Saturday, 4 March 2017

Saturday La Liga Roundup: Barcelona Hammer Celta; Real Win Without Top Stars

 Here's Saturday's Spanish League round-up...
Barcelona 5 - 0 Celta Vigo

Lionel Messi scored two superb individual goals as Barcelona hammered Celta Vigo 5-0 to return to the top of La Liga.

Going coach Luis Enrique watched his Barca run Celta ragged with great interplay in attack and high pressing.

Messi made it 1-0 when he ran 45 yards and slotted in, before Neymar scored with a superb dinked finish.

Barca increased their lead with strikes from Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti before another solo effort from Messi.

Eibar 1 - 4 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema silenced his critics with a brace as a Real Madrid side lacking several of their leading stars cruised to a 4-1 victory away to Eibar.

Madrid lined up without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marcelo in their starting XI for various reasons, but were still too good for Eibar -- thanks largely to Benzema.

The striker scored from a rebound after Yoel had saved his initial effort and then turned home James Rodriguez's free-kick to double Real's lead.

Benzema set up the third with a cross which Rodriguez slid home over Yoel.

Marco Asensio scored a fourth after Rodriguez's effort hit the post before a late Ruben Pena consolation.

Real briefly went top of the table, but Barcelona's 5-0 win over Celta Vigo restored their one-point lead.

Villarreal 2 - 0 Espanyol

Goals from Roberto Soriano and Cedric Bakambu in each half gave Villarreal a 2-0 win over Espanyol.

Villareal strengthened their hold on sixth place, opening a six-point lead over Eibar, while moving just a point back of fifth-placed Atletico Madrid ahead of their game against Valencia on Sunday.

Leganes 1 - 0 Granada

On-loan Darwin Machis scored a late winning goal against parent club Granada as Leganes moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory.

Granada, without an away win this season, offered almost nothing in the way of threat and mustered only one shot on target in the entire match.

But they were within seven minutes of claiming a point before Machis finished off a quick counter-attack to wrap up the points as Granada lost away for the seventh game in a row.

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