A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…
Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Gijon
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Real Madrid in front after five minutes, and the reigning Champions League holders held on from there. The Portuguese star netted in the fifth and 18th minutes to give Los Blancos an early advantage, however, Sporting stuck with the Spanish giants for most of the match. Carlos Carmona pulled a goal back before halftime, but Duje Cop missed a penalty kick with 12 minutes remaining, ending Sporting’s chances of stealing a point.
Malaga 4-3 Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo nearly stole a point on the road on Saturday, but it was Javier Ontivero that flipped the script for Malaga in second-half stoppage time of the seven-goal thriller. Michael Santos completed a brace for Malaga, netting on both sides of halftime, while Sandro Ramirez also netted for the home side. Following Saturday’s defeat, the visitors sit just one point above the drop zone in Spain’s top flight, while Malaga is up to ninth.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Espanyol 2-0 Leganes
Sevilla 2-1 Valencia
Sunday’s La Liga schedule
Villareal vs. Alaves — 6 a.m. ET
Osasuna vs. Atletico Madrid — 10:15 a.m. ET
Celta Vigo vs. Granada — 12:30 p.m. ET
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona — 2:45 p.m. ET
Torino 2-1 Chievo Verona
Iago Falque fired twice in three minutes during the first half to help propel Torino past Chievo on Saturday. The former Tottenham attacker helped push Torino up to sixth place in Serie A following the victory. Chievo’s afternoon nearly took a turn in the dying minutes when Roberto Inglese pulled a goal back for the visitors, however, any momentum was completely halted in the 89th minute when Fabrizio Cacciatore was sent off.
Empoli 1-4 AC Milan
AC Milan tentatively moves up to second place in Serie A following Saturday’s big win at Empoli. Gianluca Lapadula scored on both sides of halftime for the visitors, while Suso and an own goal also contributed to the victory. Empoli immediately responded following Lapadula’s opener, however, AC Milan could not be stopped. Vincenzo Montella’s side is now unbeaten in its last five matches, putting the Rossoneri within striking distance of Juventus at the summit of Italy’s top flight.
Sunday’s Serie A schedule
Palermo vs. Lazio — 6:30 a.m. ET
Bologna vs. Atalanta — 9 a.m. ET
Cagliari vs. Udinese — 9 a.m. ET
Crotone vs. Sampdoria — 9 a.m. ET
Genoa vs. Juventus — 9 a.m. ET
Roma vs. Pescara — 2:45 p.m. ET