La Liga Round-up: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla all lose whilst Atletico Madrid close gap to the top


MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Logo of Spanish football league "La Liga" is seen in Madrid, Spain on 05, 2019. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Granada 1-0 Sevilla

The day of giant-killings in La Liga began with Sevilla recording their first loss of the season away at Granada. Despite having the best of the early chances, Sevilla were the orchestrators of their own downfall. Joan Jordan picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes. His second bizarrely taking place off the ball, seemingly kicking into Angel Montoro.

Eventually the numerical advantage told and after a string of chances, mostly set up by Dimitri Foulquier, substitute Yangel Herrera met the Frenchman’s 82nd minute cross to give the home side all 3 points and leave Sevilla in 10th. Granada making another strong start to the season. 3 wins from 5 games, they occupy 4th spot.

Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

A torrid end to the transfer window saw Diego Simeone’s side lose talismanic midfield general Thomas Partey. But Los Rojiblancos did acquire the services of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira from Arsenal. The midfielder started and had a stellar debut against a poor Celta outfit.

Torreira’s compatriot Luis Suarez gave the visitors the lead inside 6 minutes. Slotting past Ivan Villar having been setup by the young deputising left-back Manuel Sanchez. Celta did have opportunities to get back into the game. Full-back Sergio Carreira struck the post and then Santi Mina was put through one-on-one for Oblak to spread himself and preserve Atleti’s lead.

Both sides had chances which they couldn’t convert until the last minute when Joao Felix’s curling effort struck the bar for Yannick Carrasco to head home the rebound and secure all three points. Atletico would go top if they won both their games in hand but Celta, having played 6 sit 2 points off the bottom 3.

Real Madrid 0-1 Cadiz

Real Madrid lost their first game of the new season to spritely league newcomers Cadiz. And the visitors deserved their victory. An early warning came from Alvaro Negredo’s shot needing to be cleared off the line by Sergio Ramos. But 16 minutes in, Cadiz scored their goal. Negredo again involved, laying the ball on for Antony Lozano to dink over Thibaut Courtois.

Real’s game would go from bad to worse when Ramos went off injured. Significant strapping to the Spaniard’s leg was shown, could be a lengthy lay off for him. Benzema’s lost-range shot struck the bar. But even after 4 half time substitutions and Jovic’s 78th minute cameo, Los Blancos were beaten and Cadiz joined them on 10 points.

Getafe 1-0 Barcelona

Further pressure mounted on the Barcelona hierarchy after their first defeat at Getafe in 9 years. Messi struck the post and Griezmann blazed over the bar to squander the key first half chances for the Blaugrana.

But Barcelona soon inflicted their own woes, Frenkie de Jong fouling defender Djene Dakonam in the box to give away a penalty to the Madrid-based club. Jaime Mata calmly slotting past the deputising Neto in goal. Getafe could have doubled their lead with Cucho Hernandez striking the bar and then later went through one-on-one to fire a right-footed shot far wide.

Getafe survived a late scare when Djene headed onto his own crossbar but held on to take all 3 points and catapult them up to second. Meanwhile, Ronaldo Koeman’s Barca sit ninth on just 7 points from 4 games.

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