Canada with an Ouigo Madrid-Barcelona, the SNCF initiates the liberalization of rail in Europe
Barcelona loses, misses chance to take the lead in Spain
MADRID — Barcelona missed a chance to take over the Spanish league lead Thursday, losing 2-1 to Granada at home to squander an opportunity to take control of the title race. Lionel Messi put the Catalan club ahead in the first half but Granada rallied for a surprise victory with two second-half goals at the Camp Nou Stadium. “It's a tough blow,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said. “It was a great opportunity for us.” The match was postponed from two weeks ago because of Barcelona’s participation in the Copa del Rey final, which it won over Athletic Bilbao. A home win would have given Barcelona a one-point lead over Atlético Madrid with five rounds to go.
In Spain, this Monday morning, while the state of emergency has just been lifted, the first trains with passengers from the French company at low cost Ouigo begin to circulate between Madrid and Barcelona. With this line, has just started the liberalization of rail in Europe.
With our corresponding in Madrid, Diane Cambon
Five daily trips and returns will cover the Madrid-Barcelona line at extremely competitive prices on Monday. Tickets are accessible from 9 euros, for an average call price around 25 euros. We are very far from the 70 euros on average for a go between the two Spanish metropolises proposed by the Spanish company Renfe.
Nadal enters Madrid Open with improvement on his mind
MADRID — Rafael Nadal hopes to use the Madrid Open to keep improving ahead of the French Open after a slow start to the season. Nadal won the Barcelona Open last week for his first title of the year. The second-ranked Spaniard has been slowly gaining his best form following a long layoff prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. “I haven’t played a lot, this will be only my fourth tournament of the year,” Nadal said. “Now it’s time to push, to make that extra effort entering the next three months.” Nadal is also expected to play in Rome before returning to Roland Garros to try to win a record-extending 14th French Open title.
Ouigo thus becomes the first great competitor on the Spanish soil with its 14 TGV low cost to two floors and its car wagon. The French companion hired nearly 1,300 people with 95% fixed jobs and has invested more than 600 million euros to set up in Spain, countries that has the largest high-speed rail network in Europe. Thus, Ouigo already plans to cover the lines Madrid-Seville-Malaga, but also Madrid-Valencia.
For its part, the Spanish company, which has fallen behind the pandemic, to relinquish well by launching its company at low cost AVLO by the end of June and considering in the future to settle in the market also French railway.
Suarez late show keeps Atletico in control as La Liga's ludicrous title race goes to the wire .
Diego Simeone's side came from behind to beat Osasuna and maintain their two-point lead over Real Madrid ahead of the final round of fixturesOn Sunday, it was the same story. Until Luis Suarez decided otherwise.