Round 18 of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday. 


The match-days is Spain had plenty of drama as Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu. Meanwhile, champions Barcelona maintained their top spot in La Liga on Sunday by overcoming Getafe, courtesy goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Here are results of some of the La Liga matches, and their key talking points.

 

Real Madrid 0-2 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad to deliver another blow to their fumbling title challenge in LaLiga. The match got off to the worst possible start as with just 2 minutes gone, the referee awarded a penalty for a Casemiro foul on Merino. Willian Jose stepped up and put the visitors ahead. Things got even worse for Madrid in the 62nd minute, when Lucas Vazquez was shown a second yellow, to pick up the marching order. Sociedad made the extra man count when Ruben Pardo headed in a late second. The defeat leaves Real Madrid one point and one place outside the Champions League qualification spots in fifth, while Sociedad move up to 11th after ending a four-match losing streak in the league.

 

Getafe 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of LaLiga as goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped them beat Getafe 2-1 on Sunday. Getafe pulled a goal back form Jaime Mata, who later missed an open goal, but they were unable to turn things around at the Coliseum. The home side began the game on top and had a goal ruled out for a foul on Clement Lenglet in the build-up as they threatened a surprise. However, it was Barca who took the lead against the run of play when Messi rolled home after his initial effort flicked off David Soria’s leg. It was the Argentine’s 16th league goal of the season. Barca then grew in the game and doubled their lead when Suarez scored a stunning volley form outside the box, taking his LaLiga tally to 12 for the campaign.

 

Sevilla 1-1 Atletico Madrid

A stunning free-kick goal from Antoine Griezmann earned Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in an entertaining game between La Liga’s second and third-placed sides on Sunday which weakened both teams pursuit of leaders Barcelona. Sevilla took a deserved lead at a packed and rocking Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in the 37th minute with a close-range strike from Wissam Ben Yedder following a clever team move. Atletico drew level at the end of the first half through Griezmann’s sizzling set-piece. The draw left Atletico second in the standings on 35 points ahead of Sevilla (33 points) and behind leaders Barcelona (40 points).

 

Alaves 2-1 Valencia

Alaves continued their awesome home form by beating 2-1 on Saturday, climbing into fourth place in La Liga and boosting their chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. Valencia captain Dani Parejo gave the visitors the lead with a swerving free kick in the 14th minute but Alaves, who are the only side in Spain’s top flight alongside Atletico Madrid to still be unbeaten at home this season, soon hit back. Striker Borja Baston pulled the 2001 UEFA Cup runners-up level in the 21st with a scrappy, deflected shot from inside the area, while midfielder Tomas Pina put Alaves ahead in first-half stoppage time after a period of heavy pressure. The win took Alaves to 31 points from 18 games.

 

Eibar 0-0 Villarreal

Eibar and Villarreal shared the points in Ipurua, in a game in which the goalkeepers became protagonists to avoid that neither of the two teams were able to pierce the rival goal. Eibar’s high pressure and workrate could’ve created a goal or two in the first half, but the end product was lacking. At the end, their goalkeeper Asier Riesgo proved to be decisive on Sunday night when he blocked a shot by midfielder Pablo Fornals. After the draw, Eibar holds the 13th spot in La Liga table with 22 points on goal difference behind Valencia and Real Sociedad while Villarreal is 17th with 17 points.

 


 
 

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