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La Liga race ON as Real Madrid close to single point on leaders!!

Posted on January 21, 2014 by admin

It was almost the perfect La Liga weekend for Carlo Ancelotti and his Real Madrid team. With Los Blancos playing on Saturday, the opportunity was there to put pressure on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as the two league leaders were not in action until Sunday.

Ancelotti’s men certainly did their bit against bottom club Real Betis. Ronaldo took just 12 minutes to open the scoring and it never looked like anything other than a comfortable win. Gareth Bale put concerns over his form firmly behind him with a good performance capped by a fantastic free-kick goal.

Luka Modric was possibly the man of the match and it was a brilliant burst into the box and some stunning footwork from the Croatian that made the third goal, finished well by Benzema, his 100th for the club. Di Maria smashed a long range fourth and young Alvaro Morata, who had been so unlucky in the last game, added a late fifth to crown a perfect day.

Whether it was the pressure or not, both Barcelona and Atletico struggled in their games. Barca went behind at Levante, leveled soon after but could not find a winner. Simeone’s team then had a chance to go clear at the top. They started well and took the lead, but could not get the crucial second and Sevilla equalised from the spot deep into the second half.

That leaves Barca top on 51 points and goal difference of 41, Atletico on 51 points and goal difference of 36 and Real on 50 points and +37 goals. Game on!

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