Real Madrid moved from bad to worse when they lost to Villarreal CF on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabau.
Villareal got a late goal to which would go on to be their most important goal at the Santiago Bernabau as the marked their first ever win over the Whites at the venue. The goal was scored by Pablo Fornals after 87 minutes of play when all thought Real were heading for another draw.
Madrid had most of their chances in the first half but poor finishing got them licking their wounds. Cristiano Ronaldo who is having his worst season in the La Liga after scoring just four goals in 13 matches. He had the brightest chances for Real but failed to convert them. This leaves Madrid at 4th position on the league table and lagging behind their rivals Barcelona with a point difference of 19.
Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane is under intense pressure to get back to winning ways after loosing two and drawing one of their last three la liga games. They also drew with Numancia 2-2 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona at Anoeta
Going into yesterday’s late kickoff, FC Barcelona had only drew just two of their numerous visits to Real Sociedad’s Anoeta stadium, losing all others from the year 2010.
Barcelona conceded two goals after the 34 minutes of play with Willian Jose and Juan Lopez getting the goals for Sociedad.
But Barcelona reacted in time to get back into the game when Paulinho scored against the run of play in the 39th minute. The Blaugrana levelled in the second half just after five minutes of play with Luis Suarez scoring the second and his first for the night with a classy curling.
The Uruguayan talisman would go ahead to score his personal second and third for Barcelona in the 71st minute. Lionel Messi sealed the game in the 85th minute with a stunning free-kick to the amazement of all present. This would go on to mark his 366th goal for the Azulgrana in 401 games making him the player with most league goals for a single club in Europe.
The La Liga trophy looks set for a return to the Camp Nou with Barcelona leading the pack with 51 points. They remain the only club in Europe’s top leagues yet to loose a game.
Atletico Madrid’s resurgence and Valencia’s consistency
Atletico Madrid also remain second on the log with 42 points. They have rediscovered their lost form with the inclusion of Diego Costa and Vitolo.
The Rojiblancos fought hard to win with a lone goal from Kevin Gamiero after just 27 minutes. Atletico are keeping their eyes on the road for the trophy after overtaking Valencia from the second spot. They now lead their city rivals Real Madrid with 20 points though Madrid have an outstanding game against Leganes CF.
Meanwhile Valencia CF are back to their best after going into slumber for some years.
Coach Marcelino Toral seems to have found the right chemistry for his players as they remain the side with second most goals scored in the league; 40 behind FC Barcelona with 52 goals. They won in La Coruna with a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday.
The coming weeks will determine whether Atletico and Valencia can mount the needed pressure on Barcelona to prevent them from winning the league ahead of schedule as the second round of the league emergencies.