La Liga Results: Analysis for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid and All Weekend Matches

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVOctober 25, 2013

La Liga Results: Analysis for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid and All Weekend Matches

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    The 2013-14 La Liga season continued with a full slate of matches from 25-28 October.

    Rayo and Valladolid started the weekend with a Friday match and the schedule continued into Saturday, Sunday and Monday with an additional nine matches, including El Clasico.

    Keep checking back throughout the weekend for a full recap of all the action.

    Click here for the league table.

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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

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    Neymar and Alexis Sanchez scored as Barcelona defeated rivals Real Madrid, 2-1, in Saturday's El Clasico at Camp Nou.

    The hosts went ahead through Neymar, who was making his Clasico debut, in the 19th minute. Andres Iniesta set up the goal, dribbling through midfield before freeing Neymar with an angled pass in the box.

    With the match still 1-0 in the second half, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty appeal denied. Alexis then made it 2-0 in the 78th minute with a classy, chipped finish, holding off a challenge after running onto Neymar's through ball.

    Jese pulled one back for Real in the first minute of stoppage time, finishing a quick counter started in Real's half. Ronaldo played the final pass for the assist.

    Real's Gareth Bale also made his Clasico debut, starting in an attacking role before being subbed off in the 61st minute. His replacement, Karim Benzema, hit the bar with a sliced shot in the 72nd minute.

    Shots: 12-10

    On target: 5-6

    Passing: 83%-79%

    Possession: 55%-45%

Atletico Madrid 5-0 Real Betis: Thrashing Sees Atletico Keep Pace with Barca

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    A five-goal demolition of Real Betis on Sunday saw Atletico Madrid move back within one point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

    The highly-rated Oliver Torres got the scoring go after just 13 seconds, a league record for the fastest goal by an Atletico player. It was also Torres' full debut.

    From them it was some more experienced names troubling the scorers, however, with David Villa bagging a brace and Diego Costa and Gabi (in injury time) getting the other.

Malaga 0-5 Celta Vigo

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    Celta Vigo climbed to 15th in the table and above Malaga on goal difference thanks to a resounding, 5-0 win away to the Andalusians on Saturday.

    Alex Lopez scored his first of two on the night after just six minutes when he beat Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero from outside the box following a pass from Augusto Fernandez, and Fernandez, himself, doubled the guests advantage midway through the opening period from near the penalty spot after being played through by Charles.

    The route continued after the restart when Lopez completed his brace with a header from the left side of the area shortly after the hour-mark, and in the 73rd minute Nolito completed a counter-attacking play with a hard, right-footed shot to the top corner to give Celta Vigo a commanding 4-0 lead.

    Charles completed the scoring following a corner in the 81st minute.

    Shots: 7-16

    On target: 1-9

    Passing: 81%-78%

    Possession: 47%-53%

Elche 0-1 Granada

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    Granada picked up their third win of the campaign and moved to within a point of 10th-place Elche thanks to a narrow victory at Estadio Martinez Valero on Saturday.

    Elche came out the better side and quite nearly went ahead after just four minutes when Manu del Moral’s header from Sergio Mantecon’s cross narrowly missed the top-left corner, but it was Granada who would end up taking the first-half advantage.

    After Nyom had won a free-kick after Fidel’s foul on the right, the ball came to Fran Rico who crossed into the centre of the box where Manuel Iturra was on hand to head the ball into the back of the net.

    Damian Suarez missed at least two chances for the hosts in the second half and Javier Marquez sent his shot sailing over the bar just after the hour-mark as Elche probed for an equalizer but just couldn’t find it.

    Shots: 8-14

    On target: 1-3

    Passing: 78%-75%

    Possession: 57%-43%

Levante 3-0 Espanyol

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    Levante leaf-frogged Espanyol in the Primera Division table and into the European places, Saturday following 3-0 win in a match between the second sides of Valencia and Barcelona.

    Nabil El Zhar opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after he, himself, drew a foul off Victor Sanchez inside the Espanyol area, and just two minutes later the hosts took a 2-0 lead thanks to Baba’s header to the bottom, right-hand corner following El Zhar’s cross.

    El Zhar completed his brace in the 51st minute when he beat goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to the top corner after latching onto a Baba pass.

    Shots: 6-20

    On target: 3-6

    Passing: 68%-83%

    Possession: 36%-64%

Sunday: Sevilla 2-1 Osasuna

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    Ivan Rakitic was on target for Sevilla
    Ivan Rakitic was on target for Sevilla

    Sunday's action kicked off with Sevilla claiming a 2-1 win over Osasuna.

    Osasuna had Abella Perez Damia sent off on 35 minutes, and 20 minutes later Sevilla utilised their man advantage as Ivan Rakitic fired them ahead.

    Jairo gave Sevilla a cushion with a second on 75 minutes, and they held on for the win despite Oriol Riera netting for Osasuna with three minutes left on the clock.

    Later, Villarreal extended Valencia's poor recent run with an emphatic 4-1 victory. Giovani dos Santos scored twice after Ikechukwu Uche and Hernan Perez had built an early lead for the home side, with Ricardo Costa's 63rd minute strike only briefly giving the visitors hope of any sort of comeback.

    Then, in the third game of the day, Real Sociedad demolished Almeria 3-0 to claim a straightforward three points—Antoine Griezmann scoring twice and Jose Angel getting the other.

Monday Night: Getafe 0-1 Athletic Bilbao

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    The final match of the game week saw Athletic Bilbao climb back up into fifth after a 1-0 win at Getafe.

    A goal scored inside the first 10 minutes was enough to see the Basque side leapfrog their opponents in the table, with Getafe's defeat bringing an end to their four-match unbeaten run.

    Markel Susaeta, in the team partly on account of the absence of Iker Muniain, was the provider, with Aymeric Laporte scoring the only goal of the match.

    Getafe's best chance for an equaliser came just one minute before half time when Diego Castro missed from the penalty spot.

    A change in goalkeeper at the break for Athletic saw Iago Herrerin play the second half, but although Getafe had more chances and possession, they rarely managed to hit the target with their shots.

    Shots: 14-6

    On target: 3-5

    Pass success: 75%-70%

    Possession: 55%-45%

Friday: Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Real Valladolid

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    Real Valladolid beat Rayo Vallecano 3-0 away on Friday to snap a six-match winless run. The visitors held just 29 percent of possession, but punished Valladolid with ruthless finishing, thanks to goals from Patrick Ebert, Javi Guerra and Daniel Larsson.

    Ebert opened the scoring in the 31st minute, dribbling away from goal before blasting a powerful shot into the top corner from outside the box. Guerra made it 2-0 eight minutes later, running and finishing on the right as Vallaldolid broke forward quickly.

    Larsson made it 3-0 two minutes after half-time, pouncing on a defensive miscue before rounding goalkeeper Ruben Martinez and finishing in an open net. 

    The victory moved Valladolidwho had not won since Aug. 31up to 13th place with 10 points. Rayo are 15th with nine points. 

    Shots: 17-9

    On target: 4-6

    Passing: 85%-59%

    Possession: 71%-29%