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La Liga: Late goals lead to Levante-Sevilla, Betis-Granada draws

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A late own goal stopped Sevilla’s top four momentum in its tracks, while Real Betis’ thrilling late comeback became a draw when Roberto Soldado popped up in stoppage time.

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Levante 1-1 Sevilla

Luuk de Jong’s sixth goal of the season put Sevilla on top after halftime, but a Diego Carlos own goal with minutes to play stymied the visitors’ chances of strengthening its hold on third place in La Liga.

Carlos played a big part in Sevilla’s goal, sending a tremendous long pass to Munir El Haddadi en route to De Jong’s goal, but he’ll rue the 87th-minute own goal that leveled the line.

Sevilla was riding a high from Thursday’s Seville Derby defeat of Real Betis, but its lone point gained will give hope to Real Sociedad, Getafe, and Atletico Madrid.

Levante is 12th with 35 points, 11 points back of the top six and 10 clear of the bottom three.

De Jong has a goal or assist in four of his last five matches. He’s pretty much scored everywhere he’s been excluding a disastrous half-season at Newcastle United.

Real Betis 2-2 Granada

Roberto Soldado’s stoppage time goal spared Granada the blushes of having blown a late lead in a 2-2 draw in Seville.

Cristian Tello and Sergio Canales scored between the 85th and 88th minutes as Betis fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to take a 2-1 lead.

Betis had nearly 80 percent of the ball but couldn’t make anything happen until late. They finish the day nine points clear of the bottom three with nine matches to play.

Granada fails to move into seventh and sits three points back of sixth-place Atletico Madrid.

Carlos Fernandez’s strong form continued with the match-opening goal, giving him goals in back-to-back matches and points in four-straight. The freshly-minted 24-year-old has 11 goals and four assists this season.

Soldado’s goal was classy finish, though he was left all alone at the back post.

Transfer news: Carlos to Liverpool; Chukwuemeka to Man United

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The latest transfer news continues across the Premier League and here’s a look at some of the juiciest rumors.

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First up, Liverpool are said to be ready to trigger the $81 million release clause for Sevilla center back Diego Carlos.

Spanish outlet Sport claims that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool see the 27-year-old as the ideal player to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of their defense. The Brazilian defender is also said to be attracting interest from Barcelona and his stock has risen dramatically in Spain after arriving at Sevilla for $16.8 million last summer from French side Nantes. Monchi is at it again as his incredible knack of buying low and selling high could continue as Carlos is a rare ball-playing center back who can actually defend.

Do Liverpool need another center back? Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have been in and out of the team this season due to injuries and Joe Gomez has become the preferred partner for VVD, so unless Lovren or Matip (30 and 28 respectively) are leaving, there is no need for a new center back. If you add in promising young Dutch center back Sepp van den Berg impressing in cup competitions this season, this is not an area Liverpool need to strengthen in. You know what they always say when it comes to teams who are on top: add from a position of strength.

A team which is currently rebuilding are Liverpool’s rivals, Manchester United, and they are next up when it comes to transfer news.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing young British talent his top priority with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire all arriving last summer. Various reports state that one of the top young English prospects, Carney Chukwuemeka, could now switch Aston Villa for Man United.

Chukwuemeka, 16, has been in talks with Villa over a new contract but the England U17 international is reportedly wanted by Man United, Man City and Liverpool as the race to sign young talent intensifies. Man United have been tracking Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham and are locked in a battle with Borussia Dortmund to sign the talented teenager.

As for Chukwuemeka, the central midfielder is described as a ‘box to box player’ who Villa rate as the best 16-year-old in England right now. It would certainly make sense for Man United to snap up as many young prospects as they can right now if Solskjaer is actually going to play them and he’s shown he isn’t afraid to do that with Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes and several others starring in the UEFA Europa League and cup competitions, plus having more prominent roles in the Premier League.

Transfer rumor roundup: Man Utd linked with 2 stars, Liverpool with CB

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Like most transfer windows since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United is being linked with approximately $7 billion worth of purchases.

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It should definitely be noted that the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic and the financial toll it’s taken on clubs may stop any number of big fee moves from meeting completion.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of those players who match the ambition and pedigree of United, a complete midfielder capable of controlling the pitch.

Foot Mercato says that United is back in for Milinkovic-Savic after seeing a nine-figure bid rebuffed by Lazio last summer.

The 25-year-old Serbian has been with Lazio since moving from Genk in 2015, and he was an instant hit. He has 36 goals and 26 assists in 197 appearances, but the numbers that really shine are advanced stats. This season’s saw him average 1.6 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, two shots, and 1.2 key passes per game while connecting on 3.4 long balls per game.

He’ll certainly want to know he’s staying in the Champions League. Lazio is extremely well-positioned to qualify out of Serie A, while United sits fifth ahead of what should be a wild return to the PL fixture list.


The Sunday Express is linking United with Wolves star Diogo Jota, who did not exactly race to deny interest in joining the Red Devils.

Jota, 23, has 15 goals and six assists this season including a pair of Europa League hat tricks.

He joked that he couldn’t join United because he wears the same number as fellow Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes, but added, “It’s always good to see your name linked to clubs with a club of that stature but I also know that this is not the most important thing. Just look at what is happening now with this pandemic.”

It’s difficult to imagine Jota’s price tag would be less than $40 million, and Wolves have a chance to be involved in the Champions League next season.


Liverpool has now joined Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid in being linked with Sevilla center back Diego Carlos.

The 27-year-old Brazilian played one season for Estoril in Portugal before brightening his star with Nantes in Ligue 1.

This is his first season at Sevilla, and he has not found trouble adjusting to La Liga. Carlos has two goals this season to go with 1.2 tackles, 1 interception, and a gaudy 5.1 clearances per match (WhoScored).

Ref suspended for kick at player: “Clumsy gesture was inappropriate”

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron has been suspended from work and has apologized after kicking out at a player who knocked him over on Sunday.

Chapron was knocked to the turf by Diego Carlos in Nantes’ match against Paris Saint-Germain. The referee then sent Carlos off via a second yellow card.

He’s been suspended “until further notice” as a Nantes player has called for a 10-match ban.

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Chapron, for his part, admits he made a pretty significant mistake.

The incident baffled Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri, who said he’d “never seen anything like it. I am sure you haven’t either. I do not know what happened. … What I do know is that I could not have one of my players in the closing minutes and, more seriously, that he will be suspended for the next match. But why? Why?”

The red card, to no one’s surprise, will not come with a suspension.

Ligue 1 referee kicks out at player, proceeds to show him red card

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This has to be one of the more obscure soccer stories you’ll see, and it’s only the start of 2018.

On Sunday, Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron appeared to inadvertently get tripped up by Diego Carlos on a push forward by Nantes during the second half of the team’s league match against French leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

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Although Carlos seemed to do so harmlessly, Chapron took offense to the encounter, and can be seen below attempting to kick out at the Nantes player before he gets back up to his feet.

Then, the official shows Carlos a second yellow card, which sent the Brazilian defender packing prior to the match’s conclusion.