It was one other fascinating weekend of video games in La Liga with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid dropping factors together with what could possibly be an important win for Elche within the battle to beat the drop on the backside of the desk. Their 1-0 win noticed transfer degree of factors with Eibar with now solely the dreaded dotted line separating the 2 sides. Elche was promoted from the second tier final season and this win was solely their fourth win in twenty-two video games performed. They now have two video games in hand over Eibar who are actually in actual hazard of shedding their La Liga standing they’ve held for seven seasons.
Defender Dani Calvo scored the one objective of the sport within the first half which was a looping header from a cross from the right-hand facet. It was unbelievable to return to the Elche dug out for Fran Escriba who has changed Jorge Almiron who resigned after their current defeat to Celta Vigo. Escriba had been answerable for the membership between 2012 to 2015 the place he had led them to promotion to La Liga for the primary time in twenty-four seasons.
The strain continues on Ronald Koeman at Barcelona as they might solely handle a 1-1 draw towards Cadiz CF at The Camp Nou after their midweek humbling towards PSG within the Champions League. Barca dominated the sport with 81% of possession nevertheless it was a succession of wasted possibilities and spectacular goalkeeping from Jeremias Ledesma that stored the guests within the recreation.
Lionel Messi scored for Barca through the penalty spot which was his first-ever objective towards Cadiz in La Liga with Álex Fernández equalising additionally from the penalty spot on 89 minutes. It’s a extremely memorable objective for him as he got here by way of the academy ranks at Actual Madrid and has additionally performed for Barca’s Metropolis rival’s Espanyol.
Eighth positioned Levante have been in nice type of late and shocked leaders Atletico Madrid with a 0-2 win at The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Jose Luis Morales deflected objective within the first half made it 0-1 with Atletico piling the strain within the second half – It noticed goalkeeper Daniel Cardenas in inspirational type making some spectacular saves in solely his second-ever look in La Liga. Atletico had twenty-eight pictures to Levante’s six which is a transparent indication of their dominance within the recreation.
In harm time with Atletico keeper, Jan Oblak got here ahead previous the midway line on the lookout for an equaliser however the ball broke for Jorge De Frutos who was in a position to run unchallenged and rating to report a well-known victory for Levante who now have an actual probability of a top-six end and a attainable European place for the 2021/21 season. De Frutos who has not too long ago signed a five-year contract is having an excellent season for Levante – He had seven assists and three objectives thus far. He joined Levante from Actual Madrid Castilla (or ‘B’ group) in the summertime of 2020. It was Atletico’s second defeat of the season thus far.
Actual Madrid‘s 0-1 win at struggling Actual Valladolid courtesy of a Casemiro header within the second half sees them transfer to inside three factors of Atletico on the high of the desk. Actual had two objectives chalked off for slim offside choices within the first half.
Swedish centre ahead Alexander Isak scored a hat-trick for Actual Sociedad of their 4-0 win over Alaves who are actually just one level off of the drop zone. It was the 21-year previous’s twelfth objective in twenty La Liga matches this season – I can see him becoming a member of a so-called ‘greater group’ very quickly.
The sport of the weekend was Huesca v Granada. The guests, recent from their unbelievable Europa League win over Napoli went forward when Domingos Quina scored on 8 minutes. He had not too long ago joined Granada on mortgage from Championship facet Watford. Rafa Mir then missed a penalty kick for Huecsa – He’s on mortgage from Wolverhampton Wanderers and also will be aware of Nottingham Forest followers for his time on mortgage at The Metropolis Floor final season. It was 3-1 by half time with objectives from Ruben Miranda, Jorge Pulido and an personal objective. Albert Soro scored to make 3-2 early within the second half nevertheless it was the house facet who held on for less than their third victory of the season.
There’s a recreation tonight as thirteenth place Osasuna entertain Sevilla who’re at the moment fourth. On Wednesday night Barcelona host Elche – A house victory which is predicted by many followers would put Barca solely two factors away from Actual Madrid in second place.