La Liga Feminino: Matchweek 16 roundup

A total of 21 goals were scored across matchweek 16 of La Liga Feminino, here’s a roundup of all the action across the board.

Espanyol 0-3 Deportivo La Coruna

Saturday’s early kick-off was a convincing display for Deportivo, seeing them run out 3-0 victors over bottom side Espanyol.

It was an all-Venezuelan affair as Gabriela Garcia and Lourdes Moreno – known as Gaby and Kika respectively – claimed the goals for the North West Spanish side.

Gaby scored a first half brace to put her side in a commanding position before Kika added her name to the scoresheet in the 58th minute.

The result leaves Espanyol rooted to the bottom of the table on three points whilst Deportivo close the gap on Levante in third place.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Sporting Huelva

It was the narrowest of victories for second place Atletico Madrid. The title contenders just about saw off Sporting Huelva thanks to a first half penalty from Angela Sosa.

This win keeps them within arm’s length of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

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It was a very fortuitous decision to award the penalty when an attempted clearance from Huelva struck the hand of midfielder Fatou Kanteh in what many would say was a natural position.

Still, the biggest story of the game was probably the debut of Venezuelan superstar Deyna Castellanos. The Florida State alumnus came on in the second half to get her Atletico career off the mark.

CD Tacon 0-6 Barcelona

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Barcelona trounced Tacon 9-1. True to form, Barcelona did not hold back in their pursuit of more goals in this match.

Four from African Women’s POTY Asisat Oshoala and a goal each for Jennifer Hermoso and Marta Torrejon solidified Barcelona’s supremacy.

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The Catalan club currently boast more than double the goals of their closest La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid (62 and 30 goals respectively). Barca have also only conceded five goals in 15 games. They remain the only unbeaten side in the league.

Granadilla Tenerife 1-0 Sevilla

In a dramatic clash between two mid-table sides, Tenerife were able to snatch a last gasp winner in the 94th minute.

Tenerife looked the most likely to score throughout the game and had previously had a goal ruled out for offside. It was Maria Jose Perez who netted the only goal and winner of the match.

The win means that Tenerife now leapfrog Sevilla to climb up to ninth in the table.

Rayo Vallecano 3-2 Logrono

In possibly the most exciting match of the weekend, Rayo Vallecano faced fellow mid-table side Logrono in a five-goal thriller.

Ida Guehai gave Logrono the lead in the first half after 35 minutes. They then doubled their lead right after half-time thanks to a header from left-back Dorine Chuigoué.

However, the dynamic changed when Carol Marin was given her marching orders for a second bookable offence. The dismissal put Logrono down to ten players.

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Rayo Vallecano swiftly made the player advantage count and had a goal back just five minutes. Montenegrin forward Slađana Bulatović found the back of the net and put the pressure on.

The home side forced the equaliser through Oriana Altuve to set up a very nervous last 20 minutes.

Logrono had the perfect opportunity to reclaim their lead when Guehai was brought down in the area.

Guehai herself stepped up to take the penalty but Line Geltzer Johansen managed to tip the shot over.

It looked from that the score would remain at 2-2 and the spoils would be shared. That was until substitute Iris Ponciano del Río rifled to ball home from what looked like an impossible angle.

Her strike in the dying minutes awarded Vallecano the win.

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Levante

Late goals seemed to be on the menu during this round of fixtures as we were treated to yet another climatic finish in Bilbao.

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Levante went 1-0 ahead on the quarter-hour mark when Marta Corredera’s deflected cross beat Andrea De la Nava at the near post.

Bilbao were unable to get a clear sight of goal despite pushing hard. Until stoppage time when a corner floated into the Levante area and the header fell to Andrea Maddalen Sierra Larrauri.

The Bilbao defender had the coolest head in the whole of Estadio Santa María. She placed a composed effort into the top corner to draw her side level in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Valencia

In a tightly contested fixture, both Sociedad and Valencia had chances to go ahead but the two sides squandered good opportunities.

The deadlock was eventually broken when Nahikari García picked up the ball on the edge of the area and drilled in a low shot which nestled in the bottom corner to give Sociedad the lead.

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With Levante only managing a draw in their game and Sociedad still having a game in hand, the latter has a great opportunity to close the gap on fourth place next weekend.

Real Betis 2-0 CFF Madrid

Where most of the other teams saved their drama for the dying moments of their matches, Betis opted to get all the excitement out of the way early on against CFF Madrid.

They opened up the scoring against their relegation rivals in the first five minutes. A snap shot from Beatriz Parra Salas caught the ‘keeper flatfooted who was lobbed from the edge of the area.

Madrid had barely gotten back in position before they were then 2-0 down. Anita Hernandez climbed above the Madrid defenders to get on the end of a lofted corner. Her glancing header found the far bottom corner and doubled Betis’ advantage.

La Liga Feminino returns to action this weekend.