European football matchday: Real Madrid to play Alavés without Zinedine Zidane; Manchester City vs Cheltenham in FA Cup,
A look at what’s happening in European football on Saturday
The positive test comes a day before Madrid travel to Alaves in LaLiga seeking to bounce back from an embarrassing midweek Copa del Rey exit.
Humiliated in the cup by Segunda B's Alcoyano, a week after being outfought and largely outplayed in the Spanish Super Cup by Athletic Bilbao, Madrid find themselves in another slump.
Another late victory for Atletico means they pull seven points clear of second-placed Real Madrid and 10 ahead of third-placed Barcelona, with another game in hand over both still to come.
La Liga's reigning champions lost 2-1 to Alcoyano, who scored a remarkable winner in extra-time after having a man sent off.
Bundesliga: 'No decision taken' on David Alaba's move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid, says defender's father
On Monday, Spanish newspaper Marca said Austria centre-back Alaba had agreed a four-year deal with the La Liga giants starting next season and had passed a medical.
Raul Garcia was sent off after 13 minutes when Real Madrid beat Bilbao in the league last month but this time he had two goals in the first half, each coming after a mistake by Lucas Vazquez.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi's future will depend on Barcelona elections and sporting project, says former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro
Former Real Madrid defender and captain Fernando Hierro spoke about Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and the on-going LaLiga season where Atletico Madrid are in command.
Jovic's temporary return 'home' was announced by Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic on Tuesday.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann net two each as Barcelona rout Granada; Sevilla edge Real Sociedad
Second-placed Real Madrid were one point behind Atletico after being held at Osasuna to 0-0 in a match played in steady snowfall and with barely any scoring chances for either side.
Takefusa Kubo, nicknamed "the Japanese Messi", returned to Spain in 2019 when he joined Real Madrid, but has yet to play for the club.
LaLiga: Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema to face trial over involvement in blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena
Benzema, 33, who has not been selected for his country since the affair came to light in 2015, is accused of paying individuals to extort money from Valbuena by threatening to make the video public.
In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, LaLiga’s India head, Jose Antonio Cachaza, dwells on year 2020, league’s broadcasting plans, and of course, Lionel Messi.
Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and is the highest paid player in the Premier League club's history, but he has not played all season and does not appear to be in coach Mikel Arteta's plans.
Asensio crossed to the far post for Vázquez to head in Madrid's opener in the sixth minute. Vázquez then set up his fellow forward for Asensio to double the lead in the 53rd.
Celta Vigo's turnaround has been achieved on the back of a run of six wins, a draw and just one loss in their last eight games.
Granada moved to within two points of the Champions League places after beating Valencia 2-1 in a feisty match where three players were sent off in six second-half minutes.
Laporta knows Messi from when he took over the club as their young president in 2003. A teenage Messi had recently joined the Spanish club after leaving Argentina with his family.
LaLiga: Casemiro, Benzema score as Real Madrid beat Granada to move level with Atletico at top of league table
Granada posed problems to Real Madrid on several occasions but their lack of finishing cost them dear.
The foundation carries out football-related actions, such as recently funding internships for young players in China and organising workshops on sports psychology.