Football News Real Madrid beat Valencia, win sixth game out of seven to close gap on Barcelona in La Liga

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: Real Madrid’s revival under Santiago Solari appears to be back on track after they moved up to fifth in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Valencia. An own-goal from Valencia’s Daniel Wass gave Madrid an early lead before Lucas Vazquez added a late second to wrap up their sixth win in seven games under their new coach on Saturday. The 3-0 thrashing by Eibar last weekend, in Solari’s first official game in charge, had placed the depth of the recovery in doubt but this was another assured display to back up an impressive Champions League win over Roma in midweek.Read More | Manchester City extend lead, Manchester United held to a draw”We did not play well against Eibar but we were good in Rome, and we were really good today,” Solari said. Madrid move two points behind Barcelona and only three adrift of leaders Sevilla, albeit with both still to play on Sunday. Valencia stay 13th.Read More |  Cristiano Ronaldo extends Juventus’ domination in Serie AMarcelino’s side, attempting a comeback of sorts themselves after a poor start to the season, offered disappointingly little, save for a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half.     “We deserved to equalise,” Marcelino said. “For a long time in the second half we were better than Real Madrid.”      Otherwise, their opponents controlled the contest and while Gareth Bale’s league drought stretched to 10 games, his longest ever, the Welshman played a lead role in an energetic performance before coming off in the second half. He appeared to signal some discomfort with his right thigh when sitting on the bench, with Solari confirming afterwards that Bale had “felt a problem”.     The Santiago Bernabeu was almost packed out, eight days before Boca Juniors and River Plate are due to play here in the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.     With La Liga still pushing for Barcelona’s game against Girona to be staged in Miami, there was perhaps something to be savoured in two Spanish teams, in a Spanish competition, playing in a Spanish stadium.     Isco is one of Spain’s primary talents but is still to be picked in a starting line-up by Solari.     This was the midfielder’s seventh consecutive game out of the side and while he came on to cheers, 10 minutes with Madrid already ahead were only crumbs for comfort.     Bale seemed more pinned to the left wing than he has been for a long time and he rolled back the years with a straight run down the line before whipping in an early cross. Karim Benzema’s ambitious volley sailed just wide.     Madrid had made much the better start and in the eighth minute, took the lead.     Wass headed into his own net but Dani Carvajal led the celebrations. He kept the ball alive before rummaging past Gabriel Paulista and Jose Gaya. The flicked cross gave Wass too little time to react.     Valencia made hardly any impact on the half, pressed and harried into submission. Neto skewed a clearance under pressure but then made up for his error by denying Bale from close range.     Fortunate only to be one behind, Valencia improved after the break. Santi Mina blazed over with only Thibaut Courtois to beat. Gaya’s cutback was slightly misplaced. Paulista volleyed over on the stretch from three yards.     Bale was replaced by Marco Asensio, who should have given Madrid breathing space but his finish was blocked by Ezequiel Garay.     Isco came off the bench in the 80th minute and played a part in the second goal. The excellent Carvajal was again the instigator, setting off on a barnstorming break forward before exchanging with Isco and crossing.     In the rush, Benzema did well to pick out Vazquez, who poked home to complete a convincing win. last_img read more

Beat writers pick Miami to beat Syracuse men’s basketball

first_img Comments Published on January 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Three days after its 96-81 loss at Boston College to open Atlantic Coast Conference play, Syracuse (8-6, 0-1 ACC) hosts Miami (11-2, 1-0) Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. On Sunday, SU became the first ACC team since March 2015 to lose to BC. On Saturday the Hurricanes, who are unranked but received 16 votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, beat North Carolina State, 81-63.Miami has won seven straight while Syracuse is struggling to stay afloat. Here’s how our beat writers predict the matchup will unfold.Connor Grossman (8-6)Duck and coverMiami 74, Syracuse 58Wednesday’s game is a double whammy for Syracuse. Not only will its defense be pushed — like it will every game, it appears — but SU will try to penetrate one of the conference’s best defenses. Only Virginia has allowed fewer than Miami’s 58.9 points per game. Miami coach Jim Larranaga will snag career win No. 600 while Jim Boeheim is left to wonder if he’ll get the seven wins still needed this season to unofficially reach 1,000 in his career. The loss will also sink the Orange’s record to just a game over .500, threatening to become the first of Boeheim’s 42 teams to finish with a losing record.Matt Schneidman (9-5)Hurricane seasonMiami 76, Syracuse 64AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis zone is like Swiss cheese. Miami, though stronger on the defensive end and without its two best players from last season in Sheldon McClellan and Tonye Jekiri, will find a way to exploit whatever it is you want to call this SU defense. Just as most other power-conference teams have done. Syracuse slips dangerously close to .500, with its Achilles heel (Pittsburgh) up next.Paul Schwedelson (10-4)600 ClubMiami 69, Syracuse 59Until Syracuse beats a major-conference opponent, I’m not convinced it’ll happen. Fourteen games into the year, it’s clear the Orange has serious flaws. Miami brings in a solid core with Ja’Quan Newton, Davon Reed and Bruce Brown. Larranaga will get career win No. 600.last_img read more