Gerardo Martino enjoyed his competitive debut with Barcelona more than Carlos Ancelotti’s with Real Madrid as the La Liga champions stormed to a 7-0 rout of Levante in their season opener at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
Real had to come from behind against Real Betis for a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu, new 30 million euro signing Isco heading an 86th-minute winner.
Jorge Molina had put the lively visitors ahead in the 14th minute only for Karim Benzema level in the 26th.
Out of jail, Bayern’s Breno back to work
Munich: Former Bayern Munich defender Breno has returned to the club while on day-release from his prison sentence for aggravated arson. “The time in prison has been very hard for me,” Breno said on Monday, when he appeared alongside Bayern President Uli Hoeness.
The 23-year-old Brazilian will help coach Bayern’s reserve side and youth teams, initially during his five hours of release every morning from the Stadelheim correctional facility, then increasing to eight hours if all goes to plan. “It means I can train again,” he said.
First home match for Afghans after 10 yrs
Kabul: Afghanistan’s action-starved football fans are predicting a morale-boosting victory for the national side in their first home game for 10 years when they take on Pakistan Tuesday
The match at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium in Kabul has sparked major interest in the war-torn country, with a sell-out crowd expected at the afternoon game. Afghanistan, ranked 139th in the world, last played at home in 2003 in a clash against Turkmenistan and have not played Pakistan, their eastern neighbour and rival, in Kabul since 1977.