Round 32 of Liga opened with the Friday night match between Granada - Malaga which ended in a 0 - 0 final result & draw. Bad result for Granada which hangs dangerously close to the relegation zone of the Liga ladder, while Malaga get another valuable point to precisely avoid this area.
Real Madrid won 4 - 0 Eibar in a match which was a confidence booster seeing they have to make a "dramatic" comeback back next Tuesday against Wolfsburg in Champions League. Real Madrid Coach Zidane left many regulares on the bench to rest & gave goalkeeper Casilla, Carvajal, Nacho, Arbeloa, Lucas Vázquez, James, Isco & Jese a run from the start.
Real Madrid did all the damage in the first 40 mins with goals from:
- James Rodriguez, 4th min free kick , 1 - 0
- Lucas Vazquez 17th min, 2 - 0
- Cristiano Ronaldo 18th min, 3 - 0
- Jese Rodriguez 38th min, 4 - 0
Good match from the non-starters like Lucas Vazquez & Jese for example, this last coming off later with a knock on the knee.
RCD Espanyol hosted Atletico de Madrid & lost 1 - 3. Even match in the first half, but Atletico managed to pull away towards the end. Espanyol deserved more from this game as they offered good Football but the individual actions of the Atletico players was the key.
Espanyol got ahead first in the 28th min through Diop. But At Madrid reacted & drew through Fernando Torres in the 34th min. From here onward an even tussle until a non-existent (up to then) Griezmann transformed a Koke pass into goal in the 57th min. Koke later headed in the sealer for Atletico from a Torres pass in the 88th min.
Atletico de Madrid retains the 2º position of the Liga classification ladder.
Another year & FC Barcelona crash at San Sebastian. The locals Real Sociedad defeated FC Barcelona 1 - 0 & in doing so put back the excitement into the Spanish Liga Championship. Now only 3 points separates Barça from second placed Atletico de Madrid, while Real Madrid is only 4 points away.
Real Sociedad scored the winner in the 5th min with a superb header from Oyarzabal. Barcelona attempted to equalize all match but the Real Sociedad defence withstood the attacks with an outstanding Sociedad goalkeeper Rulli who was decisive.
Excellent & needed victory for Real Sociedad, unfortunate loss for Barça which meets At. Madrid mid-week in the return Q-F Champions League decider.
Real Betis 1 (Ruben Castro 81st min) - Levante 0