la liga matchday 34 roundup

La Liga Matchday 34 Roundup: Barcelona and Real Madrid win Big

The La Liga title race experienced a huge twist when Barcelona beat Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

The victory paved the way for Barca to move into pole position, and with just a few games left until the end of the season, the Blaugrana will be keen on maintaining their current winning streak.

So will Real Madrid, though, given they still have a game in hand that could see them overtake Barca come the end of the season; thus, both sides are aware they can’t afford to drop points anytime soon.

Barca welcomed rock-bottom Osasuna to the Nou Camp on Wednesday night in a game that ended with Luis Enrique’s side thrashing a hapless Osasuna 7-1.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 12th-minute before Andre Gomes notched a goal in the 30th-minute.

Roberto Torres managed to pull one back for Osasuna early in the second-half before Gomes and Messi both completed their braces for the game.

Paco Alcacer had got the next goal before Javier Mascherano scored his first La Liga goal for Barcelona.

Alcacer closed the scoring in the 86th-minute as Barca maintained their place at the top of the table.

Real Madrid also grabbed a big win as they moved level on points with Barca (78). Los Blancos travelled to Deportivo La Coruna and left Municipal de Riazor with three points and a 6-2 victory.

Alvaro Morata notched a goal in as early as the 1st-minute which more or less served as a foreshadowing of what was yet to come.

James Rodriguez continued his impressive form from the Clasico as he scored Madrid’s second before Florin Andone notched a goal for Depor.

Lucas Vazquez took Madrid’s tally up to three goals whilst Rodriguez completed his brace to put some more distance between Los Blancos and Depor in the scoreline.

Isco found the back of the net before Joselu scored Depor’s second goal of the game. Casemiro’s 87th-minute goal saw the game end at 6-2 with Madrid being the victors.

Elsewhere at the top of the table, Atletico Madrid succumbed to a slender 1-0 defeat at home to Villarreal with Roberto Soriano’s 82nd-minute strike helping the Yellow Submarine to the win.

Villarreal are rooted in 5th-place which means qualification to next season’s Europa League is quite likely for them if they manage to secure wins in their next four fixtures.

Malaga beat Granada 2-0 thanks to two goals from Sandro Ramirez. Keko and Javier Ontiveros provided the assists for Ramirez’ strikes which saw them maintain their place in mid-table.

Sporting Gijon and Espanyol played out a 1-1 draw with goals from Victor Rodriguez and Gerard Moreno cancelling each other out.

Gijon remain in the relegation zone, six points behind 17th-placed Leganes, a gap that can be closed in the final four games of the season should Gijon put up sublime displays against their upcoming opponents.

Alaves created a multitude of goalscoring opportunities but failed to convert them as they were held to a goalless draw by Eibar who were down to ten men from the 26th-minute following Asier Riesgo’s red card.

Valencia and Real Sociedad played out a five-goal thriller in what turned out to be an intriguing tie.

Diego Alves scored an own goal in the 1st-minute before a 30th-minute penalty from Willian Jose doubled Sociedad’s lead.

Mikel Oyarzabal notched a goal in the 65th-minute, but consolation goals from Nani and Zaza saw the game end 3-2 with Sociedad grabbing the three points.

Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa helped Sevilla to a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo who were down to ten men following Pablo Hernandez’ 56th-minute red card. Iago Aspas scored Celta’s consolation goal from a penalty.

Goals from Aritz Aduriz and Iker Munian helped Athletic Bilbao secure the three points over Real Betis with Ruben Castro bagging their lone goal.

 

 

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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