Another weekend in La Liga, fresh misery for Julen Lopetegui and Real Madrid. You know the drill by now. This time what will surely prove to be the very final nail in his coffin was hammered in as Los Blancos sank to a heavy defeat in el clasico, a result that saw Barca ease to the top of La Liga and open up a 7 point advantage for Real Madrid. Elsewhere there was a victory for Atleti over Sociedad and another impressive late win for Alaves who stay 2nd. Here was the best of week 10:
La Liga Match Day 10 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 26th October 2018
Real Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol (xG 1.31-0.51)
Saturday 27th October 2018
Girona 2-1 Rayo Vallecano (xG 2.89-1.75)
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Valencia (xG 0.63-0.91)
Levante 2-0 Leganes (xG 1.44-1.43)
Celta Vigo 4-0 Eibar (xG 1.23-1.6)
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Sociedad (xG 1.42-0.21)
Sunday 28th October 2018
Getafe 2-0 Real Betis (xG 2.16-0.52)
Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid (xG 3.15-2.15)
Alaves 2-1 Villarreal (xG 1.87-1.09)
Sevilla 2-1 Huesca (xG 1.73-0.98)
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Barcelona hammer Real Madrid 5-1 in the Clasico
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018
If anyone was worried that a clasico without Messi or Ronaldo would produce few goals and less talking points, they needn’t have been. Goals from Philippe Coutinho and a slightly controversial Luis Suarez penalty gave Barca a 2-0 lead at the interval, a scoreline which perhaps flattered them slightly despite their overall superiority.
It was after the break though, that this clasico exploded into life. Thirty minutes of thrilling end to end football saw Marcelo grab one back for Los Blancos and both sides hit the woodwork whilst spurning other chances. For a spell, it seemed as though Real Madrid could be on the verge of staging a remarkable comeback as they pressed for an equalising goal that might have propelled them on to clinching a famous victory.
Such thoughts now seem an eternity ago. Luis Suarez headed in the game’s key 4th goal on 75 minutes to kill off hopes of a great Real comeback. Julen Lopetegui opted to give it one final roll of the dice by throwing on Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz. However not for the first time in his troubled reign, his luck was out as Barca exploited the space at the back to add 4th and 5th goals to turn what was shaping up to be a hard-fought victory into a rout.
Aspas & Suarez both celebrate newborns with hat-tricks
— Kingston United (@kingstonutd) October 27, 2018
Luis Suarez was the hat-trick hero in the clasico as he improved on an already excellent scoring rate in the fixture. His performance came just days after the birth of his third child Lautaro and the Uruguayan front-man celebrated by revealing a t-shirt with his three children on. However anything Suarez can do, Iago Aspas could do better. He spent most of Friday night on the maternity ward of a Galician hospital as his partner gave birth to their child. Less than 24 hours later, Aspas was on the pitch at Balaidos netting a hat-trick as Celta Vigo hammered Eibar 4-0.
Read more – La Liga Match Day 9 Review
Atleti bounce back from Dortmund Despair
— Solo Colchenero (@Colchenero) October 27, 2018
Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Sociedad at the Wanda had a routine feel to it but it was an important result given what happened last week in Dortmund. Atleti’s 4-0 Champions League defeat was their heaviest of the Diego Simeone era and it was key they bounced back with a more solid display. They did that with minimal fuss and a much more polished defensive performance against a Sociedad side that barely threatened. However the goal drought continues for Atleti’s forwards with neither Diego Costa nor Antoine Griezmann on target.
Read more – A Trip to the Wanda
Alaves strike late again to go 2nd
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 28, 2018
Atleti now look the most likely title rivals for Barcelona this term but it is Alaves who are currently 2nd. The Basques have been making a habit of scoring late goals this season and they repeated the trick here. Borja Baston’s 94th minute strike ensured they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory over Villarreal to pile the pressure on Javier Calleja. The result ensured they moved above fellow surprise package Espanyol who conceded a late goal to only draw at Valladolid on Friday night.
Match Day 10 in Numbers
- Alaves have now scored a decisive goal in the 93rd minute or later in each of their last 3 home games (1-0 vs Real Madrid, 1-1 vs Getafe, 2-1 vs Villarreal).
- Barcelona scored 4 or more goals against Real Madrid in La Liga for the 5th time in 9 years.
- Luis Suarez has now scored 9 goals in clasicos, more than any other player has managed since he made his debut in the fixture.
- Match-Day 10 saw the away sides pick up just 2 points (both Espanyol and Valencia drew away, the other 8 away teams lost).
- Pablo Sarabia scored twice for Sevilla to move onto 12 goals in all competitions this term. That’s already his best ever career return excluding a season with Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda B, when he also hit 12.
A sacking, most probably. The midweek action sees the Copa del Rey take centre-stage with Real Madrid’s trip to the African enclave of Melilla the most intriguing while Barcelona are at Cultural Leonesa. Week 11 sees all of Spain’s ‘big three’ in action in Madrid on Saturday. Atleti have a derby away to Leganes while Real Madrid host Real Valladolid, which will see Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) return to the Bernabeu as an owner. The bumper day in the Spanish capital concludes with Barcelona in Vallecas to take on Rayo.
Keep tabs on our La Liga match previews for more analysis ahead of the next round of fixtures.