the 67th minute, assisted by 35-year-old David Pizarro, to push Vincenzo Montella’s side just four points back of Napoli.

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

AC Milan vs. Empoli (6:30 am ET)
Genoa vs. Verona (9 am ET)
Atalanta vs. Inter Milan (9 am ET)
Torino vs. Cagliari (9 am ET)
Udinese vs. Lazio (9 am ET)
Roma vs. Parma (9 am ET)
Chievo vs. Sampdoria (12 pm ET)
Cesena vs. Juventus (2:45 pm ET)

Premier League injuries, 2020-21

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Premier League injuries: With the 2020-21 Premier League season set to kick off this weekend, it’s time to take a look at the players who might be unavailable for the opening weekend.

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Prior to every matchweek of the 2020-21 season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Note: Any player listed for COVID-19 reasons — whether a positive test or additional precautions — will always be deemed “questionable” until they make their return to action.

Arsenal injuries

QUESTIONABLE: David Luiz (back) | OUT: Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (thigh), Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers (knee)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Tom Heaton (knee), Wesley (knee), Ahmed El Mohamady (thigh)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

QUERSTIONABLE: Ben White (ankle) | OUT: Jose Iquierdo (knee), Florian Andone (knee), Christian Walton (ankle)

Burnley injuries

OUT: Jack Cork (ankle)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Timo Werner (thigh), Hakim Ziyech (knee), Cesar Azpilicueta (thigh), Ben Chilwell (ankle), Thiago Silva (undisclosed) | OUT: Mateo Kovacic (suspension)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (thigh), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder), Christian Benteke (ankle), Gary Cahill (thigh), Jairo Riedewald (undisclosed)

Everton injuries

OUT: Mason Holgate (ankle), Cenk Tosun (knee), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf), Fabian Delph (calf)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Jean Michael Seri (undisclosed), Stefan Johansen (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (groin)

Leicester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Wes Morgan (thigh) | OUT: Ricardo Pereira (knee), Jonny Evans (thigh), Filip Benkovic (groin)

Liverpool injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Xherdan Shakiri (undisclosed), Konstantinos Tsimikas (COVID-19) | OUT: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)

Manchester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Sergio Aguero (knee), Bernardo Silva (undisclosed) | OUT: Aymeric Laporte (COVID-19), Riyad Mahrez (COVID-19)

Manchester United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Paul Pogba (COVID-19) | OUT: Axel Tuanzebe (ankle), Phil Jones (knee)

Newcastle United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Matty Longstaff (thigh) | OUT: Martin Dubravka (ankle), Fabian Schar (shoulder), Paul Dummett (thigh), Dwight Gayle (knee)

Sheffield United injuries

OUT: Lys Mousset (ankle)

Southampton injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Nathan Redmond (knock) | OUT: Stuart Armstrong (thigh)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Serge Aurier (undisclosed) | OUT: Japhet Tanganga (thigh)

West Bromwich Albion injuries

OUT: Kenneth Zohore (calf)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Jack Wilshere (ankle)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Jonny (knee)

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With JPW is based in England and heading to Premier League games and traveling to stadiums/ training grounds, plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

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League Cup fourth round draw results

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Following the completion of the second round of the League Cup on Thursday, the draw for the fourth round was held prior to the third round, which is set to be played next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

[ MORE: Spurs come from behind to beat 9-man Plovdiv in UEL qualifier ]

The potential gem of the round depends upon Chelsea beating EFL Championship side Barnsley, and Tottenham Hotspur getting past EFL League Two Leyton Orient. Liverpool v Arsenal is another tasty possibility.

The draws for the third and fourth rounds of the 2020-21 League Cup are as follows…

League Cup third round draw

Lincoln City v Liverpool
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Morecambe v Newcastle United
Luton Town v Manchester United
Preston North End v Brighton
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester City v Bournemouth
West Ham United v Hull City
Millwall v Burnley
Chelsea v Barnsley
Stoke City v Gillingham
Leicester City v Arsenal
West Brom v Brentford
Newport County v Watford
Fleetwood Town v Everton
Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur

League Cup fourth round draw

Lincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/Arsenal
Millwall/Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
West Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull City
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillingham
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/Barnsley
Newport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle United
Preston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United

UEL roundup: AC Milan, Rangers reach next qualifying round

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Europa League results: AC Milan and Rangers were victorious in the second round of UEFA Europa League qualifying on Thursday, advancing to within two more wins of the group stage.

[ MORE: Spurs come from behind to beat 9-man Plovdiv in UEL qualifier ]

Shamrock Rovers 0-2 AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored early and Hakan Calhanoglu added a second-half insurance goal to secure Milan’s passage into the third qualifying round.

Up next for Milan is a home clash with Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt with a place in the playoff round, the final level of qualification to reach the group stage, on the line.

Lincoln Red Imps 0-5 Rangers

James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Alfredo Morelos (twice) and Jermain Defoe bagged goals for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side as they cruised to a 5-0 victory over Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps.

Rangers will now be away to Dutch side Willem II in the third qualifying round.

Notable Europa League results

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (RECAP)
Kekesi 0-4 Wolfsburg
Hibernians 0-1 Fehervar
Coleraine 2-2 *Motherwell
Viking 0-2 Aberdeen
Servette 0-1 Reims
Budapest Honved 0-2 Malmo
Teuta Durres 0-4 Granada
FK Neftchi 1-3 Galatasaray