La Liga Matchday 21 Roundup: Real Madrid’s Gap Closed to One Point

Real Madrid now have two games in hand following the postponement of their tie against Celta Vigo due to the strong winds at the stadium. Deportivo La Coruna also had their game against Real Betis postponed for similar reasons as the League’s hierarchy are keen on seeing the games played in favorable conditions as a safety measure.

Celta de Vigo’s Balaidos ground was damaged by the poor weather conditions before making an announcement on Saturday stating that the game can’t go on.

Real Madrid now have a good advantage over Barca regarding the potential points that could be won.

Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao saw Los Cules move one point adrift of the top of the table, but seeing as Real Madrid have six points to play for, by the time Zidane’s side completes all their fixtures, they could be seven points clear of Barca.

Luis Suarez was surprisingly rested for the game against Bilbao as Paco Alcacer came into the starting lineup. The former Valencia man repaid Luis Enrique’s faith as he opened the scoring in the 18th-minute.

Bilbao capitulated after Alcacer’s opening strike as Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead with a sublime free kick which Gorka Iraizoz couldn’t keep from finding its way into the back of the net.

Aleix Vidal also got on the scoresheet in the second-half as he capped off his brilliant display with a goal, which has now made him a strong contender for Barcelona’s right-back spot.

Sevilla seemingly pulled out of the title race as they were held to a goalless draw by a sturdy Villarreal side. Samir Nasri was given a chance to score the winner for Sevilla via a spot-kick, but Sergio Asenjo held his ground and saved Nasri’s penalty.

The Seville outfit made various attempts to nick a goal, but none came to fruition as goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo put in a stellar performance against Jorge Sampaoli’s side.

Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Atletico Madrid hammered Leganes 2-0 at the Vincente Calderon. The former Chelsea striker was in fine form as he scored Antoine Griezmann’s rebounded penalty.

His second goal was assisted by Angel Correa as he blasted the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach and into the back of the net to grab his second of the game and ultimately secure the three points for Simeone’s side.

Real Sociedad came out on top in their tie against Osasuna with a 3-2 win over the league’s cellar dwellers. Osasuna gave Sociedad a tougher time than expected, although they still had enough about them to win the game.

Kenan Kodro put Osasuna in front before Sociedad’s Raul Navas brought the scores level. Carlos Vela got on the scoresheet, and Juanmi followed suit making it 3-1.

Sergio Leon pulled one back for Osasuna, but Sociedad managed to hold out for the victory.

Alaves secured a 4-2 win over Sporting Gijon courtesy of goals from Ruben Sobrino, Christian Santos, Edgar Antonio Mendez and Alexis.

Santos and Mendez both scored from the penalty spot, but they’ll be equally pleased with their contributions to the win as Alaves saw off the challenge of Sporting Gijon whose goals came in the final 5 minutes of the game through Lacina Traore and Carlos Castro.

Espanyol moved into 8th-place with a win over Malaga courtesy of Pablo Piatti’s 17th-minute strike, whilst Eibar secured a sensational 4-0 win over lowly Valencia with Sergi Enrich bagging a brace and Dani Garcia getting his name on the scoresheet alongside Adrian Gonzalez.

Monday night’s game saw Andreas Pereira clinch a crucial three points for Granada as they secured a 1-0 win over Las Palmas.

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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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