Barcelona gets themselves back on winning ways with a massive 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in the weekend and temporarily held Real Madrid’s title celebration at least for the next few matches. Lionel Messi and Pedro bagged a brace for the Catalan while the other goals were scored by Thiago, Seydou Keita along with an own goal from Rober.
The victory was obviously a sweet result for the Blaurgrana after such a frustrating time they had recently, from getting beaten by Madrid, crashed out in the Champions League and Pep Guardiola’s departure for next season.
Although the win doesn’t look to be reviving their league title hope since Madrid are not slowing down their machine in securing their lead at the top of La Liga, but that three points could give some confirmation that their quality hasn’t vanished as just yet despite failing to win their last three matches. The Catalan players might simply be looking for redemption in their next few matches, while giving a perfect goodbye present for Guardiola, who will end his stay with the Blaurgrana right after the upcoming Spanish Cup final against Athletic Bilbao.
Meanwhile, the Champions League race also keeps getting interesting as Malaga’s 1-0 victory over Valencia puts Manuel Pellegrini’s side equal on point with Unay Emery’s team, creating a potential cracking race with only three games left. Camacho netted the only goal in that direct clash, while Sofiane Feghouli got himself sent off for El Che, making their quest for that European spot gets even more difficult.
Although both Valencia and Malaga are currently ahead on the Champions League zone with 55 points each, but they are not mathematically save considering Levante still have a strong shot at surpassing one of the previous two. The “Frogs” are only three points away from the two teams above them and one slip from either could put them back on that Champions League spot and simply put a sparkling end to their excellent season.
La Liga Weekend Results:
Villarreal v Osasuna 1-1; Sociedad v Santander 3-0; Levante v Granada 3-1; Getafe v Mallorca 1-3; Espanyol v Gijon 0-3; Vallecano v Barcelona 0-7; Betis v Atletico Madrid 2-2; Malaga v Valencia 1-0; Zaragoza v Bilbao 2-0; Real Madrid v Sevilla 3-0