Real Madrid defeated in "trouble" (relegation candidate) Almeria securing the 3 points & holding the second Liga position just 2 points behind current leaders FC Barcelona. The final result was 3 - 0 but the team looked sloppy & they needed to work to win, while Almeria put in a good performance but failed upfront to convert.
Real Madrid gave Navas, Illaramendi, Coentrao & Jese a run from the start & team showed & suffered their lack of playing time. The goals for Real Madrid came from a spectacular 45th min James Rodriguez crack shot, followed by an own goal from Almeria defender Dos Santos in the 48th min & Arbeloa in the 84th min.
Real Madrid has two difficult Liga games coming up - Sevilla FC & Valencia CF - were a draw or a loss could give FC Barcelona the Liga title.
Eibar hosted Sevilla FC & lost 1 - 3. Sevilla FC are currently in a "sweet moment " with their Football & go into their next game against Real Madrid full of confidence. The goals for Sevilla came through Carlos Bacca who scored twice - 6th & 14th min - & Reyes in the 64th min. For Eibar their only goal came thanks to Piovaccari in the 51st min.
Celta de Vigo managed the victory in the very last moment of their game against Malaga FC. Both sides were competitive & worked their opportunities, but Celta managed the 3 points when Nolito scored in the 89th min. Final result 1 - 0.
Villarreal did not make things easy for Atletico de Madrid tonight. A defensive mistake by Bailly was needed to allow Atletico de Madrid substitute Fernando Torres to exploit & score in the 64th min to give a 0 - 1 victory to the visitors. Important win for Atletico in their objective to secure the prized 3rd place Champions League ladder position. Rivals Valencia CF also has that same position on their plans list.
Important win for Elche 4 - 0 over Deportivo A Coruña in their attempts to stay alive in La Liga next season & climb out of their financial problems. The goals fell in the following order:
- Jonathas 5th min, 1 - 0
- Lomban (penalty) 20th min, 2 - 0
- Rasalic 54th min, 3 - 0
- Rodrigues 90th min, 4 - 0