La Liga Match Day 13 Review – Eibar crush Real Madrid & Barca strike late to deny Atleti

La Liga Match Day 13 Review - Eibar crush Real Madrid & Barca strike late to deny Atleti
Atleti in the Copa del Rey at the Wanda

La Liga bunched together even further this weekend with few sides at the top end enjoying successful weekends as some of the underachieving teams made ground. Top six sides Alaves, Real Madrid, Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all failed to win as Sevilla took full advantage, admittedly with a few nervy moments of their own, to take top spot after their 1-0 win against Valladolid. Here are the goals, headlines and stats from week 13 in La Liga 2018/19:


La Liga Match Day 13 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 23rd November 2018

Leganes 1-0 Alaves (xG 0.99-0.43)

Saturday 24th November 2018

Eibar 3-0 Real Madrid (xG 2.77-0.48)

Valencia 3-0 Rayo Vallecano (xG 2.25-0.8)

Huesca 2-2 Levante (xG 2.7-0.94)

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona (xG 0.38-0.26)

Sunday 25th November 2018

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Getafe (xG 0.47-1.7)

Sevilla 1-0 Real Valladolid (xG 1.82-0.98)

Espanyol 1-3 Girona (xG 2.48-3)

Villarreal 2-1 Betis (xG 1.54-1.34)

Monday 26th November 2018

Real Sociedad 2-1 Celta Vigo (xG 2.8-0.74)

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Solari’s men torn apart by Eibar

Saturday was billed as a great opportunity for Real Madrid to make some more ground with at least one of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid guaranteed to drop points. However it ended in humiliation for Santiago Solari and his team in the Argentine’s first game as permanent boss. Los Blancos were second best from the first to last whistle and needed Thibaut Courtois to be at his best just to restrict Eibar to a 3-0 victory. It was a moment to savour for Eibar fans, as the tiny Basque club wrote a new chapter into their miraculous rise by beating Los Blancos for the first time.

Uneventful Atleti-Barca clash ignites late on

Cagey doesn’t quite do justice to the first 75 minutes of the clash between Atleti and Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. It was an outright snooze-fest as neither side seemed willing to even slightly throw caution to the wind and the game seemed destined to be heading for a goalless draw with the first 75 minutes not even producing a single shot on target.

However it suddenly came to life as Diego Costa ended his goal drought with a back-post header to get Atleti fans dreaming of a first league win over Barcelona in the Simeone era. However Ousmane Dembele had other ideas. The goal forced Ernesto Valverde’s hand as both Dembele and Malcom were thrown on and in the final minute of normal time the Frenchman produced another moment of real quality to grab an important point for the Catalan giants.

First Home Wins for Valencia, Villarreal & Sociedad

While Sevilla end the match-day in top spot, one of the standout features of this weekend was the return to form of some of the other likely European contenders. Remarkably none of Villarreal, Valencia or Real Sociedad had won at home in La Liga before pretty impressive victories over the past few days.

Valencia had by far their easiest work-out of the season, brushing aside Rayo 3-0 thanks to a brace from in-form Santi Mina on Saturday. Villarreal burst Betis’ bubble the following day with teenager Samuel Chukwueze scoring another fine goal to double his side’s advantage. Meanwhile the Monday night game saw Sociedad claim their first win at the new-look Anoeta. It was a fully deserved victory too although they did have to ride a late storm from Celta Vigo who struggled to impress in their first game under new boss Miguel Cardoso.


Match Day 13 in Numbers

  • Diego Costa scored for the first time in La Liga in 9 months since netting in a 5-2 win at Sevilla in February.
  • There were only 3 shots on target in the game between Atletico and Barcelona, although 2 did produce goals.
  • Ousmane Dembele has now scored 4 away goals in La Liga this term, all winners or equalisers helping his team gain 10 points from those matches.
  • Eibar beat one of the ‘big three’ for the first time in the Spanish Primera Division. They’d not won any of their 25 games against Atleti, Barca or Real Madrid prior to Saturday.
  • Valencia have now won 4 of their last 5 in all competitions having won just 1 of their opening 13 this season.

Up Next…

It’s a European week with a host of Spanish sides aiming to secure qualification to the knockout stages in both the Europa League and Champions League. There’s also a Copa del Rey clash on Wednesday between Athletic Bilbao and Huesca with both sides targeting their first wins since the opening day of the season. La Liga is back on Friday as Rayo host Eibar and there’s some tasty games over the weekend with Real Madrid hosting Valencia, Barcelona facing Villarreal and high-flying Alaves taking on leaders Sevilla in the Basque Country.

Keep tabs on our La Liga match previews for more analysis ahead of the next round of fixtures.

 


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