Last placed on La Liga ladder Cordoba hosted Athletic Club Bilbao in the Friday night round 33 opener. The final result was another "nail to the coffin" for Cordoba losing 0 - 1 to Ath Bilbao. Sloppy match from Bilbao with Elche having their chances of scoring, but Bilbao was effective & won with the 55th min Bernat goal.
Beforehand a danger game for FC Barcelona against local city rival RCD Espanyol. Barça is currently top spot of the Liga table with Real Madrid just 2 points away & this match was a "must win" situation.
They managed the objective winning 0 - 2 after a great 1º half that included goals from Neymar in the 17th min & later Messi in the 24th min. Things complicated themselves when Barça defender Alba was sent off directly with a red card after protesting with the referee. With 10 men down Espanyol took the iniciative but failed to turn things around thanks to a solid Barça defence & their own lack of finishing powers.
Barça has half a foot into the Liga title this season.
Elche in deep relegation & financial troubles visited Atletico de Madrid licking their wounds after being eliminated from Champions mid-week. Their 3 - 0 victory helped heal wounds & consolidated the 3rd Liga position currently in dispute with Valencia CF.
Elche managed to keep out Atletico the 1ºst half , thereafter the home team dominated. Antoine Griezmann scored twice - 54th min & 76th min - sending a messaje to Coach Simeone after being substituted in Champions. While the other goal came from Raul Garcia in the 62nd min.
Getafe fell to Levante 0 - 1 by the only goal scored in the 34th min by Victor Casadesus. Important 3 points for Levante in their attempts to stay far away as possible to the relegation zone of the Liga ladder. With their win they jump to the 15th position.
Real Sociedad 0 - Villarreal 0 Final result. Goal disallowed - rightly to Villarreal inclued.