Bale’s agent blames Madrid for failed China deal

Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning broke down because Real Madrid “changed their minds,” his agent Jonathan Barnett has told ESPN FC. On Sunday, Bernabeu sources told ESPN FC the proposed transfer was called off after the Wales international’s family opted against the move. However Barnett has blamed Madrid’s hierarchy for the…

Suarez double put Barca in Copa del Ray Final

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona won at Real Madrid in a smash-and-grab El Clasico to reach a sixth consecutive Copa del Rey final. Real dominated with 14 shots to Barca’s four but the visitors were clinical when it mattered. Suarez smashed home Ousmane Dembele’s cross before Raphael Varane’s own goal put Barca in control.…

Ten-man Real Madrid lose to Real Sociedad

Ten-man Real Madrid suffered a surprise defeat by Real Sociedad as the visitors earned their first victory at the Bernabeu in La Liga for 15 years. Willian Jose fired Sociedad in front from the penalty spot in the third minute after Mikel Merino was fouled by Real Madrid’s Casemiro. Things then got more difficult for…

Messi scores hat trick to keep Barca 3 points clear in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up two more goals to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 victory at Levante on Sunday, restoring the defending champion’s three-point lead of the Spanish league. Messi netted his 18th, 19th and 20th goals in all competitions this season after setting up Luis Suarez to get Barcelona rolling…

La Liga: Barca win late; Real, Atletico held

Barcelona scored two goals in three second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Sociedad to maintain their 100% start to the La Liga season. The champions trailed after 12 minutes when they failed to clear a free-kick and Aritz Elustondo lashed in. But Luis Suarez scrambled the ball home in the 63rd minute…