Section: La Liga

Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid claimed the first European silverware of the season with a 2-0 Super Cup win over Sevilla in Cardiff.

Ronaldo, starting alongside new recruits James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, tapped in a cross from Cardiff-born Gareth Bale to give Real the lead.

The Portuguese doubled his side’s advantage with a drilled shot from the left when played in by Karim Benzema.

It is the first of six trophies Real are hoping to win this season.

The Champions League winners will look to defend the title they claimed by beating Atletico Madrid in May, while Bale said this week the team are also confident of winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Fifa Club World Cup and the Supercopa de Espana in 2014-15.

This match against fellow Spanish side Sevilla, who won the Europa League by beating Benfica on penalties, was a first chance for manager Carlo Ancelotti to see the most expensively-assembled squad in football history in action in a competitive match.

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Football: Liverpool agree £12m fee with Sevilla for Alberto Moreno

Liverpool have agreed a £12m fee with Sevilla for left-back Alberto Moreno.

The 22-year-old Spain international has been withdrawn from tonight’s Uefa Super Cup match and is expected on Merseyside for a medical later in the week.

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has spent the day in Cardiff finalising the deal and will be a guest of Sevilla’s at tonight’s game against Real Madrid.

Martin Kelly is now expected to leave Anfield to join Crystal Palace.

The England international, 24, will have a medical with the Eagles in the next 24 hours after the clubs agreed an initial fee of £1.5m, rising to £2m.

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Football: Barcelona hint at more signings after Thomas Vermaelen completes move

Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has not ruled out more signings to follow Thomas Vermaelen as the Catalan club continue their summer of rebuilding.

Vermaelen completed his move to Bar§a on Sunday, signing a five-year contract at Camp Nou after joining from Arsenal for a fee that may eventually rise to £15m.

The Belgium international and former club aptain at Arsenal joins Luis Su¡rez, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and J©r©my Mathieu as newcomers at Bar§a, who will be under the guidance of a new coach, Luis Enrique, next season as they look to recover from a hugely disappointing campaign last year under Gerardo Martino.

Speaking at Vermaelen’s presentation, Zubizarreta said he is very happy with the talent Bar§a now have at their disposal, but also revealed that the club are still open to more additions if the right players become available.

He said: “With the addition of Thomas we completed a defensive line of a very high level. There are options that we are working on for the exit of some players, as such we’re not discarding so that others could come in.

“What I can say is that at midnight on 31 August we hope to have the best squad possible. Even though we are very happy with the players that we have if there is a chance to improve it, we will try.

“Until the 1st or 2nd [of September], when we talk about the market being closed, anything could happen.”

Zubizarreta preferred not to talk about specific targets, who reportedly still include Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, while he also said Bar§a had not received any offers for their full-back Dani Alves.

Vermaelen was not short of suitors as it became increasingly clear his future lay away from Arsenal, with Manchester United one of the clubs heavily linked with his services, but the 28-year-old insisted it was a “dream” for him to move to Camp Nou.

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Everton 1-3 Celta Vigo: Nolito hat-trick sinks Toffees

Everton’s winless pre-season run continued as a Nolito hat-trick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat against Spanish side Celta Vigo.

The Toffees took the lead through an Aiden McGeady strike after 10 minutes.

But eight minutes later Nolito converted a deep cross, and he then gave Celta the lead when he robbed John Stones and chipped Tim Howard.

And the striker completed his 16-minute hat-trick when he curled a shot past Tim Howard before the break.

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Premiership: Liverpool sign Atletico Madrid’s Javier Manquillo on loan

Liverpool have signed right-back Javier Manquillo on a two-season loan from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

The Spain Under-20 international is Liverpool’s seventh summer signing.

“I’m very happy to have signed for Liverpool,” said Manquillo, 20.

“I think it’s one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and play here.”

Manquillo began his career with Real Madrid before joining their cross-city rivals at the age of 13.

He made his senior debut at 17 and played six times last season before suffering a vertebrae injury following an aerial challenge with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Copa del Rey semi-final in February.

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La Liga: Spain midfielder Xavi retires from international football

Barcelona midfielder calls time with national team after winning 133 caps and helping Spain win 2010 World Cup and two European Championships.

The 34-year-old revealed at a press conference with Barcelona on Tuesday that he has decided to hang up his Spain boots after winning 133 caps and helping La Roja win the 2010 World Cup and back-to-back European Championships.

“I’ve taken the decision to leave the national team. My time there has finished,” he said.

“From now on I’m another fan of the Spain team.

“I’m grateful to everybody at the Federation (RFEF), it’s been a marvellous time for me to be there for so many years and have so much success. I’m leaving very proud and I wish them all the best.”

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