All the action was in Spain this weekend, where Real Madrid suffered another shock defeat, Barcelona opened a gap on their rivals while Sevilla and Atléti drew in the game of the round.

La Liga

The match of the round saw Sevilla and Atlético Madrid share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Wissam Ben Yedder put the home side ahead before a moment of brilliance from Antoine Griezmann levelled the scores, the Frenchman wonderfully converting a free-kick. Atléti and Sevilla remain in 2nd and 3rd respectively, their title aspirations far from over.

Barcelona have put themselves five points clear atop the standings thanks to a 2-1 win over Getafe. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez opened up a two-goal lead for Blaugrana, but Getafe weren’t going down without a fight, as Jaime Mata pulled one back for the home side. Barça held on for a crucial win as they look to conquer La Liga for the fourth time in five seasons.

Real Madrid’s season has taken another hit as they went down 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad. Willian José stunned the Bernabéu, scoring inside four minutes. Things went further south for Los Blancos when Lucas Vázquez was shown his marching orders on 61 minutes. Sociedad took full advantage of the 10 men, scoring a second through Rubén Pardo.

Alavés continued their incredible season thus far, defeating Valencia 2-1. Daniel Parejo put Valencia ahead on 14 minutes, but Borja Bastón responded for Alavés almost instantly. The home side gained the lead through Tomás Pina and there was no looking back from there. Alavés sit in 4th, one point above Real Madrid and are beginning to dream of a date with the Champions League.

Levante and Girona played out a thrilling 2-2 draw to open the round, Espanyol defeated Leganés 1-0 to create a gap between them and relegation, Athletic Bilbao recorded their most crucial win of the season, getting past Celta de Vigo 2-1, while Huesca finally tasted a home victory, defeating Real Betis 2-1.

 

Bundesliga

The Bundesliga returns on the 19th of January.

 

Premier League

The Premier League returns on the 12th of January. 

 

Serie A 

The Serie A returns on the 20th of January.

 

Ligue 1

Ligue 1 returns overnight with catch-up fixtures. Amiens take on Angers while Nantes will face Montpellier.

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Damon Palmar
damon@footballnationradio.com