It was all happening in La Liga on Sunday. The title race was dramatically affected. The relegation zone was impacted. Tremors were sent around Spain after one particular result.
And to think, there was still an entire day of action to come.
Below, you'll find the full table, results and a recap from Matchday 27 as it unfolded over the weekend. Trust me, folks, a lot changed over a full weekend of action in La Liga.
|11||Celta de Vigo||27||8||6||13||32||39||-7||30|
|Celta Vigo||0-2||Atletico Madrid|
Real Madrid may not have played on Saturday, but they were the big winners nonetheless.
Why, you might ask? Because Barcelona shockingly lost to Real Valladolid, that's why, as Fausto Rossi's 17th-minute goal was the difference for the home side. As you might imagine, there were plenty of questions aimed at the defending champions after the match.
We start with Dermot Ledwith of ESPN, who saw an "out of sorts" Barcelona team and heard from a manager that didn't seem to quite have an answer for what happened:
Barca looked completely out of sorts in a game where they struggled to find any space going forward due to a lack of rhythm in their usual passing game. A Barca side has not appeared so clumsy and uncomfortable on the ball for a long time; passes went astray and the long ball was used as a last resort on too many occasions.
Coach Gerardo Martino admitted as much afterwards, describing his side's performance as "lacking in any type of creation, build up play and movement."
Martino went on to deny his side was suffering an attitude problem at the Estadio Nuevo Jose Zorrilla. "We lacked ideas, but no way did I see a lack of attitude, while it is still mathematically possible we will continue to fight for the title," he said.
Phil Schoen of beIN Sports wonders if it isn't the manager who is to blame, given Barca's recent struggles:
It's gotten to the point with Barcelona where it must be asked. Is it that Martino doesn't have the answer? Or is he the problem?— Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) March 8, 2014
And boy, have they struggled. Consider the following, from WhoScored:
Barcelona: Have lost 3 of their last 6 league games having been defeated in just 1 of their previous 21— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 8, 2014
Or this, from Squawka Football:
Barcelona have lost consecutive away games in La Liga for the first time since the 2007/08 season. pic.twitter.com/zUFmWgszjU— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 8, 2014
The win vaulted Real Valladolid to 17th place and temporarily clear of the relegation zone by goal differential on Almeria, though the latter have a game in hand (as does Rayo Vallecano in 19th place).
Atletico Madrid were pretty big winners themselves, as their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo sent them back into second place. Though they won't surpass Real Madrid even if Los Blancos lose on Sunday—unless they somehow lose by six goals—Atletico will be just three points behind the table leaders at worst.
And at best, they'll be tied in points and only trailing in goal differential.
Atletico was paced by David Villa, who scored a second-half brace in two minutes for the visiting side, with goals in the 62nd and 64th minutes. From Bleacher Report U.K.:
In other action, Real Betis stormed past Getafe, 2-0, behind first-half goals from Leo Baptistao and Ruben Castro. It was a huge result for the La Liga basement dwellers, though they remain five points behind Rayo Vallecano.
Granada got past Villarreal in the late game, 2-0.