la liga matchday 37 roundup

La Liga Matchday 37: Title Race Yet to be Decided

Barcelona secured a 4-1 win over Las Palmas to keep pace with Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

Whilst Barcelona currently sit atop the La Liga table, in reality, they’re behind Real Madrid as a win in their upcoming game against Celta Vigo could see Madrid clinch the La Liga title.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 25th-minute before Luis Suarez doubled Barcelona’s lead two minutes later.

The game ended 2-0 in the first half, but Las Palmas looked to fight their way back into the tie in the second 45.

Pedro Bigas pulled one back for Las Palmas in the 63rd-minute, but two goals from Neymar within four minutes saw the Brazil international complete his hat-trick and increase Barca’s run at the top of the table.

Real Madrid played out the same scoreline as they welcomed Sevilla to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sevilla were expected to put up a massive fight against Los Blancos. Barcelona’s players, supporters and officials were probably even rooting for them against Zidane’s side, but they ultimately failed to stop Madrid in their tracks and instead succumbed to a 4-1 defeat.

Nacho Fernandez opened the scoring for Madrid before the in-form Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 23rd-minute.

Stefan Jovetic pulled one back for Sevilla in the early stages of the second 45, but Ronaldo subsequently completed his brace, and Toni Kroos notched the game’s final goal as the scores stood at 4-1.

Valencia secured a slender 1-0 win away at Espanyol courtesy of a goal from Jose Gaya who’s goal turned the mood at the RCDE stadium gloomy.

Relegated Osasuna secured a 2-1 win over another side that’s already been relegated – Granada, in a bid to lift the spirits of their fans as they move into the Liga 1,2,3 next season.

Jhon Mondragon opened the scoring for Osasuna in the 24th-minute before Adrian Ramos pulled one back for Granada in the 41st-minute.

Kenan Kodro doubled Osasuna’s lead in the 75th-minute which proved to be the match-winner at the end of the 90.

Celta Vigo’s dismal sequence continued following their Europa League defeat over two legs against Manchester United.

Eduardo Berizzo’s side lost 3-1 away at Alaves. Goals from Manu Garcia, Zouhair Feddal and Deyverson led Alaves to the victory whilst Iago Aspas scored Celta’s consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Celta face Real Madrid on Wednesday in a game which will have a significant impact on who walks away with the league title at the end of the season.

Athletic Bilbao played out a 1-1 draw against Leganes with goals from Aritz Aduriz and Alexander Szymanowski cancelling each other out.

Sporting Gijon secured a 1-0 win away at Eibar courtesy of a goal from Burgui. Gijon are already on their way out of La Liga and into the Liga 1,2,3; hence the victory didn’t have a significant effect on the relegation zone.

Real Betis held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at Estadio Benito Villamarin. Daniel Ceballos opened the scoring after a goalless first half before Stefan Savic drew things level and ensured that both sides shared the spoils.

Villarreal put themselves in an uncomfortable situation as they were held to a draw by the lowly Deportivo La Coruna.

Villarreal currently occuy 5th-place in La Liga which is an automatic Europa League qualification spot.

But given they’re just one point above Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, a loss in their final game of the season could see the Yellow Submarine miss out on European football next season.

Real Sociedad played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Malaga. Xabier Prieto opened the scoring with a penalty in the 31st-minute, before Luis Hernandez drew things level for Malaga.

Jose Recio doubled Malaga’s lead, but Jon Bautista pulled one back for Sociedad to secure a much-needed point.

La Liga Matchday 37 Table​

la liga matchday 37 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 37 Games

Real Madrid vs Sevilla

Las Palmas vs Barcelona

Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid

 

Athletic Balboa 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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