A rather stunning comeback from RCD Mallorca saw them achieve two successive promotions as they beat Deportivo in the Segunda Division playoffs. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Mallorca needed something special, and special is what they produced, winning 3-0 to claim a 3-2 triumph on aggregate. That’s two straight promotions- from Segunda B to La Liga in the space of two seasons!
Check out the player ratings and the Spanish media headlines (“historic comeback”)
Karim Benzema has effectively been carrying Real Madrid on his shoulders this season, and there was more evidence of it on Monday night against Leganes, a game that Zinedine Zidane’s side drew 1-1. Real went behind to Silva’s opener, only for Benzema to equalise six minutes after the interval. The French striker almost produced a sumptuous assist for Marcelo as well.
Only Asensio and Benzema escaped with some kind of credit in these press ratings (everyone else got the standard 1), while Marca ran the headline “Otra Vez Solo Benzema” (once again only Benzema)
You can never count out a Barcelona side that has Lionel Messi in it, and poor Villarreal discovered it at El Madrigal last night. They lead 4-2 at 90 minutes, but somehow ended up drawing the game 4-4. Another case of points dropped for them after their 3-2 loss to Celta at the weekend after having lead 2-0 at half time. That’s six points they should’ve picked up from these two games- six priceless points that could’ve gone a long way in helping them stay up, but they ended up with just one.
Real Madrid huffed and puffed against lowly Huesca but emerged victors in a five goal fixture thanks to Karim Benzema’s late strike. The Spanish press was full of praise for the French striker, who saved compatriot Zinedine Zidane from the potential embarrassment of dropping points against the league’s bottom club at home. The crowd at the Bernabeu was a disappointing one (<50,000)- Real's second lowest for a league game this season.
Zidane later said after the game that it was difficult to motivate his players when there was really nothing to play for- Real Madrid are twelve points behind Barca in the league and have also been knocked out of Europe.
Here are the headlines from Marca (Benzema salva los meubles) and AS (Leccion de Benzema).
Here are the Spanish papers’ reporting on Paul Pogba’s recent comments on Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane. The French medio said in a press conference that Real were a dream club for every player, and more so under Zidane. He however did add that he was happy in Manchester, but the first few lines were enough to drive the transfer rumour mills into overdrive.
Here are some reactions from the media in Spain.
Zidane is widely expected to overhaul the Real squad next summer and several names from the Premier League, key among them Chelsea star Eden Hazard, have been named as possibilities to move to the Spanish capital for the 2019/20 season.
The 26 year old Pogba made this comments ahead of France’s European qualifier against Moldova.