La Liga matchday 29 roundup

La Liga Matchday 29 Roundup: Real Madrid Continue Spell of Dominance

Real Madrid’s La Liga dominance continued this past weekend with Karim Benzema, Isco, and Nacho firing Los Blancos to a 3-0 victory over Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Benzema opened the scoring for Zidane’s men in the 31st-minute, but what followed his goal was a string of lackluster play from Real Madrid which nearly saw them concede against Alaves who failed to make the most of the chances they created.

Real had to wait until the 85th-minute for their second goal of the game which came courtesy of Isco before Nacho headed home Los Blancos’ 3rd goal of the match in the 88th-minute to put the game well beyond doubt.

Real remain just two points above Barcelona at the top of the table, albeit with a match in hand, following the Blaugrana’s 4-1 thumping of Granada on Sunday night.

Granada’s season has been full of woes and disappointments; the game against Barcelona wasn’t an exception.

Granada stood firm to deny Barca at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes for the most of the first half as the scores remained goalless, Luis Suarez, though, broke the deadlock in the 44th-minute to give his side a 1-0 lead going into the half time break.

When the teams returned for the second half, Barcelona were poised to score more goals, and they duly did, but for a moment it seemed like Granada were willing to put up a fight following Chelsea loanee, Jeremie Boga’s 50th-minute strike.

Paco Alcacer had restored Barca’s lead in the 64th-minute before Ivan Rakitic and Neymar both scored in the last 10 minutes of the tie to secure the three points.

Granada currently sit in 19th-place in the league standings as their hope of retaining their La Liga status continues to dwindle with each passing game.

Elsewhere, Sevilla continued to slip out of the title race and into the battle for a spot in the top four as they were held to a goalless draw by a Sporting Gijon side who came to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with no intention of losing.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Sevilla as the referee made some poor decisions which had an adverse effect on the game’s outcome.

Atletico Madrid moved into 3rd place following a 2-0 win away at Malaga. Sevilla’s slip-up allowed Diego Simeone’s side to overtake the Seville outfit as Atleti now look to secure automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League rather than to settle for a spot in the playoffs which comes with its own uncertainty.

Koke and Filipe Luis were on target for Atleti against Malaga.

Espanyol beat Real Betis 2-1 on Friday night as goals from Javi Fuego and Jose Antonio Reyes helped them to the three points. Real Betis’ only goal of the game came through Ruben Castro.

Ezequiel Garay, Raul Albentosa and Joao Cancelo were on target for Valencia as they secured a 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna who missed a chance to nick a goal when Faycal Fajr failed to convert a penalty.

Real Sociedad and Leganes played out a 1-1 draw with goals from Juanmi and Alexander Szymanowski cancelling each other out whilst Eibar got the better of Villarreal in and encounter that ended 3-2 with Pedro Leon, Kike and Takashi Inui helping Eibar to victory. Roberto Soriano scored a brace for Villarreal.

Rock-bottom Osasuna suffered yet another defeat as Athletic Bilbao grabbed a 2-1 win away at Estadio El Sadar. Artiz Aduriz and Inaki Williams got their name on the scoresheet for the visitors whilst Sergio Leon was the scorer of Osasuna’s consolation goal.

Monday night’s fixtures saw Celta Vigo secure a 3-1 win over Las Palmas with Celta’s Guiseppe Rossi bagging a superb hat-trick to help his side to the victory, whilst Las Palmas’ lone goal came courtesy of Pedro Bigas.

La Liga Matchday 29 Table​

La Liga matchday 29 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 29 Games

Real Madrid vs Alaves

 

Granada vs Barcelona

 

Malaga vs Atletico Madrid

 

Villarreal vs Eibar

 

Valencia vs Departivo La Coruna

 

Celta Vigo vs Las Palmas

 

Osasuna vs Athletic Bilbao

 

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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