Barcelona drop points for only the second time this season

Barcelona have dropped points for only the second time this season, drawing 0-0 with Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan giants remain nine points ahead at the top of the league but how did the rest of the matchweek play out?

Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Levante

It took just 16 minutes for third place Levante to take the lead against Rayo Vallecano. Teenager Eva Alonso González inadvertently turned into her own goal.

Levante doubled their lead shortly after the break. A mishit cross from María Alharilla wrong-footed the keeper and made it 2-0.

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It was then a difficult task for Vallecano, which turned into a nigh-on impossible one. Chilean defender Carla Guerrero was given a second yellow and her side were reduced to 10 players.

Levante then compounded their dominance through a beautifully drilled effort from Alba Redondo which bounced in off the post and made it 3-0

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona

It was very much a case of the two best sides in the league cancelling each other out as this fixture limped to an unexciting goalless draw.

This was Dani Gonazlez’s first game in charge of Atleti and it is only the second time this season that Barcelona have dropped points.

This is a sizable improvement on the 6-1 thrashing Barcelona gave the champions earlier in the year.

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With the Catalan club winning the league seeming to be a formality at this their attentions may now turn towards bettering their Champions League runners up medal last year.

The result keeps Barcelona nine points clear at the top of the La Liga Feminina table.

Real Betis 1-1 Real Sociedad

Nerea Eizagirre opened the scoringSociedad with their first meaningful sight of goal. She got on the end of a rebound from Betis keeper Méline Gérard and tucked the ball away to make it 1-0 after seven minutes.

Betis then found themselves level just after the interval when captain Irene Guerrero laid the ball off for Bea Parra who fired a right-footed shot into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

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That’s how the game finished as the spoils were shared between the two sides. However, that point could prove invaluable in saving Betis from the drop.

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Valencia

Bilbao sneaked away with a narrow victory as they tried to keep pace with the top four in the league.

Lucia Garcia who got the decisive goal 15 minutes from time when she was played through by Erika Vázquez before opening the body up and whipping the ball into the side of the net.

The defeat leaves Valencia hovering just above the relegation zone whilst Bilbao are sitting pretty in fifth.

Espanyol 1-3 Madrid CFF

Espanyol endured more misery as they remain winless so far this season. Their latest defeat came at the hands Víctor Fernández’s Madrid CFF.

Madrid were ahead pretty quickly after the ball fell kindly to Rita Chikwelu following a scramble in the Espanyol area and she fired home first time.

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Espanyol drew themselves level in the second half after a very well worked set-piece was tapped in by Inés Altamira.

The travelling side were able to hold on until the last 10 minutes. Chikwelu scored a header to put Madrid back in front. Six minutes later Madrid made sure of the victory when Geyse’s deflected cross made the game 3-1.

Sevilla 1-0 Sporting Huelva

The Andalusian derby was a tight encounter which saw Sevilla scrape a 1-0 win against their southwestern rivals.

A wonderful quick spell of passing on the edge of the box between Isabella Echeverri and Jennifer Morilla opened up space. Morilla got in behind the defence and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Sevilla won 1-0, with that little bit of quality being the difference. The win allowed Sevilla to put some distance between themselves and the cluster of teams at the bottom of the league, in which Sporting Huelva are included.

CD Tacon 0-1 Logrono

Logrono edged out Tacon in Sunday’s penultimate fixture but it was far from a convincing victory. Only one goal separated the two sides at the final whistle.

The goal came when a teasing cross from the left-wing drew Tacon goalkeeper Yohana Camino out from her goal-line.

Ivorian international Ida Guehai beat her to the ball, who then headed into the back of the net to score the only goal of the game.

Granadilla Tenerife 5-3 Deportivo La Coruna

Tenerife and Deportivo played out the game of the weekend in what ended up as an eight-goal thriller.

The scoring began in the first half through Serbian Allegra Poljak with a powerful leap to direct her header past a helpless María Isabel Rodríguez to put Tenerife in the lead.

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Maya Yamamoto then equalised 10 minutes later when got on the end of a cutback and coolly finished for her second goal of the season. The first half finished with the score at 1-1. However, the action was just getting started.

When the two sides came out for the second half, very few could have anticipated the manic 15-minute period that was soon to follow.

The time between the 51st and 64th minute saw six — yes SIX — goals scored.

Including an own-goal for Deportivo’s Noelia Villegas Rico and a 10-minute hat-trick for María González.

The pick of her goals was an outrageous backheel volley that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would’ve been proud of.

With the score now at 5-2, you’d imagine the scoring was done for the day. Venezuelan substitute Lourdes Moreno had other ideas. Her first-time lobbed effort looped over Aline Reis in the Tenerife goal to make the final score 5-3.

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