Here is a look at the headlines from the Spanish press after Real Madrid’s 2-1 defeat at the Etihad to Manchester City, a result that saw them exit the Champions League again at the Round of 16 stage. Pep Guardiola’s side repeated their 2-1 triumph from February and progressed 4-2 on aggregate.
The AS newspaper went with the headline “Hundidos”
“Dos Regalos” (Two Gifts), said Marca, referring to Raphael Varane’s twin errors
“KO Real” was the headline from Mundo Deportivo
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KRC Genk suffered a heavy defeat in Italy as Napoli beat them 4-0 in the final round of Champions League fixtures. The result was enough for Napoli to qualify for the Round of 16, but resulted in the Partenopei sacking Carlo Ancelotti.
For Genk, the likes of Mbwana Samatta, Paul Onuachu and Joakim Maehle were disappointing. Sander Berge was decent, as was Joseph Paintsil.
Rising Dutch star Matthijs de Ligt has finally ended months of speculation by officially opting to sign for Serie A champions Juventus. De Ligt was linked through out the summer to both Barca and PSG, but has chosen to further his career with the Bianconeri. He was an integral part of the Ajax side that reached the semifinals of the Champions League last season and beat Real Madrid, and somewhat ironically, Juve themselves, in the knockout stages of the tournament before being eliminated in heartbreaking fashion by Tottenham Hotspur. The reported value of the deal is £67.5m (around 75 million euros)
Tuttosport lead the way, dedicating their front page to the young defender. Gazzetta had a smaller welcome, but nevertheless had him on the front page, as can be seen below.