The White side of Spain’s capital is probably quiet, while the Reds and Whites of Atletico are parading around the city.
Real Madrid endured a painful loss that probably sealed their fate in the minds of the football betting community. Betting odds for them to keep the title have gone up in smoke. Betting websites are now flocking towards Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
This season may be over for this iteration of the Galacticos.
RCD Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid
The most painful fact about this defeat of theirs is that they had the lion’s share of the possession but failed to convert any of the opportunities presented to them. Real had plenty of chances, but Espanyol’s rigid formation stopped them. Gerard Moreno sneakily stole the thunder in the dying minutes of the game, giving Zinedine Zidane no room for adjustments.
Girona 1-0 Celta de Vigo
Portu settled the final score for Girona early in the game, but that doesn’t mean that Celta Vigo just laid down and let them through. The game was a physical affair that saw lots of fouls from both sides. Daniel Trujillo actually had to book five separate people as the game reached its peak physicality.
Getafe 3-0 Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe may have just doomed Deportivo to relegation with this three-goal stomp at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Angel and Jorge Moline scored for the hosts, while Boveda made a wrong turn and scored in his own team’s net. Clarence Seedorf’s job of getting Coruña out of the drop zone has become next to impossible.
Athletic Club 1-1 Valencia
Oscar de Marcos made a lot of Bilbao supporters happy with his equalizer against Valencia. It justified the denied goal Aduriz made early in the first half after Geoffrey Kondogbia’s goal put the Bats ahead. For the visitors, the draw is a frustration that robbed them of Real Madrid’s spot.
Malaga 0-1 Sevilla
This loss has practically doomed Malaga to demotion. Joaquin Correa scored early in the game, and that was all the space the visitors needed to keep the bottom feeders out. While they are still a ways from Champions League contention, they are more than happy to snag the three points.
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Leganes
The Rojiblancos faithful are drinking all the beer they can after Antoine Griezmann scored four fantastic goals for Atleti. Asier Garitano’s men could do nothing but watch as the prolific French striker made his presence known throughout the match. With this win, the pressure is now on Barca to keep their lead.
Eibar 1-0 Villareal
This six-pointer is important for Eibar as they vie for European competition. Kike scored the game’s only goal within the first 20 minutes of the match. The Yellow Submarine did everything they could to at least even the score, but Eibar’s tough defence — unafraid to incur bookings from referee Mario Melero — did enough damage.
Real Betis 0-0 Real Sociedad
Estadio Benito Villamarin was lulled to sleep as neither Betis nor Sociedad managed to score any goals. Sociedad hounded their hosts, getting 10 corner attempts in the process. However, Quique Setien’s lads ensured that nothing would come out of the corners their opponents kept taking.
Las Palmas 1-1 Barcelona
It was a wonderful evening at the Canary Islands as their local club fended off La Liga‘s top dogs in a fantastic manner. Lionel Messi scored early to give the Blaugrana the lead, but a defensive mistake allowed Jonathan Calleri to equalise. Barca must now win every game they’ll play if they want to win the title.
Deportivo Alaves 1-0 Levante
Levante are now knee-deep in the relegation battle after failing to acquire three points against Deportivo Alaves. Chema was sent off early which definitely had an effect on the flow of the game. Manu Garcia could have settled the score early, but his 32nd-minute attempt was disallowed. The home crowd would see no action until the 90th minute when Laguardia got the winning goal.
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