Primera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Real Sociedad Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 14:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Caparros Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Barcelona Everything you need to know ahead of the champions’ last Primera Division clash of the season, which takes place at Camp Nou this weekend… Andres Iniesta will pull on a Barcelona shirt for the final time as the Catalans close out their season at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde’s side were crowned champions after a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna in late April, but will not be finishing La Liga unbeaten after losing 5-4 away to Levante last weekend.Lionel Messi was rested in a rotated side at the Ciutat de Valencia ahead of a friendly in South Africa against Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek, which Barca won 3-1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Barca are now home to Real Sociedad in their final league game, Iniesta’s farewell before moving to Asia this summer, and here Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s clash at Camp Nou…Barcelona injuriesSergi Samper is sidelined with a long-term injury, while Thomas Vermaelen is out after limping off against Levante last weekend. Samuel Umtiti is doubtful with a minor knee problem.Barcelona suspensionsSergi Roberto was hit with a four-match ban for lashing out at Marcelo in the Clasico and will therefore not appear again in La Liga this season.Barcelona potential starting line-upValverde is set to field a strong side for Barcelona’s last game of the season as Camp Nou bids a fond farewell to Iniesta on Sunday.The Spain midfielder will start his final game for Barca before leaving the Catalan club this summer and that means Philippe Coutinho is set to play on the right.In defence, Yerry Mina could feature despite his poor performance against Levante because Umtiti is doubtful and Vermaelen sidelined.Nelson Semedo will start at right-back in place of the suspended Sergi Roberto. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are expected to be included from the outset in attack.Real Sociedad team newsReal Sociedad are 10th in La Liga after last weekend’s win over Leganes, but defeat at Camp Nou on Sunday could see the Basque side finish in the bottom half after what has been an inconsistent season.Captain Xabi Prieto is retiring at the end of the season and the midfielder is expected to come off the bench at Camp Nou.Defender Carlos Martinez is also hanging up his boots this summer, but he is doubtful for Sunday’s game. Centre-back Hector Moreno and striker Imanol Agirretxe are both sidelined. TV channel & kick-off timeBarcelona versus Real Sociedad kicks off at 8:45pm local time on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event from 7:40pm BST.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN SPORTS and kicks off at 2:45pm ET.Best Opta match facts No home team has defeated Real Sociedad more times in La Liga than Barcelona, the Catalans winning 60 of the 70 games they have hosted against the Basques. Barca are unbeaten in 35 consecutive games at Camp Nou in La Liga (won 29, drawn six), their best unbeaten home streak at home in the competition since November 1993 (won 34, drawn six). Willian Jose has been involved in four goals in his four league appearances against Barca (three goals and one assist). Lionel Messi has scored 10 goals in his nine games versus Real Sociedad at Camp Nou in all competitions. This game will be a farewell for Iniesta and Xavi Prieto in La Liga after 441 and 375 league games played, respectively.
Real Madrid Zidane would have been sacked if Madrid lost Champions League final – Capello Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane The Italian, who coached Real Madrid twice, says the Blancos would have been sacked if they had lost out to Liverpool Zinedine Zidane would have been fired by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had Los Blancos failed to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final, according to the club’s former coach Fabio Capello.Zidane announced his departure at a news conference on Thursday, just five days after leading Madrid to a third Champions League title in his third season in charge.Perez appeared bereft when he appeared next to Zidane in front of the media, but Capello believes Madrid’s president would have replaced Zidane had his side lost in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid youth coach Guti, a team-mate of Zidane’s, is among the reported frontrunners for the post and Capello believes the former Spain international could be Perez’s pick.”Zidane wanted to make his own choice, before someone else would have been chosen in his place,” Capello said to Sky Italia.”If Real Madrid lost in Kiev, Perez would have definitely fired him.”Perez may now appoint Guti: it would be his own decision, he wants to show he can do radical choices as he did three years ago with Zidane.”As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top. Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/dO6bw74aA3— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 31, 2018While Zidane shocked the football world with his announcement, Madrid’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo has told reporters he is considering his future at the club.Capello believes the Portugal international could be keen on a return to Manchester United and touted Bayern Munich’s wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski as a possible Ronaldo replacement.That is, however, an issue for another day, with the Blancos currently focused on finding a new boss.
The Rebels got out to an impressive start, with Roy Prasad diving over for the first touchdown of the game in the second minute.The Suns levelled the game up three minutes later when Ben Absolum scored and this opened the floodgates with several touchdowns following soon after. Rebels captain Christian Frost scored off a great ball from Manu Wakely in the next set, before his opposition captain Joel Willoughby scored for the Suns to level the scores at 2-all. Prasad was over for his second soon after to regain the lead for his side and when Amy Carr scored on the wing in the 13th minute the Rebels had a two touchdown advantage. Alicia Quirk was the recipient of a great long ball in the next set to bring the deficit back to one touchdown before Wakely scored in the next set to give his side a 5-3 lead. The Suns’ Andrew Baggio dived over close to the line in the next set of six to bring his side back to a one touchdown deficit, 5-4. Two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half, to Prasad and Matthew Wigg saw the Rebels take a three touchdown advantage into the half-time break, 7-4. Wigg picked up where he left off after the break, scoring the first touchdown of the half in the fifth minute to give his side a 8-4 lead. The teams then traded touchdowns for the next six touchdowns, starting with a touchdown to Madison Absolum, who was the recipient of a great long ball to score on the wing to take the deficit back to three touchdowns. Wigg scores his third for the game soon after, before Baggio set up Jess McCall to bring the score to 9-6. Prasad scored his fourth of the game with four minutes remaining to extend the Rebels’ lead to four touchdowns, before Willoughby score his second touchdown to bridge the gap at 10-7. Carr and Frost then scored their second touchdowns of the match in the final minutes of the half before Jeremy Locke scored for the Rebels as the siren sounded to take the win 13-7. Prasad and Carr were recognised for their impressive performances in the final, being named male and female Player of the Finals respectively. Manu Wakely was rewarded for his impressive tournament, being named male Player of the Series, with the Brisbane City Cobras’ Renee Fraser being named female Player of the Series. To view highlights of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf2mjsMiJD8&feature=plcp&context=C40b8ec6VDvjVQa1PpcFPrYFhxxhhUphxATV_rZ_4M2NQP7UBbfA8