It’s advantage Barcelona as La Liga pauses for the international break before the winter period begins in earnest.
Betting odds on Barcelona holding an eight-point lead over arch-rivals Real Madrid in early November were certainly slim. And who amongst you, sports betting fans, would have placed new boys Girona in the top 10?
These weekend’s football games continued to provide talking points, including Barca and two other sides maintaining their unbeaten runs.
Real Betis 2-2 Getafe
A four-goal contest to start the weekend off.
Betis may have expected to take three points but will be just relieved Ryad Boudebouz levelled with three minutes remaining.
Before the Algerian’s intervention, spirited Getafe had threatened a surprise as they raced into a two-goal lead.
Valencia 3-0 Leganes
Valencia have a bit of a grip on second place right now.
They remain unbeaten so far this term, and this victory ensured Marcelino’s side equalled a 70-year club record of seven successive league victories.
It matches their best ever start to a season too, matching that set by then boss Rafa Benitez in 2001/02.
Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Just what Atletico needed.
A stoppage-time winner from Thomas Partey sealed a first win in four games for Diego Simeone’s men.
You could say it was Partey time!
Despite the poor form, it’s easy to forget they remain unbeaten in the league too.
Alaves 1-0 RCD Espanyol
Lift-off for Alaves who are off the bottom.
What a time for Christian Santos to score his first La Liga goal – all within the first 60 seconds as well!
Reduced to 10 men before the break, Espanyol only mustered a limited response.
Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla
Paco Alcacer is a man in form.
This took his tally to three goals in five games and could prove crucial come the end of the season.
It was far from vintage Barca but three points were what mattered, and this double may make Alcacer the first choice to take the shirt from the injured Ousmane Dembele.
Levante 1-2 Girona
What a week this club is having!
After their ultimate triumph over Real Madrid, Girona bagged a cracking win which put them in the top 10 and leapfrogged a group of teams, including Levante.
Borja Garcia and Cristhian Stuani have kept them in dreamland.
Celta Vigo 3-1 Athletic Bilbao
A big win for Vigo, arguably their best of the campaign so far.
They raced into a 3-0 lead inside 25 minutes thanks to an opener from Sergi Gomez and a double inside four minutes from the reliable marksman Iago Aspas.
This victory also moved them up four places in what is becoming an increasingly congested area of the table.
Real Sociedad 3-1 Eibar
Once Willian Jose set the hosts on their way in the opening 12 minutes, Euro-chasing Sociedad never looked like relinquishing their advantage.
After sweeping aside the visitors, they end the weekend in seventh spot.
It’s a worrying time for Eibar who constantly overachieve with limited resources and have now gone seven games without a win.
Villarreal 2-0 Malaga
They left it late but the Yellow Submarine are back up to fifth.
Substitute Nicola Sansone scored twice in seven minutes at the Estadio Ceramica.
It’s a determined but ultimately fruitless showing from the basement battlers.
Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas
How the champions needed this.
After back-to-back defeats at home and in Europe, Casemiro and Isco – in between a Marco Asensio wonder strike – showed the difference in class between the two sides.
The usual high-intensity energy may have been lacking from Real’s play, but this was all about securing much-needed points ahead of the key Madrid derby in a fortnight’s time.
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