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La Liga Round-Up: Real Dominate Osasuna

La Liga Round-Up: Real Dominate Osasuna

Real Madrid turned on the style this week, as they and a fully fit Cristiano Ronaldo, brushed aside league strugglers Osasuna by 4 goals to nil on Saturday afternoon.

Ronaldo’s 6th minute strike gave Real an early advantage, and just 7 minutes after the second half got underway, he doubled their advantage. Both goals were sublime 25 yard strikes; Ronaldo making it look easy, as he so often does.

Defender Sergio Ramos popped up to convert Angel Di Maria’s cross on the hour mark, before fellow defender Carvajal also converting from a cross, this time from Isco.

The result put pressure on Atletico and Barcelona going into their Sunday games. Real remember, would not pass Atletico in the league if they were to move level on points, as their head to head record from earlier in the season includes a 1-0 win to Atletico (at the Bernabeu) and a 2-2 draw (at the Vicente Calderon Stadium).

Atletico were able to overcome a tricky challenge away at Valencia, and do what was required of them to pick up all three points, and keep Real at bay. Raul Garcia’s only goal of the game moves Atletico to what is now within touching distance, of the La Liga title, despite a late scare as Juanfran saw red.

As for Barcelona, they were also able to overcome a tricky away challenge of their own, in somewhat of an unconventional fashion against Villarreal.

Barca found themselves a goal down at half-time, and two goals behind after 55 minutes, and it looked as if a shock was to be on the cards. It was Villarreal however, who would be the masters of their own downfall as two own goals in the space of (an unlucky for some) 13 second half minutes saw Barca back in it at 2-2.

It would be Lionel Messi who hammered the final nail into Villarreal’s coffin in the 83rd minute, and complete a comeback that seemed way off the cards just half an hour prior to the final whistle sounding. The result will be bitter for Villarreal to swallow, and will leave them thinking ‘what if’, but for Barca it means their title challenge isn’t completely over yet.

Down the bottom end of the table, and both Almeria and Getafe picked up big wins in the scrap to avoid relegation. Goals from Jiminez and Saez helped Almeria defeat 9-man Espanol, and move them within two points of safety. As for Getafe, an early goal from Colunga helped them overcome Malaga, with both teams finishing with 10 men. Getafe are now on 35 points in 17th, and teams close above them (Osasuna, Elche and Granada in particular) will be looking over their shoulders. Elche were the only team out of those three this weekend, to pick up at least a point.

After this week’s round of fixtures, Real Betis’ relegation has been confirmed.

Results

Friday 25th April

Elche 1 Levante 1
(Boakye 63, Rodriguez Diaz 74)

Saturday 26th April

Granada 0 Rayo 3
(Brahimi so.53, Niguez 54, Larrivey 59, Fernandez 86)

Getafe CF 1 Málaga 0
(Colunga 7, Marica so.37, Angeleri so.76)

Real Madrid 4 Osasuna 0
(Ronaldo 6, 52, Ramos 60, Carvajal 83)

Real Betis 0 Real Sociedad 1
(Vela pen.48)

Sunday 27th April

Espanyol 1 Almería 2
(Stuani 42, so.49, Lopez Rodriguez so.90+2, Velez Jiminez 69, Fernandez Saez 72)

Valencia 0 Atlético Madrid 1
(Raul Garcia 43, Juanfran so.90+1)

Athletic 3 Sevilla 1
(Susaeta 4, Muniain 53, Herrera Aguera 73, Figueiras so.72, Gameiro 79)

Villarreal 2 Barcelona 3
(Garcia Calmache 45+1, Trigueros Munoz 55, de Abreu og.65, Musacchio og.78, Messi 83)

Monday 28th April

Celta Vigo vs Valladolid 21:00

TABLE

# Team GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Atlético Madrid 35 28 4 3 75 22 53 88
2 Barcelona 35 27 3 5 97 30 67 84
3 Real Madrid 34 26 4 4 98 32 66 82
4 Athletic Bilbao 35 19 8 8 62 38 24 65
5 Sevilla 35 17 8 10 66 50 16 59
6 Real Sociedad 35 16 9 10 59 51 8 56
7 Villarreal 35 15 7 13 54 43 11 52
8 Valencia 35 12 9 14 47 48 -1 45
9 Rayo Vallecano 35 13 4 18 45 72 -27 43
10 Levante 35 10 12 13 31 42 -11 42
11 Espanyol 35 11 8 16 39 46 -7 41
12 Málaga 35 11 8 16 37 44 -7 41
13 Celta Vigo 34 11 7 16 40 51 -11 40
14 Granada 35 11 4 20 30 53 -23 37
15 Elche 35 8 12 15 28 47 -19 36
16 Osasuna 35 9 8 18 29 58 -29 35
17 Getafe CF 35 9 8 18 30 51 -21 35
18 Almería 35 9 6 20 38 69 -31 33
19 Real Valladolid 33 6 14 13 32 50 -18 32
20 Real Betis 35 5 7 24 29 70 -41 22

Image sourced from: www.goal.com

About Ian Gurney

Keen football writer and film/TV videographer. Norwich City fan and season ticket holder, dabbling in a bit of live football commentary.

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