Levante played RCD Espanyol in the Friday night Round 32 kick off match. The final result a valuable 2 - 2 draw for Levante & a step back for Espanyol in their attempts to climb into the Euro positions of the Liga ladder. The goals came in the following order:
- Lucas Vazquez 17th min, 0 - 1
- Simao 20th min, 1 - 1
- Caceido 45th min, 1 - 2
- Casadesus 86th min, 86th min.
FC Barcelona hosted Valencia CF & managed a very important 2 - 0 victory to keep themselves ahead of rival Real Madrid in the Liga ladder. Valencia took a minor step back as the loss of points allows 3rd placed Atletico de Madrid to open up a 4 point gap after the latter won their game today.
The final 2 - 0 result is not an accurate picture of the match, as Barça suffered for the 3 points with Valencia intense all match but failing to convert their numerous chances. Valencia deserved more, at least a draw result, but as mentioned they were unlucky, missed clear opportunities & Barça goalie Claudio Bravo was inspired. The FC Barcelona goal keeper stopped a penalty the 10th min from Valencia Captain Parejo, just after Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 1st min.
From here to the end of the match we witnessed a great match with Valencia always looking for goal & putting Barça on the back foot on many occasions. The physical effort by Valencia tired them out towards the end allowing Barça to control the match & Lionel Messi to score his teams second goal in the 93rd min.
Deportivo A Coruna in the relegation zone of the Liga ladder hosted Atletico de Madrid looking for the 3 points to consolidate their 3rd ladder place & open up a gap with Valencia especially after the latter lost today. The final result was a 1 - 2 win to the visitors which had a relatively comfortable match until they "dozed" off towards the end as Deportivo attempt to turn things around. The home team was awarded for their efforts when Oriol Riera pulled one back in the 78th min & nearly equalized when Lopo hit the post a few minutes later.
Earlier Antoine Griezmann scored twice, the opener with a lovely overhead shot in the 5th min & another in the 21st min.
Costly & difficult win by Real Madrid 3 - 1 over Malaga FC. Three points won but Gareth Bale injured in the 3 rd min with a pull in the left calf muscle & later in the 2º half Modric off with a knock on the knee. Worrying as they are 2 key players & the Club meets At.Madrid next Wednesday in the decisive Champions League quarter-final.
Malaga gave a fight & fright tonight especially in the 2º half when they played better & had numerous opportunities to score & even to equalize the encounter. The individual class of the Real Madrid players had to come to light & save the day.
Real Madrid went ahead in the 24th min when a Ronaldo free-kick found Sergio Ramos who scored. From here & onwards it was end to end Football with opportunities going to both teams. Cristiano Ronaldo failed a penalty in the 66th min but James Rodriguez made up in the 68th min with an excellent left foot goal.
Malaga FC was not daunted & continued attacking & were rewarded in the 70th when Juanmi tapped in his teams goal. Real Madrid were wobbly & it looked more like Malaga would equalize. Progressively Real Madrid settled their game & controlled the pace of the match & in the 92nd min Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a Chicharito pass to seal things.
A close call for Real Madrid which will be closely monitoring Bale & Modric to see the extend of their injury. Although Bale looks out for the upcoming Champion League match.
Athletic Club Bilbao hosted Madrid Club Getafe winning 4 - 0. Getafe held out until defender Velazquez caused a penalty & was sent off with a red card leaving the visitors with 10 men.
Aduriz scored the penalty in the 45th min & again in the 46th min when the second half started. Later team-mates Ibai Gomez - 79th min - & Susaeta - 87th min - got themselves some goal action each.