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La Liga 2021-22: Matchday 27 recap

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Ace Football presents a detailed view of the fixtures played in the 27th gameweek of the La Liga campaign.

Another matchday of La Liga action ended on Monday as teams locked horns with their opponents during the weekend. Ten matches took place across Spain, with major changes on the league’s table.

As we prepare for another week of La Liga football, let’s review our main takeaways from Matchday 27.

Espanyol 2-0 Getafe

Getafe pushed hard to avoid another defeat as they remained winless for the fourth consecutive game. The 15th-placed side managed to create more goalscoring opportunities throughout the game.

However, Espanyol were way more clinical upfront than their opponents. As they try to avoid slipping back into the relegation zone, Getafe will see Valencia as their next opponent in La Liga.

Osasuna 1-0 Villarreal

One of the most surprising results of the week saw Osasuna ending Villarreal’s seven-game unbeaten run. The hosts scored a match-winner through Ezequiel Avila in the 63rd minute before displaying an incredible defensive performance in the final ten minutes.

Next week, the Yellow Submarines will meet Celta Vigo in the league. It will be interesting to see whether Unai Emery’s side can bounce back from the surprising defeat.

Alaves 0-0 Sevilla

Sevilla have struggled hard to find consistency with their performances lately. After qualifying to Europa League’s last-16 round and an impressive win over Real Betis, Los Nervionenses could not find a winner against Alaves.

They will now prepare to face West Ham in the Europa League on Thursday. You can read a detailed guide to this week’s Europa League matches here.

Valencia 3-1 Granada

Valencia seem to be on their way back to regaining their best form after beating Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie.

They smashed Granada 3-1 in a game that they could have scored even more goals. Their ongoing defensive struggles prevented them from keeping a clean sheet. However, a strong attacking display should alarm Getafe, who will meet Los Che on Saturday.

Real Madrid 4-1 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid secured a brilliant home victory as they seem to be back in form after their underwhelming Champions League display against PSG.

Six-placed Sociedad could not resist the Blancos’ deadly firepower as Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Marco Asensio got their name on the scoreboard.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will face PSG in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. The Blancos will then meet Mallorca in their next league game on Monday. 

Cadiz 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

Having lost all of their last six La Liga games, Rayo Vallecano are having a free fall on the league’s table. This week, they face Cadiz, who were also without a win in their last five games. 

However, Rayo’s backline were not able to prevent the 18th-placed side from clinching a vital victory. The Madrid side will now prepare to face Sevilla on Sunday. It will be interesting to see when they will manage to stop their disastrous run of recent weeks.

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Elche 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona came back from behind to celebrate another crucial victory in their bid to secure a place in the top four. 

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After conceding an early goal, Xavi’s side completed a second-half comeback to go third in La Liga. The Catalans will travel to Turkey to meet Galatasaray on Thursday. They will then return to La Liga action with a game against Osasuna at the weekend.

Celta Vigo 4-3 Mallorca

The most entertaining game of the matchday saw Celta Vigo beating Mallorca in a close fight. A late penalty from Iago Aspas collected another crucial win for Celta in their bid to remain in the top half of the table.

Despite their recent struggles, Celta’s attacking line showed promising signs of improvement against Mallorca. Let’s see if they can build on that in their next game against Villarreal on Saturday.

Real Betis 1-3 Atletico Madrid

Betis came into the match knowing that anything except a win would see Barca leapfrog them from third place. Maybe this was the reason why Atletico managed to gain ground at the Benito Villamarin stadium so quickly.

Following an early opener from Joao Felix, Betis came back into the game with an equalizer just before the interval. However, two goals from Felix and Thomas Lemar in the second half exposed Betis’ struggles to defend against quick transitional play.

Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Levante

Bilbao dominated Levante as they bounced back from two disappointing defeats against Barcelona and Valencia. 

After a goalless first half, the Basque side went three goals up in the second period. However, a last-minute penalty from Jorge de Frutos prevented them from keeping a clean sheet. 

Next up for Bilbao is a much against Real Betis on Sunday. It will be a vital game for them to keep their hopes alive for securing a Europa League spot.