Round 30 of La Liga this weekend was a whirlwind of activity after last week’s snooze-fest. Deportivo La Coruña have just about climbed out of the relegation hole that Zaragoza is now in danger of falling into. Real Sociedad put Málaga to shame with an incredible scoreline. Barcelona and Real Madrid romped past their opponents, both netting 5 goals against Mallorca and Levante, respectively. And I’m still trying to figure out what Granada were doing in the first half of their game as Real Betis ran wild.
I regret not watching the clash between Real Sociedad and Málaga. I figured it be a relatively quiet game as Málaga prepared for their trip to Germany in the midweek. Was I wrong or what?! Well, not entirely. Málaga may have played on Saturday with their minds on Tuesday, because they seemed incapable of stopping a rampant la Real from scoring 3 times in 9 minutes in the first half.
After that rude awakening, Málaga managed to pull one back before the break. However Sociedad were loathe to see their lead slip even the slightest and they effectively finished the game in the 51st minute. This is about the time I checked into the game and was rather bewildered by the 4-1 scoreline to the home side. Santa Cruz softened the blow for Málaga in the 70th minute. Sociedad earned their result and they’re starting to look even more certain of returning to the Champions League next year for the first time in 10 years.
In the relegation zone, Deportivo La Coruña have now won 3 matches in a row. To put the significance into context, they won a total of 3 matches in the first half of the season. Last week, they narrowly beat Mallorca 3-2. This week same result: Depor edged out Real Zaragoza in a 3-2 thriller at home in Riazor. The crazy game went back and forth as Depor conceded a penalty early in the first half only to be rewarded by a Zaragoza own goal in the second half. This win brings Depor 1 point from being clear of the relegation zone. The club they’d send into trouble if they managed to clear danger: Real Zaragoza. Poor Zaragoza have yet to win a game in 2013. With 8 weeks left in the season, the battle to clear the relegation zone is going to get nasty.
Friday night, Real Betis visited Granada and thrashed them 5-1. Now Betis are level with Málaga on points thanks to the flurry of goals in the first half that Granada seemed to missing out on. Falcao also seems to have gone missing. Atlético drew 0-0 with Getafe and it’s been a while since the Colombian put on a performance quite like the ones from the first half of the season. Before I close out, make sure you watch the absolutely astounding golazo by Gonzalo Higuaín to open the scoring for Real Madrid against Levante. Here are the full results from the weekend.
Granada 1-5 Real Betis
Real Sociedad 4-2 Málaga
Real Madrid 5-1 Levante
Barcelona 5-0 Mallorca
Deportivo La Coruña 3-2 Real Zaragoza
Celta Vigo 0-2 Rayo Vallecano
Osasuna 0-2 Espanyol
Getafe 0-0 Atlético Madrid
Valencia 2-1 Valladolid
Sevilla 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
The second leg of the Champions League is this week! Real Madrid shouldn’t have that much work to do in Turkey whereas Málaga will have to fight tooth and nail to get a positive results in Germany. Barcelona welcome PSG to the Camp Nou for what promises to be an fascinating game.
Photos courtesy of LigaBBVA.com, realsociedad.com, and realmadrid.com. Check back with @AerysSoccer on Thursday for a round up the Champions League quarterfinals.