Week 33 in review
With Valencia sweeping aside Alavés 4-1 in the early kick off on Saturday, there were another 4 goals in the afternoon game, this time as Sevilla cruised to a 4-0 victory at home against Elche, with Luuk De Jong rounding off the victory deep into stoppage time, Sevilla currently 9th in the table, while Elche sit in 13th. There was even more stoppage time drama as relegation threatened Cadiz hosted Osasuna, the hosts thinking they’d done enough to earn a massive 3 points with a 91st minute goal, only to face heartbreak just 3 minutes later as Jony rescued a point for the visitors. The final game of the evening was a more standard affair, Barcelona comfortably overcoming Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Camp Nou to keep their Champion’s League qualification on track.
After the goal fest on Saturday lunch, Sunday served up a turgid affair as Granada and Villarreal played out a 0-0 stalemate in the early game, visitors Villarreal also being reduced to 10 men at the death. Honours were also even as Getafe hosted Levante, both sides needing points to put space between themselves and the drop zone, but the 1-1 draw seeing both remain just outside the relegation places in 17th and 16th respectively at the end of the day. Thankfully there were more goals as Real Sociedad hosted Atlético Madrid, although again neither side could do enough to take all 3 points, a 2-2 draw the final outcome between two more teams who find themselves adjacent in the table, although Atlético will definitely be feeling more confident of at least securing Europa league football next season now as they still have 2 games in hand on those around them.
There was no such trouble for neighbours Real Madrid, who romped to a 4-0 victory against Real Betis, the result doing a massive favour for their cross city rivals in the race for fourth position. The reigning champions looked comfortable throughout, with a double salvo from Di Maria among the goals. Huesca gave their survival hopes a massive boost as they thrashed bottom side Eibar 3-0, a result which sees them pull level on points with Getafe, although with a far worse goal difference seeing them remain in the relegation zone.
The final action of the weekend came on Monday evening at the José Zorrilla Stadium, where hosts Valladolid inflicted a dent on Athletic Bilbao‘s hopes of European qualification with a 2-0 victory, both goals coming in the opening 16 minutes of the game. Valladolid move above Celta Vigo with the win, while Bilbao remain 6th, on level points with both Atlético Madrid and rivals Real Sociedad.Share this: