la liga matchday 33 roundup

La Liga Matchday 33 Roundup: Barcelona Win El Clasico

Sunday’s El Clasico produced five goals, two of which were scored by Lionel Messi to produce his 500th career goal for Barcelona.

Real Madrid looked to be running away with the Spanish top flight title going into the game against Barcelona, but Messi’s stunning individual display put Luis Enrique’s side back into contention for the league crown.

The game was goalless up until the 28th-minute when Casemiro broke the deadlock through a scrappy goal. It didn’t take long for the equaliser to come as Messi drove into Real Madrid’s 18-yard-area to put the ball past Keylor Navas.

Ivan Rakitic gave Barcelona the lead for the first time in the game in the 73rd-minute.

The events that followed saw Sergio Ramos get shown a red card for a dangerous sliding tackle on Lionel Messi who luckily avoided getting hurt by Ramos’ challenge as it could’ve resulted in a serious injury for the Argentine forward.

James Rodriguez came on as a sub and made an immediate impact with a goal in the 85th-minute thus making the game poised to end in a draw.

What happened next was straight out of a movie script. In dramatic fashion, Messi scored the winner in the 90th-minute which helped Barca secure a 3-2 win and also revived their title hopes.

Sevilla got back to winning ways against Tony Adam’s Granada with a solid 2-0 victory. Granada failed to pose any sort of threat to Jorge Sampaoli’s side as they mustered only two shots on target as opposed to Sevilla’s 13.

Paulo Ganso opened the scoring in the 4th-minute before completing his brace in the 46th-minute.

Elsewhere, Valencia succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Malaga in what turned out to be a relatively tight game. Both sides created few chances, but Malaga’s cutting edge finishing proved to be the difference.

Jose Recio and Sandro Ramirez found the back of the net as Malaga secured the three points.

Eibar met a stumbling block in the form of Athletic Bilbao who grabbed a 1-0 victory away at Municipal de Ipurua.

Gonzalo Escalante received a red card in the first half which took Eibar down to 10-men thus reducing their chances of winning the tie.

Raul Garcia ensured a dramatic twist to the game as he broke the deadlock in the closing stages of the tie hence leading his side to the win.

Europa League hopefuls Villarreal beat Leganes 2-1 to improve their standing in 5th-place.

Cedric Bakambu opened the scoring in the 68th-minute before Guerrero notched a goal in stoppage time.

Bakambu, though also scored in stoppage time to lead his side to a hard-fought win.

Diego Simeone was able to maintain Atletico’s three-point gap over Sevilla in the Champions League places thanks to a slender 1-0 win over Espanyol.

Both sides created a decent amount of chances, but the game was relatively drab with few interesting pieces of play to cause reverberations around the RCDE Stadium.

Manchester United transfer target, Antoine Griezmann scored the game’s lone goal in the 73rd-minute to help Atletico win the game.

Osasuna had just one shot on target against Sporting Gijon, yet both sides played out a 2-2 draw thanks to Jorge Mere’s 19th-minute own goal which gave the rock-bottom Osasuna the lead.

Kenan Kodro doubled Osasuna’s lead in the 72nd-minute, but goals from Roberto Canella and Carlos Castro helped Gijon secure a draw.

Willian Jose scored as Real Sociedad beat Deportivo La Coruna 1-0. Sociedad currently sits one point behind Athletic Bilbao who occupies the last Europa League qualifying spot.

Darko Brasanac led Real Betis to a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo whilst Las Palmas, and Alaves played out a 1-1 draw with goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Ibai Gomez cancelling each other out.

Las Palmas’ Marko Livaja received a red card in the 86th-minute, but it didn’t have a significant impact on the match’s result.

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Highlights of La Liga Matchday 33 Games

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

 

Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid

 

Sevilla vs Granada

 

Malaga vs Valencia

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Las Palmas vs Alaves

 

Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao

 

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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