la liga matchday 28 roundup

La Liga Matchday 28 Roundup: Sevilla Temporarily Drop out of the title Race

Sevilla dropped out of the La Liga title race, albeit temporarily, following a 3-1 defeat to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid away at the Vincente Calderon.

In the aftermath of Sevilla’s defeat against Leicester in their Champions League round of 16 tie, Jorge Sampaoli’s side appears to be sulking which has invariably resulted in their loss of focus on the La Liga title.

Whilst Atletico went into the game as the firm favourites, one would’ve expected Sevilla to put out a statement of intent regarding the title race, but they failed to muster decent goalscoring opportunities away at Atletico.

Diego Godin opened the scoring in the 37th-minute as Atleti took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.

In-form Antoine Griezmann found the back of the net in the 61st-minute before Koke rounded off the scoring for Los Rojiblancos in the 77th-minute.

The 85th-minute saw Joaquin Correa salvage a consolation goal for Sevilla in a tie that saw them move further away from league leaders Real Madrid who grabbed all three points away at the San Mames.

Los Blancos travelled to the Basque country to battle it out with Athletic Bilbao who are currently seeking entry into the Europa League places.

Karim Benzema put Real Madrid in front after 25 minutes, and the scores stayed that way as both sides went into the second half.

Aritz Aduriz pulled one back for Bilbao in the 65th-minute before Casemiro notched a rare goal three minutes later to gift Real Madrid maximum points.

The other team involved in the title race, Barcelona, managed to keep pace with Real Madrid thanks to a 4-2 victory over Valencia in a game that undoubtedly kept the Nou Camp faithful constantly biting their fingernails.

The game remained goalless up until the 29th-minute when Eliaquim Mangala opened the scoring thus putting Valencia in front.

Barca’s equaliser came 6 minutes later, though, as Luis Suarez found the back of the net to take the scores level.

Two quick-fire goals occurred right on the stroke of half time with Lionel Messi doubling Barca’s lead from the penalty spot only for Munir El Haddadi to nick a goal moments later.

The second half saw Barcelona seal the victory after what would’ve surely been a motivational team talk from Luis Enrique.

Lionel Messi put Barca in front in the 52nd-minute before Andre Gomes closed the scoring with his 89th-minute strike.

Friday night’s fixture saw Las Palmas grab an important win over Villarreal who missed out on a chance to keep pace with Atletico Madrid in the race for a spot in the top four.

Kevin-Prince Boateng bagged Las Palmas’ lone goal as they secured a slender 1-0 win at home to Villarreal.

Lucky for Villarreal, top-four rivals Real Sociedad also succumbed to defeat in the weekend as Alaves grabbed all three points at Estadio Mendizorroza.

Deyverson’s strike right before the stroke of half time proved to be enough for Alaves to secure a victory against Real Sociedad.

Leganes and Malaga played out a goalless draw whilst goals from Kike, and Jose Manuel Jurado cancelled each other out as Eibar and Espanyol drew 1-1.

Osasuna’s woes continued as Real Betis grabbed a 2-0 victory over the relegation strugglers courtesy of goals from Rafa Navarro and Ruben Castro.

Celta Vigo put up an excellent attacking display which ultimately paid off as they grabbed a slender 1-0 victory away at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Iago Aspas continued his impressive form as scored the game’s lone goal thus giving his side the three points.

Granada suffered a disheartening defeat to Sporting Gijon in a crucial relegation six-pointer at Estadio El Molinon.

Sverri Ingi Ingason opened the scoring for Granada before goals from Lacina Traore, Jean-Sylvain Babin and Carlos Carmona helped Sporting Gijon to a 3-1 win

La Liga Table After Matchday 28​

la liga matchday 28 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 28 Games

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

 

Barcelona vs Valencia

 

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla

 

Las Palmas vs Villarreal

 

Departivo La Coruna vs Celta Vigo

 

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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