In another week of La Liga action, it’s Deportivo La Coruna who are the talk of the town. The Galicians pulled off a 4-3 comeback against CD Tacon in perhaps one of the games of the season.
Sevilla 0-2 Levante
Levante’s fifth win in six matches saw them get the win over mid-table Sevilla thanks to goals from Alba Redondo and teenager Eva Navarro.
Both scorers may feel hard done by to be omitted from the SheBelieves Cup squad but both have very bright futures ahead of them. They’re also prime examples of the depth Spain currently boasts.
Granadilla Tenerife 2-0 Valencia
Cristina Martín-Prieto scored a goal either side of half-time to seal the win over third-bottom Valencia. Her brace takes her tally to six for the season.
The first came after 30 minutes as she cut inside onto her right and neatly caressed the ball into the bottom corner. The second arrived just after the interval and was a thing of beauty.
Martín-Prieto drove towards goal from the right-wing, jinked her way past the last defender to bag herself a brace.Embed from Getty Images
Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Real Betis
Two stoppage-time goals in both halves saw Real Betis guarantee their first away win since the opening day of the season.
Merel van Dongen scored the first thanks to a wonderfully whipped free-kick from Ana Romero. The Dutch-international only needed to get a toe on the ball to make it 1-0.
Then as the game was nearing its conclusion, Michaela Abam drilled in the second goal at the near post to assure that all three points left with the travelling side.
The victory means Betis jump from 15th to 12th and put some considerable space between themselves and the relegation zone.
Barcelona 5-0 Madrid CFF
High-scoring victories are starting to become the norm for Barcelona these days, such is the gap between themselves and the rest of the competition.
Jenni Hermoso scored her second hat-trick of the season to bolster her place at the top of the goalscoring charts.
Vicky Losada also contributed to the scoring with a towering header in off the post at the 30-minute mark.Embed from Getty Images
Stefanie Van der Gragt finished off with a close-range header deep into added-time. That was the Netherlands defender’s first goal for the Catalan club since joining from Ajax in 2018.
Barcelona now boast a +80 goal difference, which is more than three-times their closest rivals Atletico Madrid.
Sporting Huelva 1-1 Logrono
Jade Boho gave Logrono the lead in the first half with a powerful shot across goal which rebounded off the post and into the back of the net.
However, Huelva responded in the final 10 minutes through Sandra Castello, when she got onto the end of a corner and headed her side level.
That goal could prove invaluable as the game finished 1-1 and Sporting Huelva left with a point. This means they leapfrogg Valencia and move out of the relegation zone.
CD Tacon 3-4 Deportivo La Coruna
The opening period of the game between CD Tacon and Deportivo La Coruna began quietly until Aurelie Kaci gave the Madrid side the lead just before the interval.
Tacon then doubled their advantage thanks to a drilled left-footed shot from Lorena Navarro. The home side looked to have cemented their lead just minutes later when Sofia Jakobsson cut inside onto her left and caught the goalkeeper out at the near post to make it 3-0.Embed from Getty Images
It was beginning to look like a dream win for Tacon. However, that dream rapidly turned into a nightmare. Deportivo responded almost immediately to going three goals down as Maya Yamamoto scrambled home the ball to give the Branquiazuis the breakthrough.
After conceding the first goal, Tacon appeared to capitulate and then a quick-fire double from Michelle Romero drew the game level at 3-3.
Many teams would’ve been happy to salvage a point after being 3-0 down with 10 minutes left but the momentum was with the Galicians. They continued to push forward and in stoppage time the ball fell to Lourdes Moreno on the edge of the box.Embed from Getty Images
The Venezuelan then opened up her body and guided the ball into the top corner to give Deportivo an unlikely win. Surely the comeback of the season.
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Espanyol
Bottom side Espanyol held fifth place Athletic Bilbao to a goalless draw to earn just their fifth point in 21 matches this season.
Bilbao came closest to scoring out of the two sides as Ana Azcona struck the woodwork twice. American-born Damaris Egurrola also rattled the crossbar from distance.
It’s almost a certainty at this stage that Espanyol will be demoted to the second tier when all is said and done. But they can take pride in having gained draws away from home against top sides like Levante and Bilbao.
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad
Atletico Madrid began on the front foot in their game against Real Sociedad as Ludmila put them ahead after just four minutes.
The Brazilian forward continued to look dangerous and soon had her brace as she directed a low cross first time into the goal.Embed from Getty Images
The home side then had their third goal when Anna Sampedro glanced in a header from six-yards out at the front stick.