2023/24 La Liga Roundup, Matchday 30: Rodrygo shines as Real Madrid triumph Athletic Club

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La Liga Roundup, Matchday 30

The 30th 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 30.

Cadiz 1-0 Granada

Cádiz secured a valuable 1-0 win against Granada in a crucial La Liga match at home. Granada, who are still 14 points away from safety, are yet to secure their first away victory of the season. During the second half, Ledesma made a crucial save against Ramos, who later committed a foul resulting in Juanmi’s goal being disallowed. Despite Ramos missing a chance to score, Cádiz managed to hold on for the win. With this victory, Cádiz now trails 17th-placed RC Celta de Vigo by just 3 points.

Getafe 0-1 Sevilla

Sevilla took a significant step towards securing their place in La Liga with a 1-0 victory over Getafe, thanks to a Sergio Ramos header at Estadio Coliseum. This win marked only Sevilla’s third away league win of the 2023/24 season and extended Getafe’s wait for a league double against them to five years. Despite a late push from Getafe, including a disallowed goal for offside, Sevilla managed to hold on for the win, putting them 6 points clear of the relegation zone with 8 games remaining. On the other hand, Getafe will need to stay resilient and focused as they aim for their first top-half finish since 2020 in what has been a lackluster campaign.

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Sergio Ramos celebrates during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Sevilla FC at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Sergio Ramos celebrates during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Sevilla FC at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Almeria 0-3 Osasuna

Despite securing their first victory of the season in their previous match, UD Almería were reminded of their position at the bottom of the La Liga table when they suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to CA Osasuna at the Power Horse Stadium. This marked Osasuna’s eighth consecutive head-to-head win. Despite the unlikelihood of the outcome, Almería’s home fans will be disappointed that their team couldn’t achieve their first home win of the season and secure back-to-back top-flight victories for the first time since February 2015.

Valencia 0-0 Mallorca

Valencia’s quest for European football faced another setback as they played to a goalless draw against Mallorca in La Liga. This result means that Rubén Baraja’s team has only managed one victory in their last six matches, with three draws and two losses. Despite their efforts to secure a win, Valencia struggled to break through Mallorca’s strong defense, resulting in them having to settle for a single point. This outcome leaves them 8 points behind sixth place. Mallorca, on the other hand, deserved the draw and increased their lead over the relegation zone to six points. They are now looking ahead to the upcoming Copa del Rey final.

Barcelona 1-0 Las Palmas

Raphinha scored his fifth goal of the La Liga season to help Barcelona secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Las Palmas. This win marked their 11th consecutive unbeaten game since Xavi announced his departure at the end of the season. In the 78th minute, Felix missed a clear chance to score when his shot hit the woodwork and then bounced off Escandell and the post. However, this miss did not affect the outcome as Barcelona held on to win, thus leaving Las Palmas in 12th place after suffering their third straight defeat.

Raphinha celebrates during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.
Raphinha celebrates during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.

Celta Vigo 0-0 Rayo Vallecano

Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, who are both fighting against relegation, settled for a draw in Galicia, with neither team able to score in the match. This extended Rayo’s streak of not winning away matches in La Liga to six games. The game saw more opportunities being created, including a close header from Renato Tapia that missed the target after a good cross from Iago Aspas. However, neither team could find a winning goal, leaving Rayo in 16th place after the Easter weekend, just two points above Celta and five points above the relegation zone.

Girona 3-2 Real Betis

Girona secured a 3-2 victory over Real Betis at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi with a thrilling injury-time goal from Christhian Stuani. This win marked Girona’s third consecutive home victory and extended Real Betis’ losing streak to four matches. The match appeared to be heading towards a draw until the final moments of added time when Stuani scored the decisive goal after his initial shot was saved by Silva. This dramatic victory was Girona’s first top-flight win against Real Betis, who have only managed two away wins this season.

Cristhian Stuani celebrates during the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Betis at Estadi Montilivi.
Cristhian Stuani celebrates during the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Betis at Estadi Montilivi.

Alaves 0-1 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad won their third consecutive league match by defeating Alavés 1-0 at the Mendizorroza stadium with Jon Pacheco scoring the only goal. This victory also ended Real Sociedad’s three-match winless streak at that venue. Despite falling behind, Alavés did not show any signs of a comeback, resulting in a disappointing performance with no shots on target. This loss means Alavés has only won one out of their last eight league matches, causing concern as they get closer to the relegation zone. On the other hand, Real Sociedad has now moved seven points ahead of Betis, solidifying their position in the top-six of the league.

Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Club

Real Madrid achieved a crucial win in the LaLiga title race by defeating Athletic Club 2-0, with Rodrygo scoring twice to extend their unbeaten home league streak. Toni Kroos played a key role in midfield, dictating play and starting up Rodrygo’s second goal. The Brazilian forward expertly evaded a defender before scoring from close range, sealing the victory for Real Madrid. Additionally, Éder Militão made a comeback after being absent for 232 days.

Rodrygo celebrates with Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Rodrygo celebrates with Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Villarreal 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Atlético Madrid ended their two-game losing streak in La Liga with a 2-1 victory against Villarreal at Estadi de la Ceràmica. This win also halted the hosts’ nine-match unbeaten run. The winning goal was scored by Saúl Ñíguez three minutes before the end, as Villarreal allowed Atlético to move the ball unchallenged in their box. Despite the loss, Villarreal have earned 19 points in their last 10 matches, compared to the same number in their first 20 games. Atlético Madrid remains undefeated at Estadi de la Ceràmica since 2018 and secured three points that moved them above Athletic Bilbao in the top-four standings.

Saul Niguez celebrates during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at La Ceramica stadium.
Saul Niguez celebrates during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at La Ceramica stadium.
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