la liga matchday 27 roundup

La Liga Matchday 27 Roundup: Barcelona and Sevilla Falter in Title Race

Barcelona made Champions League history in midweek only to be beaten 2-1 by Deportivo La Coruna in the La Liga last weekend.

Despite dominating a bulk of the possession, Barcelona were unable to find a way past Deportivo’s strong defence as they soaked up the pressure in their own half before launching frequent counter attacks.

Stoke City loanee, Joselu, struck home for Deportivo 5 minutes before the half time break. The second 45 saw Luis Suarez find his 21st league goal of the season in what appeared to be the first of many to come for Barca at the Riazor.

Depor, though, maintained their high energy levels and managed to capitalise on Barcelona’s lapse in concentration when Alex Bergantinos headed home Depor’s second goal in the 74th-minute.

The game ended 2-1, with Luis Enrique’s side dropping three valuable points, while Real Madrid regained their advantage in the title race with a victory over Real Betis.

Antonio Sanabria opened the scoring for Real Betis in the 24th-minute with Keylor Navas making a major goalkeeping error.

Cristiano Ronaldo clawed one back for Los Blancos in the 41st-minute as both teams went into the halftime break with a goal apiece.

Real Madrid utilised a high pressing style in the second half which Betis sought to beat with counter attacking maneuvers, and whilst Betis were successful on that front, the game changed when Cristiano Piccini got sent off after fouling Lucas Vazquez in the 78th-minute.

Sergio Ramos scored the winner for Madrid with a bullet header late in the game as Madrid gained a two-point gap over Barcelona in the title race.

Sevilla currently sit five points behind Madrid and three points behind second-placed Barcelona having dropped points against Leganes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.

Leganes got off to a flying start courtesy of Gabriel’s 3rd-minute strike. The goal perceptibly set the tone of the entire encounter as Jorge Sampaoli’s men were left chasing the game for 90 minutes.

Stefan Jovetic managed to latch on to a ball from Franco Vazquez to draw Sevilla level before the half-time interval, but that was the game’s final goal as the second half ended goalless and the tie ultimately finished with a 1-1 scoreline.

Sevilla aren’t out of the title race just yet, though, with El Clasico yet to be played, it is expected that either Barca or Madrid will drop points; thus Sevilla will be able to cover some ground.

Friday night’s fixture saw Espanyol welcome Las Palmas to the RCDE Stadium in what turned out to be a high-scoring game.

Espanyol secured a 4-3 win over the visitors after both sides threw caution to the wind. David Lopez, Gerard Moreno, Pablo Piatti (penalty) and Jose Manuel Jurado were the scorers of Espanyol’s four goals.

Mauricio Lemos bagged a brace whilst Mateo Garcia found the back of the net for Las Palmas.

Valencia drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon with goals from Muir El Haddadi and Duje Cop canceling each other out whilst Alaves managed to grab the three points away at Malaga on Sunday courtesy of strikes from Zouhair Feddal and Edgar Antonio Mendez.

Juan Carlos’ 71st-minute strike proved to be Malaga’s lone goal.

Atletico Madrid won 1-0 away at Granada thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s late goal. Atleti’stop-four rivals, Real Sociedad, were beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao courtesy of Raul Garcia’s penalty and Inaki Williams’56th-minute strike.

Celta Vigo couldn’t find a way past the Yellow Submarine on Sunday as Roberto Soldado led Villarreal to a much-needed victory with his goal coming right on the stroke of half-time.

Rock-Botto Osasuna grabbed a point against Eibar in Monday night’s fixture as Kenan Kodro found the back of the net just 7 minutes after Kike’s 72nd-minute goal.

Osasuna remain 14 points from La Liga safety, and judging by the gap as well as their recent performances, they’re quite likely to get relegated.

La Liga Table after Matchday 27​

la liga matchday 27 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 27 Games

Real Madrid vs Real Betis

 

Departivo La Coruna vs Barcelona

 

Granada vs Atlético Madrid

 

Sevilla vs Leganés

 

Celta de Vigo vs Villarreal

 

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Club

 

Valencia vs Sporting Gijón

 

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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