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2 players will miss El Clasico in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercup 2021/22

Real Madrid will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Spanish Supercup at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 14:00 (ET) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. This will be their 15th Supercopa de España meeting. Real Madrid are firm favorites in direct duels after having won eight times so far; Barcelona have triumphed four times to date, and the remaining two games ... (Author: Gardener)

SupercupReal Madrid will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Spanish Supercup at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 14:00 (ET) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. This will be their 15th Supercopa de España meeting. Real Madrid are firm favorites in direct duels after having won eight times so far; Barcelona have triumphed four times to date and the remaining two games have ended in a draw. Their last game for the Spanish Super Cup took place on August 16, 2017, when the Whites won 2-0 in the second leg of the 2017/18 final. It promises to be an even more exciting clash, as they have faced each other for the first time since then, this time in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de España 2021/2022. Several key players in the Santiago Bernabeu team will miss this crucial duel, two in total from the first team. Here's who and why the Madrid players are out of this great El Clasico match. Everything points to a small tear in his left ischium that has already kept him away from defeating Valencia. He is also likely to miss the Supercopa de Espana trip to Saudi Arabia.

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Watch Real Madrid ace Vinicius Jr. become an instant hero by jumping over the badge

REAL MADRID star Vinicius Jr. went even higher in fan estimates last night. Not only did he bag twice in his team's 4-1 win over Valencia. (Author: Gardener)

Watch Real MadridREAL MADRID star Vinicius Jr. climbed even higher in fan estimates last night. Not only did he bag twice in his team's 4-1 win over Valencia. After scoring two goals, Vini was chasing a loose ball. After it slipped out of play, the Brazilian’s momentum knocked him off. Instead of stepping on a picture of the club's crest on the sidelines, Vinicius jumped over it instead. Madrid took the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu when Karim Benzema converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Casemiro. Vinicius then scored the 2-0 and shot home when the ball bounced off him six meters from goal. Goncalo Guedes managed to catch up for Valencia by converting from the second attempt when Thibaut Courtois initially saved his penalty. But Benzema had the last word by spinning with two minutes to go and shooting home. The win brought Madrid eight points up on runner-up Seville, despite the fact that ex-coach Julen Lopetegui's side have two games ahead of them. Vinicius himself has a breakthrough season. The winger has scored 14 goals in 26 appearances - including nine assists.

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"I want to be like the Real Madrid legends who are playing with me now"

The attacker spoke to the press after putting in a great performance on his return. (Author: Gardener)

the Real MadridReal Madrid star Vinicius Junior has scored a brace on his return to the team after missing the last two games with Covid-19. Vinicius never missed a shot and was great from the start. He later spoke to the press and reviewed his performance and the team's encouraging 4-1 win over Valencia. “It was a great game from the start. We played really well today and we have to keep going so we can win big things this season. I'm really happy to be back so I can score goals, I haven't scored in four games, ”he said. Vinicius was asked about his form and how much influence he always has on the team. Real Madrid have struggled without him for the last two games and the Brazilian winger definitely improved the team's offensive. “I have to keep working and improving to do great things in Madrid this season and in the years to come. It is a great pleasure to experience this in Madrid. It is a dream for me to play at the Bernabéu where people are calling my name and I want to be able to experience this for a long time to be like the club legends who play with me and help me stay on top of the game. Vinicius ended his interview by talking about the controversial penalty against Valencia, which ended with Real Madrid scoring their opening goal. We can expect to have a bad game or play badly, but we have to be strong because that's the beauty of football and every three days we have a chance to fix it. We did that today and we remain leaders in LaLiga, ”he said.

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Real Madrid lose to Valencia, Barcelona are held by Granada

Benzema and Vinicius both scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu to send Madrid eight points ahead of second-placed Sevilla. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridKarim Benzema scored 300 goals for Real Madrid and Vinicius Junior provided another magical moment as the La Liga leaders sailed 4-1 past Valencia on Saturday. Benzema and Vinicius both scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu, putting Madrid eight points ahead of runner-up Sevilla, who have two games to go, the first against Getafe on Sunday. Benzema's 300th goal fell from the penalty spot before Vinicius took five Valencia defenders by surprise with a one-two with his French team-mate and added a brilliant second goal early in the second half. Vinicius then headed in a third and Benzema added a late fourth, both sides of Goncalo Guedes converting a penalty for the hosts. Benzema has scored 17 goals and Vinicius 12 this season, 29 more than any of the 13 teams in the league, including fourth-placed Real Sociedad. "I feel very good with Vinicius," said Benzema. Benzema's triple century came after 584 games for Real Madrid. He is the fourth player in the club's history to reach the milestone and join the prestigious trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo di Stefano. Instead, they stay sixth, level on points with Atletico Madrid, who have to face Villarreal on Sunday. Real Sociedad are in fourth place after previously beating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home. Luuk de Jong headed Xavi Hernandez's side into the lead at Los Carmenes, only for Granada's Antonio Puertas to equalize in the 89th minute, 10 minutes after Barcelona's 17-year-old Gavi was sent off. De Jong nodded at a cross from Dani Alves, the 38-year-old who made his first La Liga appearance since May 2016. "We had to be patient, hold the ball and play in the opposing half, but we lost silly." Balls, it was our mistake, "said Xavi Hernandez. Gavi's mistake boosted Granada at a crucial moment, but Barcelona's lack of goals means they are constantly prone to the slightest mistake. Since October they have only won one game by more than one goal. We have to be self-critical and grow, ”said Xavi. Luka Modric had already hit the crossbar when Casemiro was knocked down in the penalty area by Omar Alderete and Benzema rolled in on the penalty kick. Vinicius took an excellent second place in the 52nd minute as he drove into the box with a group of Valencia defenders in front of him. Vinicius nodded in third on the line and Valencia's Guedes pulled one back from the penalty spot before Benzema's clever finish on the corner gave him his second place of the game, 301st overall, and Madrid fourth.

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Mbappe considering renewing contract with PSG

Kylian Mbappe is undecided about joining Real Madrid despite strong talks as Cristiano Ronaldo ponders his options. (Author: Gardener)

PSGKylian Mbappé is widely expected to join Real Madrid at the end of this season, with the 23-year-old French striker turning down a new deal offer with Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid have long revolved around Mbappé's signature and had turned down several offers in 2021 but remain confident of winning the PSG forward as a free agent this summer. Mbappé could cause a surprise and extend his current contract with PSG before the end of this season, claim Le Parisien. The 2018 world champion should become a free agent on June 30th after his contract expires and move to Madrid. - Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has had crisis talks with agent Jorge Mendes as he contemplates his future with the Red Devils, according to The Sun. Ronaldo could reportedly leave United depending on the choice of a new permanent manager. - El Nacional claim that Liverpool are ready to offer Barcelona teen Gavi a deal worth £ 80,000 (€ 96,000) a week to secure his signature, while Manchester City are also interested. - Arsenal aim to sign a new midfielder in January while Lyons Bruno Guimaraes is on the radar while a loan deal for Arthur Melo has been discussed but has not yet had talks with Juventus, claims Fabrizio Romano. - Argentine striker Dario Benedetto is expected to return home to join Boca Juniors from Marseille, although the deal could last for several days, reports Cesar Luis Merlo. - Nicolo Schira claim Newcastle United have started talks with Sevilla on a four-year deal to sign Brazilian defender Diego Carlos. - West Ham United and Newcastle may be priced out of their pursuit of Marseille-based Boubacar Kamara who are looking for a deal of £ 150,000 a week (€ 100,000).

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Why El Clasico is still the greatest game in world football

Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in the Spanish Supercup, while El Clasico takes center stage. We explore the history of the greatest soccer rivalry in the world. (Author: Gardener)

El ClasicoEl Clasico: Why Barcelona against Real Madrid is the biggest game in world football The giants will fight exclusively live on BT Sport for a place in the final of the Spanish Supercup. "For a player, El Clasico is the best game there is in football," said Zinedine Zidane as he prepared for his first game as a coach between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Simply put, El Clasico is the classic football game. It's the game of Diego Maradona and Ferenc Puskas, Johan Cruyff and Alfredo di Stefano, Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola against Jose Mourinho. From the pig's head thrown on Luis Figo's return to the Camp Nou field to Lionel Messi's infamous clinging to his shirt for the crowd, it's a game that has spawned countless, yes, classic moments. Join the home of live sports for just £ 25 a month. Get instant access to the BT Sport app without a contract or BT broadband. Given the size of both teams, it is a game that has so often decided La Liga titles, European Cups and this Wednesday the Spanish Super Cup final - live on BT Sport 1HD from 6.30 p.m. But the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid has meaning well beyond the football field. With roots in history, politics and a rift that has shaped a nation, El Clasico was not only the top quality football game in the world, but also the most significant for many years. As Phil Ball, author of Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, says, "They hate each other with an intensity that can really shock outsiders." Barcelona became the epitome of the Catalan independence movement. Barca became a symbol of Catalan identity as early as the 1930s and are an embodiment of the movement almost a century later. Barcelona was so important to the Catalan movement that General Franco, the nationalist leader of the Second Spanish Republic and dictatorial leader of Spain, was banned from repression for 36 long years. Real Madrid, in stark contrast, form the establishment team. Madrid, which was successful for decades during the Franco dictatorship, is the club of Castilla. If Barcelona are progressive, Real Madrid are conservative. Whether you wore blue and red or white it could determine your political attitudes, your belief system, and perhaps which side of the Spanish Civil War - a war that killed nearly 1 million people - you were on. The civil war battlefields of Jarama and Ebro, where the Republicans and Nationalists fought, turned into the streets of Madrid and Barcelona when the two teams faced Barca's ultras group Boixos Nois and competed against the Ultras Sur - the Associated fan group from Real with the right-wing extremists. Politics is involved in everything these clubs do. When the two teams battled for the Argentine Di Stefano's signature in the 1950s, Blaugrana had practically only signed the striker for Real Madrid - with alleged help from Franco - to tear the contract apart and sign the player himself. In 2000, Barcelona star Luis Figo caused outrage when he crossed the rift despite insisting he was "not so crazy" about signing a pre-contract with the club's arch-rivals. The transfer included a deal with Real Madrid's current and then-then president Florentino Perez, who would essentially force Barca to pay compensation in order to keep their own player. When the Portuguese midfielder returned to Camp Nou for his new team, banners with "Judas" and "scraps" were hung up in the stadium. Luis Figo was shot at with rockets on his return to Camp Nou with Real. When protests broke out in Barcelona less than three years ago following the imprisonment of two Catalan independence activists, El Clasico had to be postponed. With these events in the background, the two clubs grew and grew and grew to become the first two on the list of the world's most valuable football clubs. They are undoubtedly the dominant forces in Spanish football. Real have won La Liga 34 times and Barcelona 26 times. In a distant third place are Atletico Madrid with 11. At the height of their power was the height of the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The two best players in world football have brought El Clasico to new global attention. More than 75 million people watched the 2011 Champions League semi-finals between the two teams. The rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho was fierce. On the sidelines, tensions grew ugly in the 2010s between Real manager Jose Mourinho and Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. In the Spanish Super Cup 2011 there was a fight on the pitch in which almost all 22 players as well as substitutes and coaching staff were involved. Mourinho took the opportunity to catch the eye of late Barca assistant manager Tito Villanova. With the world watching so often, moments in games become legendary. In 1999, when Los Blancos' icon Raul scored the late equalizer at Camp Nou, the Spanish striker raised his finger to his lips to give home fans an iconic spanking celebration. An outstanding performance by Barcelona's talisman Ronaldinho at the Santiago Bernabeu earned a standing ovation from the home fans in 2005 in a rare expression of respect between the two supporters. The rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo shaped the modern era of El Clasico. When Messi scored a late winner at the Bernabeu in 2017, the Argentine instinctively took off his shirt and showed his name and number to the angry Real Madrid supporters. It was emulated by Ronaldo when the two clashed in the Spanish Super Cup later that year. Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo have since left Spain and Barcelona are suffering from financial problems. However, the rivalry will always be as big as ever and on Wednesday the two teams will meet in the semi-finals of the Spanish Supercup in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Arabian Peninsula. El Clasico comes to the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, where a place in the Spanish Supercup final against Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao is up for grabs. The story of the world's greatest rivalry has another chapter, exclusively live on BT Sport 1HD from 6.30 p.m. Get the most of the sport on BT TV With BT Sport and NOW Sports membership, enjoy soccer and rugby in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, UFC and more. Take any TV / Sports package and get half price TV and free broadband for 3 months. Khawaja on glorious return - "I couldn't have written it better"

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Ancelotti relies on a Real Madrid XI that can be recited by heart

Alfredo Relaño looks back on LaLiga leaders Real Madrid's 4-1 win against Valencia and Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Granada. (Author: Gardener)

Alfredo RelañoTwo goals each for Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema, who scored the 300th and 301st of his career at Real Madrid. Penetrating down to the left and hitting where it hurts in the middle, Madrid remain LaLiga frontrunners and full of optimism for what is to come. However, their first goal last night was less due to a good attacking game as it came from a penalty that, much to Valencia's anger, certainly wasn't. By then, however, Madrid had established themselves as the better side after Los Che's superb start dipped by the 25-minute mark. When they still had the penalty in their head in the second half, they quickly conceded a second - and that was it. This Real Madrid side look solid and strong but you wonder what would happen if Los Blancos suffered a series of injuries. Aside from the two positions on the right, you lose quite a bit if your first player is not there. It's interesting to see how Madrid now has an XI that you can recite by heart like the teams did back when the schedule wasn't that busy and there wasn't that much rotation. Head coach Carlo Ancelotti relies on the same players week after week, except on the right wing, where neither Marco Asensio nor Rodrygo Goes have pinned the position. As a right-back, Dani Carvajal is the first choice, but has a very good substitute in Lucas Vázquez. In other parts of the team it's always the same faces. Only Sergio Busquets is a midfielder whose focus is on possession control; Nico and Gavi, who played on either side of him, are, like others at Barça, energetic players who are more keen on pacing up and down the pitch. The goal from Luuk de Jong, who kneels while Barça waits for Ferran Torres, was not enough.

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Real Madrid Cruise to Win; Barca hero in Granada

Real Madrid bounced back from last weekend's loss to Getafe with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Valencia. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. both scored two goals as the duo reaffirmed their importance to their side against a rival who again disappointed at the Bernabeu. (Author: Gardener)

WinMadrid: Real Madrid have bounced back from last weekend's loss to Getafe with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Valencia. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. both scored two goals as the duo reaffirmed their importance to their side against a rival who again disappointed at the Bernabeu. Read also - La Liga: Getafe stuns Real Madrid in first game after winter break Read also - La Liga: Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 and end the year on a high Vinicius made it 2-0 10 minutes into the game of the second half he skipped some half-hearted challenges and the Brazilian added a third after parrying Asensio's shot in his path. Goncalo Guedes withdrew a goal after Thibaut Courtois saved his first penalty, but Benzema had two minutes left to add his second of the evening. Luuk de Jong's second goal in two games looked like it would bring Barca a 1-0 away win at Granada, which ended up being a bad-tempered game, Xinhua reports. The great striker headed a Dani Alves cross in the 57th minute after ruling out another header due to a narrow offside before half-time. Barca youngster Gavi was sent off for two yellow cards in the 78th minute, and Granada scored a point after pressure on the equalizer when Antonio Puerta shot into the corner from a corner with his left foot. Mikel Oyarzabal's 13th-minute goal ended Real Sociedad's six games without a win as they beat a disappointing Celta Vigo 1-0 at the Reale Arena. Aritz Elustondo had a second attempt for the home side because of a narrow offside ruled out. Goals from Roberto Soldado and a late finish from Jose Luis Morales gave bottom-bottom Levante their first win of the season in a game in which Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez saw a penalty and Fer Nino eliminated a goal for Mallorca with the result. 0. Atletico Madrid face Villarreal in Sunday's games, while runner-up Sevilla have been absent from Getafe.

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Vinicius Jr., jumping over the Real Madrid badge in the middle of the Valencia game, was pure respect

Vinicius Jr. scored twice in the La Liga win over Valencia (Author: Gardener)

ValenciaVinicius Jr. is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young Real Madrid players in history. Los Blancos' patience with the Brazilian winger during his first three seasons at the Bernabeu has paid off hugely this season as the 21-year-old now begins producing elite numbers. It's crazy to think we're only halfway through the current national year and Vinicius already has a goal record more than double the best of last season in the famous white jersey. In fact, the stats of the former Flamengo prodigy with 14 goals and seven assists in just 28 games for Real over the course of the 2021/22 season is now devastating read. And Vinicius showed no sign of stepping on the brakes on Saturday night as he scored a brace in the 4-1 La Liga win against Valencia to continue gaining popularity with Madristas. But maybe the Vinicius moment that made Real Madrid fans feel the most complacent of them all against Valencia actually had nothing to do with goals, assists or even his signature skills. No, Vinicius rather showed pure class by making sure that he did not come into contact with the club logo despite the ball that had just got out of play in the middle of the battle. It's a tradition and a sign of respect that players shouldn't run across the club crest, but we've never heard of an example where the footballer dodged him during a game. Also, in the case of Vinicius, Vinicius could certainly have been forgiven for accidentally putting his cleats on the logo when his swing from running after the ball carried him off the pitch. However, Vinicius was so keen to respect Los Blancos that he tried to slow down in front of the badge and even made a small leap when he realized it wasn't possible. So, just in case you want even more justification for why Real fans are obsessed with Vinicius right now, check out how he dodged the badge in the middle of the game below: Vinicius jumped because he didn't wanted to move up the Real Madrid logo - ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 8, 2022 🥇👑 jumped to avoid stepping on the Real Madrid logo. A real Madrid legend in the making .. pic.twitter.com/t5azFrhF1s - Barcelona Fan (@Lionel_peak_) Jan 8, 2022 While it's hard to imagine managers telling their players to avoid the logo at all costs, if you could injure yourself? Vinicius knew that he could continue the tradition if he wanted. Recordings surfaced earlier this week in which Dani Alves dodged the Barcelona emblem at the last possible moment while Nico Gonzalez duly copied his behavior. | Dani Alves avoids stepping on the Barça coat of arms as a sign of respect. If you combine that with a few examples at Atletico Madrid, we have to say that it is a brilliant, yet respectful tradition to get the message across that no player or employee is above the club. However, if there was a competition to see how best to perform the ritual, you can be sure that Vinicius' mid-game jump would win the gold medal.

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Real Madrid 4 Valencia 1

Karim Benzema scored his 300th Real Madrid goal and gave Los Blancos an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid 4Karim Benzema scored his 300th Real Madrid goal and Vinicius Junior hit a brace as Carlo Ancelotti's side beat Valencia 4-1, opening up an eight-point lead at the top of the LaLiga. Los Blancos suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Getafe last weekend but a second straight loss was never likely after Benzema's decisive goal from the penalty spot just before half-time. Vinicius scored twice in the second half and Benzema only rounded it off late when the hosts secured their third straight win against Jose Bordalas 'men with minimal effort despite Goncalo Guedes' goal. The win extended Madrid's lead over second-placed Sevilla despite Julen Lopetegui's side having two games to go while Valencia stayed in ninth place. Eder Militao, Marco Asensio and Benzema came close before Luka Modric's left foot hit the crossbar from 15 yards while Madrid dominated. Valencia scored a consolation 15 minutes later, with Guedes heading home after Thibaut Courtois saved his first penalty, awarded by Ferland Mendy for a foul on Marcos Andre. Benzema rounded off his memorable game late, spinning and shooting from 12 meters from the post as Madrid got their title fight back on track in style.

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