Athletic Bilbao keeper’s last-gasp equalizer disallowed for mystery foul


You’ve got to feel for Gorka Iraizoz.

The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper did what few of his contemporaries have done before him — score a goal from a set piece. Even better, Iraizoz’s textbook header off the 95th-minute free kick had given his side an unlikely late equalizer against Malaga.

If it wasn’t for that heartless referee Antonio Mateu, that is.

The match official called the goal back for a mystery foul, crushing Iraizoz’s dreams to finally etch his name into the La Liga scoring charts and Athletic Bilbao lore.

Here, see if you can spot a foul. We’ll wait:

H/T Pies.

Image provided by Reuters.


Fer real? Torres wanted by Barcelona


Fernando Torres dominates today’s Paper Chase amid speculation he is wanted by…wait for it..Barcelona. It’s certainly one of the more unusual transfer rumors we’ve heard for a while, although one of the papers believes Barca only want him as a ‘super-sub’. Click here for this and more on the futures of Malaga midfielder Isco, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marouane Fellaini and Demba Ba.


Man City look to tie up Isco deal

Manchester City have sacked Roberto Mancini and if all reports are to be believed, then the next manager will be Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.

In today’s newspapers, Manchester City have been linked with Isco, who Pellegrini may try and take with him from Spain. Malaga will look for a fee of around £17 million for the attacking midfielder. Isco is now a full Spanish international and has impressed in his 67 appearances for Malaga, scoring 13 goals.

To read more on this rumor and all of today’s transfer gossip click here.


Pellegrini man for the job at Stamford Bridge?


Chelsea are is looking good for a top-three spot in the Premier League after a 3-0 win at Fulham, so thoughts are inevitably turning to a manager that could lead them to success in the Champions League. According to the papers that man could be Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini. Check out the latest on this and other rumors by clicking here. 


Caught! Mario Gotze takes a leak on Malaga’s stadium

Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze was caught in the act of relieving himself during the team’s training at Malaga’s La Rosaleda Stadium prior to their 0-0 draw. The footage has since been broadcasted on Canal+ and Spanish TV.

Even after realizing he was caught on tape, Gotze still finished answering the call of nature before heading back on the pitch.

Think this gives Malaga some added incentive for payback? We’ll have to wait until the 2nd leg match next Tuesday to find out.


Malaga, Borussia Dortmund settle for entertaining draw

Malaga and Borussia Dortmund settled for a 0-0 draw, but there was no shortage of action during Wednesday’s match. There were a total of 14 shots on goal fired between both teams, highlighting the ability of both goalkeepers, especially Malaga’s Willy Caballero.

Mario Gotze was the focal point of Borussia Dortmund’s attack, taking over half of the team’s shots on goal by himself.

The score will be settled next week as the teams travel to Dortmund for the 2nd leg match on Tuesday, April 9th.


Champions League Quarterfinal Preview: Madrid to Malaga

Real Madrid v Galatasaray

After the incoming transfers of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, Galatasaray has become a team to be reckoned with. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo looks to continue leading Real Madrid through the Champions League after dispatching Manchester United in the Round of 16.

Leading Champions League scorers:

Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo (8) *T-most in UCL

Galatasaray  – Burak Yilmaz (8) *T-most in UCL

Players to watch:

Real Madrid – Diego Lopez; although Iker Casillas has been cleared to play, Lopez will be expected to keep his place in goal and will be tasked with maintaining Real Madrid’s 37-match unbeaten run at home.

Galatasaray – Burak Yilmaz; he has scored in 6 consecutive UCL matches and the Turkish league goal-scoring leader will pose a serious threat to the Real Madrid backline.

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The Champions League quarterfinal draw


The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal stage:

  •  Malaga to play Borussia Dortmund
  •  Real Madrid to play Galatasaray
  •  Paris Saint-Germain to play Barcelona
  •  Bayern Munich to play Juventus

First legs to be played on April 2 and 3. Second legs to be played 9 and 10 of April.