The 25th match-week of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 brought with it some wonderful displays on the field, exciting goals and the usual dose of thrills and excitement.
Match-week 25 of La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday. The match-days witnessed plenty of excitement and emotions. Real Madrid, returned to their winning ways after a hard-fought victory over Levante, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid too, who secured all three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.
4. Atletico Madrid 2-0 Villarreal
⏱ 94' | 2-0 | ¡Finaaaaaal! ¡Nos llevamos tres puntos valiosísimos! ➕3⃣
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 24, 2019
Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid in a 2-0 win at home to Villarreal on Sunday. Asenjo was beaten by the former Chelsea man, scoring through a sumptuous volley into the back of the net. It took Morata five matches since joining the UEFA Europa League title holder during the winter transfer window, on a year-and-a-half loan deal from England’s Chelsea, to open his account with the Spanish club. Saul Niguez added a late second for Atletico. The win for Atleti means they cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to seven points, whilst the visitors remain in the bottom three.
3. Levante 1-2 Real Madrid
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) February 24, 2019
Real Madrid beat Levante 2-1 thanks to VAR. Karim Benzema stepped up to score the opener after Luka Modric’s cross hit the arms of Enis Bardhi, but Roger Marti deservedly equalized, having hit the post twice in the first half. Real got another penalty for a Cheick Doukoure foul on Casemiro, which substitute Bale scored. The visitors had defender Nacho sent off late on for two bookings. Levante midfielder Ruben Rochina was dismissed from the bench with two minutes left after protesting against a refereeing decision.
2. Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 23, 2019
Lionel Messi’s match-winning display blew the hosts away who went from leading 2-1 approaching the final 20 minutes to lose 4-2 courtesy of the Argentine’s hat-trick. Jesus Navas opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as Barca were hit on the break before a sensational Messi volley saw them draw level. Gabriel Mercado then restored the lead for the home team but Messi canceled it out again with a sublime curler with his weaker foot. La Liga’s leading scorer then put the visitors ahead when Carles Alena’s deflected pass fell kindly into his path and he lifted it over the keeper before setting up Luis Suarez for a fourth goal to kill off the tie.
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1. Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Eibar
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) February 23, 2019
Athletic Bilbao continued their good form by beating Eibar 1-0 on Saturday evening at San Mames. Both Athletic Club and Eibar have been in good form of late and sat mid-table in the La Liga standings and that continued after the result but saw them swap places. Raul Garcia scored the opening goal of the game and it proved to be the only one, netting inside the first minute. This victory allows Bilbao to beat Eibar in the standings, and to occupy the 10th position with 33 points. Eibar now holds the eleventh place with 31 points.