With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end. With many training grounds off-limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they’re adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time? ESPN will be keeping a daily eye
Antoine Griezmann nets two second-half goals to lift Barcelona over UD Ibiza 2-1. Watch Copa del Rey on ESPN+. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the final 20 minutes as a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona came from behind to beat Ibiza 2-1 and avoid a shock Copa del Rey exit at the hands of the third-division side.
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Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the hot takes from the weekend’s soccer action to see whether they are overreactions. ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol and Craig Burley discuss Alvaro Morata’s winning goal and Joao Felix’s first La Liga start for Atletico Madrid. In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Edwin van der Sar says Matthijs de Ligt
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ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens weighs in on 16-year-old Ansu Fati’s impact at Barcelona so far with two goals in his first three matches. Alejandro Moreno examines how Lionel Messi impacted the game during the final 30 minutes of Barcelona’s scoreless draw against Dortmund. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each have five Ballons d’Or, but does