la liga matchday 23 roundup

La Liga Matchday 23 Roundup: Messi Rescues Win for Barcelona

Barcelona were expected to be relentless against Leganes following last week’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of PSG in the Champions League. The Blaugrana won at Camp Nou on Sunday, but in a rather unconvincing fashion seeing as the game ended 2-1.

Barca dominated possession stats but failed to do much with it due to Leganes’ sturdy defending. Lionel Messi was the hero of the day for Luis Enrique’s side as he nicked the match winner from the penalty spot in the 89th-minute after Neymar was fouled in the box.

Messi opened the scoring early in the game, only to have his strike cancelled out by Unai Lopez with lowly Leganes keen to hold out for a draw.

Valencia put up a solid display against Athletic Bilbao which saw them establish a seven-point gap between them and the drop zone.

Nani got his name on the scoresheet before West Ham flop Simone Zaza doubled Valencia’s lead right before half-time.

Villarreal secured a crucial win over Real Sociedad as they look to maintain their hopes of finishing fourth in the league. Atletico Madrid may be in fine form, but the Yellow Submarine are evidently not giving up on their Champions League bid.

The game was relatively drab with the winner coming in through Samu Castillejo’s 90th-minute strike. The victory saw Villarreal maintain their position in sixth, but they’re only just six points adrift of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

The stage was set for Gareth Bale to make his return to La Liga after three months on the sidelines due to an ankle injury. He helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory against Espanyol.

Alvaro Morata headed home Real Madrid’s first goal before Bale latched onto a pass from Spanish Playmaker Isco and hit the back of the net. Madrid maintained their one point gap at the top of the table, and with two games in hand; Los Blancos have a great chance to steer clear of the chasing pack.

Elsewhere, in the other half of Madrid, Atletico Madrid blew Sporting Gijon away with a strong attacking display thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s super hat-trick and Yannick Carrasco’s goal.

Carrasco opened the scoring early in the second 45 but Sergio Alvarez quickly got his side back into the tie. Having been called upon to replace Fernando Torres some minutes after the half hour mark, Gameiro made his presence felt on the pitch with a three-goal haul.

Celta Vigo thumped Osasuna 3-0 as they put up an emphatic display capped by goals from Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and Jozabed. Celta Vigo have been scoring with regularity this season and Iago Aspas has been amongst the goals quite frequently this term.

Osasuna remains in danger of getting relegated having failed to pick up a string of fine results this term.

Eibar travelled to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in great form only to get hammered 2-0 by Sevilla who have seemingly not given up on winning this term’s La Liga.

Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring after getting on the end of a well-worked piece of play from his teammates. Sevilla maintained a high tempo throughout the tie which paid dividends as Vitolo doubled the home side’s lead in stoppage-time.

Deportivo are still yet to win a game since the turn of the year following their 1-0 loss at home to Alaves during the weekend.

Manu Garcia converted a penalty in the 67th-minute after being fouled in the box moments before.

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, Adrian Ramos (2) and Andreas Pereira were all on the scoresheet as Granada grabbed a 4-1 win over Real Betis.

Real Betis’ lone goal came courtesy of Petros. The win saw Granada move closer to La Liga safety as they’re currently two points adrift of 17th-place.

Monday night’s fixture saw Malaga secure a slender 2-1win over Las Palmas at Estadio La Rosaleda. Mauricio Lemos put the away side in front in the 19th-minute, but goals from Pablo Fornals and Charles ensured Malaga got the victory.

La Liga Table after Matchday 23​

la liga matchday 23 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 23 Games

Real Madrid vs Espanyol

 

Barcelona vs Leganes

 

Sporting Gijon vs Atletico Madrid

 

Sevilla vs Eibar

 

Real Sociedad vs Villarreal

 

Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao

 

Malaga vs Las Palmas

 

Celta Vigo vs Osasuna

 

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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