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MATCHDAY 28: FIGHT FOR THE THIRD PLACE

22 Mar 2017
Atlético reopened the debate for the third place after a convincing win over Sevilla, while the results at the bottom opened a window to Sporting Gijón in the fight to survive.

Nothing changed in the fight for the title as both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona won their respective matches, though in both cases it was with some suffering. The Madrilenians battled at San Mamés and managed to get a 1-2 win over Athletic Club, while the Catalans faced problems before a combative Valencia CF, Los Chés were 2-2 by at the Camp Nou by half-time, but couldn’t bear the pressure after suffering an expulsion and lost 4-2.

What’s now interesting is the fight for the third place. Atlético Madrid beat Sevilla CF at the Calderón (3-1) and reduced the distance with the Andalusians to only two points, and with their bad form in recent games, eliminated in Champions League and only one pointed added in the last three liga meetings, anything can happen in the quest for the last direct ticket to the Champions League.

Meanwhile the two clubs in the Europa League spots suffered set-backs, Villarreal CF lost at UD Las Palmas (1-0), while Real Sociedad suffered a second straight loss, this time visiting Deportivo Alavés (0-1). However, the set-backs weren’t seized by either by Athletic or SD Eibar, the latter only got a 1-1 draw hosting RCD Espanyol.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place team points GF GA
1 Real Madrid 65 71 28
2 Barcelona 63 81 25
3 Sevilla 57 52 34
4 Atlético 55 52 23
5 Villarreal 48 39 20
6 Real Sociedad 48 42 39
7 Athletic 44 35 32
8 Eibar 41 44 39

Meanwhile, the fight to survive lived a new turnaround; CD Leganés and Málaga CF cancelled each other in a goalless draw, while Deportivo lost in the Galician derby hosting RC Celta (0-1). The situation was seized by Sporting Gijón as they came from behind to beat direct rival Granada CF (3-1).

The Asturians have now reduced the distance with salvation to only five points and are breathing fresh air. The side that seems dead already is CA Osasuna, the Navarrans lost again, this time visiting Real Betis (2-0), they are now fourteen points under safety and seem condemned with only ten games remaining in the calendar.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
16 Deportivo 27 31 43
17 Leganés 26 22 41
18 Sporting 21 31 57
19 Granada 19 25 58
20 Osasuna 11 28 67

MATCHDAY 29: CALM BEFORE THE STORM
There’s a break in la liga that will serve as preparation for the busy calendar in April, this since seven of the remaining ten games will be played in next month. Leaders Real Madrid host combative Deportivo Alavés, while runners-up FC Barcelona visit relegation-troubled Granada CF.

Deportivo visit a Valencia CF that’s only three points away, while Sporting Gijón face a tough challenge visiting Sevilla CF. The matchday is complete with other six games: RCD Espanyol Vs. Real Betis; Villarreal CF Vs. SD Eibar; CA Osasuna Vs. Athletic Club; Real Sociedad Vs. CD Leganés; Málaga CF Vs. Atlético Madrid & RC Celta Vs. UD Las Palmas.

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