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Latest | 19 MAR 2017

LaLiga Santander roundup: Barcelona come from behind to hit four past Valencia

Elsewhere, Griezmann fired Atleti past Sevilla at the Calderon, Iago Aspas handed Celta the bragging rights in the Galician derby while Sporting stunned Granada with a comeback win at El Molinon.

FC Barcelona 4-2 Valencia CF (Sunday)

Barcelona came from behind to top Valencia in a thrilling 4-2 win at the Camp Nou, returning to winning ways after last weekend’s loss at Deportivo. The visitors took a surprise lead on 28 minutes when Eliaquim Mangala rose high to head a corner past Marc-Andre ter Stegen but were pegged back just seven minutes later as Luis Suarez burst through on goal to finish low past Diego Alves. In an action-packed end to the first half, Luis Enrique’s side took the lead just before the break when Lionel Messi fired past Alves from the spot after Mangala – who was shown a red card – had brought down Suarez in the box but conceded less than a minute later as Munir, on loan from Barcelona, stole in to beat ter Stegen at the far post.

Barcelona’s numerical advantage showed after the restart and their dominance of possession (72% to 28%) bore fruits with two second-half goals. Messi beat Alves at his near post on 52 minutes before Andre Gomes rounded off the win with just a minute remaining.

As it happened: Barcelona v Valencia

RC Deportivo 0-1 RC Celta (Sunday)

A goal from Iago Aspas sixteen minutes from time handed Celta the bragging rights in the Galician derby against Depor at Riazor. Depor came into the match unbeaten under new coach Pepe Mel and started strongly, drawing a couple of good first-half saves from Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez. Virtually unchanged from the side that beat Krasnodar in the Europa League in midweek, Celta pushed forward in the second half and made the breakthrough in the 74th minute when Aspas found space between his markers to finish Claudio Beauvue’s cross past German Lux. The results sees Celta stay in 11th while Depor drop to 16th.

As it happened: Depor v Celta

R. Sporting 3-1 Granada CF (Sunday)

Three goals in seven second-half minutes turned this relegation six-pointer on its head as Sporting leapfrogged Granada into 18th place. Sverrir Ingi Ingason handed the visitors the lead after a goalless first half, poking home a cross in from the left from close range for his first goal for the club. But Sporting came roaring back, scoring three goals in quick succession. First substitute Lacina Traore finished a ball across goal past Guillermo Ochoa on the hour mark, before Jean-Sylvain Babin and Carlos Carmona added a second and a third to put the game out of Granada’s reach. The hosts could have had a fourth, but Ochoa saved Traore’s spot kick low to his left with eight minutes remaining.

As it happened: Sporting v Granada

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla FC (Sunday)

Atletico Madrid outclassed Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday afternoon to draw to within just two points of the Andalusians in third place. The home side started strongly and were rewarded with the go-ahead goal after 37 minutes when Diego Godin rose high to head Antoine Griezmann’s free kick past Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal. It was Griezmann who doubled Atleti’s lead just after the hour mark, firing an unstoppable free kick into the top corner for his 14th goal of the league campaign. Koke added a third with twelve minutes remainin, tapping home a rebound after Rico could only parry a shot in from the right, and though Joaquin Correa cut the deficit on 85 minutes with a fine solo run and finish Atleti held on comfortably to take all three points.

As it happened: Atleti vs Sevilla

CD Leganes 0-0 Malaga CF (Sunday)

Leganes and Malaga played out a goalless draw at Butarque in Sunday’s early game, an encounter in which both sides had chances to break the deadlock. First the home side came close through Diego Rico, whose powerful left-footed drive from a distance was well saved by Carlos Kameni just a few minutes into the second half. Michel’s side grew as the game progressed and could have stolen all three points with just seven minutes remaining, only for Ignacio Camacho to see his bouncing header acrobatically saved by Iago Herrerin in the Leganes goal. The result sees Leganes and Malaga remain in 17th and 16th place respectively, just above the relegation zone.

As it happened: Leganes v Malaga

Real Betis 2-0 CA Osasuna (Saturday)

Betis hit two first-half goals to pick up their first win in four and plunge Osasuna into further relegation woe. The Andalusians, who were unbeaten in seven of their last ten meetings with the Pamplona outfit, came flying out of the traps and took the lead after just four minutes. Centre-back Aissa Mandi played a pinpoint through ball past Ruben Castro for Rafa Navarro to run on to and finish low past Salvatore Sirigu. Castro doubled the hosts’ lead shortly before the half-hour mark, rounding Sirigu before tapping into an empty net. Osasuna brought on forward Oriol Riera as the second half progressed in an attempt to cut the deficit but were unable to find a way through. The result sees Victor Sanchez del Amo’s side leapfrog Valencia into 13th on 31 points.

As it happened: Betis vs Osasuna

D. Alaves 1-0 Real Sociedad (Saturday)

Alaves notched their second consecutive win in LaLiga Santander with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. The San Sebastian outfit hadn’t won at Mendizorroza since 2000 and went behind shortly before half-time when Deyverson poked home Theo Hernandez’s ball across goal for his first strike of 2017. La Real went down to 10 men mid-way through the second half when Esteban Granero was shown a second yellow card and were unable to breakthrough a dogged Alaves defence as full-time approached. The result sees Alaves stay in tenth but move level with Espanyol on 40 points, while Real Sociedad remain in sixth.

As it happened: Alaves vs Real Sociedad

Athletic Club 1-2 Real Madrid (Saturday)

Goals either side of half-time from Karim Benzema and Casemiro handed Real Madrid a crucial three points at San Mames. The Frenchman opened the scoring after a frantic start, finishing Cristiano Ronaldo’s threaded ball across goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga for his eighth goal of the season after 25 minutes. It was his 119th league goal for Real Madrid, equalling the tally of club legend and nine-time LaLiga champions Amancio Amaro.

Athletic pushed forward in the second half in search of an equaliser and were rewarded on 65 minutes when Aritz Aduriz linked up with Raul Garcia to head past Keylor Navas from close range. Zinedine Zidane’s side didn’t have to wait long to regain the lead, however, as Toni Kroos’ corner was headed on by Cristiano for Casemiro to fire in from the edge of the six-yard box. Real Madrid held on to end Athletic’s 13-game unbeaten run at San Mames and move provisionally five points clear of Barcelona in second place.

As it happened: Athletic vs Real Madrid

SD Eibar 1-1 RCD Espanyol (Saturday)

Eibar and Espanyol played out a 1-1 draw at Ipurua early on Saturday afternoon, a result which sees these two sides remain in eighth and ninth place respectively. Kike Garcia handed the hosts the lead on 20 minutes, heading home Pedro Leon’s cross from close range for his fourth goal of the season. Trailing 1-0 at the break, Espanyol were back on level terms just five minutes after the restart when Gerard Moreno played in Jose Manuel Jurado who found the roof the net with a well-taken shot from the centre of the area. Bebe came close to securing all three points for Eibar but his long-range shot was well saved by Diego Lopez with seven minutes remaining.

As it happened: Eibar vs Espanyol

UD Las Palmas 1-0 Villarreal CF (Friday)

An early goal from Kevin-Prince Boateng was enough to hand Las Palmas all three points in the weekend’s early game in Gran Canaria. The home side came into the game with just a single win since the end of the January but raced into an early lead after just 10 minutes when Dani Castellano’s well-timed cross was headed into the bottom corner by Boateng for his eighth league goal of the season. Las Palmas came close to doubling their lead just after the half-hour mark through Mauricio Lemos, but the Uruguayan saw his 35-yard free-kick acrobatically saved by Andres Fernandez in the Villarreal goal. Las Palmas dominated possession in the second half and comfortably saw out the game to secure an eighth home win of the season.

As it happened: Las Palmas vs Villarreal

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