2018-19 La Liga: Week 17 Round Up | Barcelona tops the table

2018-19 La Liga: Week 17 Round Up | Barcelona tops the table

Round 17 of Spanish La Liga 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday.


The match-days witnessed plenty of thrills, spills and emotions, and goals from the likes of Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, along with the usual dose of entertainment and drama. Here are the results of the La Liga matches, and some of the key talking points.

 

Barcelona 2-0 Celta Vigo

Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 2-0 as Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored at home on Saturday to reach the winter break with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga. Messi took his league-leading tally to 15 goals, including six goals in his last three matches, as Barcelona stayed ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

 

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid moved into second place in La Liga after defeating Espanyol 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, in what was their final match of the calendar year. Antoine Griezmann converted a 56th-minute penalty to open the scoring for Diego Simeone’s men, who held on to move level on points with league leaders Barcelona.

 

Sevilla 1-1 Leganes

Wissam Ben Yedder kept 10-man Sevilla unbeaten in eight Spanish league games when the forward scored in stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw at Leganes on Sunday. Leganes went ahead in the match when Mikel Vesga headed in a cross by Allan Nyom in the fifth minute.

 

Valencia 2-1 Huesca

Valencia defender Cristiano Piccini scored a last-minute goal to award his side a 2-1 home victory over Huesca in a La Liga contest held at the Mestalla stadium on Sunday. Piccini scored the winner on a left-footed shot in the third minute of the second-half stoppage time to fetch all three points for the Bats.

 

Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Levante

Rayo Vallecano were helped by an own goal from Tono as they edged Levante 2-1 on Sunday evening. Tono gave Rayo the lead in the 23rd minute with an unfortunate own goal but Ruben Rochina equalized for Levante in the hour-mark. However, Raul de Tomas scored what was the winner for Rayo seven minutes later.

 

Girona 1-1 Getafe

Girona scored a goal in the dying minutes of the second half to pull out a 1-1 draw Friday against a visiting Getafe. Colombian Bernardo Espinosa secured a point for the home side when he headed home a free kick by Alex Granell in the 85th minute.

 

Real Sociedad 0-1 Alaves

Real Sociedad once again struggled at home in a 0-1 loss to Alaves, continuing a poor run of form that has left them near the La Liga relegation zone. A header by Jonathan Calleri off a cross by Borja Baston gave them the lead six minutes later, which proved to be the winner.

 

Real Betis 1-1 Eibar

Real Betis failed to claim a fourth consecutive win in La Liga after they were held at home by a resilient Eibar. Despite the draw, Betis enter Christmas in the European places. They were hoping to catch Alaves and enter fifth but instead remain in seventh. Eibar came into this one in 13th place, failing to win since their shock victory over Real Madrid.

 

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Valladolid

Athletic Bilbao had their hearts broken in the dying minutes by Real Valladolid at San Mames on Saturday evening. Oscar Plano scored a last-minute equalizer for the visitors, condemning Les Leones to a spot in the relegation zone and with just two wins in 17 matches. It also denied Aduriz the opportunity to become the hero on the night, with the veteran striker opening the scoring in remarkable fashion after 45 minutes.

 

Lo Celso – Real Betis sign Argentinean midfielder from PSG

Lo Celso - Real Betis sign Argentinean midfielder from PSG

Real Betis have completed the signing of Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Real Betis Balompié has added footballer Giovani Lo Celso, from Paris Saint-Germain. The player arrives on loan with the purchase option to the Thirteen Bar Club.”

Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso began his career in the lower ranks of CA Rosario Central. Due to his projection and performance, he was signed by French side Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. With the French club, Lo Celso has won a Ligue 1, 2 French Cups, 2 French League Cups and 2 French Super Cups.

In the international stage, he has earned 5 caps with the Argentinian national team. In addition, he played the Olympic Games of Rio 2016 with the Olympic team of his country, playing 3 games.

With his inclusion, Real Betis aim to acquire more capacity for work, creativity, and good performance.

After signing his contract, Lo Celso said: “I’m really happy to be in a club with a great history. I want to give on the pitch what I’ve received. My arrival coincides with the derby and we all know how it is here. Hopefully, it will finish in the best possible way. One of the things that made me come was the Club’s project. Any player would get motivated by the sports project this club has, it’s exciting. That’s the reason I’m here.”

“I’m eager for the beginning. We had the draw today. It’s important for the club to be there, so let’s hope everything works out our way. You always have individual targets but, above everything else, team targets. I want to play my part and be at the gaffer’s disposal and meet my teammates. We all know how people live football here, very passionate. It’s important for a player to have fans like this. That’s motivating. I can’t wait to step on the pitch.”

Giovani Lo Celso becomes the 7th signing for the Spanish club this season. 

La Liga 2018/19 – Top Five Signings So Far

Lemar Atletico Madrid

The summer transfer window is always the busiest time of the year and this year it is no different. With many clubs having completed most of their signings, some meagre some sensational, the next season bears promise to all. The La Liga is has been brimming with transfers this summer as some tremendous moves have been made by clubs of all stature.  

Here we take a look at 5 of the best signings that have been completed in the La Liga.

5. William Carvalho – Real Betis 

Real Betis have completed the signing of William Carvalho from Sporting CP for a reported fee of €20 million. The 26-year-old Portugal international has signed a five-year deal with a release clause of €120 million with his new club. 

4. Yuri Berchiche – Athletic Bilbao 

Yuri Berchiche completed a €24 million move to Athletic Bilbao. The 28-year-old defender has penned a four-year deal with the club and now holds a €100m release clause. It seems a surprise coup as the Spaniard had a considerably successful debut season with the Ligue 1 champions as the first choice left-back. Apparently, he was not in the new boss, Thomas Tuchel‘s plans

3. Alvaro Odriozola – Real Madrid | Read More

Real Madrid have signed Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad for a reported fee of 30 million. Having impressed enough to convince Julen Lopetegui to take him to the World Cup, the 22-year-old right-back will now accompany the ex-Spain coach to the Santiago Bernabeu. 

2. Clement Lenglet – FC Barcelona | Read More

Barcelona have completed the €35.9 million signing of Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet. The 23-year-old Frenchman will compete for the centre-back position in his new club. 

1. Thomas Lemar – Atletico Madrid | Read More 

Atletico Madrid have signed Thomas Lemar from Ligue 1 side Monaco. The 22-year-old midfielder, who was a part of the World Cup winning French side this year, commanded a hefty €70 million fee from the Los Rojiblancos.

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