Mallorca upset hits Real Madrid’s title chances as Napoli march on | European club football

Marco Asensio misses penalty as exhausted Real Madrid lost 1-0 in Majorca in La Liga on Sunday in their final game before traveling to Morocco for the Club World Cup.

The draw gives Barcelona the chance to extend their lead at the top when they host struggling Sevilla later on Sunday. The Catalan club will enter the match at Camp Nou with a five-point lead over second-placed Madrid.

“We were already expecting a very difficult match,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. We had our chances, but we couldn’t take them.

Ancelotti was without several players through injury, including Karim Benzema, Ender Militao and Thibaut Courtois, who was dropped from the squad at the last minute after picking up an injury during the warm-up. Ancelotti also rested midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, who came on in the second half.

Asensio missed a chance to equalize when his 60th-minute penalty was saved by Mallorca goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic after Vinicius Junior was fouled.

The home side’s winner came through an own goal by Nacho Fernández, who replaced Militão in defence. Nacho went for a high cross and deflected the ball into his own net over goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, who started in place of Courtois.

It was Mallorca’s second win in three league matches and their fourth in a row at home. He remains in the middle of the standings with 28 points in 20 games.

NaplesHis run to the Serie A title continued when Victor Osimhen scored two more goals on Sunday to help Luciano Spalletti’s side to a 3-0 win in Spezia and are 16 points clear of second-placed Internazionale, who host AC Milan in the derby later on Sunday.

Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring Napoli's second goal in Spezia.
Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring Napoli’s second goal in Spezia. Photo: Daniele Mascolo/Reuters

It was the fifth consecutive league game in which Oshiken has scored. The Nigerian forward scored seven in that run to take his league tally to 16.

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Spezia had defended well against Napoli’s stellar attack but gifted the visitors a penalty less than 10 seconds after the break when defender Arkadiusz Reca tried to hold down Matteo Politano, but he didn’t expect the bounce of the ball to take him down the stretch. . arm. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia converted the penalty.

Oshiken was subbed off in the 62nd minute for pulling back Matias Caldara, but scored his first goal in the 68th and doubled his tally five minutes later after another assist from Kvaratskelia. Spezia remains five points above the relegation zone.

Paris Saint Germain are in talks with Lionel Messi to extend the Argentina captain’s contract. Speaking to Telefoot, PSG adviser Luis Campos said: “Yes, we are in discussions with Leo about his extension. I’d like to keep him in this project, I can’t hide it. We are currently talking about achieving that goal and we continue to have it with us.”

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