Celta Vigo have confirmed that striker Giuseppe Rossi ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Eibar.
Rossi went down heavily in the first half at Balaidos and was visibly in tears, prompting Celta’s chief medic Juan Jose Garcia Cota to warn after the game that the Fiorentina loanee was “scared” and had likely suffered a “serious” injury.
“Medical tests carried out on forward Giuseppe Rossi reveal that the Celta player has suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that occurred during the League game against Eibar,” read the medical report on the Galicians’ official website.
Barcelona’s hopes of a third straight La Liga title were left hanging by a thread as Malaga deservedly beat the 10-man Catalans 2-0 on Sunday.
Malaga beat Barca at home for the first time since December 2003 in a match tainted by controversy as Neymar was sent off, Adalberto Penaranda had a goal wrongly disallowed and Sergi Roberto was awarded a free kick for a foul in the Andalusians’ penalty area.
Luis Enrique, who was in the Barca squad that last lost to Malaga, heavily rotated his Blaugrana line-up, with Jeremy Mathieu, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes among those selected in a 3-4-3 formation, although MSN were out in full force.
Antoine Griezmann’s late goal blew the La Liga title race wide open as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in Saturday’s Derbi.
Madrid were unchanged from the 2016 Champions League final, while Yannick Carrasco was Atleti’s only newcomer, with Augusto Fernandez a long-term casualty.
Los Colchoneros had won their last three games at the Bernabeu, although the hosts were comprehensive 3-0 victors the last time these two sides met back in November.
Madrid struggled to impose their usual fast start on Atleti, who were simply quicker out of the traps. Fernando Torres met Koke’s inswinging free kick, but the striker could only glance his header wide of the far post.
Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but still put four past Leganes to maintain their advantage at the top of La Liga.
Alvaro Morata scored twice and will claim a hat-trick after the Spanish League gave his second-half strike, from a James Rodriguez free-kick, as a Leganes own-goal. Alongside him Sergio Asensio and Lucas Vazquez shone as the league leaders showed their Spanish strength-in-depth.
It looked as if Zinedine Zidane was taking a huge risk leaving out his €250million-forward line as well as omitting Toni Kross and on-form Isco.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez destroyed Sevilla in eight deadly first-half minutes in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Jorge Sampaoli’s side on Wednesday.
With a little help from the third amigo Neymar they put the game beyond doubt inside the first 33 minutes to keep the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
The signs that Sevilla might be in for a tough night were there early. Messi shook the frame of the goal on six minutes with a shot from the edge of the area after he had been teed-up by Suarez.
A Filipe Luis goal kept Atletico Madrid’s winning run going as they beat Real Sociedad for a fifth straight La Liga victory.
The win was secured when Luis exchanged passes with Fernando Torres before slotting past Geronimo Rulli in the 28th minute – he had not scored in his first 35 appearances this season but has now netted in the last two games.
Atletico’s victory moves Diego Simeone’s men three points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla, and within seven points of leaders Real Madrid.
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Neymar slotted his 100th Barcelona goal on Sunday, a feat his Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was swift to praise.
The Brazilian forward reached the milestone in just 177 matches, 10 quicker than Lionel Messi managed.
After Neymar had stuck the knife into Granada during his side’s 4-1 La Liga win, his manager labelled him a ‘beast’.
Enrique said: ‘He has numbers [which show he is] a beast of a footballer, he’s one of the most unbalancing players in the world [for opposition defences] and his signing by this club was a great decision.’
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Luis Suarez inspired a 4-1 Barcelona victory in Granada as Luis Enrique’s side stayed on Real Madrid’s shoulder in the Spanish title race despite the best efforts of Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder came on at half-time and ran Barcelona’s rearguard ragged to cancel out Suarez’s goal. But the Uruguayan teed-up up Paco Alcacer to put Barcelona back in-front.
Ivan Rakitic made it 3-1 and Neymar then added the fourth with his 100th goal for Barcelona.
They stay two points behind Real Madrid with nine games left to play although Zinedine Zidane’s men have a game in hand and the second Clasico of the season at home at the end of the month.
Karim Benzema went 10th in Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer list with his 120th goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Alaves.
He got their first from a Dani Carvajal pass, but Madrid then toiled without reward until five minutes from time when Isco scored an impressive second. Isco is still pondering over a new contract at Real Madrid. His current deal runs out in 2018 and the supporters don’t want him to leave. He wants more starts and he had made the most of this one with the crucial second goal.
Stunning developments in the South America World Cup qualifying rounds as Argentina star Lionel Messi has been banned for four World Cup qualifying matches after swearing at a linesman during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.
Argentina have only five qualifiers left, and without Messi to lead them, are a serious doubt to reach Russia next summer. It does not bode well for Argentina’s hopes of qualifying that they lost the first match Messi missed, losing 2-0 to Bolivia on Tuesday night.
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