La Liga as it happened
The Spanish League is coming to a close and, oh, what a season! We’re breaking down all the high and low points that transpired in the last months and why everyone is still stoked to see the very end of the top flight.
– Leganes and Alavés open the league season at 1-0 and Valencia trounces Las Palmas under new manager Marcelino Toral.
– Barcelona loses Luis Suárez for four weeks due to knee injury and reels from Neymar da Silva’s world record €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
– Barcelona first tops the table after 5-0 win in third match of the season against Espanyol.
– Lionel Messi sets another personal best as the all-time Catalonian derby top scorer in La Liga.
– Reigning Spanish and European Champions in the La Liga Real Madrid gets a slow start in the race with draws at home to Valencia and Levante and a poor performance against Real Betis.
– Substitute Paulinho pulls off first goal for Barcelona with six minutes remaining in close call against Getafe.
– Luis Suárez’s 82nd-minute header denies Atlético Madrid of first La Liga win against Barca in seven years but the Los Indios breaks rivals’ perfect start to the campaign with a draw.
– Marco Asensio and Marcelo Vieira fire Real’s fourth consecutive win after tapping in goals at Eibar’s net.
– Atlético Madrid has to settle with goalless draw with Leganes while Real Sociedad and Real Betis match ends at a heated deadlock of 4-4.
– Cristiano Ronaldo strikes winner for team in five-goal thriller versus Málaga.
– Reports of Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte’s transfer to Real Madrid start to hover.
– League leader Barcelona dominates Leganés after Iván Cuéllar fails to hold on to Paco Alcacer’s delivery.
– Lionel Messi gets to 350 La Liga goals to continue Barcelona’s almost perfect league season in landslide win contra Alavés.
– Cristiano Ronaldo scores his third and fourth La Liga goal for ongoing campaign and becomes the first footballer to score at least 50 goals in seven successive seasons.
– Barca’s unbeaten run looks to be under threat in the Christmas Clasico clash against Real Madrid but the former manages to hit a major blow to The Whites in 3-0 sweep.
– The “Atomic Flea” Messi scores more goals against the Madrid Football Club than any other player in La Liga history.
– Luis Suárez reaches 100 goals in La Liga after dismissing Real Betis at 5-0. He’s the second Uruguayan to attain a century of goals after Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlan.
– Argentine ace Messi assists a goal in five La Liga matches in a row for the first time. He’s the first La Liga player to come to at least 25 goals in all tournaments in each of past ten seasons.
– Messi makes another career landmark with 400th La Liga appearance and bags 365th league goal in 3-0 win over Levante to equal Gerd Muller’s stat.
– Messi nets against 36 different first division teams in La Liga and moves past the league record he shared with striker Raúl González.
– The top scorer in La Liga is equally the top creator of goals with new league record of 148 assists. The game against Girona is also the 130th time Messi scores at home in the Spanish league.
– Real Madrid “Los Blancos” makes history as the first team in La Liga to clock in 6000 goals in the title race.
– Luis Suárez strikes hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scores first league goal in Girona match to extend Barcelona’s lead.
– Barcelona breaks club milestone with longest unbeaten run (currently at 41 games). Their last record had stood at 31 games under Pep Guardiola in 2010-2011.
– Levante repeats win in Spain and is the first team outside the relegation zone.
– Pablo Hernandez helps Celta Vigo beat relegation-wary Las Palmas and his team moves to ninth place.
– Ronaldo accomplishes 300th La Liga goals 48 games fewer than Barca’s Leo.
– Gareth Bale overtakes David Beckham as the division’s most capped British player.
– Lionel Messi makes 600th career goal for team and country at Camp Nou as Barcelona defeats Atletico Madrid at 1-0. The Argentine’s 25-yard free kick in the first half was enough for the team to move at the top of the standings. The Messidona all scored his 1st, 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th career goals with Barca.
– Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema makes it to 200 La Liga wins when the club overcame Leganés.
– Málaga is officially relegated and ends 10-year stint in the Spanish top flight.
– Canarian team Las Palmas also gets relegated to second tier after home loss to Alavés.
– Deportivo La Coruña takes the drop and gets relegated for the third time in seven years after 4-2 defeat to Barcelona.
– Barcelona claims La Liga championship after thrilling win over Deportivo La Coruña. It’s the club’s 25th triumph in history and their third in the last four years. Barca just needed a draw to earn the title but an impeccable hat-trick from Messi secured a 4-2 score. They still have remaining matches to finish the campaign without a loss, something that is yet to be seen in La Liga.
– Jose Luis Morales becomes all-time Levante top-scorer in La Liga beating David Barral.
– Barcelona gets a draw in Clasico clash with Real Madrid and stays undefeated despite red card. Lionel Messi strengthens hold to the Pichichi award and Golden Shoe award.
And while the winners have been crowned, there’s still much to play for in the remaining games, especially for the champions who would want to close the season on an unconquered high.
Barcelona v Villarreal
Sevilla v Real Madrid
Real Sociedad v Leganés
Eibar v Las Palmas
Girona v Valencia
Real Betis v Sevilla
Espanyol v Málaga
Alavés v Athletic Bilbao
Getafe CF v Atlético Madrid
Deportivo v Villarreal
Real Madrid v Celta Vigo
Levante v Barcelona
Celta Vigo v Levante
Las Palmas v Girona
Sevilla v Alavés
Atlético Madrid v Eibar
Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol
Leganes v Real Betis
Málaga v Getafe CF
Villarreal v Real Madrid
Valencia v Deportivo
Barcelona v Real Sociedad
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