La Liga matchday 32 roundup

La Liga Matchday 32 Roundup: Barcelona Secure Slender Victory

Barcelona welcomed Real Sociedad to the Nou Camp in what turned out to be a close encounter for the Blaugrana.

Barca’s mini-crisis continued despite securing a win on Saturday as Sociedad put up an excellent performance deserving of at least a point.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 17th-minute before notching another goal 20 minutes later.

Samuel Umtiti scored an own goal to give Sociedad a way into the game before Paco Alcacer seemingly put the game beyond doubt in the 44th-minute.

Xabier Prieto pulled a goal back for Sociedad a minute after Alcacer scored Barca’s third, but despite Sociedad’s continuous efforts to find an equaliser, they succumbed to a defeat away at Barcelona.

Real Madrid preserved their lead at the top of the table with a similar result.

Los Blancos travelled to Estadio El Molinon to take on a Sporting Gijon side that proved to be a tough nut to crack.

Duje Cop opened the scoring for Gijon in the 14th-minute, but Isco issued a quick reply with a goal three minutes later.

The second half saw Gijon regain the driving seat through Mikel Vesaga, but goals from Alvaro Morata and another strike from Isco helped Real Madrid secure all three points.

Elsewhere, the pressure of the business end of the season seemingly caught up with Sevilla as they failed to keep pace with Atletico Madrid who recently usurped their spot in the top three.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side were held to a goalless draw by Valencia as they were unable to create enough goalscoring opportunities.

The likes of Vitolo and Pablo Sarabia were nullified by Valencia’s strong defensive set-up as they failed to perform to the best of their abilities.

Rock-bottom Osasuna’s recent form came to an end when they travelled to the Vincente Calderon to face Atletico Madrid.

Simeone’s side capitalised on Sevilla’s slip-up against Valencia as they thumped Osasuna 3-0.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco opened the scoring in the 30th-minute before bagging another goal 17 minutes later.

Felipe Luis found the back of the net in the 61st-minute to increase Atleti’s lead.

Carrasco and Thomas both missed penalties in the 89th and 90th minutes regardless of that, though, Atleti secured the three points.

Relegation-threatened Granada were beaten 3-0 by Celta Vigo in Tony Adam’s first game in charge of the club.

Granada were unable to retain the ball for sustained periods thus gifting Celta Vigo opportunities to score.

Jozabed scored the game’s first goal in the first half. Marcelo Diaz put the ball into the back of the net later on before Claudio Beauvue closed the scoring in the 76th-minute.

Athletic Bilbao thumped Las Palmas 5-1 at the San Mames in Friday night’s fixture.

Mikel San Jose opened the scoring for Athletic in the 7th-minute before Iker Munian added to Athletic’s lead two minutes later.

Pedro Bigas was able to pull a goal back for Las Palmas, but Aritz Aduriz’ 18th-minute strike made the scoreline more comfortable for Bilbao.

Goals from Munian and Aduriz closed the scoring as both players completed their braces for the tie.

Espanyol secured a slender 1-0 win away at Leganes courtesy of a goal from Leo Baptistao whilst goals from Jonas Martin and Daniel Ceballos helped Real Betis to a superb victory over Eibar.

Deportivo La Coruna grabbed all three points with a 2-0 at home to Malaga.

Joselu broke the deadlock in the 47th-minute before Pedro Mosquera doubled his side’s lead 20 minutes later as Depor sealed the win over Malaga.

Monday night’s fixture saw Alaves beat Villareal 2-1 in what turned out to be an intriguing clash.

Goals from Ibai Gomez and Rodrigo Ely saw Alaves clinch victory whilst Villarreal’s lone goal came through Cedric Bakambu.

La Liga Table After Matchday 32​

La Liga matchday 32 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 32 Games

Sporting vs Real Madrid

 

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

 

Atletico Madrid vs Osasuna

 

Athletic Club vs Las Palmas

 

Deportivo La Coruña vs Málaga

 

Deportivo Alavés 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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