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Madrid misery after Villarreal’s first win at Bernabeu

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are fourth in La Liga and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 13 – Struggling Real Madrid risk falling further behind in La Liga after a cheeky late chip from Pablo Fornals saw Villarreal escape with a 1-0 win on Saturday, their first ever victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.Fornals struck with three minutes left to leave Zinedine Zidane’s wasteful side fourth and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona, a deficit which will turn into 19 should Barca win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Compounding Real’s misery is the 10-point gap separating them from second-placed local rivals Atletico Madrid, who moved up to 42 points and within six of Barca after winning 1-0 at Eibar thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s 27th-minute strike.Atletico survived a stoppage-time scare when Augusto Fernandez handled the ball during a goalmouth scramble but went unpunished by the referee.Real are also eight points adrift of Valencia, who strengthened their grip on third place as goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo secured a 2-1 win at struggling Deportivo La Coruna.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We had the better chances but the ball did not want to go in,” said under-fire Zidane after Real’s second straight home league defeat.Villarreal meanwhile move up to fifth on 31 points thanks to midfielder Fornals’ stunning goal, which puts Javier Calleja’s side just a point behind off-form Madrid in the race for the Champions League places.Real fired off nearly 30 shots but their accuracy was wayward, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the worst culprits in front of goal.“We did everything we could and there is no explanation for why the ball didn’t go in,” added Zidane, who signed a new contract to keep him at Real until 2020 earlier this week.“I can’t criticise my players for anything. This is a bad spell, nothing more.”– History makers –So often Real’s saviour, Ronaldo had a bad day at the office, with his worst miss coming just before half-time, when the five-time Ballon d’Or winner managed to shoot straight at Sergio Asenjo after being laid on by Isco in front of a practically open goal just yards out.The Portuguese was livid with the referee, as he thought that he was tripped by Daniele Bonera just before he shot.Real carried on where they left off in the second period, but after failing to break down the resolute visitors, Fornals stepped up to make history and pile the pressure on Zidane.Fornals clipped home his 87th-minute winner just after it looked like Enes Unal had fluffed his team’s chance to snatch the three points after a blistering counter-attack following a Real Madrid corner.Turk Unal shot straight at Keylor Navas when put through by Denis Cheryshev, but with Navas still recovering from making the save Fornals lifted the ball over the flailing Madrid stopper.“You’re always happy when you get three points at such a difficult ground,” said Calleja afterwards.“We knew we could make history today, we believed.”Kenyan striker Michael Olunga had a day to remember on Saturday as he came off the bench to score a hat-trick in Girona’s historic 6-0 win over struggling Las Palmas.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgAs our summer weather stayed with us for a little longer than usual this week we had a good turnout for this week’s comps’ Special thanks go out From Brian to all who attended the fun golf comp on Sunday especially Lady President Mr President and Lady Captain for all there help and support. I’d like to remind everyone that our new web site is up and running also that our online booking system is now active.22/08/2012Wednesday Open Stableford 1st Shaun Cannon 40 pts.2nd Paddy Hegarty 39 pts.Gross Tony McBride (G’castle) 33 pts.3rd Anthony Gallagher 38 pts. 1st 9 Joe Doherty (C’neely) 22 pts. BOT2nd 9 Martin Warren (RCPGC) 18 pts. BOTCss 36 pts.24/08/2012Friday 14 Hole Stableford 1st Gerry McGreevy 35 pts.2nd Willie Wilkin 34 pts.n.c.25/08/2012 Ladies Team Fundraiser1st D H Martin 41 pts.2nd Michael Donovan 40 pts. botGross Eddie McCormack 36 pts.3rd Shane Greer 40 pts.1st 9 Gary Wright 21 pts. bot2nd 9 Henry McGee 22 pts. botCss 37 pts.26/08/2012August Monthly Medal Stroke1st Raymond Kelly 612nd Adam Moore 63Gross Cathal McMonagle 743rd Seamus Friel 65 bot1st 9 Derek Porter 302nd 9 Willie Wilkin 30.5Css 6626/08/2012Winners of the Fun Golf Fund Raiser:Andy Murray /Paul Smyth /Raymond Kelly /Adam MooreGOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more