Halfway through the season and fresh off the back of a winter break, La Liga Feminino returned to action with a bang. Here’s part two of our roundup of this week’s action.
CD Tacon 5-1 Sevilla
The day started off very positively for Sevilla. They opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes when Toni Payne fired into the roof of the net.
However, Tacon responded well. In the 21st minute, Jessica Martinez was brought down in the box.
Spanish teenager Lorena Navarro Dominguez converted the subsequent penalty before they took the lead.
They did so when veteran defender Maria Jimenez turned England international Chi Ubogagu’s cross into her own net.
Ubogagu then scored for herself when she slotted the ball home when one one one with on-loan Barcelona goalkeeper Cata Coll.
Tacon then cemented the win with two late goals coming from a powerful header by Osinachi Ohale and a wonderfully well-worked goal for Gema Prieto to make it five in stoppage time.
Next up for Tacon is a Barcelona at home. Barcelona gave them a true baptism of fire, beating them 9-1.
However, given Tacon’s slow but gradually rise up the La Liga table since then you’d imagine that there won’t be a similar scoreline this time around.
Espanyol 1-3 Logrono
After a goalless first half, the match between Espanyol and Logrono was there for the taking.
It was the travelling Northern Spanish side who drew first blood. Zambian forward Barbra Banda broke the deadlock.
The 19-year-old superbly volleyed home from the edge of the area after Espanyol could only half-clear from a Logrono free-kick.Embed from Getty Images
The hosts were level shortly after when Ainhoa Marín Martin headed in at the back post.
This came after some tenacious work from Cristina Baudet on the left-wing. She escaped her defender and stood the ball up for the substitute to score her first goal of the season.
Logrono regained their lead in the last 10 minutes when a deep free-kick was lofted into the area.
Forward Jade Boho found herself completely unmarked to head beyond the onrushing Miriam de Francisco Ramírez in the Espanyol goal.Embed from Getty Images
Then Boho doubled her tally and put the game to bed. Some quick feet from Logrono’s number nine allowed her to create some space in the area.
She then drilled the ball with her left foot into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
Espanyol remain winless this season and are rooted to the bottom the table. Next up for them is a tough test against fourth-place Deportivo La Coruna at home, whereas Logrono travel to fellow top half side Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Atletico Madrid
It was a Madrid derby in Vallecas as Rayo Vallecano went head-to-head with reigning champions Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid came into the match off the back of two wins against Tacon and Granadilla Tenerife.Embed from Getty Images
Rayo Vallecano had a run of two straight draws. At the 20-minute mark, Ludmila looked to be setting the away team on their way to another comfortable victory when the Brazilian forward put Las Rojiblancas 1-0 up.
However, their lead was short-lived as Atleti were unable to clear a deep free-kick. Shei Garcia latched onto the loose ball and buried a low left-footed shot in the far corner to make it 1-1.
The away side looked the most likely to pull ahead once again during the second half. They very nearly got it through a shot from distance by Elena Linari.
However, Vallecano goalkeeper Patricia Larqué was equal to it and was able to steer the ball away for a corner.
The scoreline remained 1-1 and Atletico Madrid made the short journey home ruing their missed opportunities.
Atleti dropping points means that they are now 7 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
It remains to be seen whether the introduction of Venezuelan star Deyna Castellanos will be enough to close the gap in the second half of the season.
Real Betis 0-2 Levante
After a relatively uneventful first half in Betis the fixture sprung into life in the opening minutes of the second half.
Substitute Maitane López was first to react to a knockdown in the area.
Her first time effort went like an arrow beyond the crowd of players ahead of her and into the top corner.Embed from Getty Images
It was then two in two minutes for Levante.
Eva Navarro drove through the Betis defence. She cut inside the area and rifled the ball into the corner, leaving French goalkeeper, Méline Gérard, rooted to the spot.
Despite their strong defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, Betis rarely demonstrated any attacking threat. Levante comfortably saw out their 2-0 victory.
Real Betis sit second-from-bottom and are at serious risk of relegation. However, next weekend they welcome relegation rivals Madrid CFF, in what will a genuine relegation 6-pointer.
As for Levante they comfortably remain in third in La Liga behind only Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
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