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  • La Liga: Real Madrid and Barcelona win big to extend their lead

    first_imgAfter a rare bad foul that led to a yellow card and a Celta Vigo goal, Lionel Messi made up for his error with two perfectly struck free kicks to claim a hat trick and lead Barcelona to another victory.It was the 34th Spanish league treble for Messi, tying former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for the most in the competition.Messi’s hat trick gave Barcelona a 4-1 win over Celta on Saturday, ending the team’s two-game winless sequence and leaving it joint top with Real Madrid, which routed Eibar 4-0 with two goals by Karim Benzema.Sergio Busquets also scored for Barcelona, which was coming off a league loss at Levante and a home draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.”We needed this victory,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “A team like Barcelona has to rebound quickly after a setback.”Barcelona and Madrid have 25 points, two more than Real Sociedad. The Spanish powerhouses have a game in hand because their “clásico” match was postponed until December due to last month’s separatist rally in the Catalan capital.Messi put Barcelona ahead with a penalty in the first half, but his foul near halftime prompted a yellow card, and Celta’s equalizer from a free kick by Lucas Olaza.Messi made up for his blunder with two excellent free kicks, one in first-half stoppage time and the other a few minutes after the break. Both times he sent a curling shot over the wall and into the top corner.advertisement”With Leo, anything is possible,” Valverde said. “He is an expert with free kicks. Our opponents are always wary of fouling near the area.”Messi has netted nine goals in his last seven matches in all competitions. He has eight league goals this season, one less than leading scorer Benzema.”You can’t control Messi,” Celta coach Óscar García said. “Without him, things would have been different.”MADRID’S GOOD STARTMadrid scored three goals in the first 30 minutes to sweep Eibar aside.Madrid was up 2-0 by the 20th minute after goals by Benzema and Sergio Ramos. Benzema added another in the 29th and Federico Valverde netted in the 61st.The victory came three days after Madrid took a three-goal lead by the 14th minute of a 6-0 rout of Galatasaray in the group stage of the Champions League.Benzema’s second goal and the strike by Ramos came from penalties after fouls on Eden Hazard and Lucas Vázquez.It was only the third away win by Madrid in 11 league matches since coach Zinedine Zidane returned to the club late last season.The team has kept a clean sheet in five straight matches in all competitions, since a 1-0 loss at Mallorca in the league.Eibar, which was coming off two straight wins, dropped to 15th place, staying six points clear of the relegation zone.VALENCIA WINS LATEValencia bagged two late goals to beat Granada 2-0 and move closer to the top.Daniel Wass scored from close range in the 74th and Ferrán Torres struck in stoppage time to give Valencia its third straight victory.Valencia has the same 20-point haul as Granada, which got off to a great start in its return to the first division but has lost three consecutive matches.Valencia was coming off wins over Lille in the Champions League and Espanyol in the league.RED-HOT PÉREZLucas Pérez scored his seventh goal in as many matches as Alavés defeated Valladolid 3-0 to move further away from the relegation zone.Pérez converted a 75th-minute penalty for Alavés, which jumped to 14th with 15 points.The former West Ham striker has scored in each of his last seven matches, surpassing his overall goal tally for last season.Joselu and Tomás Pina had scored the first two goals for the hosts in the opening half. Valladolid, which is 13th, had lost only one of its last seven league matches.Also Read | Chelsea claim sixth straight win, Leicester jump to second spotlast_img read more

  • Gunman with pushchair shoots man outside primary school

    first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police cordon near St George's Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the school The man suspected of shooting Mr Monaghan has been described as wearing a blue padded jacket, blue jeans, a dark woollen bobble hat and a woollen scarf covering his face. There was no child in the buggy he was pushing.Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke said: “We do believe it was a targeted attack but nonetheless this took place near to a local primary school at the start of the school day, when the area was busy with parents dropping off their children.”Although it would appear that there was an intended victim, anyone could have been injured as a result, putting young children and innocent people at risk.”He said the pupils were safe in school but additional police patrols would be provided in the area to provide additional assurance in the coming days.Roads leading to the school were cordoned off yesterday as a forensics officer combed the pavement outside the building. Detectives were also studying CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door inquiries. A police cordon near St George’s Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the schoolCredit:PA A gunman pushing a child’s buggy has shot a key figure in Scotland’s bloodiest gangland feud outside a primary school.The culprit shot Ross Monaghan, 35, who had just dropped his child off at St George’s RC Primary School in Glasgow’s south side. He was later discharged from hospital after treatment for a shoulder wound.Armed officers and a police helicopter rushed to the scene after gunshots were heard outside the school at around 9.05am. Police Scotland later confirmed they were treating the attack and attempted murder and they were not ruling out it being linked to gangland crime.Mr Murnaghan is a member of the Lyons crime gang and was cleared at the High Court in Glasgow in May 2012 of the murder of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll in an Asda car park in Robroyston. A turf war with another gang over drugs has resulted in several murders in the north of the city in recent years.After a loud bang was heard, the suspected gunman made his escape and police arrived at the scene along with concerned parents. A witness told STV News she heard a loud bang “like a firework” while waving goodbye to her son.Mohammad Almfauani, 33, was taking his two daughters, to school when he saw a man being shot by another man close to the school gate around 9am.He told STV: “This was actually my two daughters’ first day at the school, I can’t believe this has happened. I stopped my car not far from the school gate and was about to let my daughters out when I spotted two guys walking towards the gate.”I thought one of the guys, couldn’t have been that old, was carrying a gun. I was thinking that the guys must just be playing as this was really close to the school gate.”I wasn’t sure if it was real or not but I told my kids to wait in the car just in case. But then I saw the guy shooting the other, it was so loud. I knew then that it was real. The guy ran up the opposite end of the street from me and I thought I saw him put the gun away but I can’t say for sure.”last_img read more