Well we are back people La Liga Santander the greatest football on the planet. Another league leader switch, an absolute battle for the European spots, and of course some very shady officiating.
The Top 4
Barcelona takes the top of the table with a very tight one against Real Sociedad. After a back and forth first half with very little for either side. The second half was what we came to see VAR being used in the most bizarre ways possible. After a Messi stomp happened early in the first half we would finally see a goal in the 81st minute. It came off a controversial penalty, but who else but Messi to put an end to the match. Great chances for Sociedad down the stretch, but Barcelona finished on top.
Barcelona 1, Real Sociedad 0. 54% – 46% Shots 12(6) -7(1)
Real Madrid dropped to 2nd place after losing 2-1 to Real Betis. After a very rough first half of football, Sidnei finally made the break through off of an absolute rifle to the near post, nothing for Courtois to do about it. Benzema would answer it with a penalty at the stroke of half to make it 1-1 heading back to the locker room. After using a suspect lineup, Zidane also made some suspect substitutions. Cristian Tello was the super sub for Betis as he got the winner in the 82nd minute, Benzema with a dreadful turnover to give Betis the break. Madrid couldn’t come back and give the crown to Barcelona once again this season.
Real Betis 2, Real Madrid 1. 43% – 57% Shots 9(3) 12(4)
Sevilla are sitting in 3rd after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid. Luuk de Jong got the goals started for Sevilla in the 19th minute, only to be answered from the spot by Morata in the 32nd. Joao Felix would get the lead for Atletico 4 minutes later to continue his hot form. Lucas Ocampos the eventual man of the match would get the equalizer in the 43rd minute from the penalty spot. We go into halftime we a 4 goal thriller already to have a goalless 2nd half. A very poor shooting day for both sides as all chances were leading to this match being a game of the year candidate. Ends as a draw!
Atletico 2, Sevilla 2. 45% – 55% Shots 13(3) 8(4)
Getafe are sitting in 4th place after a 0-0 draw with relegation threatened Celta Vigo. This point actually saved them from the relegation zone. Chance after chance for Getafe and they just couldn’t put it away. After 16 chances against a bottom 4 team, with a defensive team controlling possession Getafe needed to put the game away. If they hope to stay in that Champions League spot they will need to get more points against these teams.
Getafe 0, Celta Vigo 0. 56% – 44% Shots 15(6) – 3(2)
Here is our top 4.
Valencia drew mid table Deportivo Alaves. Daniel Parejo got control of the match in the 34th minute off an absolutely gorgeous set piece. Daniel Parejo now 30 years old still bossing the league like he hasn’t aged a day. After 6 yellow cards we finally got another goal on the score sheet from Edgar Mendez. Even after 10 chances create Valencia couldn’t seem to find the break through. VAR almost had it’s say on the game with a 96th minute check for a penalty in Alaves favor, however it was not called the match ended 1-1.
Valencia 1, Deportivo Alaves 1. 56% – 44% Shots 6(2) 5(2)
Athletic Club put on a show for Valladolid fans in a 4-1 victory in the Estadio Jose Zorilla. Unai Lopez got the goals going early in the 4th minute with a nice set piece goal. Raul Garcia nods one home in the 24th minute. Sandro gets one back later in the 2nd half to give them a life line and what a screamer from Sandro. Inaki Williams answers with his own goal from being too fast. Cordoba with a great streak to make matters worse in stoppage time for the fourth. Athletic Club cruise.
Athletic Club 4, Real Valladolid 1. 43% – 57% Shots 9(5) 14(2)
Villarreal looking for a potential European spot drops to Leganes 2-1. Gerard Moreno got the lead immediately for Villarreal in the 5th minute. Santi Cazorla with the dime into the box for Moreno to head home. Oscar Rodriguez would answer it in the 47th minute for Leganes, and complete his brace from the spot in the 70th minute. Leganes would hold on to this 2-1 lead until the very end. So many missed chances from the Villarreal attack. 13 Chances created and only 1 goal in the first 5 minutes. Paco Alcacer unusually quiet this game.
Leganes 2, Villarreal 1. 36% – 64% Shots 11(7) – 14(5)
Thibaut Courtois set to miss Manchester City clash in the Champions League with a groin injury. He has been in top form, do you think they will be able to come back in Manchester?
Atletico Madrid have conceded 21 goals in their 27 matches this year. A stat they are not used to being on the low side of. With Jan Oblak in net, and Diego Simeone’s tactics will he have the right men for the job to help them compete?
Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay for having a fake passport. The next headline for this is that his lawyer claimed ignorance to law. What make it even worse is I believe him after seeing Dinho’s mug shot in Paraguay.
Matches Next Week I Like:
Valencia vs Levante
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna
Granada vs Getafe
Athletic vs Atletico
Written by: Anthony “Young Leg” Shopa (@ayoungleg)