The Friday Night game was between Almeria & Osasuna both fighting to stay away from the relegation zone of the Liga table. The final result was a 1 - 2 victory to Osasuna that gives the latter 3 vital points that keeps their hopes up to remain next season in the Liga catagory. The two Osasuna goals came from Riera in the 19th min & Arribas in the 32nd min, while Almeria got their only goal in the 73rd min through Soriano.
The loss by Almeria complicates their Spanish League future for next season.
Atletico de Madrid hosted Villarreal with important players Diego Costa, Arda Turan & Gabi out for this clash. They needed to win to keep their 1 point advantage over FC Barcelona & 3 points over Real Madrid both of which are breathing down the back of Atletico. The final result was a very worked & "suffered" 1 - 0 victory over Villarreal that was controversial as the visitors claimed that the Raul Garcia 14th min goal ( & winner ) was a foul. On the video it seems that perhaps Villarreal had motives to complain.
Atletico then worked even harder to keep out Villarreal for the rest of the match & secure the 3 points that keeps them Liga leaders for another week.
FC Barcelona keeps the pressure on leaders Atletico de Madrid with their 3 - 1 win over Real Betis. The loss by Betis virtually puts the Club headed for the Spanish 2º Division next season as they are anchored in the last place.
Barça won but played below their habitual standards & towards the end looked very tired. Real Betis could have gotten more out of this match have they not made defensive mistakes & taken their goal chances.
FC Barcelona reached their objective, get the three points with whatever means available, in this case with 2 penalties & an own goal. The two penalties were converted by Lionel Messi (15th & 86th min) who takes his Liga goal count to 25 goals, & Real Betis player Jordi gave Barça an own goal. The only goal scored by Real Betis was Ruben Castro in the 68th min.
Real Madrid travelled to Real Sociedad with a must win situation surrounding their visit. A loss here would have virtually seen how the Liga title would have become unreachable. The final result was a 4 - 0 with three important points that keeps the Club in the Liga title running. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was rested & Marcelo was out due to injury. The team worked hard & was solid putting in one of their better games in recent weeks.
Real Sociedad came out strongly & had their chances in the 1st half claiming penalties that were not called ( supposed hand-ball by Ramos & from Illaramendi) . However, Real Madrid managed a psychological goal in the 44th min when Illaramendi knocked in a Benzema shoot that bounced off Real Sociedad goalie Bravo.
The second half was dominated by Real Madrid with goals from Gareth Bale in the 65th min, Pepe in the 84th min & Morata in the 88th min. Real Madrid also hit the bar twice, first from a Ramos header & the second after a Benzema shot a goal. In fact the Frenchman put in a great match.
Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano "steamed-rolled" Celta de Vigo to win 3 - 0. Rayo keeps up its winning momentum earning them the points to jump out of the dangerous relegation zone of the ladder, & allows them to work towards staying in Liga next season.
The Rayo Vallecano goals came in the following order:
- Rochina 25th min
- Bueno 49th min
- Bueno 60th min