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Monday October 7 2019
Espanyol appoint ex Sevilla boss Pablo Machin

Espanyol have been appointed former Sevilla boss Pablo Machin after dismissing David Gallego, the club have confirmed.

Machin was famed for guiding Girona to their first ever promotion to the top-flight in 2017 and subsequently led them to a top-half finish using his 3-5-2 formation.

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Monday October 7 2019
Ousmane Dembele refuses to discuss Sevilla red card

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has reportedly declined to talk about his sending off against Sevilla.

The French international was dismissed in the closing minutes of the 4-0 Camp Nou, after allegedly criticising referee Antonio Lahoz's earlier decision to send off team mate Ronald Araujo.

After initially appearing to be a second yellow card for the former Broussia Dortmund man, Lahoz confirmed that it was a straight red card, meaning his will miss the EL Clasico tie with Real Madrid if his three game ban is upheld.

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Monday October 7 2019
Gerard Pique avoids El Clasico suspension

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has avoided a potential El Clasico suspension after collecting a late yellow card against Sevilla.

La Blaugrana's 4-0 win over Julen Lopetegui's side ended in controversy as Ronald Araujo and Ousmane Dembele were boh sent off in the final five minutes.

However in an incident that was only picked up on after the full time whistle, the veteran centre back was cautioned for kicking the ball away in frustration in added time.

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Sunday October 6 2019
Ernesto Valverde criticises double red card against Sevilla

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has question the match officials after he saw two players sent off in the closing stages in their 4-0 win over Sevilla.

Debutant Ronald Araujo was shown a straight red card for a foul on fellow substitute Javier Hernandez - who was clean through on goal - with two minutes to play at the Camp Nou.

The situation as made worse as Ousmane Dembele was then dismissed for his excessive protests to referee Antonio Lahoz - but Valverde felt the red cards were harsh.

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Sunday October 6 2019
Arturo Vidal hails vital Barcelona win over Sevilla

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal heaped praise on his team mates following their 4-0 win at home to Sevilla.

The victory moves Barcelona up into second place in La Liga, two points behind leaders Real Madrid, ahead of the international break this week.

"It was very important that we won tonight.

"We had to win, with the international break coming up.

"We had chances to score tonight and we took them, that efficiency is important in this league."

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Sunday October 6 2019
POST MATCH - Barcelona up to second in La Liga with dominant Sevilla win

Barcelona issued a La Liga title warning to Real Madrid with a dominant 4-0 at home to Sevilla.

Ernesto Valverde's side were in control from start to finish against Julen Lopetegui's visitors, with three first half goals putting the defending La Liga champions in command.

Luis Suarez got the ball rolling for the hosts on 28 minutes, netting a spectacular bicycle kick from close range, after being picked out by Nelson Semedo's deep cross.

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Sunday October 6 2019
La Liga LIVE: Barcelona v Sevilla

Barcelona host Sevilla at the Camp Nou - Follow our LIVE blog for updates.

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Sunday October 6 2019
La Liga line ups: Barcelona v Sevilla

Ousmane Dembele returns to the Barcelona starting line up for the first time since opening day of the season.

The French international has struggled with injuries so far this season, and he replaces Antoine Griezmann for the visit of Sevilla to the Camp Nou.

Manager Ernesto Valverde makes two other changes to the starting line up that beat Inter Milan in midweek, with Arturo Vidal in for Sergio Busquets and Jean-Clair Todibo in for the suspended Clement Lenglet.

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Sunday October 6 2019
Ajax remove release clause of in-demand star Hakim Ziyech

Ajax have removed the €26m release clause of in-demand star Hakim Ziyech as they have tied him down to a new contract.

As outlined by a report in De Telegraaf, the Moroccan international will now have a market value in excess of €50m - which could potentially put off suitors.

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Friday October 4 2019
Javier Hernandez enjoying Sevilla 'like a kid'

Striker Javier Hernandez is enjoying his football ‘like a little kid’ after joining Sevilla from West Ham United this summer.

The Mexican international has scored two goals in his two starts for the club - both in Europa League ties against Qarabag and APOEL respectively.

The deal taking the striker to the Andalusian club was worth a reported €7.8m and while he has yet to start a match in La Liga - featuring for just 41 minutes across two substitute appearances - he has said he is enjoying life in Spain.

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