La Liga: Real Madrid go top after scrappy win over Sevilla

first_imgReal Madrid climbed above Barcelona to top La Liga on Saturday as Casemiro scored twice in a gritty 2-1 win over Sevilla.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Read Also: La Liga: Etebo’s Getafe thrash Omeruo’s LeganesYet parity was short-lived as Casemiro nodded in Lucas Vazquez’s cross from a standing start after being given too much space by Jules Kounde.Toni Kroos might have added a third for Madrid late on after a racing run by Vinicius Junior but Vazquez almost gifted Sevilla an equaliser after a dreadful backpass. Youssef En-Nesyri, signed from Leganes on Friday, flashed wide.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Casemiro’s double proved the difference amid a three-goal flurry early in the second half, with Luuk de Jong briefly drawing Sevilla level.Madrid were underwhelming at the Santiago Bernabeu, at times reverting back to the stodgy days of last season when the team struggled for goals under Julen Lopetegui, who is now in charge of Sevilla.Yet with Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos all missing from their starting line-up, this might be the kind of victory that could prove crucial to their hopes of winning the title in May.Sevilla stay fourth, eight points off the top.Barca can reclaim first place on Sunday when they face Granada at Camp Nou, where Quique Setien will be overseeing his first game since being appointed early last week.Setien has said he will not be happy if his team win while playing badly but Zinedine Zidane is likely to be less choosy.His Madrid side are now 17 games unbeaten, a streak that has included them winning the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Ramos, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, paraded the club’s latest trophy on the pitch before kick-off.Benzema came on in the second half after shaking off a dead leg but Bale’s absence was more mysterious. The Welshman missed the trip to Jeddah through illness but had returned to training on Tuesday.Lopetegui was back at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since he was sacked by Madrid last season, 138 days after they appointed him, and his Sevilla side arguably deserved more.Converting impetus into goals has been their problem all season, and so it proved again.After an even start, they gradually took charge and as the home crowd grew frustrated, Sevilla grew in confidence too.De Jong thought he had scored when he was given a suspicious amount of space in the area to head in from a corner and VAR showed his marker Eder Militao had been blocked albeit only by a small, but seemingly deliberate, step from Nemanja Gudelj.Marcelo was lucky not to concede a penalty for a shirt-pull.Sevilla were controlling the midfield and denying their opponents routes through to the front three. Yet 12 minutes into the second half, some creative brilliance saw Madrid take the lead.Sergio Reguilon, bought by Sevilla from Madrid last summer, scuffed his clearance and after Casemiro muscled through on the edge of the area, Jovic found him again with a deft backheel. Casemiro chipped the ball in and pointed at Jovic in celebration.Sevilla could have wilted but instead they equalised, only to concede again five minutes later.First, Raphael Varane, Casemiro and Marcelo all missed tackles and after Munir El Haddadi stumbled, De Jong took over, banging the ball into the far, bottom corner.last_img read more

Seth Curry free agency rumors: Mavericks land guard with $32 million deal

first_imgMy dog 😎— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 1, 2019Curry previously spent two seasons with Dallas, though he missed the entire 2017-18 campaign with a leg injury. The 28-year-old then signed a two-year deal with Portland last summer and exercised his right to opt out of the second season. Curry averaged 7.9 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers last season, playing just 18.9 minutes per game during the regular season.  NBA free agency rumors: Patrick Beverley to stay with Clippers on 3-year deal Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers likely to sign Andre Iguodala after Grizzlies buyout He memorably matched up against older brother Stephen and the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, with Golden State sweeping Portland in four games. A report earlier Monday suggested the Lakers were interested in signing Curry. Kawhi Leonard’s decision is ‘franchise-changing,’ Raptors’ Fred VanVleet says Seth Curry is headed back to Dallas. The Mavericks have agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million with the free-agent guard, his agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN.last_img read more