La Liga served up a few really eventful midweek games, with plenty of drama particularly in the match at the Mestalla as Valencia and Getafe renewed their hostilities in another controversial clash. Elsewhere it was a more routine midweek for the other big guns but there were still a few major talking points as the 2019/20 season starts to take shape. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 6:
La Liga Matchday 6 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Tuesday 24th September 2019
Real Valladolid 1-1 Granada (xG 1.27-0.65)
Real Betis 3-1 Levante (xG 2.74-1.94)
Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal (xG 0.64-0.55)
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Mallorca 0-2 Atletico Madrid (xG 0.67-1.22)
Leganes 1-1 Athletic Club (xG 0.50-1.29)
Valencia 3-3 Getafe (xG 1.68-2.66)
Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna (xG 1.99-0.11)
Thursday 26th September 2019
Eibar 3-2 Sevilla (xG 1.7-1.35)
Celta Vigo 1-1 Espanyol (xG 1.12-1.51)
Real Sociedad 3-0 Alaves (xG 3.81-0.2)
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Valencia & Getafe serve up a Classic
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 25, 2019
Getafe’s unlikely rivalry with Valencia was one of the stories of last season with the sides playing out the most bad-tempered of cup ties before battling it out for 4th place in La Liga until the very final day. There were only 6 goals across the 4 meetings in 2018/19 but their first encounter of this season served up the same number in a game that had just about everything.
The visitors struck the first blow after just a minute with Jaime Mata netting but Valencia would appear to be in total control of the game by the interval thanks to a brace from Maxi Gomez and a goal for Korean youngster Lee Kang-in. Getafe though struck back with Jason, on loan from Valencia, scoring against his parent club before Angel levelled it up at 3-3. Both sides had chances to win it in a crazy ending to a game which saw Valencia have what appeared a certain penalty waved away by VAR before Getafe had a goal ruled out in Stoppage Time.
The Big Three all Win
⚽️ Diego Costa 26'
⚽️ Joao Felix 64'
? Alvaro Morata 77'
Atletico Madrid's star trio all play a part in victory in Mallorca, but not all as desired… ? pic.twitter.com/GvHPPo1pCB
— Goal (@goal) September 25, 2019
All of the ‘big three’ were victorious although there were blows for both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid which soured their victories. Leo Messi went off injured for Barca in their 2-1 win over Villarreal which featured long-range screamers from Arthur and Santi Cazorla. Messi is now expected to miss out when Barcelona head to Getafe this weekend. Atletico Madrid were 2-0 winners at Mallorca but the sending off of substitute Alvaro Morata after less than 10 minutes on the pitch leaves Diego Simeone short on strike options for this weekend’s derby.
Overall, Real Madrid had the best week as they rested a host of players but still dispatched Osasuna with minimal fuss. They won thanks to goals from their two Brazilian teenagers with Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius both on target.
Sociedad & Ødegaard shine again
— LaLigaExpert (@LigaExpert) September 26, 2019
LLE was at Anoeta on Thursday night to witness Real Sociedad put in a very accomplished performance to see off Alaves 3-0 in a Basque derby in San Sebastian. It was a confident and controlled display from La Real who were a class above their opponents from the first whistle to the last. With Martin Ødegaard again in inspired form in midfield, they look a genuinely very strong side that is well capable of challenging for 4th place this season. With the likes of Sevilla and Valencia struggling for results, they might even be favourites to do just that with even the usual top three struggling to exert the kind of control Sociedad displayed in this game.
Matchday 6 in Numbers
- Atleti’s win against Mallorca was the 29th different opponent they’ve beaten under Diego Simeone in La Liga.
- Atleti have only failed to beat 2 sides that they’ve played under El Cholo in the league – Barcelona (15) and Racing Santander (1).
- Following 80 straight league games since their promotion to the top flight featuring less than 6 goals, Getafe have been involved in back-to-back 6 goal thrillers (4-2 vs Mallorca, 3-3 vs Valencia).
- Rodrygo Goes scored his first league goal for Real Madrid just 93 seconds after his introduction, the fastest by a Real debutant since fellow Brazilian Ronaldo in 2002 (62).
- Loren Moron scored 2 goals for Betis to move onto 5 goals for the season in La Liga, just 1 fewer than he managed in all of last season.
The Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano is the headline act this weekend as Atleti and Real jostle for both local pride and top spot in La Liga. Elsewhere Barcelona aim to end their away day struggles in a tricky game at Getafe. Meanwhile Athletic host Valencia and we’ll have live tweets from San Mames for that one.
We will have match previews for all the weekend games here.