Super important win for Elche 1 - 0 over Almeria to keep their hopes alive of avoiding relegation troubles. Almeria were too defensive minded & perhaps paid for being over conservative because Elche won against the grain of play. The winner came in the 57th min thanks to a Herrera goal that tasted sweet for Elche, while Almeria perhaps deserved more. In the end the three points to Elche.
If there is a Club that needs points & victories that is last placed Real Betis which keeps their dreams alive of staying in Liga after winning 2 - 0 RCD Espanyol. The man of the match was Betis Ruben Castro who scored both goals - 71st min & 88th min - to give his team three vital points.
Tense, physical, intense & heated match that made Real Madrid suffer for a 1 - 1 draw & with 10 men as Cristiano Ronaldo received a red card in the 75th min. From here onwards Real Madrid had no other option than to hold on to the draw & fend off the continuing Bilbao attacks.
Bilbao could have won the match had they been more accurate & effective upfront. Aduriz & Muniain had two chances that still one does not know how they missed them. Real Madrid under a very hostile atmosphere held on with an excellent Ramos, Xabi & Modric to hold the fort.
Real Madrid went ahead in the 65th min when Benzema passed to CR7 who found Jese who knocked it in. It looked like Real Madrid had fended off the worst part but Ibai came on & in his second action scored a long range "screamer" in the 73rd min that brought the equalizer & blew the roof off the stadium. Things heated up & things again got tense & we saw a fracas in the Bilbao goal square that saw Ronaldo involved & sent off.
Real Madrid with 10 men then suffered & needed a Diego Lopez save to salvage the night. Athletic will be satisfied that they halted & took the wind out of the Madrid sails.
MONDAY NIGHT ROUND 22 MATCH:
Villarreal - Osasuna