The goals carried on into Monday, Betis winning 4-0 against Levante to end match day six in a heady fifth spot. The Andalusians were on a roll after beating Real Madrid midweek, and Sanabria and Fabián put them two up early on in the second half. Sergio León added a third from Durmisi’s cross, and Sanabria rounded things off with the fourth after Fabián set him up in injury time. (25.09.17)
Valencia bumped Real Madrid out of the fourth Champions League spot after a thrilling 2-3 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday evening. Rodrigo and Nacho Vidal twice gave the Ches the lead, but strikes by Aritz Elustondo and Oyarzabal pegged them back both times. Zubeldia and Kondogbia were both sent off, and Zaza got the winner late on to hand the Basque side their third defeat in a row, leaving them outside of the European spots as a result.
Leganés beat Las Palmas 0-2 earlier in the evening though to move back up above Eusebio’s side to sixth. Both goals came in the second half, Szymanowski setting up Beauvue and then Eraso to score. Calleri went close a couple of times for the locals, but the Canary Islanders end the day just two points above the drop zone, leaving the job of coach Manuel Márquez hanging by a thread.
It was a high scoring weekend though, Getafe winning 4-0 against Villarreal to take the Madrid based team above their opponents in the table. Angel headed the first and the last in the second half following a corner and a free kick, and Jorge Molina and Bergara got the other goals in between. It was a final blow for manager Escribá, who was sacked shortly after the game ended.
Celta are now level with Villarreal in thirteenth spot after they beat Eibar 0-4. The Galicians went three up by the break, Cabral heading in a Pione Sisto free kick, and Sergi Gómez distracting the keeper for another Sisto free kick to bounce straight in to the net. The locals hit the woodwork twice at the other end, but Pablo Hernandez made it three from another Sisto assist, and after the interval Hugo Mallo set up Wass for the fourth.
Espanyol clocked up a 4-1 victory over Deportivo in the mid-day kick-off to move to within two points of the European spots. Baptistao headed the opener and Arribas deflected a corner in to his own goal to put the Catalans two up at the break. Pau López had a couple of saves to make before Celso Borges got one back, but in the last twenty minutes Gerard Moreno converted a penalty and then turned in Baptistao’s centre to make it seven points in as many days for Quique’s side. (24.09.17)
Barcelona made it six wins out of six after beating regional neighbours Girona 0-3 on Saturday evening. The newcomers contributed to their own downfall however, Aday and Iraizoz both putting through their own net, the first from a Jordi Alba volley, and the second after Luis Suárez stepped over an Aleix Vidal cross. Ter Stegen did have to keep out Olunga and Douglas Luiz, but Messi and Alba both tested Iraizoz, and with twenty minutes to go Luis Suárez wrapped things up after Sergi Roberto put him through.
The two teams immediately below the leaders met earlier in the day, Atlético Madrid beating Sevilla 2-0 to move above the Andalusians in the table. Sarabia and Filipe Luis hit the woodwork at both ends before the break, but immediately after the restart Carrasco gave Simeone’s team the lead, and with twenty minutes to go Griezmann made it two from a Filipe Luis assist.
Real Madrid bounced back from their midweek defeat with a 1-2 victory at Alavés, and they are up to fourth pending the rest of the weekend games. Dani Ceballos took advantage of his first start to score both goals in the first half, the opener after Asensio set him up, and the second with a low shot after Manu García had headed the equaliser for the visitors. After the interval Ronaldo twice fired shots against the upright, and Ramos missed an easy chance, but Alavés could have saved a point late on, Alfonso Pedraza in particular hitting the woodwork a couple of times near the end.
The Vitoria based side have yet to pick up a point, and they drop to last spot after Málaga drew 3-3 against Athletic Bilbao. With ten men and two goals down, the Andalusians appeared to be heading for another defeat before Baysse and Diego Rolán scored twice in the last ten minutes. Earlier in the first half a strike from Rolán had cancelled out an Aduríz penalty, but Williams netted two after the break before Michel’s team produced their come back. (23.09.17)