The 20th match-week of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 brought with it some incredible goals, some wonderful actions on the field, and the usual dose of thrills and drama.
For the top half of the table, except Sevilla, it was a comfortable week for most of the teams as Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all secured three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.
Celta Vigo 1-2 Valencia
1-2 ⚽ | ¡FINAL, FINAL, FINAL!
Acaba el partido con victoria del Valencia CF
— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) January 19, 2019
Valencia confirmed their recovery with a very important victory in Balaidos, after coming back with goals from Ferran and Rodrigo, against Celta de Vigo, who sank in the standings after chaining its fourth straight defeat. Nestor Araujo made it 1-0 for Celta Vigo in the 39th minute of the first half heading it in. Dani Parejo had the last kick of the half which was saved by Ruben Blanco in the 45th minute of the match. Valencia came out in the second half to level things up in the second half. Ezequiel Garay had two chances but it was Ferran Torres who equalised with a great left-footed shot, after chesting the ball down and firing it into the bottom left corner on the half volley after a great cross from Gaya. Rodrigo Moreno completed the fight-back with a delightful combination between Dani Parejo, Kevin Gameiro who squared into Rodrigo Moreno who pushed it in with six minutes of normal time to play.
Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) January 19, 2019
Real Madrid recorded a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla to get back into the Spanish league’s top three. Casemiro was on target with a superb long-range shot before Luka Modric added a late second goal. The win moved Madrid into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari. Madrid went above Sevilla in the standings and moved within seven points of leader Barcelona, which hosts Leganes on Sunday. Solari’s men are five points adrift of second-place Atletico Madrid, which won 3-0 at bottom club Huesca. Sevilla, winless in four consecutive league matches, dropped three points behind Real Madrid after 20 matches.
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Barcelona 3-1 Leganes
ＦULL ＴIME — There's the whistle! Barça have their 7th win in a row!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 20, 2019
La Liga leaders Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top with a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring after 32 minutes. The France international went past Oscar Rodriguez, exchanged passes with Jordi Alba and then slotted home a low shot in off the post. The hosts dominated the game but were shocked after the break when Leganes levelled. Youssef En-Nesyri played in a low cross for Martin Braithwaite to tap home. Lionel Messi quickly provided the spark Barca needed by firing a venomous shot from the outside the area which was too powerful for goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar to hold, and Luis Suarez pounced to stab home on the rebound in the 71st minute after a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review. The Argentine later scored his 18th goal of the season in Spain’s top flight, taking leaders Barca on to 46 points, five clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, after 20 games.
Huesca 0-3 Atletico Madrid
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) January 19, 2019
Atletico Madrid returned to the winning ways after their midweek Copa del Rey exit to Girona by registering to a 3-0 win against Huesca on Saturday, maintaining pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona. France defender Lucas Hernandez scored in his first league appearance for over a month, to put Atletico ahead in Huesca’s El Alcoraz stadium in the 31st minute. Huesca came close to opening the scoring when Jorge Pulido struck the post with a bicycle kick. However, Atletico tightened their grip on the game early in the second half as Colombian right-back Santiago Arias volleyed in a chipped pass from Antoine Griezmann. The French came close to netting for the seventh game in a row when he headed against the crossbar, but his teammate Koke pounced on the rebound to make the scoreline 3-0.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019