Round 31 kicked off with the Friday night match between Rayo Vallecano & Getafe. The "Madrid derby" was taken by Rayo who won 2 - 0 Getafe & in doing so grabbed the three points giving oxygen to the team which is hoovering around the bottom positions of the Liga leader.
Goal came through Javi Guerra in the 14th min & Miku in the 70th min.
Getafe complicates its struggle to avoid the relegation zone.
Atletico de Madrid had a wonderful victory in front of their home fans with a 5 - 1 win over Real Betis. A perfect afternoon at the office for At. Madrid "firing & running" on all cylinders, Football wise. The goals came in the following order:
- Fernando Torres 36th min, 1 - 0
- Griezmann 41st min, 2 - 0
- JuanFran 64th min, 3 - 0
- Ruben Castro 78th min, 3 - 1
- Griezmann 80th min, 4 - 1
- Tomas 90th min, 5 - 1
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria defeated Valencia CF 2 - 1. Valencia which sacked Coach Neville earlier in the week cannot wake from their Football nightmare. Added to all this their loss was full of back luck including an own goal from defender Mustafi who put Las Palmas ahead 2 - 1 in the 63rd min.
Earlier Rodrigo opened for Valencia in the 3rd min while Viera equalized through a penalty in the 50th min.
FC Barcelona lost the "Clasico" against the eternal rival Real Madrid with a final 1 - 2 score. The three points for Madrid closes the gap on the ladder but Barça still has a considerable advantage of 7 points. The victory is a shoot in the arm for Real Madrid, which will fill them with confidence for their real objective, the Champions League, while Coach Zidane come off reinforced as Isco & James stayed on the bench the whole match.
FC Barcelona dominated the first 60 mins then slowly disappeared out of the game. And this with Real Madrid down to 10 men after Sergio Ramos was send off around the 75th min mark. FC Barcelona will "scream" that a "clear" penalty was not given on Messi in the first half, while Real Madrid will claim a "clear" goal by Bale was unfairly disallowed.
Names to mention for their efforts are Marcelo, Bale, Benzema & Casemiro, this last putting in equilibrium & was rock solid. For FC Barcelona Suarez tried hard, Busquets was regular as ever & Messi not as active as expected. The last 15 mins was all Real Madrid as Barcelona dropped in intensity, & was on the back foot.
Goals in this order:
- Pique 57th min , 1 - 0
- Benzema 62nd min, 2 - 0
- Cristiano Ronaldo, 84th min.
Celta de Vigo 1 (Nolito) - Deportivo A Coruña 1 (Borges)