This remarkable season took another strange twist this weekend as Betis went to Camp Nou and claimed a fine win in a 7-goal thriller against Barcelona. The Madrid giants took advantage (just about) in two other high-scoring games while there was an important win for Valencia and 3 more points for both Sevilla and Alaves, who both continued their bright starts. Here was the best of the action from match-day 12 in La Liga:
La Liga Match Day 12 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 9th November 2018
Levante 1-3 Real Sociedad (xG 1.06-1.4)
Saturday 10th November 2018
Valladolid 0-0 Eibar (xG 0.41-1.29)
Getafe 0-1 Valencia (xG 1.66-2.11)
Atletico Madrid 3-2 Athletic Bilbao (xG 1.05-1.69)
Girona 0-0 Leganes (xG 0.52-1.36)
Sunday 11th November 2018
Alaves 2-1 Huesca (xG 1.38-0.98)
Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis (xG 4.08-2.37)
Sevilla 2-1 Espanyol (xG 3.93-1.31)
Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal (xG 2.36-0.96)
Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid (xG 0.92-2.57)
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Betis claim stunning win at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona 3 x 4 Betis Sevilla
Outplayed. Un dia trist.
— empinism? (@mykesma) November 12, 2018
It was a day to remember for Real Betis as the Andalusians claimed their first win at Camp Nou since 1998 with a thrilling 4-3 victory. Betis altered between taking calculated risks by throwing bodies forwards at times when Barcelona looked light at the back and their usual possession-based game and it worked perfectly as Quique Setien’s men caused problems throughout for the defending champions.
Goals from Junior Firpo, Joaquin, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Canales sealed the victory which ruined Leo Messi’s return to the Barcelona side. Betis remain in the bottom half but on this evidence they are capable of giving anyone in La Liga or the Europa League a very stern test.
Solari makes it 4 Wins from 4
Solari is no longer Real Madrid’s interim coach he is officially the new manager; the club sent Solari’s contract to the Spanish Football Federation. [marca] pic.twitter.com/byUUeJC22U
— SB (@Realmadridplace) November 12, 2018
Santiago Solari extended his 100% record as Real Madrid boss on Sunday evening as Los Blancos won 4-2 at Celta Vigo. The Galicians had only lost once at home in 2018 prior to the match so it was a very creditable result for Solari and it appears to have been enough to convince the Bernabeu hierarchy to give him the job. He may be described as a ‘permanent’ appointment to get around La Liga rules on the length on an interim boss but Solari will need to impress if he is to stay beyond the summer when several more high-profile candidates may become available.
Atleti strike late
— AS English (@English_AS) November 10, 2018
The game of the day on Saturday came at the Wanda, rarely a source of great drama but it certainly was this weekend. With Atleti missing several defenders, Athletic Bilbao took a surprise 2-1 lead only for the home team to fight back at the death. Two goals from set-pieces, finished off by Rodri and Diego Godin secured a 3-2 win for Atletico, the final goal scored by the big Uruguayan in Stoppage Time with the help of a VAR review. Los Rojiblancos head into the international break just a point behind leaders Barcelona as a result.
Match Day 12 in Numbers
- Barcelona conceded 4 at home for the first time in 15 years.
- The Catalans also lost their first home league game in 26 months since a 2-1 defeat to Alaves in 2016.
- Inaki Williams scored twice on the road for Athletic. All of his last 14 league goals have come away from San Mames.
- Valencia won for only the 2nd time this season in La Liga. Both victories have been 1-0 away wins (vs Sociedad & Getafe).
- Sociedad scored 3 goals in 10 Second Half minutes to win 3-1 at Levante. They have La Liga’s best away record (13 points) but they are yet to win at home.
It’s another international break, the final one of 2018 so there will be no league action for the next fortnight until Leganes host Alaves on Friday 23rd November. The Basques will return to the top with a win! The following day Real Madrid head to Eibar while there’s a crunch clash at the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid host Barcelona.
Keep tabs on our La Liga match previews for more analysis ahead of the next round of fixtures.