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Real Madrid move top of La Liga with win over Sociedad

Monday, 2020-06-22 08:18:24
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Real Madrid players celebrate scoring a goal during their match against Real Sociedad. (Photo: Reuters)
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Real Madrid took control of the Spanish title race by beating Real Sociedad 2-1 away on Sunday (Jun 21) to move top of La Liga above Barcelona after a second-half high on controversy.

* Celta Vigo thrashed Alaves 6-0 on Sunday to pull clear of the relegation zone, making the most of the visiting side having a player sent off in the first half.

* Free-scoring Atalanta continued where they left off before the novel coronavirus stoppage by thumping Sassuolo 4-1 in Serie A on Sunday (Jun 21) as football returned to Bergamo, one of the Italian cities worst hit by the pandemic.

* Goncalo Guedes scored a mesmerising solo goal as Valencia stayed in touch with the Champions League qualification places by beating Osasuna 2-0 on Sunday (Jun 21).

* Record signing Joelinton scored his first Premier League goal since August as Newcastle United secured a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Sheffield United on Sunday (Jun 21).

* Chelsea boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as second-half goals from substitute Christian Pulisic and striker Olivier Giroud secured a 2-1 comeback win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday (Jun 21).

* Liverpool's march towards the Premier League title was delayed as the leaders returned to action with a goalless draw against Merseyside rivals Everton, while Chelsea fought back for a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday (Jun 21).

* Ludogorets continued their dominance of Bulgarian football by winning their ninth successive league title on Sunday with four games to spare by beating visitors Beroe Stara Zagora 2-1.

* Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier have declined to sign short-term contract extensions that would allow them to play cup finals and the Champions League final tournament with Paris St Germain, French radio RMC reported on Sunday.

* Real Betis became the first La Liga club to sack a coach since the season re-started after being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, firing Rubi who failed to win any of the team's first three matches in their return to action.

* Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is set to miss the team's next match against Athletic Bilbao after the club said in a statement on Sunday (Jun 21) he had injured the calf muscle in his right leg.

* Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss AC Milan's first Serie A match back after a three-month coronavirus shutdown with the Swedish veteran struggling for fitness after a calf injury, coach Stefano Pioli said on Sunday (Jun 21).

* Former world number one Ryu So-yeon hung on for a one-shot victory on the Korean tour on Sunday (Jun 21) and then donated her entire purse of over US$200,000 to coronavirus charities.

* Grigor Dimitrov said on Sunday (Jun 21) said he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the highest-profile tennis player to reveal he has the disease. The 29-year-old Bulgarian had been competing in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Croatia until he withdrew with illness during the weekend.