la liga matchday 30 roundup

La Liga Matchday 30 Roundup: Barcelona Maintain Title Bid

Sevilla’s chances of securing automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League took a big blow when they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat away at Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Ever since the loss against Leicester, Jorge Sampaoli’s side has been unable to replicate the form that saw them push for the league title in the early stages of the season.

Sevilla travelled to Barcelona hoping to finally end their poor run of form, but things didn’t go according to plan.

It took Barcelona 25 minutes to score the opening goal of the game courtesy of Luis Suarez. Messi notched a goal three minutes later and then scored another one in the 33rd-minute thus completing a first half brace for the Argentine forward.

Sevilla struggled to find a way back into the game as they slipped into 4th-place following Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad put up a resilient display away at the Vincente Calderon, but Felipe Luis’ 28th-minute strike was enough to help Atleti grab the three points which saw them move into 3rd-place.

Aritz Aduriz was in fine form as Athletic Bilbao played host to Espanyol in a game which ended 2-0. The scores remained goalless up until the 17th-minute when Aduriz slotted in a penalty to give his side the lead.

Bilbao’s lead was doubled 20 minutes later by none other than Aduriz who benefited from Bernat Etxebarria’s service.

Bilbao currently sits in 6th-place, one point above Real Sociedad and two points above Eibar. Ernesto Valverde’s side will need to maintain a good run of form in a bid not to miss out on a Europa League Qualifying spot.

Adrian Lopez helped Villarreal to a 1-0 away win against Real Betis. The Yellow Submarines currently occupy 5th-place in the League standings, and they look poised to make it into next season’s Europa League.

Elsewhere, Osasuna picked up a rare win against Alaves amid their malaise which would certainly have lifted the spirits of the club’s fans.

The tie was relatively drab as it remained goalless up until the 88th-minute when Alex Berenguer broke the deadlock.

Osasuna currently resides in the bottom of the table having garnered a small 14 points in 30 games. The victory against Alaves was only their second of the season, but with 8 league games still to play, they could very well go on a remarkable run before the end of the season.

Deportivo La Coruna and relegation-threatened Granada played out a 0-0 draw. Deportivo could’ve come out of the tie with the three points in the bag had Celso Borges converted his 77th-minute penalty.

Depor aren’t in much danger of slipping into the relegation zone, though, hence the draw is likely to have been viewed as a decent result by the club’s fans.

A 40th-minute strike from Sandro Ramirez was all it took for Malaga to claim a victory at Estadio El Molinon with Sporting Gijon failing to retaliate with a goal of their own.

Eibar beat Las Palmas 3-1 on Thursday night with a thrilling display of attacking football.

Bebe opened the scoring for Eibar in the 14th-minute, before Aythami Artiles scored an own goal thus taking Eibar lead up to 2-0.

Mauricio Lemos pulled one back for Las Palmas in the 62nd-minute, but Adrian Gonzalez struck home four minutes later to help Eibar to victory.

Daniel Parejo, Munir El Haddadi and Carlos Soler were all on target as Valencia secured a superb 3-2 victory against high-flying Celta Vigo.

Gustavo Cabral and Iago Aspas scored what turned out to be consolation goals for Celta.

Real Madrid maintained their title charge with a 4-2 victory away at Leganes courtesy of Alvaro Morata’s sensational hat-trick.

The Spain international notched three goals after James Rodriquez opened the scoring in the 15th-minute. Gabriel and Luciano Neves scored Leganes’ goals within two minutes of each other.

La Liga table after Matchday 30​

la liga matchday 30 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 30 Games

Barcelona vs Sevilla

 

Leganes vs Real Madrid

 

Atlético Madrid vs Real Sociedad

 

Eibar vs Las Palmas

 

Valencia vs Celta Vigo

 

Real Betis vs Villarreal

 

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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