Following the international break, La Liga returned on Friday night with Mallorca beaten again on the road. The weekend fixtures produced plenty of surprising results though, particularly on Sunday where a host of teams claimed unlikely away wins. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 14:
La Liga Matchday 14 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 22nd November 2019
Levante 2-1 Mallorca (xG 1.84-1.41)
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Leganes 1-2 Barcelona (xG 0.48-1.68)
Real Betis 2-1 Valencia (xG 1.63-0.91)
Granada 1-1 Atletico Madrid (xG 0.67-2.06)
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad (xG 1.7-1.41)
Sunday 24th November 2019
Espanyol 1-1 Getafe (xG 1.12-0.77)
Osasuna 1-2 Athletic Club (xG 1.27-1.22)
Eibar 0-2 Alaves (xG 1.62-1.48)
Villarreal 1-3 Celta Vigo (xG 1.2-1.76)
Real Valladolid 0-1 Sevilla (xG 0.36-1.12)
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Fortress El Sadar is breached
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) November 24, 2019
After over 18 months and 30 home league matches unbeaten (31 if you’re inclined to include an awarded victory last season after Reus went bust), Osasuna were finally defeated at El Sadar on Sunday. Goals from Inaki Williams and a rare strike from Kenan Kodro ensured the Pamplona side’s club record unbeaten run ended at the hands of the same opposition that brought the original record to an end, way back in 1959.
The victory was actually Athletic’s 4th straight success at El Sadar but their first road win in La Liga this term and one that propels Gaizka Garitano’s side up to 5th place, a huge improvement on the state they were in when he was appointed this time last year.
Bale Booed as Real Madrid fight back to defeat Sociedad
In full flight: Real Madrid responded with Luka Modric in fine form against an impressive Real Sociedad. Here’s today’s front cover of AS: pic.twitter.com/2flm7N6BkV
— AS English (@English_AS) November 24, 2019
The headline act this weekend was Real Madrid’s clash with Real Sociedad and it didn’t disappoint although neither did it produce the surprise outcome that some fancied. Sergio Ramos gifted an opening goal to Willian Jose to raise prospects of an upset but Martin Ødegaard would ultimately end up on the losing side against his parent club in his first Bernabeu outing in four years.
A Luka Modric masterclass was largely responsible. The Croatian put in a timely reminder of his talents with 2 assists and a goal as Real fought back to win 3-1. There was also a frosty welcome for 2nd Half sub Gareth Bale whose every touch was jeered by the Bernabeu faithful following those ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid.’ celebrations in Cardiff.
Celta’s season finally has Lift-off
?? VILLARREAL CF ? CELTA VIGO
⌚️FIN DU MATCH
? La Liga
— Cornerfoot⛳ (@CornerfootF) November 24, 2019
There was also a vital win for Celta Vigo in their battle to pull themselves out of danger. Their 3-2 comeback victory over Villarreal last season in a game best remembered for the tears of Iago Aspas, proved a springboard for their survival push and new boss Oscar Garcia will be hoping this can do likewise. Again it was Aspas who was integral to the story. The Galician native bagged a brace to condemn Villarreal to their first home loss of the season and their 3rd defeat in 4 overall.
Matchday 14 in Numbers
- Espanyol picked up their 1st home point of the season with a 1-1 draw against Getafe.
- Sunday saw 3 teams win away who previously hadn’t managed a road win this season (Athletic, Celta, Alaves).
- Meanwhile 3 team who were previously unbeaten at home lost (Osasuna, Real Valladolid, Villarreal).
- Sergio Canales struck a 93rd minute free-kick to defeat Valencia with Betis’ last 2 victories both coming courtesy of winners in the 90th minute or later.
- After Saturday’s draw in Granada, Atleti have now drawn 50% of their league matches this season, the joint highest percentage along with Osasuna.
There’s European action this week with some heavyweight clashes including Real Madrid’s home game with PSG while Atletico Madrid head to Turin to take on Juventus. La Liga is back on Friday with Celta Vigo looking to build on their weekend win at home to Real Valladolid. Real Madrid head to Alaves, scene of a damaging defeat last season, on Saturday. The weekend concludes with Barcelona’s trip to the Wanda Metropolitano.