Valencia CF hosted Madrid Club Getafe & managed a worked 1 - 0 victory. Important win for the "Che" Club as the three points keeps them 4th on the Liga table keeping rivals away from that position & put the pressure on those Clubs above, as Champions League positions is their objective.
The winner came in the 70th min when Alvaro Negredo converted a penalty.
Devastating performance from FC Barcelona winning 5 - 0 Levante. A tremendous Lionel Messi - a HAT-TRICK & assist - tore apart Levante, while team-mate Luis Suarez tantalized "Camp Nou" with an extraordinary overhead goal. Neymar also got into the action with his play & his goal, which summed up the great form Barcelona is currently in at this moment sending a clear message that they are very serious contenders for the three available titles: Liga, Spanish Cup & Champions League. The goals came in the following order:
- Neymar 18th min, 1 - 0
- Messi 39th min, 2 - 0
- Messi 59th min , 3 - 0
- Messi 65th min (penalty), 4 - 0
- Suarez 73rd min, 5 - 0
Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano surprised & "cut the wings" of high flyers Villarreal winning 2 - 0. Contested match with the determination & grit of the home side pulling the result their way. The first goal came through Bueno in the 50th min & the second through Kakuta in the 69th min.
Celta de Vigo managed their third straight victory after winning 2 - 0 Atletico de Madrid. Deserved victory for Vigo with At. Madrid putting in one of their worst games this season. The absence of creative midfielders Koke & Arda - due to injury - gave the centre of the field over to Celta & in doing so was under constant Celta attacks & starved the Atletico de Madrid forwards from receiving the ball.
Perhaps here was the initial mistake by Atletico de Madrid Coach Simeone, in starting with 3 forwards: Griezmann, Mandzulic & Torres, when it may have been wiser to "pack" the midfield knowing beforehand that the team was without resources; thus a more "conservative" plan would have been wiser.
After defending most of the game, Atletico caused a penalty on Nolito by Suarez which the Celta forward converted in the 59th min. At Madrid reacted & even had chances to equalize but Celta midfielder Orellana scored the second in the 71st min to secure their victory & the 3 points.
At. Madrid retains third place on the Liga table but has Valencia CF just 3 points away, plus tonights loss allows FC Barcelona to open up a 6 point gap currently in second place.
MONDAY NIGHT ROUND 23 MATCH.
Eibar - Elche