Athletic Bilbao routs Barcelona 4-0 in 1st leg of Spanish Super Cup

first_imgAritz Aduriz’s hat trick powered Athletic Club to a 4-0 rout of reigning Spanish and European champion FC Barcelona here in the first leg of Spain’s Super Cup.Barca, who snagged their fourth trophy of 2015 earlier this week with an exciting 5-4 overtime win over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, will need another outstanding performance in Monday’s second leg at the Nou Camp to sustain their pursuit of six titles in a calendar year.Athletic, without a trophy in 31 years, spent the opening 10 minutes of the match in Bilbao chasing Barcelona, who played their trademark possession game.But the home side’s first offensive foray provoked an uncharacteristic error by Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose misjudged clearance set the stage for a spectacular goal by Mikel San Jose.The German keeper sent the ball into a cluster of players in midfield.San Jose let loose a rocket that travelled the nearly 50 meters (55 yards) into the right corner of the net before Ter Stegen could react.Lionel Messi, whose two goals off of free kicks were key to Barca’s triumph in the UEFA Super Cup, had an opportunity to equalize on a set piece late in the first half, but Athletic keeper Iraizoz made a tremendous stop.Barcelona got two more chances early in the second half, but Pedro – who scored the winning goal against Sevilla – hit the crossbar and Messi was stymied again by Iraizoz.Just as it seemed Barca were bound to score, Aduriz delivered the first of his three goals with a thundering header in the 52nd minute.advertisementAduriz struck again 10 minutes later, exploiting the latest in a series of mistakes by Dani Alves, and completed the hat trick when he converted a penalty in the 67th minute.last_img read more

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We always play to win Joao Mario

first_imgThe Inter Milan footballer has set his objective to beat Benevento in the Coppa Italia clash to be played on Sunday.Internazionale Milan and Benevento will face off on Sunday in a new Coppa Italia fixture.And for Inter’s Joao Mario, his team is only looking for a win.“We always play to win. We want to do well in the new year and we now have two important cups that we must try to win,” he told the club’s official website.“Benevento has given their all to be able to play this match, therefore, we’ll have to pay maximum attention. If we want to reach the final then obviously we’ll have to win.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Thanks to the Coach and my teammates, I’ve regained my confidence and I’m now enjoying a positive spell,” he added.“I was ready when I started against Lazio and it went well for both myself and the team.”“Right from the beginning, we knew that we were a strong side. We’re always battling to improve our league position,” he commented.“I always look to make sure I’m ready and my focus is already on the next match. That is the most important thing for me.”last_img read more

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