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Match round-up - First Division, Day 28

Betis stay in the hunt for the European spots, a 1-3 victory at Alavés on Monday evening taking them up to eighth. Loren and Javi García put the visitors two up at the interval, and although Rubén Sobrino pulled one back, Loren wrapped things up with his second of the night near the end. (11.03.18)

Atlético Madrid have not given up their hopes of catching Barcelona despite their defeat in the Nou Camp last weekend, and they remain eight points below the Catalans after a 3-0 victory over Celta on Sunday afternoon. Griezmann opened the scoring just before the break, and then set up Vitolo and Correa to add two more after the restart. Later in the evening Villarreal beat Las Palmas 0-2 to move back above Girona to sixth, Bacca starting things off midway through the second half, and Sansone making it two from the penalty spot in injury time. The defeat leaves the Canary Islanders four points away from safety, and their options of survival are even slimmer after Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao both won to distance themselves from the drop zone, Espanyol beating Real Sociedad 2-1 in the mid-day kick-off, and Athletic winning 2-0 against Leganés in the last match of the weekend. (10.03.18)

Top met bottom on Saturday with the inevitable outcome, Barcelona winning 0-2 at Málaga to keep up their unbeaten league record. Despite missing Messi (on paternity leave), the Catalans went two up in under half an hour, Luis Suárez heading in a Jordi Alba cross, and Coutinho dragging Dembélé’s centre past Roberto with his heel, and after that they slowed things down, already thinking about their midweek Champions League game against Chelsea. Real Madrid had already qualified for the next round a few days earlier, and they hold on to third spot after a 1-2 win at Eibar in the early kick-off. Ronaldo got the goals towards the end of both halves, with Iván Ramis heading an equaliser in between. Valencia are still only a point below Madrid though after they won 0-2 at fifth placed Sevilla, Rodrigo scoring twice to open up a virtually unassailable eleven point gap over their hosts, who visit Old Trafford next Tuesday. Further down the table Levante moved four points clear of the drop zone pending Sunday’s games after a 0-1 victory at Getafe, Coke heading the only goal with ten minutes to go to give caretaker coach Paco López a win on his debut. (09.03.18)

Girona are up to sixth in the table pending the rest of the weekend games after a 2-0 victory over Deportivo on Friday evening. Stuani and Juanpe got the goals, both following Alex Granell free kicks, to make it six home wins in a row for the Catalans. Depor stay in the bottom three as a result though, and they have now only picked up two points since Clarence Seedorf took over six games ago. (09.03.18)