Tuesday, October 15, 2019

European roundup: Barcelona close in on La Liga title as Bayern edge clear


Barcelona held off a valiant Real Sociedad at Camp Nou to go nine points clear towards the top of La Liga with five games to play. Clment Lenglet rose in order to reach a cross and nod the hosts ahead before half-time, doesn’t imply once the hour mark Juanmi latched to a great pass from Mikel Merino to draw Sociedad level.

The visitors’ parity last only latter minutes, though, with Jordi Alba cutting inside to arrow a smart right-foot shot inside Gernimo Rulli’s far post and restore a lead that Barcelona held to.

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Elsewhere in La Liga Atltico Madrid consolidated their grip on second place after their record signing, Thomas Lemar, came away from the bench to grab a late 1-0 win at Eibar. The France winger raced for the far post to meet a pass from Koke and slam the ball into the net from close range during the 85th minute.

Atltico had the greater chances in a open and end-to-end game and ngel Correa missed their clearest possibility for score, firing right into our bodies from the Eibar goalkeeper, Marko Dmitrovic, inside opening Half an hour.

In Germany, Bayern Munich secured a 1-0 home victory over Werder Bremen to remain course for just a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Niklas Sle drilled inside a 75th-minute winner to lift the Bavarians to 70 points with four games to try out, four points away from Borussia Dortmund, who host Freiburg on Sunday.

It was the earliest loss for Werder in 2019 as well as the first game in all of the competitions this year where they failed to score. Bayern had the top of hand throughout coupled with regarding green dozen shots before beating the visiting goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka, who had previously created string of superb saves.

Serge Gnabry had the hosts’ best chance while in the first half when he taken on latch on to a Thiago Alcantara chip but his volley was saved by Pavlenka. The Germany winger then had a double chance six minutes following your restart but again Pavlenka arrived at the rescue, tipping Gnabry’s shot on the post.

Pavlenka also repeatedly denied the Bundesliga’s leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, before Werder were reduced to 10 men from the 58th minute when Milos Veljkovic was sent off to get a second booking. Bayern finally broke the deadlock in the event the defender Sle shot from the aspect the package, the ball choosing a slight deflection before heading in.

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