This was yet more football betting drama in La Liga.
Football games and results which showed why Barcelona are romping to the title, why the race to beat the drop is unpredictable and why Cristiano Ronaldo used a mobile phone as a mirror!
Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
I said pre-match the last result either of these sides wanted was a draw!
So there was a certain guarantee that’s exactly what it would be.
Two goals apiece, a penalty apiece (plus a saved spot-kick), and Getafe showing their character as they twice fought back from behind, earning a point through Angel Rodriguez’s 74th-minute equaliser.
RCD Espanyol 0-3 Sevilla
It’s been a good few days for Sevilla and their new boss Vincenzo Montella.
After a disappointing start to his tenure, this comprehensive victory—secured by goals from Franco Vazquez, Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel—sealed a first La Liga victory for the Italian.
Coming just three days after their Copa del Rey triumph at Atletico Madrid, this was a fitting way to clinch the club’s 1,000th La Liga victory.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Girona
Disaster for Atletico as their already faint title hopes were ended by plucky Girona.
Portu’s composed finish 16 minutes from time cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s opener.
Los Colchoneros now need to focus on their midweek Copa del Rey tie—they trail Sevilla 2-1 ahead of their quarter-final second leg—to save their season.
Villarreal 2-1 Levante
Up to the heady heights of fourth, albeit temporary, for Villarreal.
The outcome was never in doubt once Denis Cheryshev had doubled the hosts lead six minutes after the restart.
Levante continue to battle and that could be their saving grace in an increasingly tense battle to beat the drop.
Las Palmas 2-1 Valencia
Viva Los Amarillos!
Few saw this coming. Clearly, Valencia didn’t as their frustrations got the better of them and finished the match with just nine men.
This win for the hosts was huge and lifted Las Palmas off the bottom at a bouncing Estadio Gran Canaria.
Alaves 2-2 Leganes
It’s another decent point for Alaves, but they will know it should have been so much more.
A rousing start to the second half saw them lead 2-0 and only when Gabriel Appelt Pires reduced the arrears from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time did home nerves surface.
A second booking for Rodrigo Ely with three minutes remaining unsettled them further and Joseba Zaldua levelled moments later to earn Leganes a point they scarcely deserved—although Alaves only had themselves to blame.
Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna
This was quite a way to get back to winning ways.
Those in the Bernabeu could have been forgiven for thinking “here we go again” when relegation-threatened Deportivo took the lead.
But Real hit back with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho all grabbing a brace and Luka Modric also on target.
Ronaldo even had time to check out, via a mobile phone, the facial injury he sustained as he scored his second and Real’s sixth.
Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo
Iago Aspas (penalty) and Maxi Gomez were the men on target as Celta Vigo came from behind to see off Sociedad.
It moved them up to seventh and earned what could be a vital win in San Sebastian.
Frustrating for Sociedad who were the better side for long spells and also missed a first-half penalty.
Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona
Betis had nothing to lose and that showed as they more than matched the unbeaten leaders during a closely contested first half.
Then came a dominant second-half showing in which the Catalans scored five times without reply to move 11 points clear at the top.
That included Luis Suarez’s 99th and 100th La Liga goals.
The bad news for Barca’s rivals? They still have Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to come back in!
Eibar 1-1 Malaga
A decent result for Malaga but, in truth, wasn’t ideal for either side.
The Andalusians, who opened the scoring through Youssef En-Nesyri, ended the weekend in bottom spot after the shock Las Palmas victory.
High-flying Eibar, who restored parity through Kike Garcia, missed the chance to close the gap on the Euro chasers.
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