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    Real Betis 2 Real Madrid 3: Sergio Ramos makes up for horror miss with Panenka penalty in Los Blancos comeback win

    SERGIO RAMOS made amends for a shocking first-half miss with a late Panenka penalty to snatch three points for Real Madrid in Seville.
    The Real captain kept a cool head from the spot after a dubious handball decision against Marc Bartra in the 82nd minute left 10-man Betis heartbroken.

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    Sergio Ramos missed a sitter then scored a Panenka penaltyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ramos missed a sitter in the first half when he volleyed wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy and the champions were forced to come from behind at half-time.
    It was a much-needed win for the champions after their dire 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad to start their title defence last weekend.
    It seemed to be going to script for Zinedine Zidane’s men early on when Federico Valverde turned home Karim Benzema’s low cross at the near post in the 14th minute.
    And that was after the Frenchman had an early goal of his own chalked off when he was offside from Ferland Mendy’s cross.

    But Madrid went from looking in control to being caught sleeping and were made to pay in devastating fashion.
    First Aissa Mandi headed home Sergio Canales’ inch-perfect cross at the far post in the 33rd minute.
    And that was followed moments later with William Carvalho’s low shot catching out Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put the home side ahead.
    The Belgian goalkeeper had earlier pulled off a miraculous save to deny Pablo Sarabia with his header from six yards, but watched Carvalho’s shot wriggle in.

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    Ramos kept his cool as Real Madrid fought back from 2-1 downCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Federico Valverde also got on the scoresheet for Los BlancosCredit: Reuters

    Real Madrid were still without Eden Hazard for the trip to Seville and lost Toni Kroos to injury just before half-time as he was replaced by Luka Modric.
    Zidane breathed a sigh of relief early in the second half when Emerson turned Dani Carvajal’s cross into his own net to drag Real Madrid level.
    Things got worse for the beleaguered Betis defender when he was shown a red card for bringing down Luka Jovic and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
    And Betis couldn’t hang on for the point they deserved as a controversial handball against Bartra gave Ramos the chance from the spot.
    The 34-year-old dinked his spot kick down the middle to give the champions their first win of the campaign.

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    William Carvalho put Betis ahead before the breakCredit: EPA

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    Ramos had the final say as the LaLiga champions secured the winCredit: AFP or licensors

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    Fulham join Everton in transfer race for Barcelona star Jean-Clair Todibo as Koeman looks to make room for Eric Garcia

    FULHAM have entered the race for Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, according to reports.
    Todibo, 20, has also been linked with a move to Everton before the transfer window closes on October 5.

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    Fulham have joined Everton in the race to sign Barcelona defender Jean-Clair TodiboCredit: Getty – Contributor

    But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports Fulham could have stolen lead on the Toffees by offering to buy the young Frenchman from cash-strapped Barcelona.
    So far Everton have only offered the Catalan giants a loan deal with an option to buy Todibo for £16million at the end of the season.
    Barca are hoping to sell the versatile defender this summer to fund a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia.
    The 19-year-old has just one year left on his current deal at the Etihad and the Blaugrana are hoping to capitalise on the situation with a cut-price offer.

    Todibo joined Barcelona in January 2019 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke, making ten appearances in total for David Wagner’s side.
    With Barcelona keen to push through a permanent exit for the former Toulouse man, a move to Craven Cottage may just need the go-ahead from Todibo himself.
    Fulham are also waiting to confirm the arrival of Brazilian centre-back Marlon from Italian side Sassuolo, who also spent time on Barcelona’s books.
    Though they maintain an interest in Todibo, Everton are prioritising a move for Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori.

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    Injuries have left Everton with only two senior options at centre-back in Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, and Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to add to his ranks before the end of the window.
    Tomori, 22, looked to be heading out on loan this summer but doubts over Antonio Rudiger’s future at the club have led to a rethink.
    Rudiger was left out of the Blues’ matchday squad for their 2-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend, as well as their Carabao Cup win over Barnsley in midweek.
    And he was missing again for the trip to West Brom on Saturday night.

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    Real Betis vs Real Madrid FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TODAY’S La Liga match

    REAL MADRID continue the defence of their La Liga title with a tough clash away at Betis.
    Zinedine Zidane’s side held off big rivals Barcelona to win the 2019/20 championship but made a slow start to the new campaign, drawing 0-0 with Sociedad.

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    Madrid drew a blank in their opening match of the season against Real SociedadCredit: AFP or licensors

    Betis meanwhile have made a superb start to the season, seeing off Alaves and Valladolid in their opening two games.
    When is Real Betis vs Real Madrid?
    This La Liga clash is all set for Saturday, September 26.
    Kick-off is at 8pm BST.
    When the sides met here last season, Betis were dramatic 2-1 winners after Cristian Tello netted a late penalty.
    Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
    You can catch this game live in the UK on LaLiga TV.
    Part of the Premier Sports brand, the channel can be found on Sky channel 435.
    If you want to watch without paying a penny, LaLiga TV is FREE to everyone through the Premier Player until October 15.
    Simply sign up to the service and use code LALIGAISBACK at the checkout.
    What is the team news?
    Real Madrid could welcome back trio Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.
    Zidane has an almost fully-fit squad, but will be without injured pair Eder Militao and Marian.
    The hosts will be without Dani Martin, Victor Camarasa and Francis Guerrero but Andres Guardado could be fit enought to play a part. More

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    Real Betis vs Real Madrid FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for La Liga clash

    REAL MADRID continue the defence of their La Liga title with a tough clash away at Betis.
    Zinedine Zidane’s side held off big rivals Barcelona to win the 2019/20 championship but made a slow start to the new campaign, drawing 0-0 with Sociedad.

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    Madrid drew a blank in their opening match of the season against Real SociedadCredit: AFP or licensors

    Betis meanwhile have made a superb start to the season, seeing off Alaves and Valladolid in their opening two games.
    When is Real Betis vs Real Madrid?
    This La Liga clash is all set for Saturday, September 26.
    Kick-off is at 8pm BST.
    When the sides met here last season, Betis were dramatic 2-1 winners after Cristian Tello netted a late penalty.
    Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
    You can catch this game live in the UK on LaLiga TV.
    Part of the Premier Sports brand, the channel can be found on Sky channel 435.
    If you want to watch without paying a penny, LaLiga TV is FREE to everyone through the Premier Player until October 15.
    Simply sign up to the service and use code LALIGAISBACK at the checkout.
    What is the team news?
    Real Madrid could welcome back trio Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.
    Zidane has an almost fully-fit squad, but will be without injured pair Eder Militao and Marian.
    The hosts will be without Dani Martin, Victor Camarasa and Francis Guerrero but Andres Guardado could be fit enought to play a part. More

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    Atletico Madrid turn attention to Arsenal star Lucas Torreira after Luiz Suarez completes £5.5m transfer from Barcelona

    ATLETICO MADRID have reportedly set their sights on signing Arsenal star Lucas Torreira.
    The Spanish side have already secured a £5.5million deal for Luis Suarez from Barcelona.

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    Lucas Torreira made 29 Premier League appearances last seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    According to Spanish source Sport 890, Atletico have now turned their attention to Torreira.
    It is understood that the LaLiga club want to sign him on a season-long loan.
    But the Gunners would prefer to offload the 24-year-old midfielder permanently.
    Arteta remained tight-lipped when quizzed about the Uruguayan’s future at the club.
    He said: “No, we don’t have any updates on Lucas or any other player at the moment.”
    Torreira joined Arsenal in a £25.7million deal from Sampdoria in 2018.
    He made 29 Premier League appearances last season, scoring one goal and making one assist.

    But Arteta has set his sights on a number of new midfielders including Chelsea’s Jorginho.

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    Lucas Torreira could link up with Luis Suarez at Atletico Madrid Credit: https://www.instagram.com/atleticodemadrid/?hl=en

    When quizzed about the Jorginho rumours, Arteta said: “Sorry, but I cannot talk about players that for a different team.
    “[Discussing] their qualities is not appropriate from my side.”
    Torreira is just one of three first-team players that Arteta is prepared to sell.
    Long term target Houssem Aouar has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners from Lyon.

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    Ronald Koeman ‘already losing trust in Barcelona board and believes they are leaving him defenceless’ after just a month

    RONALD KOEMAN is already ‘losing trust’ in Barcelona’s board just a month into his tenure, according to reports.
    The Dutchman was appointed amid a chaotic summer in the wake of their disastrous 8-2 Champions League embarrassment at the hands of Bayern Munich.

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    Koeman already feels ‘defenceless’ at BarcelonaCredit: EPA

    Star player Lionel Messi tried to leave the club and has repeatedly criticised president Jose Maria Bartomeu.
    And while the Argentine appears to be staying put for another year, Koeman has endured a turbulent start to life in the Barcelona hotseat.
    Ahead of Barca’s LaLiga opener against Villarreal on Sunday, Marca claim that Koeman, 57, is already telling his closest friends that he doesn’t trust his bosses at the club.
    In taking the job, the ex-Everton manager agreed to allow some sporting decisions to be made by his superiors.

    But he now fears that this is undermining him with his players.
    And he feels that certain decisions are leaving him “defenceless”.
    After long-serving star Luis Suarez was booted out of the club to join Atletico Madrid, Messi posted yet another scathing criticism of club chiefs as he paid tribute to his friend’s Barcelona career.
    The Argentine, 33, said: “You deserved a send-off matching who you are – one of the most important players in the club’s history, achieving important things both as a group and individually.

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    Lionel Messi has repeatedly hit out at club president Jose Maria BartomeuCredit: Reuters

    “Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me.”
    And Neymar, who forced his way out to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, also weighed in.
    The Brazilian commented on Messi’s post: “Incredible how they do things.”
    Amid the chaos, Koeman will get his Barcelona tenure properly up and running on Sunday as they belatedly begin their LaLiga campaign against Villarreal at Camp Nou.
    Miralem Pjanic and Trincao could be in line for debuts, although Koeman is yet to seal the signatures of any of his key targets – including ex-Manchester United forward Memphis Depay.

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    Luis Suarez this week waved goodbye to Camp NouCredit: EPA

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    Messi’s wife Antonela reduces Suarez’s partner Sofia to tears with heartfelt goodbye message about losing her ‘family’

    LIONEL MESSI’S wife reduced Luis Suarez’s partner Sofia Balbi to tears with a heartfelt goodbye after the Uruguayan joined Atletico Madrid.
    Antonela Roccuzzo has been best friends with Sofia Balbi during the six years their husbands have starred together for Barcelona.

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    Lionel Messi’s wife (left) posted an emotional goodbye to Luis Suarez’s partner (right)Credit: Instagram / @antonelaroccuzzo

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    The pair were close friends during the six years Messi and Suarez starred for BarcelonaCredit: Instagram / @antonelaroccuzzo

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    Antonela Roccuzzo was neighbours with Sofi Balbi and they even went on holiday’s togetherCredit: Instagram / @antonelaroccuzzo

    The two families were close neighbours and went on holiday together, with Suarez even visiting Messi as he neared a move to Manchester City.
    Yet less than a month later and it is former Liverpool star Suarez who has left the Nou Camp in a £3.7million move to LaLiga rivals Atletico.
    The 33-year-old gave a tearful exit interview on Thursday a day after he was seen crying leaving Barcelona’s training ground for the last time.

    But it was his wife Sofia who sobbed after Messi’s other-half Antonela shared an emotional goodbye to the pair.
    The 32-year-old wrote: “Bolu, my friend, my sister… thank you for so many years together.
    “For so many laughs, so many Mates and unending chats.
    “You were like family for us. I can’t tell you how much, so very much, I’m going to miss you and your amazing family.

    “Thank you for everything! Let’s hope life keeps giving us moments [to spend] together and I’m sure we’ll see each other again soon!

    “I love you, your [family].”All the best with this new step.”
    Sofia quickly responded: “And when I thought I had no more tears I found this!
    “Thank you for so much of what you said and for all that we have left to live …I love you, I adore you.”

    Suarez leaves behind close friend Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou

    The Uruguay international won several major honours in Barcelona

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    Arsenal flop Denis Suarez’s stunning girlfriend Nadia Aviles is a model who used to date Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo

    DENIS Suarez might’ve flopped in the Premier League with Arsenal, but in his personal life things are looking up.
    The 26-year-old, who is rebuilding his career at Celta Vigo after he was sold by Barcelona, dates stunning model Nadia Aviles.

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    Model Nadia Aviles is the stunning girlfriend of Arsenal flop Denis SuarezCredit: Instagram

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    The midfielder now plays for Celta Vigo after Barcelona sold him in 2019Credit: Instagram

    The pair have only been together for two years, and continue to look loved up.
    Suarez was previously in a romance long-term girlfriend Sandra Montoto, but months after they split in 2018 he found a new love in Nadia.
    The 23-year-old, who is born and raised in Barcelona, is a model who boasts more than 125,000 followers on Instagram.
    Suarez isn’t the first footballer she bagged, with rumours she dated Enzo – son of Zinedine Zidane last year.

    But she is now certainly dedicated to her new man.
    The couple post numerous pictures of each other on their social media accounts, while they’ve enjoyed trips away to places like Ibiza.

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    Nadia was a regular at the Nou Camp – despite Suarez’s lack of playing timeCredit: Instagram

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    Nadia and Denis have been dating for two yearsCredit: Instagram

    One of her posts read: “I dare you to love me forever.”
    She was a regular at the Camp Nou – despite Suarez’s lack of playing time – and has struck up a friendship with Coral Simanovich, the girlfriend of Sergi Roberto.

    Not much is known about Nadia’s early life or family life.

    However, despite her enviable figure she has had her haters on social media.
    Nadia was criticised on Instagram by some followers who said she was too skinny on comments in her photos.
    She has since made sure that no one can comment on her pictures by blocking the comments section. More