La Liga Desk: Barcelona slip up in top-four race

Barcelona slipped up within the race for the highest 4 as they may solely handle a 2-2 draw at Espanyol on Sunday night.

The Blaugrana took an early lead by way of Gavi however Espanyol struck again with targets from Sergi Darder and Raul de Tomas.

Barca have been heading for defeat till Luuk de Jong grabbed an equaliser deep into harm time.

It could possibly be an important goal because it ensured that Barcelona ended the week in fourth place.

Real Betis boosted their Champions League possibilities with a 4-2 win over 10-man Levante. Nabil Fekir scored twice, whereas William Carvalho and Edgar Gonzalez additionally discovered the online.

This outcome consolidated Betis’ place in third over these chasing beneath them.

Real Sociedad additionally obtained a optimistic outcome to remain in attain of the highest 4 as they defeated Granada 2-0 because of targets from Mikel Oyarzabal (from the penalty spot) and January arrival Rafinha.

Valencia‘s hopes of combating their means again up in the direction of the Champions League locations have been in all probability ended for good as they misplaced 2-1 at Alaves.

On the very high of the desk, Real Madrid dropped factors within the race for La Liga as they have been held to a 0-0 draw by Villarreal on Saturday.

At the side of Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Elche on Friday, Carlo Ancelotti’s facet have seen their lead lower to simply 4 factors.

They have been unlucky to not get the victory towards Villarreal, with house goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli making a string of fine saves to thwart Gareth Bale in particular.

Atletico Madrid responded to their defeat to Barcelona final week with an impossibly thrilling 4-3 victory over Getafe on the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Luis Suarez missed an early penalty for Diego Simeone’s facet however targets from Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha had them transferring in the direction of a regulation victory within the first half. Nevertheless, in an unbelievable 12-minute sequence, Borja Mayoral obtained one again earlier than Enes Unal scored a few penalties that put Getafe 3-2 up.

In first-half stoppage-time, Correa obtained his second of the sport, but Felipe’s purple card earlier than an hour was up gave the guests the momentum as soon as extra. Nevertheless, Mario Hermoso struck within the final minute to settle a recreation that nearly actually had all the things.

Atletico Madrid, subsequently, moved onto 39 factors, the identical as Barcelona.

Osasuna, in the meantime, claimed a battle of two mid-table sides as they defeated the hopelessly out-of-form Rayo Vallecano 3-0 away from house. Jon Moncayola, Ruben Garcia and Kike Garcia have been all on the right track in a recreation with a extra one-sided outcome than the truth of the fixture.

In Saturday’s different recreation, Cadiz and Celta Vigo performed out a scoreless draw.