2023/24 La Liga Roundup, Matchday 28: Cadiz defeat Atletico in a surprise win

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La Liga Roundup, Matchday 28

The 28th round of La Liga has concluded, featuring exciting matches, impressive player performances, and surprising outcomes. Here is a summary of the La Liga games from matchday 28.

Barcelona 1-0 Mallorca

Lamine Yamal’s impressive goal helped Barcelona to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games in all competitions. They secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mallorca at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. The goal was exceptional and proved decisive in a closely contested match where Mallorca also put up a strong fight. Mallorca has now gone 11 away league games without a win, but Javier Aguirre can draw positives from their performance against a Barcelona side that appeared unconvincing in front of a nervous Catalan crowd.

Barcelona players celebrate during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.
Barcelona players celebrate during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.

Valencia 1-0 Getafe

Valencia CF defeated Getafe CF 1-0 to secure their first league win since early February, thanks to a goal by Hugo Duro. The victory was also aided by goalkeeper Mamardashvili’s impressive saves, including deflecting a powerful shot from Óscar and making a remarkable stop to prevent Jordi Martín from scoring off a corner kick.

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Valencia players celebrate scoring during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Mestalla.
Valencia players celebrate scoring during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Mestalla.

Cadiz 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Cádiz boosted their chances of staying in La Liga by defeating Atlético Madrid 2-0, surprising many by securing consecutive victories against Los Colchoneros at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. Ledesma’s outstanding save prevented Atleti from making a comeback, sealing Cádiz’s first win in 23 matches and bringing them within two points of safety. Additionally, El Submarino Amarillo compounded Atlético’s away struggles, as they have only won one of their last 10 league games on the road.

Cadiz players celebrate during the La Liga match between Cadiz CF and Club Atletico Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium.
Cadiz players celebrate during the La Liga match between Cadiz CF and Club Atletico Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium.

Granada 2-3 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad bounced back in their quest for European football by overcoming Granada CF 3-2 in a thrilling match. This victory, just their second in 11 games across all competitions, saw them come from behind twice. The decisive goal came from substitute André Silva, who scored from a rebound save with five minutes left on the clock. This win marked Real Sociedad’s fifth victory in their last nine visits to Andalusia. On the other hand, Granada CF, currently in 19th place, suffered another defeat, extending their winless streak in La Liga to eight matches since their last triumph against Cádiz in January.

Girona 2-0 Osasuna

After losing to RCD Mallorca on the road, Girona responded by defeating CA Osasuna 2-0 at home to regain the second position in LaLiga. This victory marked their third consecutive clean sheet at home. With this second consecutive home win, Míchel’s team is now just seven points behind Real Madrid. On the other hand, Osasuna, who had been on a four-game unbeaten streak, remain in 10th place after this defeat.

Girona players celebrate during the La Liga football match between Girona FC and CA Osasuna at the Montilivi stadium.
Girona players celebrate during the La Liga football match between Girona FC and CA Osasuna at the Montilivi stadium.

Alaves 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Deportivo Alavés broke a streak of five games without a win in La Liga, with three draws and two losses, by narrowly defeating Rayo Vallecano 1-0 at the Estadio de Mendizorroza. Alavés managed to maintain their lead and secure a victory without much trouble, earning three points at home to stay in 13th place. On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano is now just four points above the relegation zone as their winless streak in the league extends to nine matches, with three draws and six losses.

Las Palmas 0-2 Athletic Bilbao

Gorka Guruzeta and an own goal by Saúl Coco helped Athletic Bilbao narrow the gap to two points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid with a 2-0 win over UD Las Palmas at Estadio Gran Canaria. This victory ended Bilbao’s four-game winless streak in away matches in La Liga. The win brings Bilbao closer to securing a spot in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014. On the other hand, Las Palmas still have a chance to qualify for Europe next season, as they are only six points behind Real Sociedad, who currently hold the final European qualification spot.

Real Madrid 4-0 Celta Vigo

Real Madrid maintained their seven-point lead at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 4-0 victory over RC Celta de Vigo, despite Jude Bellingham’s absence. Celta de Vigo, who have only secured two wins in their last nine league games, are now at risk of being drawn into a relegation battle. Real Madrid’s win extends their unbeaten home streak to 19 matches and solidifies their lead over surprise contenders Girona in the league standings. Cádiz’s victory over Atlético Madrid has narrowed Celta’s gap to the relegation zone to just two points, making their upcoming match against Sevilla crucial for their coach Benítez’s future at the club.

Real Madrid players celebrate during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Celta Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid players celebrate during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Celta Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Betis 2-3 Villarreal

Villarreal continued their streak of not losing in La Liga for eight games by coming back twice from being behind to secure an impressive 3-2 victory against Real Betis Balompié at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. In the end, the away team managed to secure three crucial points, ending a series of three matches without a win against Betis and climbing to 11th place in the standings. On the other hand, Pellegrini’s team suffered back-to-back losses and stayed in seventh place after failing to capitalize on an opportunity to return to the top six.

Almeria 2-2 Sevilla

Even though Almería scored the first goal for the eighth time this season, they were unable to secure their first league victory of the season. However, they managed to salvage a draw by scoring a goal in stoppage time to tie 2-2 with Sevilla. Sevilla will be upset about losing the lead after making a strong comeback, while Almería continues to struggle to break their record of 31 consecutive winless games in La Liga.

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