La Liga Round-up: Real Madrid edged Sevilla by Modric’s winner

La Liga Round-up: Real Madrid edged Sevilla with Luka Modric’s winner as Barcelona destroyed Getafe and Atletico Madrid shared points with Almeria in a 4-goal clash.


La Liga MD26’s Results

  • Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla
  •  Real Betis 3-1 Bilbao
  •  Las Palmas 1-1 Osasuna
  •  Almeria 2-2 Atletico Madrid
  •  Cadiz 2-2 Celta Vigo
  •  Barcelona 4-0 Getafe
  •  Alaves 1-1 Mallorca
  •  Real Sociedad 1-3 Villareal

La Liga Round-up – The Highlights

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Los Blancos’ veteran Modric became the hero for the Spanish top-flight leader when he scored a winner after coming off the bench against Sevilla on Sunday.

The Croatian maestro has seen his minutes on the pitch reduced this season as Carlo Ancelotti opted to use younger stars like Camavinga and Tchouameni.

La Liga Round-Up: Real Madrid edged Sevilla
La Liga Round-Up: Real Madrid edged Sevilla

However, the 38-year-old showed up when his side needed a goal the most. Modric collected a deflection with one touch before unleashing a powerful strike from outside the area that grazed the post before finding the net in the 81st minute. The former Ballon d’Or winner had gone on just six minutes before, with the leaders stymied in attack without injured top scorer Jude Bellingham.

Madrid’s victory kept it eight points above Barcelona and nine clear of Girona, which plays Rayo on Monday.

This was the third game that Bellingham, the league’s top scorer with 16 goals, has missed with a left ankle sprain.

Nico Williams sent off as Bilbao smashed by Betis

Nico Williams was sent off with two quick yellow cards to leave Athletic Bilbao with ten players just before halftime in its 3-1 loss at Real Betis.

The Spain winger got his first card for a foul and compounded that by earning a second booking for his sarcastic applause of the referee.

The loss meant Athletic failed to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw at the bottom side of Almeria on Saturday. Athletic remained in fifth place at three points behind fourth-place Atletico. Betis moved into sixth, seven points behind Athletic.

Nico Williams got sent off
Nico Williams got sent off

Chimy Ávila scored his first goal for Betis since joining Osasuna in the winter transfer window to take the 13th-minute lead. Yuri Berchiche added an own goal before Williams was sent off in the 40th.

Gorka Guruzeta’s goal gave Athletic some hope in the 52nd. Still, Betis midfielder Johnny Cardoso added a third with a strike from the edge of the area in the 67th.

In the first half, an assistant referee had to leave the match after she ran into a television camera and cut her head.

Barcelona 4-0 Getafe

It’s now six games unbeaten in all competitions for Barcelona as they threaten to salvage something from their season. Xavi saw his men carve open Getafe, with Raphinha opening the scoring and then goals from Joao Felix, Frenkie de Jong, and Fermin Lopez following. Barcelona now sit five points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid, having played a game more.

Barca smashed Getafe
Barca smashed Getafe

Raphinha and Joao Felix were the toast of the Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys after playing starring roles in Barcelona’s commanding 4-0 win over Getafe. The result moves them into second place in La Liga, five points behind league leaders Real Madrid, though their rivals have a game in hand.

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