Week 24 in review
It was a real six pointer to kick things off in the latest round of fixtures as 18th placed Cadiz hosted 17th place Huesca in the Friday evening clash. Unsurprisingly, there was nothing really to separate the two, who began and remain 1 point apart after a 1-1 draw, Álvaro Negredo giving the hosts the lead from the spot before Rafa Mir pulled the visitors level 15 minutes later.
With Valencia playing, and winning, at Granada on Saturday night, it was down to the chasing pact to try and retain momentum on Sunday, with Atlético Madrid involved in the early kick off, where they drew 3-3 away at Celta Vigo, coming back from 3-1 down with a double from Saúl Ñíguez rescuing a point which sees them retain 4th in the table and the final Champions League qualification spot. Barcelona, one spot above them, were next in action and they needed a goal deep into stoppage time from former Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic to claim all 3 points against a spirited Getafe, who had taken a shock 2-0 lead at the Camp Nou before a fightback from the hosts.
It was a less nervy affair for the hosts at the Anoeta as Real Sociedad chalked up a memorable 3-0 win in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao, a result which sees them leapfrog their neighbours into the Europa League spot, both sides now sitting on 42 points, former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj having a good game as he scored twice in the derbi Vasco. Elsewhere in the Basque country, there were goals a plenty at the Mendizorroza as Alavés and Sevilla played out a 3-3 draw, another late goal, this time for the hosts from former Arsenal and West Ham man Lucas Pérez, his second of the game, rescuing a point.
It was all square as Real Betis, who join Sociedad and Bilbao on 42 points, drew 1-1 with Valladolid. Meanwhile, Levante once again moved off the bottom as they won 2-0 against Osasuna, who now sit 11th in the table after flirting with the European spots earlier in the season. Current champions Real Madrid ensured they maintained the pressure in their bid to reclaim the title with a 3-1 win at the Bernabéu against Eibar, a result which sees the visitors back at the foot of the table. Eibar had taken a 1-0 lead just 3 minutes in, but a penalty early in the second half allowed the hosts back into the game before they went on to claim another victory.
The final game came on Monday evening, and it was another stalemate, poetically a 1-1 draw just like the opening game of the weekend, that rounded of week 24. Visitors Elche took a 1-0 lead 9 minutes in through Guido Carrillo, before former Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli defender Raul Albiol pulled hosts Villarreal level 6 minutes from time, both sides maintaining league position as a result.Share this: