La Liga's Title Is Officially Up For Grabs
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La Liga's title race has become extremely tight after last week’s midweek games, which saw Real Madrid dramatically drop points at home to Las Palmas while Barcelona and Sevilla both enjoyed wins to collect three valuable points.
Although they still have a match in hand, Real Madrid now trail the Catalans in the table.
If being in the second spot is not bad enough for Madrid, they are now being heavily pressured by Sevilla – who sat in third with just a point less coming into the weekend. Any more slip ups by the men in white, and they will find themselves drop to third which seemed unimaginable just a couple months ago.
And what’s interesting is Wednesday night could have been worse for the Madrid outfit. They were actually trailing by two goals until the 86th minute to the visitors, and looked to be out of ideas. Gareth Bale’s red card left them with a man down and the disadvantage on the pitch saw Las Palmas taking 17 shots, with eight of them on target.
Fortunately for the home supporters, Dani Castellano’s controversial hand ball inside the box gave them a lifeline and Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to hit the back of the net. The Portuguese superstar, who was struggling all night long, turned into a savior once again as he converted a free header just before stoppage time to salvage a point, which could prove to be very valuable.
Madrid bounced back after leaving their glamourous home to travel to the modest of places: Ipurua, Eibar's 7,083 capacity stadium. They were without Ronaldo, but managed to stay on track with a 4-1 win.
Meanwhile, although Barcelona did not have the easiest matchup either, they too showed their dominanceagainst Celta Vigo. The Catalans did not save their best for PSG an instead fielded their strongest side in a 5-0 win.
Even with Atletico falling far off the track this season, La Liga's title race hasn’t failed to entertain us. It may have looked like it was all done and dusted a couple months ago, with Madrid dominating like Chelsea have been doing in England, but it has suddenly come alive in recent weeks. With just 13 more match days to go, it is still anybody’s title to win for the top three teams.