la liga matchday 26 roundup

La Liga Matchday 26 Roundup: Barcelona Remain in Pole Position

Barcelona moved into pole position once again after being temporarily unseated by Real Madrid as Los Blancos had an early kick-off.

Barcelona continued their superb form ahead of their midweek clash with PSG as they grabbed a 5-0 victory over La Liga high-flyers, Celta Vigo.

News of Luis Enrique’s imminent exit seems to have spurred Barcelona on to play to the best of their ability.

In-form Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona before Neymar, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti also got their names on the scoresheet. Messi scored the game’s final goal as Barcelona completed the 5-0 thumping of Celta Vigo.

Barca face PSG on Wednesday in what has been dubbed an impossible fixture following their 4-0 loss in the first leg. Judging by the fact that Barca have scored 11 goals in their last two league fixtures, they have a chance of making history against PSG in the Champions League.

Eibar were expected to stop Real Madrid in their tracks as Zidane's side went into the game off the back of a disappointing draw against Las Palmas.

Madrid, though, bounced back with a superb 4-1 victory against Eibar with Karim Benzema getting amongst the goals following Ronaldo’s absence due to injury.

The Frenchman grabbed a brace away at Eibar as he made up for the absence of Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and Marcelo in the lineup. He also made his presence felt in more ways than one as he further assisted James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio’s goals.

Benzema scored the opener in the 14th-minute before latching onto a free kick from James Rodriguez which he converted to double Madrid’s lead. The second half saw him play decisive passes to James and Asensio as they sealed a 4-1 win.

Eibar’s consolation goal came courtesy of Ruben Pena.

Valencia succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid at Estadio Vincente Calderon courtesy of goals from Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro.

Atleti had been going through a rough patch and risked being overtaken by Real Sociedad in the race for the top four after losing against Barcelona and being held to a draw by Deportivo in their previous fixture.

Griezmann made a milestone 55th La Liga appearance for Atletico and he capped it off with an exquisite display and two goals. The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half before his countryman, Kevin Gameiro doubled Atleti’s lead early in the second 45.

Griezmann scored another goal late in the game as Los Rojiblancos secured a 3-0 finish.

Athletic Bilbao relied on a single goal to grab the three points against Malaga as Raul Garcia converted a penalty in the 72nd-minute to earn his side a win whilst Villarreal grabbed a 2-0 win away at Espanyol on Saturday thanks to goals from Roberto Soriano and Cedric Bakambu.

Deportivo La Coruna secured a slender 1-0 win over fellow strugglers, Sporting Gijon.

Pedro Mosquera was the scorer of Deportivo’s lone goal in what proved to be a crucial win in the lower echelons of La Liga.

Las Palmas grabbed a 5-2 win over Osasuna on Sunday with Jese (2), Marko Livaja, Unai Garcia and Roque Mesa all being amongst the goals.

Kenan Kodro grabbed a brace for rock-bottom Osasuna which turned out to be mere consolation goals.

Leganes grabbed a hard-fought three points against Granada with Darwin Machis scoring the game’s lone goal.

Monday’s fixture saw Sevilla drop points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves. Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Aleksandar Katai cancelled each other out as Jorge Sampaoli’s side missed a chance to keep pace with the league leaders.

Friday's fixture saw Real Sociedad grab a 3-2 win over Betis. Jon Bautista and Xabi Prieto (2) were on target for Sociedad with Betis' goals coming through Aissa Mandi and Antonio Sanarabia.

La Liga Matchday 26 Table​

la liga matchday 26 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 26 Games

Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Eibar vs Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid vs Valencia

Alaves vs Sevilla

Villarreal vs Espanyol

Las Palmas 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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