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Spanish La Liga – Round Nineteen

Top Four:

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Sevilla
  3. Barcelona
  4. Atletico Madrid

 

Bottom Four:

  1.  Leganes
  2. Sporting Gijon
  3.  Granada
  4. Osasuna

 

January 20, 2017

Las Palmas                                      1-1                        Deportivo La coruna

Mateo Ezequiel Garcia 13’                                            Florin Andone 69’

 

Las Palmas couldn’t hold on to an early lead at home and finished the match with fewer men against a struggling Deportivo La Coruna.

 

January 21, 2017

Espanyol                                            3-1                              Granada

Jose Antonio Reyes 11’                                                      Andreas Pereira 23’

Pablo Piatti 32’

Marc Navarro 48’

RCD Espanyol v Granada CF - La Liga : News Photo

After three league matches without a victory for Espanyol, Granada was the perfect opportunity to put an ended the bad run.

Granada continues to be a strong contender for relegation.  

 

Real Madrid                                        2-1                         Malaga

Sergio Ramos 35’ 43’                                                      Juanpi 63’

Real Madrid CF v Malaga CF - La Liga : News Photo

 

When defenders score, it is usually considered as a goal from an ‘unlikely’ source.  But when the defender is Sergio Ramos, that is a very likely source.

Real Madrid bounced back from defeat in their recent matches to get a home victory against Malaga.

 

Alaves                                                  2-2                           Leganes

Victor Laguardia 11’                                                           Guerrero 45’

Edgar Antonio Mendez 51’                                               Pablo Insua 84’

These two recently promoted sides played out a well-contested draw.  

 

Villarreal                                                 0-2                         Valencia

                                                                                               Carlos Soler 35’

                                                                                               Santi Mina 42’

 

Valencia remains undefeated after the La Liga winter break. A consecutive victory has allowed Valencia to move to away from the drop zone.

 

Looking at how their seasons have been going, Villarreal at home was the clear favorite in this fixture.  

 

January 22, 2017

Osasuna                                               3-4                           Sevilla

Sergio Leon 15’                                                            Vicente Iborra 43’ 65’

Vicente Iborra 63’ (o.g)                                               Franco Vázquez 80’

Kenan Kodro 90’+3’                                                     Pablo Sarabia 90+2’

FBL-ESP-LIGA-OSASUNA-SEVILLA : News Photo

Vicente Iborra was filled with goals as he scored three in this match, two for Sevilla and the other for Osasuna.

Pablo Sarabia’s goal at the end of the second half for Sevilla became very important after  Kenan Kodro score a minute later for Osasuna.

Sevilla finished at the right end of a seven-goal thriller. They got the maximum points and stay on the heels of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

 

Athletic Club                                   2-2                     Atletico Madrid

Inigo Lekue 42’                                                         Koke 3’

Oscar de Marcos 56’                                                 Antoine Griezmann 80’

 

After a quick goal to take the lead, Atletico Madrid found themselves a losing with at about a third of the match left to play.

Antoine Griezmann eighth minute strike helped Atletico Madrid to an away point against Athletic Club. Fitting result for an even contest

 

Real Betis                                   0-0                     Sporting Gijon

 

Sporting Gijon ended a losing streak of four league matches by holding Real Betis to a draw.  

Sporting Gijon needed more than a draw to improve their chances of coming out of the relegation zone.

 

Real Sociedad                               1-0                 Celta Vigo

Juanmi 72’

FBL-ESP-LIGA-REALSOCIEDAD-CELTA : News Photo

A single goal in the second half was the difference maker. Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo and opened an eight-point gap between the two teams.

The victory also brought Real Sociedad level on points with Atletico Madrid in the standings.

 

Eibar                                       0-4                       Barcelona

                                                                         Denis Suarez 32’

                                                                         Lionel Messi 50’

                                                                         Luis Suarez 68’

                                                                         Neymar 90’+1”

SD Eibar v FC Barcelona - La Liga : News Photo

‘MSN’ for Barcelona to keep up with Real Madrid and Sevilla at the top of La Liga.

 

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