Bale Hits Two As Real Maintain Lead, Liverpool Romp To Top Spot
A first half brace for Gareth Bale was complimented by a 79th minute third from Morata, as Real Madrid kept their lead in La Liga, prevailing over 4th bottom Leganes. Barcelona won at Sevilla, 2-1 maintaining second place. Atletico Madrid lost for the second time in three games, this time to 6th placed Real Sociedad. Villarreal took full advantage, beating Real Betis, and leap-frogging into 3rd place.
There were home wins for Las Palmas (against Eibar), Malaga (Sporting Gijon) and Celta Vigo (Valencia), while Alaves took three points away from second bottom Osasuna. Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao played out a draw, as did Deportivo la Coruna and bottom-placed Granada, still searching for their first win of the season.
In England, Sunderland are no longer winless, reinvigorating interest in football in one part of the Yalla office. They remain bottom after the 2-1 win away to Bournemouth. At the other end of the table Liverpool thumped Watford 6-1 to go top, and Chelsea romped past Everton by a similar margin, 5-0 winners at home. Manchester City were held to a draw with Middlesbrough, while West Ham and Stoke also shared a 1-1 score line. Leicester lost their unbeaten home record to West Brom, Manchester United also won on the road, beating Swansea 3-1, and Burnley beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home.
Hull had a precious win at home against mid-table Southampton, and in the north London derby, Arsenal and Tottenham ended up sharing the points – much to the disappointment of Yalla’s Gooner.