La Liga week 6 review: Villareal top for the 1st time in their history as Sevilla earn first win
Sevilla got their first win of the season in a dramatic fashion with a late strike against 10-man Rayo Vallecano. Kevin Gameiro and Steven Nzonzi put Sevilla two goals ahead just for Manchester United reject, Bebe to score an important 51st minute strike to start a comeback. Javi Guerra got the equaliser for Rayo Vallecano before Antonio Amaya was sent off. The red card to Vallecano counted with Konoplyanka scoring in the 86th minute. The 3-2 win pushed Sevilla out of the relegation zone to 16th position on the table.
Real Madrid stayed top of the league for only few days as they struggled at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates failed to get an all important goal despite dominating the match against 10-man Malaga. Malaga’s recent form made Real Madrid the favourite in the pre-match analysis but Benitez’s men failed to take advantage and will now look forward to a trip to Malmo in Uefa Champions League to get back to winning ways.
Barcelona’s 2-1 win against Las Palmas came at the expense of a Lionel Messi injury. The Argentine will be out for up to eight weeks after having a ligament tear and may struggle to be fit for the first El-Classico clash of the season in November. It will be interesting to see how Barcelona will cope without Lionel Messi in the race to retain the Spanish Primera Liga title. Luis Suarez scored a brace for Barcelona before Neymar skied a penalty kick. Jonathan Viera’s 88th minute strike for the visitors wasn’t enough to get them any point at Camp Nou.
Diego Simeone’s Athletico Madrid couldn’t get back into the game at Estadio El Madrigal after falling behind to a 14th minute Leo Baptistao strike. The match which ended 1-0 in favour of Villareal leaves the yellow submarines at the top of the table with Athletico Madrid sitting 5th.
Real Betis got the only away win of the match-day when they came back from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 2-1. Joaquin and Ruben Castro both scored in the second half to cancel out Carlos Castro’s 17th minute opener. Getafe was in control against Levante with a 3-0 home win. Alvaro Vazquez scored a brace either side of Emiliano Buendia’s strike to help Getafe climb up to 13th on the league table.
Celta Vigo’s visit to Eibar ended in a 1-1 draw while Athletico Bilbao held David Moyes’ Real Sociedad 0-0 at the Estadio Anoeta. Mustafi’s 26th minute strike was enough for Valencia to win against Granada at Estadio Mestalla. Deportivo La Coruna got a 3-0 win over Espanyol to move to the 6th position on the league table.
Cristiano Ronaldo has gone three matches without a goal as he seeks to outscore Raul Gonzalez in Real Madrid’s goal scoring record. Lionel Messi also failed to get on the score sheet before his injury at the weekend leaving many with an important question of a possible decline in goal scoring form compared previous years.
Much didn’t change in the race for Pichichi with Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and Nolito (Celta Vigo) still on top with five goals each closely followed by Imano Agirretxe (Real Sociedad), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo) and Lucas (Deportivo La Coruna) on four goals each. Celta Vigo’s duo of Hugo Mallo and Nolito are joint top assist leaders with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Villareal’s Roberto Soldado with three assists each.