la liga matchday 35 roundup

La Liga Matchday 35: Barcelona and Real Madrid Continue to Battle it Out

With the La Liga season drawing to a close, a sense of urgency is evidently attached to every game now for teams at both ends of the table.

Barcelona and Real Madrid remain embroiled in a battle for top spot, Real Sociedad are keen on making it into the Europa League and Sporting Gijon, however slim their chances may be, are poised to make a last ditch attempt to avoid relegation.

Espanyol welcomed Barcelona to the RCDE Stadium in what turned out to be a one-sided affair as they won 3-0.

Barcelona struggled to break Espanyol down in the first half, but the second 45 provided many avenues to do so, and Luis Enrique’s side took advantage of that.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring five minutes into the second half before Ivan Rakitic scored in the 76th-minute courtesy of an assist from Lionel Messi to double Barca’s lead.

Suarez scored again in the 87th-minute thus helping the Blaugrana to a win away at Espanyol.

Barca currently sit atop the table, but with Real Madrid still in possession of a game in hand, the Blaugrana’s title hopes are dependent on Madrid losing one of their four remaining games in La Liga.

Real Madrid faced a resilient Valencia side on Saturday as they looked to keep pace with Barca at the top of the table.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck home in the 27th-minute to give Madrid the lead before stepping up to the penalty spot in the 57th-minute.

The Portuguese international missed the penalty, though, hence the scores remained 1-0 up until the 82nd-minute when Daniel Parejo scored for Valencia.

Marcelo issued a quick reply to Parejo’s goal in the 86th-minute with Madrid going on to win the game 2-1.

Atletico Madrid thumped Las Palmas 5-0 in what turned out to be the most one-sided game of the weekend.

Despite enjoying 46% of the possession and registering nearly as many shots as Atleti, Las Palmas were thoroughly outplayed by Diego Simeone’s side.

Kevin Gameiro opened the scoring in the 2nd-minute before Saul Niguez doubled Atleti’s lead 15 minutes later.

Gameiro scored again in the 18th-minute, but Atletico's tally remained at three goals in the first half.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 65th-minute. Thomas scored soon after Boateng got sent off before Fernando Torres closed the scoring in the closing stages of the game.

Malaga and Sevilla played out a six-goal thriller with the former being the victor on the occasion.

Franco Vazquez opened the scoring for Sevilla in the 30th-minute before Pablo Fornals pulled one back for Malaga eight minutes later.

Malaga’s Sandro Ramirez struck home in the 51st-minute but Franco Vazquez cancelled it out with his second goal of the season.

Goals from Deigo Llorente, and Juan Carlos followed, as Malaga secured a 4-2 win over Jorge Sampaoli’s side. It’s worth noting that Ramirez missed a penalty in the 89th-minute.

Villarreal secured a 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon courtesy of goals from Roberto Soldado and a brace from Cedric Bakambu. Douglas notched Gijon’s lone goal as they continue to languish in La Liga's bottom three.

Real Sociedad beat Granada 2-1 at the Anoeta with Carlos Vela and Juanmi getting their names on the scoresheet.

Adrian Ramos managed to nick a goal for Granada, but it failed to have a significant effect on the result.

Osasuna, who have already been relegated from La Liga, played out a 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

John Mondragon opened the scoring for Osasuna before Guilherme bagged goals in the 18th and 70th minutes of the game.

Juanfran scored an own goal in the 78th-minute which helped Osasuna secure a draw.

Leganes succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Eibar. The first half ended goalless, but the second 45 saw Kike open the scoring in the 62nd-minute before Sergi Enrich found the back of the net four minutes later.

A brace from Raul Garcia and a goal from Mikel Rico saw Athletic Bilbao win 3-0 away at Celta Vigo who rested most of their squad ahead of their Europa League Semi-final tie against Manchester United.

La Liga Table after Matchday 35

la liga matchday 35 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 35 Games

Real Madrid vs Valencia

 

Espanyol vs Barcelona

 

Malaga vs Sevilla

 

Las Palmas vs Atletico Madrid

 

Eibar vs Leganes

 

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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