‘It hurts’: Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

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‘It hurts’: Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

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a basketball player with a football ball: You looking at me? Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale with teammate Karim Benzema on Wednesday© JOSE JORDAN You looking at me? Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale with teammate Karim Benzema on Wednesday
Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale and endured his first defeat since returning to Real Madrid as his side were deservedly beaten 2-1 by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday.

The last time Zidane left Bale on the bench, the Welshman proved a spectacular substitute against Liverpool in the Champions League final 10 months ago but there was to be no rescue act at Mestalla.

Instead, Valencia surged to a convincing victory, Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scoring in each half to leave Marcelino’s team within a point of La Liga’s top four. Karim Benzema headed in a late consolation in injury-time.

“We lacked a bit of spark up front,” Zidane said. “I am not going to criticise my players. They have tried and we played a good team. But losing always hurts.”

After a miserable start to the season, Valencia could yet enjoy a barnstorming finish.

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Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Major club: Barcelona
Years active: 2000-
Appearances: 674 (club), 128 (national)
Goals scored: 591 (club), 65 (national)

Champions League qualification is now within touching distance while a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and Europa League last 16 tie against Villarreal still await.

“The game played out how we hoped,” said Marcelino. “It was a complete performance.”

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Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

Mourinho denies rift with Man Utd’s Woodward

Experienced Mourinho-watchers will draw comparisons with his behaviour towards the end of his second reign at Chelsea, when his press conferences became similarly monosyllabic affairs, although the United manager claimed he does not read or listen to the football media.

“Don’t ask me because I don’t read, I don’t know 10 percent of what is written, of what is coming on TV screens, so I’m not the right guy to answer it,” he said.

At least Mourinho had better news on the injury front with Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic, both of whom missed the opening two games, back in full training on Friday.

Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

Mourinho denies rift with Man Utd’s Woodward

Experienced Mourinho-watchers will draw comparisons with his behaviour towards the end of his second reign at Chelsea, when his press conferences became similarly monosyllabic affairs, although the United manager claimed he does not read or listen to the football media.

“Don’t ask me because I don’t read, I don’t know 10 percent of what is written, of what is coming on TV screens, so I’m not the right guy to answer it,” he said.

At least Mourinho had better news on the injury front with Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic, both of whom missed the opening two games, back in full training on Friday.

Roma football fan jailed after Liverpool supporter suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injury

Filippo Lombardi, 21, denies violent disorder and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox and is due to stand trial later this year.

Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said whilst sentencing Sciusco on Friday: “The Champions League semi-final was a major international football event that was being televised across Europe, and your actions and the actions of the Italian group tarnished significantly what was intended to be a sporting and enjoyable occasion.

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