Real Madrid draw final game to send opponents Leganes out of La Liga

first_imgNewly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid were unable on Sunday to maintain their perfect run of results since the season re-started.They drew 2-2 at neighbours Leganes, who were relegated. Real Madrid ended the campaign on 87 points after the draw interrupted a run of 10 consecutive victories, five clear of second-placed FC Barcelona.Leganes finished 18th on 36 points, joining 19th-placed Real Mallorca and Espanyol in being relegated, while Celta Vigo, who finished on 37, stayed up after drawing 0-0 at Espanyol.Sergio Ramos headed home his 11th league goal this season to put Real Madrid in front after nine minutes.Zinedine Zidane heavily rotated his team following the 2-1 win over Villarreal on Thursday that clinched their first Liga title since 2017, and it told on their performance.Leganes levelled on the stroke of half-time through midfielder Bryan Gil, but Marco Asensio restored Real Madrid’s lead early in the second half. Roger Assale equalised in the 78th minute to give Leganes a slither of hope of survival and they needed one more goal to pull off a miraculous escape from relegation.They came agonisingly close to finding it, having a late penalty kick appeal turned down for handball against Luka Jovic after a VAR review.Oscar Rodriguez then blasted over from inside the area deep in added time, and the Madrid side dropped out of the top flight for the first time since 2016.That was when they won their maiden promotion to La Liga.“Even though we didn’t get the result we wanted, the sacrifice was worth it and we are proud to have fought until the end,” said Leganes defender Unai Bustinza. “What we have done should be seen as an example that you should never give up.”Bustinza also reflected on the fact his side lost their two main strikers at the start of the year.They were forced to sell Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla, and then Martin Braithwaite to FC Barcelona in February after their buy-out clauses were triggered.Bustinza added: “This year has been an uphill struggle because, as well as the lockdown period, we didn’t have that little bit of luck we needed and some very important players were taken away from us.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend “But we’ll do our best to get back up.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Celta VigoLa LigaMarco AsensioReal MadridZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

QPR appoint Hoos

first_img Hoos, who has been CEO at Burnley since December 2011, will join the London club for next season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign. The 53-year-old American joins head coach Chris Ramsey, who signed a permanent three-year deal at Loftus Road on Tuesday. QPR have appointed Lee Hoos as their new chief executive. Press Associationlast_img read more

Inspection turns into a blessing

first_img“We’ve been on fire,” Thirkettle said. Thanks to the track inspectors, that fire might continue for another week. “That was a close call,” Thirkettle said. “You need those breaks once in a while. That was kind of a blessing.” Chris Houwen of Acton is seventh in the Late Model standings. The NASCAR Super Trucks, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Figure 8s are also scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Dave Blakenship of Stevenson Ranch is second in the Super Trucks standings. Rookie Brian Reed of Castaic is seventh and rookie Brent Cusick of Canyon Country is 10th. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Indy Racing League: Qualifying for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins today, weather permitting, after last weekend’s sessions were rained out. Marlboro Team Penske driver Sam Hornish Jr. and Chip Ganassi’s Team Target driver Dan Wheldon have been the fastest drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the past two weeks. Teams have been able to practice at the track, but rain and bad weather have postponed some of the scheduled events. Teams and drivers were able to turn some laps this week. Most were working on race set-up rather than qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the times have been a little slower than they were on Sunday, when teams were preparing to qualify for the race. Hornish had the top speed in Thursday’s session at 224.951 mph. His Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second at 224.437 mph. Valencia’s Bryan Herta was 18th-fastest of the 31 drivers who practiced Thursday. His best lap was at 218.593 mph. “I went out (Thursday) and got a read on our starting car but felt like it wasn’t quite as good as it was (Wednesday),” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate and driver for Andretti Green Racing. “So we ran back to the garage to put (Wednesday’s) setup back on.” Drivers only had an hour and 20 minutes of practice time on Thursday. Rain and two accidents by rookies Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Thiago Medeiros prevented drivers from being on the track any longer. “The guys did a great job because they were under the gun on time and we got back out with what would have been 45 minutes of green (flag) time left,” Herta said. “Then Thiago had his accident and the rain came so we never got to go out and evaluate it.” Herta’s Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan was seventh-fastest in Thursday’s session. His fastest lap was at 221.707 mph, tops among the Andretti Green drivers. (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter taking out the transmission, Thirkettle’s team noticed that it wasn’t in great condition. It probably wouldn’t have lasted another race. And without the inspection, the team probably wouldn’t have made any adjustments to fix it. “It was ready to break. It would’ve ruined our season,” said Thirkettle, a driver from Newhall. “Our goal was to contend for the championship, and it would have ruined us.” Instead of that possibly disastrous result, Thirkettle has a chance to win his third straight Late Model race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. After three races, Thirkettle leads the Late Model standings by three points over Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills. Going back to last year, Thirkettle has won five of the past seven races at Irwindale Speedway. If Travis Thirkettle ends up winning the NASCAR Late Model championship at Irwindale Speedway, he may never complain about post-race inspections again. After winning the race on April 29, track officials wanted to inspect Thirkettle’s transmission. There is nothing unusual about inspecting the winning cars after a race, but targeting a transmission is a bit rare. It happens about once a season, and the track officials couldn’t have had better timing. last_img read more