Valencia march on into Champions League contention

AFP
Published Apr 29, 2015, 5:09 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 8:22 am IST
Score four goals, climb to fourth spot on Spanish table

Madrid: Valencia moved into Champions League contention on Monday with a 4-0 win at home against relegation-threatened Granada.Javi Fuego’s header and Faniel Parejo’s penalty had the hosts well in command at the break, with late efforts from Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo completing the scoring.

Valencia’s 20th La Liga win of the campaign lifted them two points clear of Sevilla and into fourth and contention for a place in the Champions League play-offs next season.The next instalment in the battle for the final Champions League spot sees Europa League holders Sevilla on the road at Eibar on Wednesday with Valencia at Rayo Vallecano 24 hours later.

 

Teenager Odegaard set for Real debut

Norwegian teenage sensation Martin Odegaard could make his first appearance for Real Madrid when the European champions host Almeria on Wednesday after being included in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad for the first time.Madrid beat off stiff competition from around Europe to land the 16-year-old in January, but his time with the first team has since been limited to training sessions, while he has played with the reserve team Real Madrid Castilla.

However, with Los Blancos blighted by injuries and suspensions, Ancelotti hinted that Odegaard could get his first run out at the Santiago Bernabeu.“Tomorrow in the squad there will be three youth team players. Odegaard, (Borja) Mayoral and Diego Llorente. I think two of the three will be on the bench and they could play,” he said on Tuesday. Madrid will again be without the injured Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, while Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos sit out due to suspension.

 

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