With La Liga in its most exciting stretch run in years, Week 32 offers up some potentially table-shifting matches.
With Barcelona hosting cellar-dwellers Real Betis, maintaining that lead is likely as good as Madrid can hope for.
Almeria and Osasuna got the week's fixtures started on Friday as Osasuna boosted their bid to avoid relegation with a 2-1 win.
The below tables will keep track of the week's results and the players who scored the goals to deliver those results.
|La Liga Week 32 Scores/Results|
|Real Sociedad||0-4||Real Madrid|
|Rayo Vallecano||3-0||Celta Vigo|
Here is a look at all who netted goals in Matchday 32.
|Week 32 Top Goalscorers|
|2||Alberto Bueno||Rayo Vallecano|
|1||Raul Garcia||Atletico Madrid|
|1||Ruben Castro||Real Betis|
|1||Asier Illarramendi||Real Madrid|
|1||Alvaro Morata||Real Madrid|
|1||Ruben Rochina||Rayo Vallecano|
|1||Gareth Bale||Real Madrid|
|1||Youssef El Arabi||Granada|
Week 32 Recap
Sunday's four contests saw a pair of matches that were particularly important to the relegation battle. Valladolid climbed out of the Primera Division drop zone thanks to their scoreless draw against Valencia. Valladolid remain tied with Getafe for 18th, but move ahead on superior goal differential.
Elsewhere, Elche took a critical step towards separating themselves from that race by defeating Getafe, 1-0 on the final kick of the game. Richmond Boakye's 93rd minute goal sent his side four points clear of the relegation zone. Sitting in 14th place, Elche have some tenable breathing room for now.
Sevilla also tightened their grip on fifth place with a dominating 4-1 victory over Espanyol. Kevin Gameiro netted two more goals, and has impressed in his first La Liga campaign:
Malaga also took their first home victory in two months with a surprisingly dominant 4-1 victory over Granada. A pair of first-half goals from Ignacio Camacho helped Malaga supporters breathe easier, as they now sit in 11th place and seven points clear of the drop zone.
Saturday's slate featured a number of matches that proved of huge importance to the title race, but not much changed at the top by the end of the day.
Barcelona cleaned up with a 3-1 win over Real Betis, while Atletico Madrid won 1-0 over Villarreal.
Real Madrid poured on four goals in a road win over Real Sociedad, including a widespread amount of scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo rested as the club's official Twitter account noted:
After those three results, Atletico maintains a one-point lead in the standings over Barcelona, while Madrid stay three back of the overall lead.
There are still plenty of matches to be played in Week 32, but all eyes on the title race are looking toward next weekend's matches as Atletico looks to hold onto their slim lead.
In a match vital to both team's chances of avoiding relegation, Osasuna went into Mediterraneo Stadium and pulled out three points with a 2-1 victory over Almeria.
With the win, Osasuna jumped all the way up to 14th in the table with the rest of the week's fixtures to still be played. Almeria are now in 19th.
Osasuna took control of this match early. Oriol Riera netted the match's first goal in the 19th minute, and Javi Arribas put Osasuna up 2-0 in the 33rd minute.
Fernando Soriano gave the home side a fighting chance with a goal in the 73rd minute. AS English noted the hope the goal inspired:
Alas, that proved to be all of the day's scoring.
Riera scored on Osasuna's first real threat of the match when he took an Alvaro Cejudo pass and delivered the ball home high in the center of the net off his back heel. As you can see, it was a fairly spectacular effort:
It was just past the 30-minute mark when Arribas headed a goal off of a Roberto Torres free-kick. Almeria appeared to lose track of Arribas, who took advantage of the space to find room for the header.
Soriano made things interesting in the 73rd minute when he easily scored a goal off of a rebound from a Ramon Azeez shot, but Almeria still came up short and now must scramble to keep their standing in Spain's top division.
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