La Liga & Serie A roundup: Draws for Real, Atletico; Salah shines for Fiorentina

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Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal

Real Madrid saw their lead at the top of the table cut to two points after settling for a 1-1 draw with Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot, but Gerard Moreno leveled with a low-driven shot past Iker Casillas and into the bottom corner. It is the first time Real has dropped points at home in the league since early September, and Villarreal’s first points at the Bernabeu since 2006.

Sevilla 0-0 Atletico Madrid

A fiery match that saw 11 yellow cards ended in a stalemate between two of the top five teams in La Liga. Atletico was looking to keep the gap behind Barcelona at three, but failed to find the back of the net as Sevilla enjoyed 65-percent of possession. Fernando Torres came off the bench and nearly stole three points for Atleti, but remains scoreless in the league since his return to Spain.

[ RELATED: Saturday’s La Liga & Serie A roundup ]

Valencia 2-0 Real Sociedad

A brace from Pablo Piatti means David Moyes is still searching for his first win away from home in La Liga. It was a dominant performance from Valencia as the hosts held Sociedad without a single shot on target. Valencia looks poised to capture a Champions League spot, as the club sits fourth on the table with a seven-point lead over fifth-place Sevilla.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Eibar 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
Celta Vigo vs. Elche (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET)


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Mohamed Salah has scored three times in his first four matches since moving to Fiorentina.

Inter Milan 0-1 Fiorentina

On-loan Chelsea winger Mohamad Salah continued his stellar run at Fiorentina, scoring the game winner against Inter Milan today. Salah slotted home a rebound after keeper Samir Handanovic bobbled a cross as Inter failed to take any points at home. Since moving to Italy from Chelsea, Salah has scored three times in his first four matches for Fiorentina.

Torino 1-0 Napoli

Napoli could have moved level with Roma for the second spot in Serie A if it had not been for a Kamil Glik header in the second half. The Turkish center back and Torino skipper headed home in the 68th minute to send Napoli back with no points. It’s a tough loss for Rafa Benitez’s side as they remain three points behind Roma, who still has a game in hand.

Genoa vs. Parma: POSTPONED

Parma postponed its second match in a row amidst the ongoing financial crisis at the club. The team has already been sold twice this season, with reports that the club is over $200 million in debt and can’t afford hot water for the team’s showers. Players are now refusing to play, as some haven’t been paid in months and claim Italian football authorities are not doing enough to help the situation.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Cagliari 1-2 Verona
Atalanta 1-2 Sampdoria
Sassuolo 0-3 Lazio
Cesena 1-0 Udinese
Palermo 0-0 Empoli
Roma vs. Juventus (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET)

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

[ LIVE: Europa League scores  ]

Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

3 p.m. ET
Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.