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No BBC, no problem for Madrid – La Liga Round-up Week 30

Gill Clark in Editorial, La Liga 7 Apr 2017


Alvaro Morata celebrates against Leganes. Image via Getty

Morata stars as Madrid stay top

Leaders Madrid travelled to Leganes without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and with Karim Benzema only on the bench but still managed to score four and bring home all three points. James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata sent the visitors on their way but they were stunned when the Liga strugglers hauled themselves back into it with two goals in three minutes to make it 3-2. Morata’s deflected header off Martin Mantovani then sealed victory for Real and made the striker the first Spanish player to score a Liga hat-trick for Madrid since Raul in 2009.

Brilliant Barca see off Sevilla

Barcelona made light work of Sevilla at Camp Nou in a dazzling performance from the hosts. Luis Enrique’s men came flying out of the blocks with Lionel Messi crashing a shot off the crossbar after just three minutes while Luis Suarez could have had a penalty shortly afterwards after being hauled to the ground. However, it didn’t take long for Suarez to open the scoring with a brilliant bicycle kick before turning provider for Messi. The Argentine then added a second to seal the winner in the first half and although Sevilla rallied after the break their slump continues.

Atleti win despite Torres shocker

It was one of those nights for Fernando Torres at the Calderon as Atletico Madrid took on Real Sociedad. The striker managed to miss an open goal, rolling an effort onto the post, but managed to collect the ball and, yes you’ve guessed it, miss again by firing it into the side-netting. Fortunately for the hosts they were already 1-0 up thanks to a second goal in two games for Filipe Luis and that’s the way it stayed. Despite Torres’ best efforts it’s now five wins in a row now for Atletico who are in fine form ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Bernabeu.

Villarreal into fifth with win

Sociedad’s defeat was good news for Villarreal who moved into fifth place after a narrow win at Betis. Adrian, restored to the starting line-up for the first time since February, scored the only goal of the game two minutes into the second half.

Bilbao back to winning ways

Athletic Bilbao also moved above Sociedad in the table after a 2-0 win over Espanyol. Aritz Aduriz, fresh from scoring his 100th goal at the weekend, opened the scoring from the penalty spot before adding a second late on in the first half. He could have had a hat-trick too, but was denied late on by goalkeeper Diego Lopez who turned his effort onto the crossbar. Athletic now eight points off Sevilla in fourth and 28/1 to secure a top four finish.

Osasuna stun Malaga

They may have waited almost six months but Osasuna finally picked up just their second win of the season against Alaves. The visitors left it late, however, Alex Berenguer grabbing the winner in the 88th minute. It’s likely to prove too little too late for Osasuna with the club still 13 points from safety with just eight games to go.

Sporting looking doomed

Sporting Gijon remain five points from safety after being beaten at home by Malaga. Sandro Ramirez scored the only goal of the game for Malaga who now welcome Barcelona on Saturday.

Borges the villain

Deportivo La Coruna were held to a frustrated draw by struggling Granada but will point the finger at Celso Borges after he missed a penalty late on in a 0-0 draw.

Bebe stars for Eibar

Eibar gave their European hopes a boost with a 3-1 win over Las Palmas with former Manchester United man Bebe (yes that one) scoring one and making one to make it 2-0 at half-time. Mauricio Lemos scored an absolute belter to drag Las Palmas back into it but an Adrian Gonzalez penalty made it two wins in a row for Eibar.

Valencia win five-goal thriller

Valencia are now six games unbeaten at Mestalla after a late winner secured a thriller against Celta. Dani Parejo and Munir El Haddadi put Valencia ahead after Gustavo Cabral has opened the scoring for Celta after 16 minutes. Iago Aspas grabbed his 16th goal of the season with just 10 minutes to go from the penalty spot as Celta looked to have rescued a point. However, Carlos Soler had other ideas dinking home the winner with just four minutes left on the clock.

La Liga Results Week 30

Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Sociedad

Real Betis 0-1 Villarreal

Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla

Alaves 0-1 Osasuna

Deportivo 0-0 Granada

Sporting 0-1 Malaga

Leganes 2-4 Real Madrid

Eibar 3-1 Las Palmas

Valencia 3-2 Celta Vigo


Gill Clark

Gill is a freelance football writer who has spent many years working for Goal, writing and editing news, previews, match reports, ratings, live blogs and just about anything else she can get her hands on.

She now contributes to a variety of online publications, including Soccernews, predominantly covering the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.



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