Week 23 in review
Friday night saw Real Betis move up a spot to within just a point of Athletic Bilbao in the European qualification spots as they overcame the Basque side 1-0 at San Mamés, thanks to a solitary goal just before the hour mark from Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho.
There was a stalemate in the opening game on Sunday afternoon, as nothing separated Valladolid and Granada in the noon kick off, before goals a plenty in the following game, as Getafe and Real Sociedad played out a 3-3 draw, the visitors dropping a place as a result. It proved to be a very eventful game at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, with the visitors going 2-0 up before Getafe pulled one back inside the final 10 minutes. The visitors then grabbed a 3rd before being reduced to 10 men as right-back Joseba Zaldua, who used to play for nearby Leganés, saw a straight red. The dismissal allowed Getafe the chance to get back into the game, and 2 injury time goals from striker Ángel Rodríguez saw them snatch a point.
Sevilla made light work of struggling Cadiz, as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory against the side who sit just 2 of the bottom in the relegation places. Another team struggling at the wrong side of the table, Alavés, will have been pleased to have taken a surprise point in their visit to the capital to face Atlético Madrid, a last minute goal from Deyverson for the visitors giving them a third draw in the last 5 as they look to pull away from the relegation battle. A solitary goal from Antoine Griezmann gave Barcelona a 1-0 win on the road against Elche, a win which saw them reclaim 3rd spot from Atlético. Eibar climbed back off the foot of the table as they registered a surprise 2-0 win at home against Villarreal, who had been doing well in 9th spot, both goals coming from Kike who now has 15 for the season at the struggling club.
As well as Valencia claiming their 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo, second placed Real Madrid ensured they kept up the pressure in the title race thanks to a late strike from Ferland Mendy to claim a 2-1 win away at Osasuna, with the visitors having an early lead before being pegged back just before the break. The current champions currently sit 8 points behind Valencia. The final game, on Monday evening, was another thriller as Huesca pulled out of the relegation zone with a 4-3 win against Levante, a result which sees the Valencia club back at the foot of the table. Visitors Levante thought they had rescued a point thanks to a 91st minute goal from Gonzalo Melero, his second of the game against his former club, but deep in stoppage time former Everton man Sandro grabbed his 10th league goal of the season to take all 3 points, a vital win for the hosts.Share this: