La Liga matchday 20 roundup

La Liga Matchday 20 Roundup: Real Madrid Back on Track

Real Madrid came out of their recent slump with a 3-0 victory over Real Sociedad. Los Blancos capitalised on the slip-ups of their main title rivals as they put up a great performance against Sociedad.

Matteo Kovacic was on target for Madrid as he bagged his first ever goal in La Liga after being on the receiving end of a pass from Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo also chipped in with a goal as he put his doubters to bed with Real’s second goal of the game. Alvaro Morata scored the third goal after coming on for Benzema in the final quarter of the match.

Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez was sent off for persistent fouling which basically summed up the frustration for the away side at the Bernabeu last weekend.

Barcelona endured a frustrating game against Real Betis as the scores ended 1-1 with the Blaugrana’s title hopes seemingly turning to tatters. Alex Alegria opened the scoring for Real Betis in the 75th-minute, but Luis Suarez managed to salvage a point for Luis Enrique’s side.

The game was met with controversy, though, as Barca were denied a goal soon after Alex Alegria’s opener. Cristiano Piccini apparently scored an own goal with the ball crossing the line, but the referee deemed it null and void.

Sevilla also had a horrid weekend as they lost 3-1 away at Espanyol. Nicolas Pareja was sent off early in the game for a foul on Pablo Piatti in the 18-yard-area. Jose Antonio Reyes converted the corresponding penalty which put Sevilla in an uncomfortable position as they were down to 10-men and trailing 1-0 four minutes into the game.

Stefan Jovetic bagged Sevilla’s equaliser, but the game began to look bleak for Sampaoli’s side when Marc Navarro put Espanyol back in front.

Gerard Moreno closed the scoring with a 71st-minute strike which sealed the 3-1 win for the home side.

Athletic Bilbao secured a 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon after conceding the first goal as Duje Cop opened the scoring with a penalty.

Iker Muniain scored the equaliser for Bilbao in the 50th-minute. The match-winner came courtesy of an Aritz Aduriz spot-kick as Iker Munian was fouled in the box by Moi Gomez.

Atletico Madrid failed to solidify their top-four bid as they dropped points against Alaves. Simeone’s side was held to a goalless draw at Mendizorroza with both sides failing to convert their chances in either half.

Atleti are now just one point clear of Real Sociedad who sit in 5th place and harbour an ambition to play in the Champions League next season.

Villarreal secured their first victory in six games as the Yellow Submarine secured a 2-0 win over lowly Granada who currently sits at the bottom of the table.

Goals from Bruno Soriano and Alvaro Gonzalez put an end to Villarreal’s six-game winless run. But they’re still two points away from fourth place; thus, they’ll be keen on maintaining a winning streak in a bid to put pressure on Atletico Madrid.

Celta Vigo picked up a routine 2-0 win away at Leganes courtesy of goals from Alvaro Lemos and John Guidetti. Celta’s impressive form could see them make their way into the Europa League places in the coming weeks.

Deportivo La Coruna succumbed to a defeat against Eibar. Adrian Gonzalez had scored an early goal before Sergi Enrich doubled the lead in the 16th-minute. Emre Colak pulled one back for Deportivo, but Florian Lejeune added another goal for Eibar which put the game to bed.

Friday night’s fixture saw Osasuna face Malaga in a game that ended 1-1. Goals from Goran Kausic and Ignacio Camacho cancelled each other out as the match ended in a stalemate.

Las Palmas beat Valencia 3-1 as the away side were thoroughly outclassed by at Estadio de Gran Canaria.

Santi Mina put Valencia in front with the opening goal, but a strike from Jonathan Viera, a super free kick from Mauricio Lemos and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s late goal saw Las Palmas grab the three points.

La Liga table after Matchday 20​

La Liga matchday 20 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 20 Games

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad

 

Real Betis vs Barcelona

 

Espanyol vs Sevilla

 

Villarreal vs Granada

 

Las Palmas vs Valencia

 

Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting Gijon

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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