Real Madrid hosted Eibar with the former resting Casillas, Carvajal & Benzema, while Kroos & James were out on card suspension & Bale out injured. This allowed Arbeloa, Illarramendi, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Jesé & goalie Navas a chance to start & show their stuff. In the end a fairly comfortable game for the locals which managed to win 3 - 0 & three points so not to lose the tail of current Liga leaders Barça. Added to all this, the match allowed important regular players a chance to rest for the upcoming Uefa Champions League 1ºst leg quarter-final game against Atletico de Madrid next Tuesday.
Eibar put in a good first 15 mins but Real Madrid then took over the game creating chances which lead to the Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick goal in the 20th min & the "Chicharito" headed goal in the 30th min. The former could have scored more but a chance was disallowed, while CR7 failed to reach a sitter.
In the second half Real Madrid began thinking in the upcoming Champions League game & began resting players like Modric, Ramos & Marcelo, allowing Eibar some ball control. But it lasted until Jese scored the third goal for Real Madrid in a great individual play in the 82nd min.
Malaga FC hosted Atletico de Madrid & managed to turn things around & push the visitors for a 2 - 2 draw result. Relatively bad result for Atletico as they have Valencia CF breathing down their 3ºrd place on the ladder "neck".
At Madrid start well, in control & soon were ahead when Griezmann scored in the 24th min. But Malaga managed to equalize from a corner in the 36th min when Fernando Torres scored an own goal.
Malaga began to trouble Atletico & frustrated the visitors with mistakes putting their defence under pressure. So much so, that Malaga got ahead in the 70th min through Samuel. Atletico de Madrid was seeing how their third place could be in danger when Griezmann scored the equalizer in possible off-side in the 77th min. A "life-saver" for the visitors with Malaga not happy at all with the referee decision.
In the end shared points in a great game of Football.
Important slip by current Liga leaders FC Barcelona after drawing 2 - 2 away against Sevilla FC. The difference between them & second placed on the ladder Real Madrid is now just 2 points & Barça plays Valencia CF next week.
Sevilla FC made a heroic comeback after being 0 - 2 down in the first half & practically dominated all the second half. Sevilla FC will not be totally happy with the final result as they "let off the hook" Barça failing numerous chances.
FC Barcelona started well, strong & it was not too long before the goals arrived. Lionel Messi scored in the 13th min with a wonderful left foot the found the far left post & Neymar scored the second from a free-kick in the 31st min that the goalie did not even see. It seemed Barça was on a roll to score more, but they missed opportunities allowing Sevilla FC to regroup & again believe in themselves.
The crucial moment came in the 38th min when Sevilla FC midfielder Benega scored from outside the area in the 38th min. The second half was a siege on the Barça goal until just on the field sub Reyes found a team-mate on the wing who crossed onto another sub Gameiro who scored the equalizer in the 84th min. FC Barcelona then did its best to hold on & avoid the loss.
Great entertaining Football with a result that puts the Liga title race "on fire" again.
Celta de Vigo squashed Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano 6 - 1 & even though Rayo scored through Manucho in the 23rd second mark. So many goals in this match that better list them, with Celta player Santi Mina scoring 4 goals:
- Manucho 23 seconds , 0 - 1
- Larrivey 5th min, 1 - 1
- Santi Mina 20th min, 2 - 1
- Larrivey 37th min, 3 - 1
- Santi Mina 40th min, 4 - 1
- Santi Mina 50th min, 5 - 1
- Santi Mina 56th min, 6 - 1
- Tomas 45th min, 1 - 0
- Espinosa 58th min, 2 - 0
- Tomas 87th min, 3 - 0