LaLiga Matchday 33 Review: Barça Blows Cold as Messi Scores 700th Career Goal.

Messi 700th career goal
MALLORCA 5 – 1 CELTA VIGO Matchday 33 began with an early kick off at the Son Moix where we saw a goal fest. Mallorca who are battling relegation were superior all through the game. Ante Budimir scored his 4th brace of the season in the 13th and 52nd minute, Hernandez(27′), Pozo(40′) and Salva(60′) were the other goal scorers. Iago Aspas pulled one back for Celta in the 50th minute from the penalty spot. This is the first time Mallorca had scored 5 goals in a LaLiga match since March 2008. They remain 18th on the log.
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J Hernandez with a eye catchy celebration after his goal
BARÇELONA 2 – 2 ATLÉTICO MADRID This biggest clash of Matchday 33 came with many expectations: Messi was in search for his 700th career goal, Barça needed a win to keep immense pressure on Madrid while Simeone was looking for his first LaLiga Win against Barça. Barça dictated the pace of the game in their usual possessive tiki taka fashion and were rewarded after a Messi corner was turned in by Diego Costa into his own net. Five minutes later, Yannick Carrasco draws a foul in the penalty area, Costa stepped forward but lost the kick. A VAR decision requested a retake because Ter Stegen over stepped his line. Saúl converted the PK and it was game on.
Saúl pointing to the heavens after his goal
Messi came close with a powerful curling shot in the 22nd minute but the upright bar saved Oblak’s blushes. Four minutes into the second half, Felipe gave away the second penalty of the game for a foul on Semendo and Messi cheekily slotted home a paneka for his 700th career goal. Carasco once more pulled the third penalty of the game after Semendo brushed his leg while making a dashing run into the box. Saúl made no mistakes in slotting in a powerful low shot to the bottom right corner. Due Credits must be given to Riqui Puig who brilliantly orchestrated the midfield for Barça excellently without any hassle or freight. Thomas Lemar fluffed a 90th minute clear chance to secure Simeone’s first win in 16 LaLigaSantender attempt against Barca. Barca remains second on the log and the woes and days of Setién are numbered
Messi 700th career goal
Riqui Puig shielding the ball against Thomas Partey
Messi 700th career goal
Messi with a ‘Thanos I’m inevitable’ celebration after his 700th career goal
LEGANES 0 – 3 SEVILLA Super Eagles Chidozie Awaziem was on the losing side as his team was overpowered at home by Sevilla which was their first win since Laliga resumed. Oliver Torres struck twice with his right foot in the 23rd and 35th minute in the first half. Late in the game, Munir EL Hadadadi right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner wrapped up the win for Sevilla. They remain 4th on the log with 57 points and have got the ‘easier’ fixtures as they battle Villarreal for the UCL spot . That lost nearly put a nail to Leganes relegation battle. They’d need more than a miracle to survive the league.
Munir El Haddadi full of smiles after his goal
REAL BETIS 0 – 2 VILLARREAL CF Going into this tie, Villareal had not lost a game since the restart of LaLiga with just a draw and 4 wins on the bounce. Marc Batra gave away a needless penalty early in the 7th minute for the foul on Carlos Bacca in the 6th minute, Gerard Moreno converted for his 14th goal of the campaign. Carlos Bacca turned the assister again with a sweet pass to Moreno who turned the defender to score with his weaker right foot for his 15th LaLiga goal. Villarreal are not 3 points away from the UCL spot.
Moreno’s 2nd goal of the game
VALENCIA 0 – 2 ATHLETIC CLUB Valencia continued their abysmal form since footballing actions returned, Prior to this they had won just 1 out of 5. In the empty Mestalla stadium, Gonçalo Guedes right footed shot from the center of the box was saved. Not long after that effort, Raul Garcia scored both goals with right and left foot in the 13th and 47th minutes to take away all 3 points .Inaki Williams and Cordoba were the providers. This is Raul Garcia’s best goal scoring record in a LaLiga campaign.
Raul Garcia celebrating with teammates
REALMADRID 1 – 0 GETAFE RealMadrid cemented their place at the top of the echelon with a 4points lead over Barça. Madrid played with grit, width, aggressiveness and dominated possession greatly. Vinicius and Isco forced Soria to make point blank saves in the first half. Getafe were resilient in defense, excellent in high pressing, they held the home team back for almost 2/3rd of the game, they never put any foot wrong until Mathias Olivera fouled Carvajal in the box with 13 minutes to the end of the game. Captain fantastic Sergio Ramos made no mistakes in converting his 11 straight penalty in LaLigaSantander. Madrid faces an uphill task next at the San Memes on Sunday noon against Bilbao.
Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal
Ramos with a ‘Siuuuuu’ celebration after his winner
REAL SOCIEDAD finally got a laboured victory since the restart of the league with a 2-1 scoreline over Espanyol. Willian and Isak were on the scoresheet in the 56th an 84th minutes. MATCHDAY 33 STATS • There were 7 penalties scored • Only three teams won at home • There were 3 away victories • Courtois now has 16 clean sheets
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