La Liga: Granada 1 Celta Vigo 2

Augusto Fernandez scored a last-gasp winner as Celta Vigo beat Granada 2-1 in La Liga on Friday.

Luis Enrique’s side took a deserved lead through Gustavo Cabral in the 28th minute but were pegged back by Youssef El-Arabi before the break.

But just when it looked as though the hosts would earn a point, Fernandez netted his third league goal of the campaign to make it back-to-back La Liga victories for Celta.

Cabral headed the opener after excellent work down the left from Nolito, but El-Arabi nodded in Fran Rico’s right-wing corner to level the scores four minutes before the interval.

With time running out, and both sides looking happy with a point, Celta snatched all three through Fernandez.

Substitute Michael Krohn-Delhi’s low cross was palmed into the path of the striker and he poked the ball under Roberto from six yards.

The win moves Celta above their opponents in the table and into 11th place in the Spanish top flight.

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Senderos signs for Valencia

Fulham have confirmed that defender Philippe Senderos has joined Valencia for an undisclosed fee.

The former Arsenal man arrived at Craven Cottage in the summer of 2010 and went on to make 68 appearances for the club.

The Switzerland international appeared on 12 occasions in the Premier League this season, scoring in the 4-1 win at Crystal Palace in October.

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Monaco sign Berbatov on loan from Fulham; Dani Osvaldo to Juve

French moneybags AS Monaco FC have completed the loan signing of Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov until the end of the season.

French moneybags AS Monaco FC have completed the loan signing of Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov until the end of the season.

Berbatov, 33, was linked with a January move to former club Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week but Les Rouge et Blanc swooped for the Bulgarian ace, having lost star man Radamel Falcao to a season-ending knee injury.

The out-of-favour Bulgaria international, who joined Fulham from Manchester United on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee in August 2012, bagged four goals in 18 English Premier League starts for the Cottagers this season.

Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with Fulham on Friday, has replaced Berbatov at Craven Cottage, while the club have also agreed to take Lewis Holtby on loan from Tottenham.

“I’m happy, excited and a little bit nervous to be honest. I look forward to start training with my new team-mates and open a new chapter in my career,” Berbatov told the club’s official website, asm-fc.com.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: “Dimitar will bring us all his experience and talent. His coming is of course connected to the Radamel Falcao’s injury.

“He played in big clubs as Manchester United and he’s a big striker. We still have two competitions to play and he will be an asset with Emmanuel Rivière, Valère Germain and Anthony Martial.

He has a different profile than our others forwards.”

Monaco (14-6-2) — priced at 11/2 to win Ligue 1 — will travel to the Stade du Moustoir to face 10th-placed Lorient (9-4-9) on Saturday, 1 February 2014.

Dani Osvaldo to Juve

Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo has joined Italian Serie A champions on loan for the remainder of the season.

It did not take long for the 28-year-old Italy international to become unsettled at St Mary’s. In fact, Osvaldo wanted out inside of four weeks, according to reports.

The hotheaded forward has finally been granted his wish, a return to Italy.

“Juventus Football Club can today confirm that terms have been agreed with Southampton Football Club on a free loan deal for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo,” read a statement on the Bianconeri’s official website.

“The agreement also includes the option, to be exercised before 31 May 2014, for the purchase of the player’s full registration rights at the price of €19 million, to be paid over the course of three years.”

Following his club record €15.1 million transfer from A.S. Roma, Dani Osvaldo netted just three goals in 13 league appearances, including nine starts, for the Saints in 2013/14.

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League Two: Southend United 0 Newport County 0

Robbie Willmott missed a second-half penalty as Newport County played out a 0-0 draw at League Two promotion rivals Southend United.

The Welsh side could have closed the gap to the play-off places to five points with a win, but Willmott fluffed his lines from the spot to make it a frustrating night for the visitors.

Southend will have been relieved just to take a point, although all three would have moved them into the third automatic promotion spot.

Lee Barnard threatened to grab a debut goal for the hosts early on, but saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner.

County goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley had to be alert to tip Will Atkinson’s header onto the post before the break.

But it was the visitors who spurned the best opportunity of the match after Mark Phillips had brought down Ryan Burge to hand County a penalty.

Willmott stepped up and blazed well wide with 51 minutes on the clock, and the ex-Cambridge United winger was denied redemption when Daniel Bentley made a superb stoppage-time stop.

Phil Brown’s Southend are now unbeaten in eight league games, while Newport have not won in five.

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Primeira Liga: Estoril 1 Arouca 1

The dismissal of Evandro proved costly for Estoril as struggling Arouca came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw on Friday.

Fourth-placed Estoril looked set to claim a first win in four Primeira Liga matches courtesy of Seba’s first-half strike.

But Evandro then received a straight red card for an over-the-ball tackle in the 69th minute and Arouca levelled seven minutes later through a header from Roberto.

Estoril now sit nine points behind Porto and could be overhauled by either Vitoria Guimaraes or Nacional, who meet on Monday, while Arouca are four points above the relegation zone.

Brazilian forward Seba opened the scoring nine minutes before the break, lofting the ball over Cassio after Arouca’s goalkeeper had raced out of his area.

Arouca were given renewed hope by Evandro’s dismissal, however, which came during a feisty second half featuring seven yellow cards.

The visitors levelled when Roberto met a cross from the right with a downward header into the bottom-left corner.

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Kakuta leaves for Lazio

Chelsea have announced that 22-year-old midfielder Gael Kakuta has joined Lazio on loan until the end of the season.

The France youth international will join a Lazio side who are battling poor form and are 10th in the Serie A table.

Kakuta, wo joined the Stamford Bridge outfit from Lens in 2007, has spent the last season and a half on loan at Vitesse.

The Eredivisie club, who Chelsea have a partnership with and loan several players to, have helped Kakuta make 40 appearances in his stint at the club.

The loan move will be the fifth of Kakuta’s career, with his time at Vitesse preceded by stints at Fulham, Bolton and Dijon.

Kakuta has made just 16 senior appearances for Chelsea.

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Diego completes loan move to Atletico

Atletico Madrid have signed Brazilian playmaker Diego from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season.

Diego spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Atletico and scored the final goal as the club beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 to win the UEFA Europa League.

The Brazil international has made 15 league appearances for Wolfsburg this season, scoring three goals, but will now join up with Diego Simeone’s charges to aid their La Liga title challenge.

“It was a matter of time before Atletico reached where it is. I already saw the potential of the team and the club when I was here,” Diego told Atletico’s official website.

“The management team is clear, our coach knows where to take us, so I come to help take this path.

“I am very happy to be part of such a strong group, one of the form teams in Europe.”

With Diego coming in, Atletico have allowed 20-year-old playmaker Oliver Torres to leave for fellow La Liga outfit Villarreal on loan until the end of the season, while forward Josuha Guilavogui has linked up with Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on a similar deal.

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Eredivisie: Feyenoord 1 Vitesse 1

Vitesse missed the chance to move to the top of the Eredivisie as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Feyenoord on Friday.

Peter Bosz’s side went into the clash just two points adrift of league leaders and champions Ajax, but were forced to settle for a point from a tight encounter.

Feyenoord’s top scorer Graziano Pelle put his side 1-0 up with his 16th Eredivisie goal of the season six minutes before the break.

Ronald Koeman’s men were well placed to get the win they needed to move above Twente into third, but Vitesse – whose last Eredivisie defeat came at home to Feyenoord on October 6 – had other ideas.

The visitors responded strongly after the interval, and drew level through the unlikely source of Guram Kashia.

The Georgian defender had not previously scored in the league this season, but popped up on 57 minutes to salvage a point and extend Vitesse’s unbeaten Eredivisie streak to 12 matches.

Ajax can now move four points clear at the summit with a win at Utrecht on Sunday.

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Leeds sack McDermott

Brian McDermott has revealed that he has been sacked as Leeds United manager just hours before the close of the January transfer window.

Leeds, who sit 12th in the Championship but are winless in seven league games, removed McDermott on Friday as the public battle for the club’s ownership continues.

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino appears set to confirm a buyout of the club but a rival bid, chaired by former Manchester United commercial executive Mike Farnan, is also in contention.

Another group, called Sport Capital, saw their attempt to buy the club collapse earlier this week.

Cellino reportedly wants Gianluca Festa to take on the Elland Road job and allegedly tried to place the former Middlesbrough defender in the dugout for Leeds’ 1-1 Championship draw against Ipswich Town on Tuesday.

And, although Leeds had not officially confirmed the news, McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds on Friday that he had been sacked.

“From the bottom of my heart, thanks to each and every Leeds United fan for your support,” he said.

McDermott took charge at Leeds in April last year, just over a month after being sacked at Reading.

The 52-year-old enjoyed a great start to life at Elland Road, guiding his side to wins in seven of their first 11 matches.

But Leeds have struggled lately and McDermott has not been given the opportunity to turn it around.

The situation could yet get worse for Leeds, with club captain and top scorer Ross McCormack, who is attracting interest from a host of clubs, expressing his discontent at McDermott’s dismissal.

“I’m absolutely gutted. I had a really close relationship with the manager,” McCormack told Sky Sports News.

“As you know, he’s made me the club captain this season.

“I’m very happy and content at the club but I think a big part of that was Brian McDermott. At the moment it’s still very raw. I’m absolutely gutted.

“There’s three hours (of the transfer window) left. I can’t see anything happening. The club have said they’re not going to sell me.

“Whether that changes in the next couple of hours we’ll see. I’m lost for words. I can’t believe it.”

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Monaco bring in Berbatov

Monaco have announced the loan signing of Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old is seen by Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri as the perfect replacement for the injured Radamel Falcao, who damaged knee ligaments during a Coupe de France tie with Monts Or Azergues earlier this month.

Berbatov had also been linked with a move to Tottenham but will now seek to aid Monaco’s bid to claim the Ligue 1 title.

He told the club’s official website he was looking forward to getting started, stating: “I am both happy, excited and a little nervous to be honest.

“I cannot wait to start training with my new partner and begin a new chapter in my career.”

Berbatov brings experience in Falcao’s absence, with Ranieri’s other striking options all under 23 years old, and vice-president Vadim Vasilyev is expecting big things from the Bulgarian.

“Dimitar will bring us all his experience and talent,” said Vasilyev. “His arrival is of course related to the injury (for) Radamel Falcao.

“With two tournaments to play, he will be a great asset alongside Emmanuel Riviere, Valere Germain and Anthony Martial.”

Berbatov is the second top scorer at Craven Cottage this season with four Premier League goals, but has been allowed to move on after Fulham signed Konstantinos Mitroglou on Friday.

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