Real close gap at top- Weekend Round-Up

Real Madrid close the gap at the top of La Liga to just one point, following their 2-0 win over Valencia and Barcelona’s 0-0 draw in Saturday’s catalan derby with Espanyol at the Nou Camp.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo either side of half time proved enough for Real to overcome Valencia, and give themselves a strong chance of winning the title just a week on from “El Clasico” disappointment, as Barca still have to negotiate tough trips to Villarreal and Sevilla in the run-in.

With five games remaining, Barca will have to re-discover their recent hot run of form against bottom side Xerez this weekend, which deserted them during the bore draw with Espanyol on Saturday.

Malaga now sit just one point above the relegation zone, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Valladolid, whilst Tenerife below them scored an impressive 3-2 victory over Getafe.

Bottom side Xerez held Racing Santander to a 2-2 draw, as they continued their good run of form, which is likely to have come just too late to dig them out of trouble.

In the race for fourth, Sevilla took apart Sporting Gijon 3-0, thanks to goals from Freddie Kanoute, Luis Fabiano and Cala. They are one point behind Mallorca, who beat Osasuna 2-0 on Monday night and still hold the initiative for the fourth Champion’s League spot.

Villarreal beat a jaded Atletico Madrid 2-1, as the Madrid side now look to have sacrificed any league form they once had for their Europa League campaign, with a semi-final against Liverpool coming up this week.

The other two Primera Division clashes didn’t set the pulse racing, with a 0-0 draw between Deportivo and Almeria, and another goal-shy clash, this time involving Athletic Bilbao and Real Zaragoza.

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7 responses to “Real close gap at top- Weekend Round-Up

  1. a really good round up! i’m really intrigued as to who might go down this season because there’s only 10 points between the bottom 7 so it’s pretty tight. do you have any ideas as to who might begin to drop off and end up going down?

  2. It would be great to see Barca win it again this year after Real spent so much money – it’d be a kick in the teeth for those who said they’d walk it! Great round up, because there’s not many places to find info on the bottom half of La Liga!

  3. cheers for the comments.

    I think looking at the bottom three, Tenerife have a great chance of staying up, as they have a decent home record and are hitting form at just the right time. Malaga could well end up going down with Valladolid and Xerez I reckon.

    It would be an amazing fairytale if Xerez can pull out of it, as they’ve been great in recent weeks, beating atletico and holding Sevilla, but I think it may all have come a little too late for the this season.

    At the top I would like to see Real Madrid win it. Don’t ask me why, I’d just like to think that Barcelona can be stopped, as lets face it they look pretty unplayable at times.

    • quirksthemagpie

      “I’d just like to think that Barcelona can be stopped, as lets face it they look pretty unplayable at times.”

      This reminds me of a comment I read about Barca not being as entertaining as most now make out – that they stifle opponents through “midfield catenaccio”. What would you say about that?

  4. Come on Barca

  5. Sweet round up! Will be interesting to see who is gonna go down this season because it could still be a big number of teams.

    Will definitely be reading these roundups regularly from now on.

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