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First division – day 11

Granada came into their game at Getafe on Thursday knowing that a win would keep them at the top of the table, but in the end they had to settle for third place after they fell to a 3-1 defeat. An Angel strike and an Arambarri header put the locals two up at the break, and although Antonio Puertas pulled one back after the interval, Timor wrapped things up with a well-struck free kick near the end. Getafe are now ninth, a point below Villarreal after they lost 2-1 at Eibar. Gerard Moreno appeared to have saved a draw after he equalised Kike García’s headed opener with eight minutes to go, but Orellana headed in a De Blasis cross in the fifth and final minute of injury time to take the Basque team clear of the danger zone. Elsewhere Mallorca and Osasuna drew 2-2 goals by Cardona and Rubén García giving the Pamplona based side their sixth draw after Lago Junior and Salva Sevilla had twice given the islanders the lead from the penalty spot. (31.10.19)

Real Madrid responded to Barcelona’s victory with a big win of their own on Wednesday, Zidane’s side beating bottom club Leganés 5-0. Rodrygo and Kroos put the locals two up with less than ten minutes on the clock, and Sergio Ramos and Benzema added two more from the penalty spot either side of half time for fouls on Hazard and Modric. And with the game coming to an end Jovic finally got his first goal for his new club from Carvajal’s cross to take them up to second, just a point behind their arch-rivals. Real Sociedad drop down to sixth though after they were surprisingly beaten 1-2 by Levante. Bardhi opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half, and Mayoral made it two after Bardhi’s shot came back off the crossbar. Willian José got one back soon after the restart, but although Portu hit the post after that, Aitor and his defence held fast for an important win.

Sevilla also drop behind the leaders to fifth after they drew 1-1 at Valencia. Ocampos put the Andalusians in front on the stroke of half time, but Rubén Sobrino headed in a wide Parejo free kick with ten minutes to save a point for the Ches. Athletic Bilbao are back in the running for the European spots, and they are now just three points below the top six after a 3-0 victory over Espanyol. Muniain scored two for the locals in the first twenty minutes, and with twelve minutes to go he pressurised Víctor Gómez into putting through his own net. The result leaves the Catalans down in next to bottom spot, and Celta find themselves down in the bottom three as well after they lost 2-1 at Betis. Both teams started the game level on points, with coaches Rubi and Fran Escribá under pressure. The game appeared to be heading for a draw after an Aspas penalty cancelled out Emerson’s early opener, but Fekir fired home a last minute the winner. (30.10.19)

Another midweek round of games, with Barcelona returning to top spot after beating Valladolid 5-1 on Tuesday night. Lenglet put the Catalans ahead in only the second minute, and although Kiko Olivas equalised, Messi set up Vidal to restore the lead, and then made it three with a free kick before the break. And after the restart Rakitic put Messi through for a fourth, and two minutes later Messi combined with Luis Suárez for the Uruguayan striker to complete the scoring. Barça are now two points clear of Atlético Madrid, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Alavés earlier in the evening. Morata appeared to have put Simeone’s side on track for another single goal victory when he ran on to Correa’s pass to beat Pacheco with twelve minutes to go, but Lucas Pérez saved a point for the locals with an individualist goal a few minutes later. (29.10.19)