It looks increasingly likely that Barcelona will end the three-year dominance of Atletico Madrid in this season’s La Liga Feminino.
Valencia 1-1 Espanyol
Valencia opened the scoring just after 20 minutes with a goal of the season contender from Mari Paz Vilas.
A dinked the ball into the area found Vilas with her back to goal. She chested the ball up into the air before spinning and firing a right-footed volley goalwards.
Goalkeeper Mimi got a hand to the ball, but the shot was too powerful and gave Valencia the 1-0 lead.Embed from Getty Images
Els Taronges were then reduced to 10 players when Naiara Beristain was given a second yellow card. This came after holding back former Chelsea player Kenni Thompson as she looked to be through on goal.
This galvanised Espanyol and they soon had their equalizer. Cristina Baudet Lucena scored with her own spinning volley into the bottom left corner for a 1-1 result.
Barcelona 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
League leaders Barcelona fired out of the blocks against Rayo Vallecano. They created plenty of chances but were unable to initially find that cutting edge.
That was until Patricia Guijarro met the ball with her head at the back post. She wonderfully directed it into the far corner.Embed from Getty Images
Jenni Hermoso then made it 2-0. A rebound fell kindly at her feet and her drilled left-footed shot doubled the Catalan giants’ advantage.
Hermoso got her brace in the second-half. She got on the end of a long ball into the area. Then cut inside onto her left foot and fired another low shot into the back of the net.Embed from Getty Images
However, a minute later Vallecano had a goal back as Sheila García beat the offside trap to find herself through on goal.
Garcia maintained her composure to find the far corner and grab a consolation for Vallecano and make it 3-1 at the final whistle.
Levante 3-0 Real Sociedad
There was another goal-of-the-season contender in the match between Levante and Sociedad when Claudia Zornoza unleashed an absolute rocket from 30 yards into the top left-hand corner of the goal to give her team a 1-0 lead in the first half.Embed from Getty Images
After the interval, Levante pulled further away through defender Ona Batlle who got on the end of a cutback and finished first-time to double Levante’s lead.
2-0 quickly became 3-0 just seven minutes later when substitute Jucinara was found on the 6-yard with another cutback and the Brazilian poked the ball into an empty.
Logrono 1-1 Granadilla Tenerife
It looked like there was only going to be one team winning this game during the open stages. Granadilla Tenerife had two chances cleared off the line in the first 25 minutes.
They were finally able to break the deadlock in the 28th minute. Allegra Poljak was taken out by onrushing Danish goalkeeper Line Geltzer Johansen.Embed from Getty Images
The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty which was they put away comfortably by Raquel Pena.
Logrono were then awarded a controversial penalty of their own in the final minute of the game. The referee judged the ball had struck a Tenerife hand in the area.
Jade Boho stepped up and fired the ball into the roof of the net to level the game at 1-1. That’s how the scoreline remained until the referee blew her whistle for the last time and the points were shared.
Madrid CFF 4-1 Athletic Bilbao
It was a convincing display for underdogs Madrid CFF against sixth-place Athletic Bilbao.
Madrid lead five minutes in through Brazilian defender Antonio when Bilbao failed to clear a corner.Embed from Getty Images
It was a corner that was the away side’s undoing once again when Nigerian international Rita Chikwelu leapt like a salmon to connect with a header and make it 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes.
Then on the 19th minute Madrid were 3-0 up. Geyse Ferreira picked up the ball at halfway and drove forward towards the opposition box. Yet with no support to back her up there appeared to be very little danger.
Still, the young Brazilian showed tremendous strength to power past the defence and poke the ball past goalkeeper Andere Legina and put Madrid in a very comfortable position.
Bilbao drew one back when a through ball in behind wasn’t collected quickly enough by Raquel Poza in goal and Lucia Garcia got there first to touch the ball beyond the keeper and tap it into an unguarded net.Embed from Getty Images
Madrid made sure of the victory in the final 10 minutes when again Ferreira demonstrated her strength down the right to see off the challenge of the Bilbao defence and square the ball for substitute Laura Fernandez Borge.
She composed herself and picked her spot to fire home Madrid’s fourth of the game and finish off the scoring at 4-1.
Sporting Huelva 1-3 CD Tacon
After a goalless first-half, the game sprang into life immediately after the restart when Thaisa was on the end of a low cross for CD Tacon and touched the ball in from inside the six-yard box for the opening goal of the game.
Sporting then levelled 15 minutes later through Patricia Ojeda when she lobbed keeper Yohana Goméz Camino from 35 yards to add yet another goal to the potential goal-of-the-season list.Embed from Getty Images
Tacon reacted well and were back in front six minutes later. Sofia Jakobsson opened her body up to slot in her side’s second goal of the game.
The away team then made it 3-1 in the dying moments of the game. A defender hacked Jakobsson down in the area and a spot-kick was awarded.
Swedish midfielder Kosovare Asllani took the responsibility to convert the penalty and she did just that to guarantee all 3 points for the Madrid based club.
Sevilla 2-2 Atletico Madrid
Eleventh-placed Sevilla stunned champions Atletico Madrid in the opening minutes when Carmen Menayo inadvertently turned the ball into her own net giving Sevilla an early lead.
The travelling side then responded through a deflected effort from Leicy Santos which wrong-footed the keeper to find the back of the net and make it 1-1.Embed from Getty Images
Sevilla went ahead once again just after half time when Atleti goalkeeper Lola Gallardo stumbled after a collision with her own player meaning Isabella Echeverri found the net with the simplest of headers.
Angela Sosa salvaged a point for the Rojiblancas. She nodded home a driven cross to spare them an embarrassing defeat.
Still, it was not good enough and the Atletico Madrid board took swift and decisive action after the final whistle.Embed from Getty Images
The club sacked manager Pablo Lopez after the game. Atleti are nine points behind leaders Barcelona with four draws in their last seven matches.
The Spaniard had only been given the job in October and only took charge of 14 matches. Dani Gonzalez has replaced him.
Deportivo La Coruna 3-1 Real Betis
The scoring opened in the match between Deportivo and Betis following a penalty controversially awarded to the home side. Peke slotted the penalty into the corner as the keeper dove the wrong way.
Athenea del Castillo danced her way through the Betis defence and into the area before calmly converting to score her first professional goal give her side a 2-goal cushion.
It did not last long however as Dutch midfielder Merel van Dongen’s powerful header halved the deficit.
Peke then secured all three points for Deportivo. She smashed an effort from the edge of the area off the post and into the back of the net.