La Liga returned to action yesterday to go along with one match in England. In the news, failed Manchester United manager David Moyes also spewed his opinion about the Louis van Gaal situation and there were a few MLS related moves yesterday.
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
Full match recap.
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad
(Ronaldo PK 42', 67', Vazquez 87')-(Bruma 49')
Levante 0-1 Malaga
Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Atlético Madrid
(Correa 88', Griezmann 90')
Sevilla 2-0 Espanyol
(Immobile 16', Banega 41')
Eibar 2-0 Sporting Gijon
(Keko 55', Baston 62')
Getafe 0-0 Deportivo
Barcelona 4-0 Betis
(Westermann OG 30', Messi 33', Suarez 46', 83')
Celta Vigo 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
Las Palmas 2-1 Grenada
(Tana 32', Araujo 50')-(Penaranda 56')
Not much changed here at the top of the table. Barcelona are still on top with a game in hand over Atletico Madrid and Real are still playing catchup from all the points they dropped against winnable opponents over the past couple of months. Most importantly, Lionel Messi scored in his 500th career match with Barca, adding something to what was already a special day. Outside of the title contenders, Celta Vigo holds the fourth Champions League spot for now. Villarreal has a match today against midtable Valencia that they should be able to win, allowing them to jump back into fourth position.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes had some words about the future of current boss Louis van Gaal. Moyes thinks the Red Devils should stick with him. He claims that life after Sir Alex Ferguson would always have been difficult and that van Gaal is still working on rebuilding the club. By that logic, Moyes should probably still be in charge, but he has a point. Ferguson was a genius doing genius things with the biggest club in England. Replicating his success is an impossible task for just about anyone. Should van Gaal be given more time to complete his vision? Probably. But that isn't how things work at Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger, who is always criticized for his transfer moves (or lack thereof), is claiming that he will be a busy man come January. Injuries have left a few holes in Arsenal's game this season, most notable at defensive midfield, so he does have some things that need to be addressed if they want to make their title dreams a reality.
Radamel Falcao has had a rough time in his year and a half on loan with Manchester United and, now, Chelsea. The Colombian came to the Red Devils from Monaco and was less than impressive. Monaco shipped him off to Chelsea for this year and he has barely been on the pitch thanks to injury. His recurring thigh problems will now keep him out until at least mid January, possibly even longer.
Swiss authorities have turned over bank account information to the American investigators that are digging into the FIFA scandal. The records have to do with bank accounts that were potentially used to execute the bribes that kicked off the investigation in the first place.
The Brighton loan of Liam Ridgewell has been made official. The Portland Timbers have sent their captain back to his homeland for a little more than a month to get ready for their upcoming title defense. Ridgewell will play for Seagulls from January 2 to February 13.
After learning that LA Galaxy are looking to bring in Ashley Cole yesterday, today we learn that another old soldier could be joining the aging ranks in Hollywood. Former Chicago Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz is set to join the club. The 32 year old has played 11 seasons in the league with New England, Colorado, and Chicago.