La Liga Results: Analysis for Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona, Plus All Midweek Matches
There is a full slate of Primera Division matches this week with all 20 teams in action, including both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Catalan Giants were away to Celta Vigo on Tuesday, and Real Madrid will host Sevilla on Wednesday. On Thursday, title contenders Atletico Madrid will visit Granada.
We’ll have recaps of all of La Liga’s Matchday 11 right here, so keep checking back during the week for the latest results.
Here is the league table.
(All statistics courtesy WhoScored.com)
Celta Vigo 0-3 Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez picked up where he left off in El Clasico and Cesc Fabregas also found the back of the net as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 3-0 on Tuesday, temporarily extending their lead atop La Liga to four points.
Only nine minutes had ticked off the clock by the time Sanchez, who scored the winner against Real Madrid on Saturday, tallied what proved to be the winner against struggling Celta Vigo, beating goalkeeper Yoel to the right-hand corner from near the penalty spot.
Sanchez then turned provider in the 20th minute, finding Lionel Messi with an accurate pass only for the Argentine maestro’s shot to be blocked in front of goal.
But the Catalans extended their lead just after the restart when a mistake by defender Gustavo Cabral led to a Yoel own-goal.
Fabregas then rounded out the scoring in the 54th minute after latching onto Messi’s pass on the counter-attack.
On target: 4-8
Espanyol 0-0 Malaga
Neither Espanyol nor Malaga were much keen on reprising their performances from the weekend, and their caution was evident on Tuesday.
Coming off a 3-0 defeat away to Levante, Espanyol were keen to get back among the points and consolidate their place in the top half of the table, and following a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Celta Vigo, Malaga were in no mood to be as generous in front of goal on this night.
Espanyol made the brighter start of the two and had their first meaningful chances in the third minute when Juan Fuentes latched onto Simao Sabrosa’s pass but couldn’t hit the target, and Victor Sanchez watched as his shot was blocked.
Eliseu and Sergio Darder then responded with opportunities for Malaga, but with neither able to test the goalkeeper, it began to look as if a scoreless draw might be on the cards.
Perhaps the best chance of the encounter came just before the break when Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz hit the woodwork from in close, but it was a harbinger of things to come as neither side would end up breaking the deadlock after the restart.
On target: 3-5
Real Madrid 7-3 Sevilla
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, Gareth Bale scored twice on his full home debut and Karim Benzema added a second-half brace as Real Madrid defeated Sevilla, 7-3, in a wild La Liga match Wednesday night at Madrid's Estadio Bernabeu.
In addition to the 10 goals, the match featured three penalties, one missed penalty and a late sending-off. With the victory, Real Madrid moved onto 25 points, six behind leaders Barcelona. Sevilla remained in 10th place with 13 points.
Ronaldo, who responded angrily this week to comments about him from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, marked his first goal with a celebration apparently aimed at Blatter. He also conceded a penalty in a contentious second-half decision, though Diego Lopez saved Ivan Rakitic's spot-kick that followed.
Bale made his first league start at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid following his world-record move from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. He opened the scoring with a strike into the top corner and added a deflected free kick later in the first half.
Sevilla, who had Stephane M'Bia sent off for two bookable offences, remained winless in 22 league fixtures away from home. Rakitic scored twice, including a first-half penalty, and Carlos Bacca added the other goal.
On target: 10-6
Wednesday's Other Matches
Real Valladolid 2-2 Real Sociedad
Patrick Ebert missed a late penalty as Real Valladolid had to settle for a 2-2 draw after coming from 2-0 down at home to Real Sociedad.
Sociedad took a 2-0 lead via strikes from Antoine Griezmann either side of half-time. Daniel Larsson pulled one back for Valladolid in the 76th minute, and Javi Guerra equalised just three minutes later.
Sociedad are ninth with 14 points. Valladolid are 11th, three points further back.
Valencia 1-2 Almeria
Almeria came from behind to record a first league victory of the season, winning 2-1 at Valencia.
Jonas put the hosts ahead with a 33rd-minute penalty, but Almeria turned around the match with two strikes in eight minutes in the second half.
Marco Torsiglieri equalised in the 61st minute, before Alexis Vidal Parreu scored the winner in the 69th.
The victory moved Almeria, who are still last in the table, onto six points. Valencia are 11th with 13 points.
Osasuna 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
Oier Sonj scored in the first minute to kickstart Osasuna's home win over Rayo Vallecano. Oriol Riera added the second in the 13th minute, and Roberto Torres made it 3-0 early in the second half.
Osasuna had Miguel de las Cuevas sent off in the 66th minute. Rayo pulled one back through Alejandro Galvez four minutes later.
Granada 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa and David Villa each scored from the spot as Atletico Madrid beat Granada 2-1 on Thursday and kept within just a single point of league leaders Barcelona.
Costa, who earlier this week formalized his desire to represent Spain at international level, tallied his 12th goal of the season in the 38th minute when, following Diego Mainz’ challenge on Villa inside the area, he successfully converted from 12 yards.
Villa then drew another penalty with just 12 minutes to play and this time took the spot-kick himself, beating goalkeeper Roberto to extend the guests’ lead.
Granada made things interesting following the 90th-minute ejection of Felipe Luis when Odion Ighalo headed into the bottom left corner, but by that point it was too little too late from the hosts.
On target: 1-6
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Elche
A second-half fight-back saw Athletic Bilbao turn a 2-0 deficit into a 2-2 draw at the new San Mames on Thursday—a result that took the Basque outfit above Getafe and into fifth place in La Liga after 11 rounds.
Lomban needed only nine minutes to open the scoring for Elche. The defender, getting into good space as his side took an early corner-kick, headed Damian Suarez’ delivery into the back of the net as Athletic found themselves playing an early game of catch-up.
Their task was made all the more difficult when, shortly after the restart, Elche attacker Aaron beat goalkeeper Iago Herrerin to the right corner with an accurate, left-footed shot.
By the 54th minute, however, Athletic were back in the contest thanks to Markel Susaeta’s finish from an impossible angle following Iker Muniain’s cross.
A quarter of an hour later the hosts were back on level terms—substitute striker Artiz Aduriz heading past Manu Herrera from Benat’s cross.
On target: 5-6
Thursday's Other Matches
Villarreal 0-2 Getafe
Real Betis 0-0 Levante