Friday 16th December 2016
Alaves 1-0 Real Betis
Alaves managed to pull themselves up to 12th place in La Liga after picking up a 1-0 win over Real Betis last Friday night. Alaves them selves had a solid first half and dominated the game, Betis keeper Antonio Adan was called upon multiple times to save his team from going behind. However it was inevitable for Alaves to score and they did in the 58th minute after a pass through from Faizka Toquero to Deyverson who slotted away with his left foot. This was a very worthy win for Alaves and they fully deserved the 3 points.
Saturday 17th December 2016
Sevilla 4-1 Malaga
Vietto (25′, 28′), Ben Yedder (34′), Vitolo (35′) Rami (61′) | Sandro (64′)
Despite going down to ten men Sevilla were still able to hold on to a great sized victory over Malaga. Sevilla overall dominated the match and held a great deal of the possession. They didn’t create as many chances as Sevilla may have done but their accuracy was significantly better than Malaga’s hence why they scored 4 in the game. Sevilla from this fixture have retained their place in third and could still be well in contention for the title being only 4 points behind first placed Real Madrid and only 1 point behind 2nd placed Barcelona.
Granada 0-2 Real Sociedad
Bautista (56′), Juanmi (69′)
Real Sociedad picked themselves up another 3 points after seeing off La Liga relegation candidates Granada. Sociedad dominated the game holding the ball a lot more and creating more chances to score than Granada who in their 4 chances hit all off target. Sociedad got their first goal of the evening from Jon Bautista when he headed home a cross into the box from Esteban Granero. Their second goal of the evening came 13 minutes later through Juanmi from a shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Following this match Real Sociedad have kept their position of 5th in the league and well in contention for European football next season. Whereas Granada find themselves second from bottom and still in contention to be relegated from La Liga this season.
Sporting Gijon 1-3 Villarreal
Carmona (89′) | Dos Santos (12′), Sansone (19′), Pato (74′)
Villarreal continued their conquest for Champions League football with a win over relegation candidates Sporting Gijon on Saturday. When it cameo possession itself, the match was quite close with both sides holding the ball fairly well, both managed to create chances to score, however as it says from the score, Villarreal landed more on target and hence in turn scored more goals. Their first goal of the game came quite early on through Jonathan Dos Santos in the 12th minute when he got a pass through from Roberto Soriano and then placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net. 7 minutes later Villarreal then doubled their lead through Nicola Samson who slotted the ball away from close range. It took them till fairly late on for them to get their third of the match, this came from Alexandre Pato when he slotted the ball away into the bottom left of the net. Gijon did get themselves a consolation goal 1 minute from time, but this wasn’t enough as the away side ran out 3-1 winners.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas
Atletico Madrid secured a hard fought win over Las Palmas at the weekend despite being dominated at times by mid table side Las Palmas. The only goal of the match came in the 59th minute through Saul Niguez when he took a great placed shot from outside the box into the bottom left corner of the net to give Atletico the victory. Las Palmas with how they played really did deserve to achieve more from the match but failed to convert the chances they created in the match. Atletico still find themselves away from European places next season, finding themselves in an uncharacteristic 6th place however they are 1 point off of 4th place and 5 points off of third place. Las Palmas retain their mid table position of 10th with 21 points to their name.
Sunday 18th December 2016
Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
Suarez (18′, 67′), Alba (68′), Messi (90′) | David Lopez (79′)
Barcelona are carrying on their campaign for staying in contention for the title with an easy 4-1 win over Espanyol. They dominated the match possessing the ball more and creating more chances to score. The first goal of the game came through Luis Suarez who received the ball from playmaker Iniesta, he then raced into the box and fired the ball under the feet of Diego Lopez. It took till the second half for Barcelona to quickly extend their lead in double succession, Luis Suarez scored his second of the match through a rebounded effort of Lionel Messi. A minute later Messi sliced the Espanyol defence in half before putting the ball into the path of Jordi Alba who then slotted the ball home. Espanyol did get themselves a life line in the 79th minute through Diego Lopez in a fine piece of counter attacking football from the away side. However this wasn’t enough as in the 90th minute Barcelona’s Lionel Messi picked himself up a well deserved goal.
Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Osasuna
Andone (7′), Babel (42′)
Deportivo are slowly moving away from relegation and after their 2-0 win over Osasuna they have moved 4 points away from the drop zone. In their comfortable 2-0 win they held significantly more possession than Osasuna and created significantly more chances than their oppositions. Deportivo’s first goal of the game came very early on through Florin Andone, when he headed home from close range after a corner from Emre Colak. They then doubled their lead towards the end of the first half with a goal from Ryan Babel with another header from a cross in by Carles Gil. Deportivo did continue to dominate throughout the rest of the match and came away with a deserved win.
Leganes 1-1 Eibar
Guerrero (23′), Herrerin (26′) | Bebe (76′)
Leganes managed to hold onto a point despite going ahead early on in the match and going down to ten men. Leganes did manage to ahead in this game with a goal in the 23rd minute through Guerrero with a right footed shot into the centre of the goal. However the game changed for them 3 minutes later as they went down to ten men as Iago Herein was shown the red card. It took Eibar quite long to break the deadlock after achieving a one man advantage and it took them until the 76th minute to equalise through Bebe with a goal from outside the box into the top of the net.
Monday 19th December 2016
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Celta Vigo
Aduriz (82′ pen), San Jose (90+3′) | Aspas (54′), Roncaglia (80′)
Athletic Bilbao managed to salvage this match with a very late come back including a last minute goal in added time. Celta Vigo managed to put themselves ahead in the 54th minute through Iago Aspas with a left footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net. It took until the last 10 minutes of the game for Bilbao to come back and salvage the game. It started with Vigo going down to 10 men in the 80th minute after Facundo Roncaglia picked up his second yellow of the match after a bad foul in the penalty area. This penalty was then converted by Aduriz to give Athletic Bilbao the equaliser they needed. Then in the 93rd minute Mikel San Jose shot the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal to give them a late winning goal.