At the Ipurua, Barcelona laboured through a compact and rebellious Eibar side with a 2-0 victory, a result which flatters the performance of the Catalan side. The run-away leaders of La Liga showed their champions’ mentality of getting wins out of games even with a not-so-inspiring display. Lionel Messi was the creator of the first punch, he slutted a defense-splitting pass onto the path of Luis Suarez on the 16th minute and the Uruguayan duly rounded up the unrushing Dmitrovic and finished into an emptied net. Fabian Orellana who, alongside Inui, was the irritating thorn in flesh of the Barça defence was given his marching orders with 25 minutes still to play for overly voicing his dissatisfaction on the yellow card issued to team-mate Diop. With less to worry about, Jordi Alba flew way up the pitch to rebound in the second goal of the night off a Messi blocked shot. This victory extends Barcelona’s unbeaten run to 33 games par with Guardiola’s record in 2010/2011 as the longest La liga unbeatable streak in Barcelona’s history.
From defeat of one Basque club to another, at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid trumped Athletic Bilbao 2-0. Kevin Gameiro grabbed the first with a well struck pile-driver and Diego Costa helped himself to his 4th goal since rejoining from Chelsea in the winter transfer window, as usual he got his trademark yellow card and in an attempt to defend his otherwise undefendable character he said: “Some people are crazy about me, you can’t change that, they want to give me a card.”
To another Madrid team win. At the far-away Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, Real Madrid repeated their mid-week heroics and out-scored Real Betis 5-3 in a game where the bubbling home fans screamed a revibrating “siii” at everything that went wrong for Cristiano Ronaldo. Like when his shot was parried by Adan onto the head of Marco Asensio who plugged in the rebound. Mandi rose highest to power in a Joaquin’s cross and dragged Betis level before the Andalusian side made Nacho buckled under intense pressure and bundled in an own goal. Sergio Ramos, who grew up in the city of Seville albeit on the red and white stripes side, pulled Madrid level with a trademark header before Ronaldo, Asensio and surprisingly, Benzema buried the game. Although substitute Sergio Leon did pull another goal back for Betis, it was enough as Real Madrid enjoyed a better second half.
A controversial offside ruling fell Las Palmas to their first defeat of the month as they lost to Sevilla 2-1 at the Gran Canaria. Wissam Ben Yedder and Paolo Sarabia scored on each half.
At the Rosaleda, Valencia edged past struggling Malaga 2-1.
Sociedad 3-0 Levante FT
A. Madrid 2-0 Ath. Bilbao
Espanyol 1-1 Villarreal
Real Betis 3-5 R Madrid
Las Palmas 1-2 Sevilla
Eibar 0-2 Barcelona
Alaves 1-0 Deportivo
Malaga 1-2 Valencia
Getafe – Celta Vigo