Paul Macdonald

 
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Former Goal editor, FootballCritic and Football Transfers founder with over a decade of experience covering domestic and international football, with particular focus on Barcelona.

Articles written by Paul Macdonald

Standings

La Liga Table: Asensio hat-trick sends Real Madrid to the top

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga after a big win over Mallorca, while Sevilla defeated Valencia in the earlier game.

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Match Preview

Koeman to start the kids? How Barcelona could line up against Granada

Ronald Koeman still has numerous injury woes and may be forced to field a young team at Camp Nou on Monday night

  • 5 days
Barcelona

Revealed: The mismanagement of Barcelona that leaves Messi on brink of exit

Terrible results on the pitch, broken promises off it and a club run into the ground now all contributed to Messi's seemingly inevitable departure

  • 1 month
VAR

What are the Premier League VAR changes for the 2021-22 season?

Inspired by the performance at the Euros, the Premier League have announced sweeping changes to their application of the system

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Player Ratings

Belgium 1-0 Portugal Player Ratings: Hazard sends Ronaldo home

Dortmund winger Thorgan crushed home a superb shot to leave Ronaldo and Co relinquishing their Euro crown

  • 2 months
Player Ratings

Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic Player Ratings: De Ligt off as Dutch crash out

The Juventus defender was dismissed for a deliberate handball in the second half and the Czechs took full advantage

  • 2 months
Player Ratings

Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine Player Ratings: Gini holds his bottle in thrilling victory

The new PSG midfielder took on an advanced role for Oranje and was their key player in a vital win at Euro 2020

  • 3 months
Player Ratings

England 1-0 Croatia Player Ratings: Phillips England's star man in narrow win

The Leeds man has been schooled by Marcelo Bielsa and he provided the most impactful performance on a hot day at Wembley

  • 3 months
Ligue 1

Lille seal final-day win and claim dramatic Ligue 1 triumph

Lille held their nerve on the final day to defeat Angers 2-1 and pip PSG to the title, their first in a decade.

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton Player Ratings: Red-hot Pepe ends season on a high

Nicolas Pepe has upped his game in the closing weeks of the season and saw off Brighton with two excellent goals

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Wolves 1-2 Man Utd Player Ratings: Youngsters Diallo and Elanga shine

Manchester United's young second-string ended the season with a victory thanks mainly to two talented prospects

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace Player Ratings: Mane double clinches Champions League spot

Liverpool were far from at their best and had to survive an early scare but getting the job done - just - to return to the Champions League

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Player Ratings

Barcelona 1-2 Celta Vigo Player Ratings: Messi brilliant but Barca can't wait for season to end

Lionel Messi was once again inspired but Barcelona are ending the campaign as poorly as they started it

  • 4 months
La Liga

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Osasuna: Luis Suarez puts Atleti on verge of La Liga glory

Atletico Madrid were in serious trouble with just 10 minutes remaining but were able to turn it around and claim the win

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

West Brom 1-2 Liverpool, Player Ratings: Goalkeeper Alisson scores WINNER in dramatic finish

The Brazilian shot-stopper glanced home an absolutely vital goal in the Reds' race for the Champions League

  • 4 months
VAR

VAR represents the first regressive change to offside in football history

Chelsea were foiled in their quest to win the FA Cup as the technology produce a controversial finale after a late equaliser.

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Real Madrid 2-2 Sevilla Player Ratings: Kroos inspired but Los Blancos blow big moment

Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic struck from the spot and held the capital club to a draw which dashes their title hopes

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Arsenal 3-1 West Brom Player Ratings: Pepe and Saka shine

The attacking duo were excellent, coupled with Willian's superb clinching free-kick decided what was an academic fixture

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal Player Ratings: Aubameyang comes good for Gunners

Arsenal held complete control of the contest and were comfortable winners at St James' Park

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona Player Ratings: Griezmann double keeps Barca on title track

Antoine Griezmann struck twice in the first half as Barcelona came from behind to record a crucial La Liga victory

  • 4 months
Premier League

Leeds 0-0 Manchester United: 'Glazers Out' banner the highlight of dreadful match

Manchester United were happy to take their point and move on with a key Europa League match versus Roma to come in midweek

  • 4 months
Player Ratings

Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid Player Ratings: Courtois keeps Los Blancos in title race

Thibaut Courtois made a string of excellent saves to keep Real Madrid in touching distance of Atletico Madrid in La Liga

  • 5 months
Player Ratings

Man Utd 3-1 Burnley Player Ratings: Greenwood double decisive

Mason Greenwood struck twice in the second half to break down a battling Burnley display and claim the three points.

  • 5 months
Match Report

Arsenal 1-1 Fulham: Last-gasp Nketiah equaliser breaks Fulham hearts

Jose Maja's penalty wasn't enough as Nketiah's late leveller all but condemned the London side to relegation

  • 5 months
Player Ratings

Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal Player Ratings: All about Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice and Gabriel Martinelli added another as Arsenal recorded an easy win

  • 5 months