la liga matchday 12 roundup

La Liga Matchday 12: Real Madrid Retains Top Spot

Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick in the Madrid derby as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of the table to four points. The derby was expected to be tightly contested and low-scoring, but it’s fair to say that a 3-0 away win wasn’t on the cards ahead of the clash.

Atletico is the last team to grab all three points against Real Madrid in a game which ended 1-0 back in February. Since then, Zidane’s side have not suffered a league defeat since then.

Barcelona had to settle for a goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday, due in large part to the absence of Lionel Messi. Luis Suarez was also unavailable for the game. Malaga ended the tie with nine men, and the fact that they managed to hold Barca to a goalless draw with just nine men is nothing short of astonishing.

Real Sociedad climbed to 5th place on the table following a 3-1 win away at Sporting Gijon. Ignacio Camacho bagged a stunning free-kick for Real Sociedad, with Xabi Prieto and David Zurutza also getting on the scoresheet for the away side. Gijon’s lone goal came courtesy of Duje Cop.

Athletic Bilbao managed to secure all three points against Villarreal on Sunday night in a game that held a lot of significance in the proceedings at the top end of the table. Bilbao’s breakthrough came courtesy of Raul Garcia in the second-half.

Valencia was held to a 1-1 draw by Granada as their winless run extended to four games. Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez opened the scoring for Granada before Nani rescued a point for Valencia.

Espanyol secured a slender 1-0 win over Alaves thanks to Gerard Moreno while Eibar moved up to 7th place in the standings following their 1-0 win over Celta Vigo. Fran Rico’s second goal of the season was enough to give Eibar all three points.

The pick of games this weekend was undoubtedly Sevilla’s superb comeback against Deportivo La Coruna as they came back from behind to secure a 3-2 win. Ryan Babel and Florin And one put Deportivo two goals up, but Steven N’Zonzi managed to pull one back for Sevilla right on the brink of half-time.

Vitolo had drawn the visitors level in the second-half before Mercado popped up with the winner in stoppage-time.

Real Betis put two goals past Las Palmas in Victor Sanchez’s first game in charge of Betis. The former Deportivo boss led Betis to their second home win of the season thanks to goals from Bruno and Aissa Mandi.

La Liga table after matchday 12​

la liga matchday 12 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 12 games

Barcelona vs Malaga

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Valencia vs Granada CF

Sporting Gijon vs Real Sociedad

Athletic Bilbao 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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