Real Madrid’s struggles continue with loss to Mallorca

first_imgReal Madrid suffered their first LaLiga defeat of the season as Lago Junior’s early strike earned Real Mallorca a shock 1-0 victory at Son Moix.With Barcelona having leapfrogged Zinedine Zidane’s side to lead the way in LaLiga earlier on Saturday, Madrid needed a victory to move back to the top of the pile.But Mallorca had other ideas and Lago stunned Madrid seven minutes by sending what was the home side’s only shot on target in the entire match into the bottom-right corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Karim Benzema hit the crossbar before substitute Rodrygo Goes squandered a presentable chance and Madrid’s hopes of a comeback were all but over when Alvaro Odriozola saw red in the 74th minute, with Mallorca holding firm to claim their first win over Los Blancos since 2009.Madrid looked to have quickly settled into their rhythm but were behind when Lago skipped inside Odriozola and curled a superb finish beyond Thibaut Courtois.9 – Thibaut Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Real Madrid in all competitions. Vulnerable.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019Ante Budimir thought he doubled Mallorca’s tally seven minutes later when he was set up by Lago, only for his fine strike to be disallowed for offside.Benzema was inches away from restoring parity before the half-hour mark – his close-range half-volley bouncing back off the woodwork.Vinicius Junior burst through Mallorca’s ranks early in the second half and teed up Benzema, but the Frenchman sent his strike at Manolo Reina.Rodrygo replaced Isco in the 66th minute and should have done better when he was fed by Benzema, his touch getting away from him and the opening evaporated.But as the Madrid pressure was building, Odriozola received a second yellow card for a reckless lunge on Iddrisu Baba to round off a frustrating night for the visitors. What does it mean? Barca back on topReigning LaLiga champions Barca cruised to a 3-0 victory over Eibar to put the pressure back onto Madrid.Los Blancos failed to respond and now sit second, a point above this season’s surprise package Granada and one behind Barca. The rivals were scheduled to meet in El Clasico next Saturday, but perhaps the postponement due to political tensions in Catalonia has worked in Madrid’s favour.Lago runs Madrid raggedMallorca’s winger scored 11 goals in the Segunda Division last term but had not replicated that form this season prior to Saturday’s encounter.But he came good against the biggest opponents of all as, boosted by his goal, he was a constant tormentor of Madrid’s defence. Jovic fails to take his chanceLuka Jovic has often been given short shrift by Zidane this term but, handed the opportunity to impress from the start, he struggled to make an impact, even when Mallorca’s defending became more hap-hazard after the interval.Key Opta Facts0 – Against Mallorca, Luka Jovic failed to register a single shot and a single touch in the oppositte box. Disconnection.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019- This was Vicente Moreno’s 100th match in charge of Mallorca. He was won 47 per cent of his games.- Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Madrid in all competitions.- Lago is the first Ivorian player to score against Madrid in LaLiga since Arouna Kone for Levante in February 2012.- Jovic failed to attempt one shot on goal or have a single touch in the opposition box.What’s next?Madrid will aim to bounce back against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Mallorca’s next outing is against lowly Leganes in LaLiga. read morelast_img read more

Canadian dollar lower amid strong demand for Spanish debt falling oil prices

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2012 4:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower amid strong demand for Spanish debt, falling oil prices TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Thursday amid mixed commodity prices and relief on financial markets over the success of a key Spanish bond auction.The loonie lost 0.4 of a cent to 100.48 cents US. But the currency is still up almost half of a cent from Monday’s close, a day before the Bank of Canada hinted that higher rates could be on the way while leaving the current rate unchanged at one per cent.The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds at Thursday’s auction was 5.7 per cent, up from 5.3 per cent at the last auction on April 4.But traders were encouraged by the fact that demand was more than double the amount sold, which suggests Spain will continue to be able to easily tap financial markets to fund itself. That is crucial for the rest of Europe, as Spain would likely be too big to bail out.Worries about Spain have, in recent weeks, seen a flare-up in Europe’s debt crisis. But analysts suggest those concerns about the heavily indebted country will continue to weigh on market sentiment.Oil prices dipped after falling sharply Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much bigger than expected rise in U.S. crude inventories last week, suggesting flagging demand. The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off eight cents to US$102.59 a barrel.Copper prices were unchanged at US$3.63 a pound.A slowing Chinese economy has helped push the price of the metal down almost eight per cent this month. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in a wide variety of industries.Gold bullion gained $1.80 to US$1,641.40 an ounce. read more