Liga F round up: Barcelona and Real Madrid cruise to comfortable victories

Salma Paralluelo of FC Barcelona celebrates with Aitana Bonmati
Salma Paralluelo of FC Barcelona celebrates with Aitana Bonmati during a La Liga F match (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona and Real Madrid both warmed up for the Champions League group stage with comfortable victories on matchday eight of the Liga F season.

With seven of the eight matches producing three goals or more, we wrap up all the action from an exciting weekend of top-flight football.

Real Madrid 7-1 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid got up and running in the 17th minute when Athenea del Castillo rolled the ball into the empty net after seeing her initial effort saved. Signe Bruun then guided home Olga Carmona’s cross to double the home side’s advantage. Del Castillo made it three with her second goal of the evening, before Nerea Eizagirre pulled a goal back to conclude an entertaining first period.

After seeing their advantage reduced before the break, Real Madrid restored their three-goal lead through Hayley Raso. She slotted home after latching onto Misa Rodríguez’s long ball forward. It quickly descended into a miserable evening for Real Sociedad. Rocío Gálvez, Maite Oroz and Naomie Feller all got on the scoresheet to round off a dominant display.

Real Madrid will now turn their attention to crucial games against Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League and Liga F respectively. 

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Atlético Madrid 3-0 Eibar

Atlético Madrid bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Costa Adeje Tenerife to claim all three points in Saturday’s home meeting with newly-promoted Eibar.  Sheila Guijarro opened the scoring within three minutes, guiding the ball home from Ainhoa Moraza’s cross.

Eva Navarro doubled the advantage just before the 70th-minute mark with a driven strike into the bottom corner.  There was still time for Guijarro to grab her second and Atleti’s third to wrap up a third win in four home games. As for Eibar, they have now gone seven competitive matches without a victory.

Villarreal 0-6 Barcelona

Barcelona have now racked up 20 goals in three Liga F matches after they swept past a struggling Villarreal side at the weekend. Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmatí opened the scoring in the 14th minute, squeezing a low strike past Carmen Carbonell. Asisat Oshoala added Barcelona’s second, before Bonmatí swept home to register a brace.

Salma Paralluelo, who netted four last weekend, had to settle for just one goal on Saturday, as she fired in with her right foot to add to Barcelona’s tally. Caroline Graham Hansen made it five with a deflected free-kick, before Oshoala netted her second of the game to conclude another commanding performance from the reigning champions.

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Sporting Club de Huelva 1-3 Real Betis

Real Betis celebrated a third consecutive victory in all competitions after they beat Sporting Club de Huelva on Saturday evening. Las Verdiblancas opened the scoring in the 11th minute, courtesy of a Patri Ojeda own goal. Betis doubled their advantage through Rosa Márquez. She rolled the ball home from the penalty spot after being brought down by Raiderlin Carrasco.

Laia Ballesté pulled a goal back with an ambitious long-range free-kick, which drifted over Betis goalkeeper Paula Vizoso. Unfortunately for the hosts, Ballesté’s outrageous effort failed to ignite a comeback. Tiffany Cameron restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion to wrap up their first away win of the Liga F season. 

Sevilla 1-0 Granada

Sevilla bounced back from a heavy 8-0 defeat against Barcelona to edge out newly-promoted Granada on Sunday. The contest was goalless until Cristina Martín-Prieto produced an unstoppable right-foot strike in the 68th minute to score what proved to be the decisive goal. Crucially, Sevilla have now put six points between themselves and Granada, who are currently languishing in the Liga F relegation zone.

Levante Las Planas 3-1 Costa Adeje Tenerife

Levante Las Planas, who occupy sixth position, moved three points clear of seventh-placed Tenerife with a relatively comfortable home victory. Irina Uribe opened the scoring with a delicate lob over the goalkeeper before she repeated the feat in the 25th minute to put her side in the driving seat.

Belgium’s Jassina Blom gave Tenerife a glimmer of hope when she poked home their first goal. However, Anissa Lahmari made sure of the victory when she tapped in from close range to secure a second straight league win.

Levante 3-1 Valencia

Levante secured derby bragging rights after they got the better of their local rivals in an entertaining encounter at the Ciutat de València. The hosts were forced to come from behind after Colombia international Ivonne Chacón opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

As the first half moved past the midway point, Chacón’s compatriot Mayra Ramírez restored parity with an empathic finish past Enith Salón. The complexion of the contest changed when Valencia’s María Molina was given her marching orders after receiving two yellow cards in as many minutes.

With Valencia left to play the majority of the contest with 10 players, Levante ultimately made the numerical advantage count. Ramírez fired in at the near post to give her side a half-time lead. María Méndez then thumped home her first goal of the season to effectively wrap up all three points.

Athletic Club 1-2 Madrid CFF

The final game of the weekend saw Athletic Club’s Clara Pinedo score directly from a corner for an early lead. Sensationally, Madrid CFF produced their Olimpico in the 37th minute when Karen Araya’s corner looped over Athletic goalkeeper Adriana Nanclares. Her appeals for a foul were ultimately ignored by the referee.

With the game on the knife edge, it was 17-year-old Cristina Librán who proved to be the match-winner. She tapped in a deflected cross to maintain the visitors’ 100 percent away record.

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