Halfway through the season and fresh off the back of a winter break, La Liga Feminino returned to action with a bang.
Granadilla Tenerife 1-3 Sporting Huelva
Fatou Kanteh opened the scoring for Sporting Huelva when the ball was won high up the pitch by Colombian centre-back Korina before she laid it off to the Kanteh to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.
Huelva then doubled their lead when Japanese winger Yoko Tanaka headed home Patricia Mascaro’s cross in from the left to send the Andalusian side into the break 2-0 up.Embed from Getty Images
The home side then halved the deficit with 10 minutes to go when María José converted a cutback from Ana Gonzalez Martin to set up very nervy finish.
However, with Tenerife driving forward for an equalizer they were leaving gaps at the back.
Huelva were able to exploit and make it 3-1 when Canadian midfielder Marie-Yasmine Alidou headed the ball into the back of the net in the 90th minute.
Sporting Huelva’s victory means they leapfrog Granadilla Tenerife to take them up to 11th in La Liga. Tenerife remain just hovering above the relegation zone in 13th.
Sporting now face the daunting task of an away trip to reigning champions Atletico Madrid whilst Tenerife host midtable side Sevilla fresh off their drubbing by CD Tacon.
Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Barcelona
It was a colossal crowd of 32,068 spectators at the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao to watch two giants of Spanish football face-off.
Barcelona came closest in the first half when Aitana Bonmatí’s left-footed effort from 30 yards rattled Andrea De la Nava’s right-hand post.
The sides went into the interval level at 0-0 and with it all to play for in the second half.Embed from Getty Images
Nevertheless, it was the Catalan side who took the lead when a powerful driving run was finished wonderfully by Mariona Caldentey.
She drilled the ball into the far top corner past a helpless De La Nava. That was the Spanish forward’s 6th goal of the season but she is still way behind club and league top scorer Jenni Hermoso on 15.
Asisat Oshoala then made it 2-0 after meeting Kheira Hamraoui’s cross with her head.
The African Women’s Player Of The Year then had her brace in the last 5 minutes of the match as she unleashed a rocket from the edge of the area in the top corner.Embed from Getty Images
The win continues Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the season and strengthens their hold on the top spot in the league.
Athletic Club next host third-place Levante who are currently 6 points ahead of the Bilbao side.
Real Sociedad 5-0 Madrid CFF
Real Sociedad made their intentions very clear in the opening stages of their game against Madrid CFF.
They went ahead after just 15 minutes when winger Manuela Lareo cut inside onto her left foot and scored an absolute screamer in off the post, into the top corner.Embed from Getty Images
The scoreline stayed at 1-0 for the remainder of the half but the Blue and White came out all guns blazing from the dressing room.
Kiana Palacios turned sharply on the edge of the area and drilled a low effort into the far corner to make it 2-0.
Barbara Latorre then made it 3-0 after a dynamic run down the right-hand side into the area and she was able to beat the goalkeeper from a narrow angle.
The fourth goal then came 4 minutes later when centre-back Núria Mendoza Miralles had ghosted forward from the back. She finished first time from a low cross into the near post.Embed from Getty Images
Then, in what was almost a carbon copy of the fourth goal, midfielder Itxaso Uriarte whipped a low cross in from the right which was met by the outstretched leg of Nahikari García making it 5-0 in the last minute of the game.
This result leaves Madrid CFF third from bottom in La Liga. Sociedad are currently seventh with a game in hand ahead of the teams ahead of them.
Valencia 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna
The second of Monday’s fixtures saw fourth place Deportivo La Coruna make the long trip across the entire width of Spain to Valencia on the East Coast.
The game remained goalless for the opening period of the game despite both sides testing the opposition goalkeeper.Embed from Getty Images
Then in the 49th minute, Deportivo went ahead after a low cross was sweetly converted first-time by Ainize Barea Nuñez.
Valencia then found the net themselves when Alejandra Serrano Cortés found herself through on goal after a neat through ball Carolina Férez.
The young striker found the gap at the near post to chalk up her first goal of the season.
The west coast side almost snatched the winner in the closing stages of the match when goalscorer Nunez laid off a perfect cutback for Gabriela García.
The goalkeeper was stranded so she only needed to hit the target but squandered the opportunity to put the ball wide.
Deportivo will see this as a real missed opportunity to close the gap on Levante. Now, even with their game in hand, they will need results to go their way if they are to overtake the Valencian side in the La Liga table.
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