Madrid derby lights up La Liga weekend

The Madrid derby lit up the La Liga this weekend after a fiery end-to-end seven-goal fiesta.

Real Sociedad 4-1 Espanyol

Nahikari García opened the scoring for Sociedad after 30 minutes when Nerea Eizagirre’s effort was tipped onto the bar. Garcia acted as the perfect poacher and nodded in the rebound from close-range.

After half-time, Núria Mendoza Miralles volleyed in a corner-kick to make it 2-0.

Espanyol managed to pull one back however, through Raiza Santos. She found the back of the net after converting a corner to make the scoreline 2-1.

Santos’ goal was merely a consolation for the visitors as Sociedad refused to take their foot off the gas. The game was put to bed when a delightful chip from teenage substitute Cecilia Marcos Nabal was quickly followed by a Bárbara Latorre driving run and well-placed finish to make it 4-1.

Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla

Barcelona continued their march to the title with an empathetic win against Sevilla.

Despite a goalless first half, Barcelona dominated in the second half. They opened the scoring through Alexia Putellas’ coolly taken penalty.

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Asisat Oshoala then doubled the Catalans’ lead when she beat the keeper to a teasing cross and headed into an empty net. Patricia Guijarro got the third goal as she was left unmarked in the area and her powerful headed nestled in the back of the net.

Barca now have an astounding +62 goal difference and sit nine points ahead of four-time champions Atletico Madrid.

Levante 6-2 Granadilla Tenerife

This was the second 8-goal thriller Granadilla Tenerife were involved in, in as many weeks following their 5-3 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

However, this time they found themselves on the losing side at the hands of third place Levante.

The match was all but over after the opening 45 minutes. Levante took a 4-goal lead through quick-fire goals from Rocio Galvez and María Alharilla. Two wonderful long-range finishes by Eva Navarro and Ona Batlle followed up the opening two.

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Tenerife scored two goals in two minutes at the hour-mark. An Alharilla own goal and a strike from 17-year old Paola Hernández briefly flirted with the possibility of a comeback.

However, Navarro’s second of the game quickly killed any hopes of the away side coming away with a result.

Alba Redondo then rounded off the victory for Levante in stoppage time.

Valencia 2-2 Real Betis

The spoils were shared in this relegation 6-pointer between the fourth and second bottom sides.

Zenatha Coleman put the home side in front just before the interval. The Namibian international finished sharply on the turn to place the ball in the bottom corner and get Valencia ahead.

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Priscila Borja then converted a penalty for Betis to bring the scores level until Mari Paz Vilas scored a spot-kick of her own to put Valencia back in front just moments later.

Ana Belén Hernández Rodríguez made the game 2-2 after leaving Enith Salón in the net.

Sporting Huelva 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Sporting Huelva got an unlikely win against midtable Rayo Vallecano which allowed them to leapfrog Valencia and pull away from the relegation zone.

Patricia Ojeda’s driven first-half penalty proved to be the only goal of the match.

Sporting now sit thirteenth in the table on 17 points, a hefty 13 away from the drop-zone.

Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Athletic Bilbao

With what may possibly be the fastest goal in Primera Iberdrola history, Athletic Bilbao took the lead after just nine seconds.

A long ball up straight from kick-off was gathered by Ane Azcona Fuente who dinked the ball past the onrushing goalie and into the bottom corner.

The home side responded well and very nearly levelled the game when they rattled the Bilbao crossbar in the first half. But the game was put to bed when with a sublime chip from substitute Lucía García to make it 2-0.

The victory means that Bilbao are the first team to claim an away win against Deportivo so far this season.

Madrid CFF 3-4 CD Tacon

It was another goalfest in what was easily the game of the weekend in a Madrid derby between Madrid CCF and CD Tacon.

Valéria Cantuario began the scoring for Madrid 15 minutes in when she turned the ball into the net from Laura Domínguez’s cross.

However, the lead did not last long and Tacon responded through Sofia Jakobsson and then Kosovare Asllani to make the game 2-1 to the away side going into the break.

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Yet, Madrid bounced back themselves in the second half when a powerful run down the right from Geyse resulted in them levelling the tie at two apiece.

It wasn’t long then until Madrid restored their lead when once again Geyse provided some tenacious work on the right-hand side in order to set up Rita Chikwelu.

Having come back once already in the game, the Tacon players knew that another goal was not beyond them going into the last 15 minutes. Osinachi Ohale provided just that when she headed in Tacon’s third goal to make it all square.

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Still there was plenty of time left for another twist in a game. That opportunity arose when Tacon were awarded a free-kick in the last five minutes just outside the Madrid penalty area.

Defender Esther Martin-Pozuelo stepped up and her effort bounced in off the woodwork and into the bottom corner to make the game 4-3 and complete a dramatic finale.

Logrono 0-3 Atletico Madrid

Second place didn’t lose any ground on leaders Barcelona as they ran away 3-0 victors in Logrono.

Atletico got underway through a well-worked move which opened up some space for Leicy Santos on the edge of the Logrono area. Her drilled low shot beat young keeper Isabel Longa Bescos at the near post.

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It was always going to be a difficult task for Logrono to overcome a side as strong as Atletico Madrid. That task became insurmountable when defender Lorena Valderas Martínez cynically dragged back Charlyn Corral.

A straight red card was consequently given to the Logrono player and a penalty was awarded. Angela Sosa took up the responsibility and made no error from the spot in making it 2-0.

Toni Duggan then came up with the third when she latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area. Her snapshot caught out Bescos who was helpless to stop the ball flying into the net.

Atletico’s hopes of a fourth straight title are still in sight, but Barcelona continue to pull further away.

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