Here’s our La Liga news for this week. Ronaldo: #ragingronny had a chance to practice his swearing in Portuguese*. After this weekend’s Liga matches it’s getting pretty tight, and pretty predictable at the top of the Spanish Primera. After matchday 5 it’s Real Madrid on 14 points, Barcelona on 13 points, and Atletico on 12. The merengues were a symphony of dejection, Canaries slumping off their perch at the final whistle.
Liga News Matchday 5: Las Palmas 2 (Tana, Araujo) Real Madrid 2 (Asensio, Benzema)
The Madeira Mauler was indeed unamused/seriously dischuffed by Zidane’s decision to make him sulk off with Madrid 1-2. The reason ? A UEFA match coming on Tuesday that Ronny had to be cotton-woolled for. Madrid fans were also not pleased either when the Canary Islanders’ Araujo then equalised in the 85th minute. Unbelievably, after that Real Madrid were unable to produce their usual last-minute injury time headed goal by Sergio Ramos from a corner-that-wasn’t. The Las Palmas men clawed 2 points back off the whites, leaving La Liga pretty much level at the top. Real Madrid have dropped four points in their last two matches. Zidane must go ? Too inexperienced ? Here we go again….
Liga News Matchday 5: Sporting 0 Barcelona 5 (Suarez, Rafinha, Neymar 2, Arda)
Meanwhie, Barça got back on form after the 1-1 draw with Atletico in midweek, by stuffing the hapless Sporting 0-5 away in Gijon. This meant Messi, already troubled with his groin, did not need to fret from the stands. Three of the five goals were saved for the last ten minutes in a sort of reverse Usain Bolt from the azulgranas. Barcelona’s next home match in La Liga is against Deportivo tickets are available here. It will be a considerable relief for Luis Enrique to be only one point behind Real Madrid after a couple of slips recently, and with Messi out for a week or two more.
Liga News Matchday 5: Atletico Madrid 1 (Griezmann) Deportivo 0.
Atletico huffed and puffed but finally goal-a-game-Griezmann fired in a winner for the rojiblancos to win by a less-than-comfortable 1-0 in the Vicente Calderon.
*Portuguese expletives are not the strong point of The Spain Event’s football staff (based in Madrid mainly) – but our Portuguese-speaking colleagues assure us that the expressions used by Ronaldo as he retired to the bench on Saturday were “not nice” and not actually possible for anyone who is not a contortionist..
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