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LA LIGA - Season 2016 - 2017 - Week 13 - Review

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Real Madrid increased their lead at the top of Spanish La Liga to six points while Barcelona continued to struggle. Sevilla showed once again that they are serious contenders to gatecrash the top three while Atletico Madrid are trying hard to stay relevant. We look back at some of the action from Spain.

Real Madrid 2 – 1 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid rode on a brilliant brace from Cristiano Ronaldo but the hosts needed some luck to overcome the gritty visitors. Ronaldo opened the scoring from a penalty and then doubled the lead. Carlos Carmona pulled one back for Sporting who had a golden chance to level things late in the second half. But Duje Cop missed a penalty with 13 minutes left in the game and Madrid had a narrow escape. The win boosts the morale of Zinedine Zidane’s men who now will get into El Clasico next week with a six-point advantage.

 

Sevilla 2 – 1 Valencia

Sevilla continued their dream start to the season as they held off Valencia 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Saturday. An own-goal from Ezequiel Garay and one from Nicolas Pareja gave the hosts a vital victory. But the win was not without trouble as Sergio Rico had to make a stunning save from a goal-bound strike. Then there was a late goal from Munir El-Haddadi but Sevilla hung on to three points.

Osasuna 0 – 3 Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone had good news flowing from Italy where his son helped Genoa beat Juventus and his Atletico team multiplied that happiness with a facile win over Osasuna. Goals from Diego Godin, Kevin Gameiro and Yannick Carrasco gave the visitors a strong win. Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal kept his clean sheet by saving Roberto Torres; penalty early in the game. The win keeps Atletico firm on the heels of top three and they would be eager to build on this result and get back into top three.

Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Barcelona

Barcelona have a very poor record at the San Sebastian where they have not beaten Real Sociedad since May 2007. And that poor record continued to haunt them as they struggled to a draw on Sunday. Willian Jose opened the scoring for the hosts and Lionel Messi equalized for the Blaugrana. Substitute Juanmi looked to have won it for the hosts but his goal was wrongly ruled out for offside. Luis Enrique was frustrated with an inept display amidst worrying signs for next week’s Clasico.

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