2023/24 La Liga Roundup, Matchday 29: Barcelona crush Atletico to move to second place

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La Liga Roundup, Matchday 29

The 29th round of La Liga has ended, showcasing thrilling games, standout player displays, and unexpected results. Here is a recap of the La Liga matches from matchday 29.

Real Sociedad 2-0 Cadiz

Real Sociedad secured a 2-0 victory against Cádiz at Reale Arena with goals from Mikel Merino and Arsen Zakharyan. This win marked their first consecutive LaLiga victories since November. Despite Cádiz’s efforts to stage a comeback, they were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit. Real Sociedad’s solid defense easily closed out the game, maintaining their sixth-place position in the league. On the other hand, Cádiz’s loss ended their recent three-game unbeaten streak and kept them in the relegation zone.

Mallorca 1-0 Granada

Mallorca broke a 63-year drought without a home win against Granada, with Antonio Raíllo scoring a late goal to secure a victory for the Pirates. This win also ended Granada’s seven-match unbeaten streak against Mallorca. The result extended Granada’s winless streak to seven games, leaving them with only 10 games to close the significant gap to safety.

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Osasuna 2-4 Real Madrid

Real Madrid increased their significant advantage at the top of La Liga to 8 points by securing a convincing 4-2 win against Osasuna. This victory extended Osasuna’s winless streak to 21 matches against Real Madrid. Real Madrid remains undefeated in 11 away league games and appears to be on track for another La Liga title. On the other hand, Osasuna’s difficulties against top teams persist as they have lost all eight league matches against teams currently in the top five.

Vinicius Junior celebrates during the La Liga match between Osasuna and Real Madrid at Estadio El Sadar.
Vinicius Junior celebrates during the La Liga match between Osasuna and Real Madrid at Estadio El Sadar.

Getafe 1-0 Girona

Getafe are now just eight points away from the European qualification spots after Yellu Santiago scored his first La Liga goal. This loss leaves Girona with only two wins in their last seven matches, indicating that their season may have already reached its peak. Getafe managed to secure their first clean sheet in eight games, breaking a four-game winless streak and refocusing on the possibility of European qualification. Girona, on the other hand, seems to be shifting their focus from the league title to ensuring qualification for the UEFA Champions League as their season starts to lose momentum.

Getafe players celebrate during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Girona FC at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Getafe players celebrate during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Girona FC at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Alaves

Athletic Bilbao improved their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014/15 with a 2-0 win over Deportivo Alavés, thanks to two goals from Gorka Guruzeta in the first half. The match ended with Athletic Bilbao comfortably seeing out the victory, maintaining their strong league form with just two defeats since mid-October, winning 11 games and drawing 6. On the other hand, Alavés will be looking to recover against Real Sociedad after the international break, as their poor away record continued with only one win in the last 13 meetings.

Sevilla 1-2 Celta Vigo

Jørgen Strand Larsen scored a late goal to secure a dramatic comeback and win 2-1 against Sevilla at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, after Youssef En-Nesyri had initially put Sevilla ahead. The defeat leaves Sevilla disappointed but still six points above the relegation zone, while the visitors’ late surge has given them a five-point buffer from being relegated.

Villarreal 1-0 Valencia

Villarreal secured their fourth consecutive La Liga victory by defeating Valencia 1-0, maintaining their unbeaten home record in 2024 across all competitions. Despite Valencia having eight days to prepare for the match, Villarreal managed to control the game and even had opportunities to extend their lead. After finishing 5th last season, Villarreal’s chances of European football seemed slim until their recent improvement under Marcelino García Toral. While qualifying for European competition next season will be challenging, wins like this one will certainly boost their prospects.

Jorge Cuenca celebrates during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Valencia CF at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Jorge Cuenca celebrates during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Valencia CF at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Las Palmas 0-1 Almeria

After 29 attempts, Almería finally secured their first La Liga win of the season by defeating Las Palmas 1-0. This victory ended their long wait and left Las Palmas without a win in five matches. Despite Almería’s poor record before this match, Las Palmas continued to push for an equalizer. Benito Ramírez del Toro came close with a long-range effort, but Maximiano made crucial saves to maintain his clean sheet. These saves were important as Almería managed to avoid going winless for the entire season, although they are still 14 points away from safety.

Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Real Betis

A strong Rayo Vallecano defeated Real Betis, who are aiming for a spot in Europe, to end their nine-game winless streak in LaLiga with a 2-0 win. Rayo had their lowest points total after 28 league games since the 2018/19 season, which saw them relegated, making this victory crucial. Pellegrini will be disappointed with Real Betis’ lackluster performance as they fell behind in the race for the top six following Real Sociedad’s win against Cadiz.

Atletico Madrid 0-3 Barcelona

Barcelona had a successful week by defeating Atlético Madrid 3-0 in LaLiga at the Metropolitano Stadium, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games with 7 wins and 3 draws. The third goal dealt a significant blow to Simeone’s team, who were unable to recover or mount a comeback. They were also reduced to 10 men in stoppage time after Nahuel Molina fouled Vitor Roque. Barcelona’s victory has propelled them to second place in the league standings, with Girona’s loss to Getafe contributing to their rise. Despite the unlikelihood of a title challenge, Barcelona is now eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid, with an upcoming El Clásico match scheduled for April.

Barcelona players celebrate during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium.
Barcelona players celebrate during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium.
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