La Liga Weekend Roundup: Barcelona thrashes Osasuna 4-0, Real Madrid moves 10 clear at the top 

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The dynamic duo of Benzema and Vinicius continues to flourish

A first-half goal from Vinicius Junior and a brace from Karim Benzema ensured that Real Madrid took full advantage of Sevilla’s recent slip-up. Carlo Ancelloti’s men now have a mega 10 point advantage over the second-placed Sevilla which should be a huge boost ahead of the Clasico against Barcelona who enjoyed a 4-0 win against Osasuna.

Atletico Madrid vs Cadiz (2-1)

Another day another early goal for Felix as Atletico Madrid wrap another 3 points

Another day another early goal for Felix as Atletico Madrid wrap another 3 points

Atletico Madrid and Cadiz opened the matchday 28 with a 2-1 win for the home side. Diego Simeone’s men came into this fixture with the hope of maintaining their CL place, while Cadiz was desperate for points to leap out of the drop zone. Atletico Madrid continued their recent principle of scoring early. It was Joao Felix again who opened the scoring inside the first 5 minutes. 

The away side got back into the game as Alvaro Negredo continued to haunt Atletico Madrid. However, Rodrigo De Paul’s 68th-minute goal sealed the three points for his team.

It ended on a bittersweet note for Atletico Madrid as Javi Serrano was sent off in the 88th minute. 

Levante vs Espanyol (1-1)

Levante hosted Espanyol as the home side continued to plot their escape out of the relegation zone. Unsurprisingly, Lisci’s men started the game with real attacking intent. They ended the first-half pondering how the score was still all square. To add to their misery, Javi Puado struck just five minutes after half-time. Both teams hit the post as Levante pushed for an equaliser. 

The home side finally got to all square as Dani Gomez pounced on an error by Levante’s defence. 

Granada vs Elche (0-1)

With 4 losses in their last 4 games, Granada came into this one with the desperation to win. They were up against an Elche side who were floating just above the relegation zone. The desperation by Granada was evident in the first few minutes as they nearly struck twice. However, Badia denied both Carlos Neva and Suarez to keep it all square. Minutes after Granada failed to take their chances, Elche struck. Fidel Chaves finished off a beautiful one-touch counter-attack. 

A darting run from Petrovic nearly brought scores level but Badia came to Elche’s rescue again. 

Getafe – Valencia (0-0)

With two wins and a draw in their last three games, Valencia posed a daunting threat to the 15th placed Getafe. An evenly contested first where chances flew for both teams but neither managed to convert. The away side was happy to sit back and absorb the pressure in the second half.

Getafe was struggling to break their defence. However, Mamardashvili kicked Gabriel’s back pass straight to the body of Mayoral and the ball bounced into the net. Nevertheless, the replay confirmed that it hit the substitute’s hand and the goal was chalked off.  

Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla (1-1)

Coming off a draw, Sevilla needed those crucial three points to continue the push for the title. First-half majorly in the favour of the home side as they even had a goal disallowed controversially. Rayo Vallecano made amends in the second half as  Bebe’s 46th-minute strike rippled the back of the net.

Sevilla struggled to create anything of significance. However, to their fortunes, their first shot on target via Delaney ended up in the back of the net. Anthony Martial came close to scoring in the dying minutes. Nevertheless, both teams had to settle for a draw. 

Real Betis vs Athletic Club (1-0)

Real Betis and Athletic Club came into this one with a similar run of forms. The 3 points for Betis would be crucial as the club continues to punch above their weight for Champions League qualification. The home side broke the deadlock after just 20 minutes. Miranda teed up Iglesias to score the header. 

Athletic Club did not struggle to create chances but struggled to score them. Despite Nabil Fekir’s 80th minute red card the hosts managed to secure the three points. 

Real Sociedad vs Alavés (1-0)

Dropping only 2 points since the turn of the year, Real Sociedad were clear favourites to take this tie. With two draws in their last two games, things were looking bright for relegation-threatened Alaves. The away side managed to keep Sociedad at the bay for a good part of the game.

Martin Zubimendi finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute scoring his first goal in La Liga for the club. Alaves pushed for the equaliser but Sociedad with some saves from Romero held on and took the three points. 

Barcelona vs Osasuna (4-0)

The disappointment was evident on Ronaldo’s face after he failed to score against Watford

The disappointment was evident on Ronaldo’s face after he failed to score against Watford

Barcelona started their busy week with Osasuna visiting the camp Nou. With the Europa League in the midweek, Xavi’s men would want to keep their spirits high. The home side did just that as Ferran Torres’s penalty started absolute domination of Osasuna. The former Man City man got his second through a beautiful ball from Dembele who set up Aubameyang for the third goal.

The game was pretty much dusted in the first half. Barcelona just passed the ball around before substitute Ruqui Puig got his first and Barcelona’s 4th goal of the night. The home side ended the contest with nearly 75% possession.

Mallorca vs Real Madrid (0-3)

With their title rivals Sevilla slipping up another 2 points, Real Madrid had quite the incentive to win this one. That didn’t come easy as Mallorca managed to hold them for almost an hour while also creating a few dangerous chances of their own.

However, the inevitable duo of Benzema and Vinicius Jr combined to break the deadlock. The duo combined again and this time it was Benzema who got his goal scoring a pen before getting his brace to win the game 0-3.

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