La Liga round-up: Real Madrid beaten 4-1 by Valencia as Carlos Soler scores hat-trick of penalties | Football News

first_imgReal Sociedad's players beat virus-depleted Granada Image:Real Sociedad’s players beat virus-depleted Granada Valencia’s teenage forward Lee Kang-in almost struck a third early in the second period but Courtois turned his shot onto the post.The home side kept up the momentum though and won two further penalties, for a foul by Marcelo on Maxi Gomez then a handball by Sergio Ramos.Soler converted each time, becoming only the third player in the history of La Liga to score three penalties in a single match.Five in a row for Real Sociedad Soler saw his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois and then hit the post on the rebound, while team-mate Yunus Musah netted the loose ball, only to see the goal ruled out after a VAR review showed him encroaching in the area.A re-take was ordered and Soler made no mistake at the second attempt.Valencia took the lead before half-time through a freak own goal from Raphael Varane, who unwittingly sent the ball flying over his head and just over the line, the goal being awarded several minutes later following another VAR review.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Earlier, Real Sociedad beat a nearly unrecognisable Granada side 2-0 to return to the top of La Liga.The visitors’ attempt to get the game postponed due to a spate of coronavirus cases was turned down by authorities, meaning they were forced to make nine changes from last week’s 1-1 draw with Levante and started with five players aged 20 or under.Granada’s makeshift side made a bright start but Sociedad took the lead midway through the first half through left-back Nacho Monreal, before a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty five minutes later doubled their advantage.Brazilian forward Willian Jose had a spot-kick saved by Granada’s 18-year-old ‘keeper Angel Jimenez in the second half and Sociedad ended the game with 10 men as defender Robin Le Normand was shown a straight red card in the 86th minute.Granada earned a penalty in added time but Darwin Machis was denied by an excellent save from Alex Remiro and the Basques celebrated a fifth consecutive La Liga victory.Other La Liga results:Getafe 1-3 VillarrealLevante 1-1 AlavesValladolid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao Valencia forward Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties as his side beat La Liga champions Real Madrid 4-1 at home in an extraordinary match on Sunday.Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead with a scorching strike from outside the area only for Valencia to pull level eventually with the first of Soler’s three penalties after a most unusual turn of events.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

South Africa humiliate Australia in Hobart, win series 2-0

first_img(REUTERS)-South Africa’s pacemen tore through Australia’s last eight wickets before lunch on day four to complete an humiliating innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart today and seal the three-match series with a game to spare.Australia had resumed their second innings on 121-2, with hope of saving the match on an overcast day at Bellerive Oval, but their batsmen crumbled to 161 all out in the face of quality seam bowling.Resurgent South Africa won the series-opener in Perth by 177 runs and will head into their first day-night Test match in Adelaide next week confident they can sweep their demoralised opponents.It was their third straight Test series win in Australia after their 2008 and 2012 successes.Australia, meanwhile, face another bout of soul-searching, having slipped to a fifth consecutive Test defeat after losing their first match of the home summer in 28 years in Perth.“For us it was just about trying to fight and spend some time out in the middle,” said Australia captain Steve Smith, who was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for 31.“It wasn’t the way we planned it, credit to South Africa I thought they bowled beautifully again this morning.”Man of the Match Kyle Abbott, the replacement for injured spearhead Dale Steyn, finished with 6-77, capturing four wickets in the morning session and triggering a stunning collapse that followed the home side’s 85 in the first innings.Rising talent Rabada completed the rout with 4-34, following on from his five-wicket haul at the WACA.“All our bowlers were exceptional,” said Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis.“I’m so happy for Kyle … every single time he gets an opportunity he puts his hand up.”A number of Australia’s batsmen were culpable in their dismissals, however.Abbott, who sent back openers Joe Burns and David Warner on day three, coaxed Usman Khawaja into chasing a wider delivery and the top order batsman nicked it to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 64.That ended a 50-run partnership with Smith and brought Adam Voges to the crease on a pair of ducks for an innings that many thought would save or end his Test career.Voges was out for two, completely misjudging the same bowler and nicking to the slips with an ugly, aborted pull-shot.Rabada then intervened to remove Callum Ferguson (1), wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (6) and debutant paceman Joe Mennie for a duck in quick succession.Abbott returned to have Mitchell Starc caught behind for a duck and wrapped up the innings when Nathan Lyon (4) spooned a simple catch to Vernon Philander at mid-on.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 85 (V. Philander 5-21)South Africa 1st innings (o/n 171-5)S. Cook c Nevill b Starc 23D. Elgar lbw b Starc 17H. Amla c Nevill b Hazlewood 47J. Duminy c Smith b Starc 1F. du Plessis lbw b Hazlewood 7T. Bavuma c Lyon b Mennie 74Q. de Kock b Hazlewood 104V. Philander c Nevill b Hazlewood 32K. Maharaj b Hazlewood 1K. Abbott lbw b Hazlewood 3K. Rabada not out 5Extras: (b-3, lb-8, nb-1) 12Total: (all out, 100.5 overs) 326Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-44, 3-46, 4-76, 5-132, 6-276, 7-292, 8-293, 9-297.Bowling: M. Starc 24-1-79-3 (nb-1), J. Hazlewood 30.5-10-89-6, J. Mennie 28-5-85-1, N. Lyon 17-2-57-0, S. Smith 1-0-5-0.AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Overnight: 121-2)J. Burns c de Kock b Abbott 0D. Warner b Abbott 45U. Khawaja c de Kock b Abbott 64S. Smith c de Kock b Rabada 31A. Voges c Duminy b Abbott 2C. Ferguson c Elgar b Rabada 1P. Nevill c Duminy b Rabada 6J. Mennie lbw b Rabada 0M. Starc c de Kock b Abbott 0J. Hazlewood not out 6N. Lyon c Philander b Abbott 4Extras (lb-1 nb-1) 2Total (all out, 60.1 overs) 161Fall of wickets: 1-0 J. Burns,2-79 D. Warner,3-129 U. Khawaja,4-135 A. Voges,5-140 C. Ferguson,6-150 P. Nevill,7-150 J. Mennie,8-151 S. Smith,9-151 M. Starc,10-161 N. LyonBowling: K. Abbott 23.1 – 3 – 77 – 6, V. Philander 16 – 6 – 31 – 0(nb-1),J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 8 – 0, K. Rabada 17 – 5 – 34 – 4,K. Maharaj 3 – 0 – 10 – 0last_img read more