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Barcelona Lose Seven Goal Thriller, Drop To Fourth In La Liga


Celta Vigo fans will have woken up on Monday morning, still wondering if it was all a dream. They saw their side go into the half time break with a 3-0 lead against champions Barcelona, allowed the visitors a sniff as they pulled two back, before Hernandez put the match beyond reach in the 77th minute. Pique scored for 4-3 in the 87th, but it was merely a consolation as the hosts held on. Celta Vigo rise to 10th in La Liga with their third consecutive win, while Barcelona drop to fourth. Yalla’s Barca watcher thinks that selling Claudio Bravo will prove to be a huge mistake.

Real Madrid are struggling, even with Ronaldo back in the team. Credit should be given to Eibar, who earned a creditable point on the road, but questions are bound to be asked of Zinedine Zidane after a third straight draw. Eibar, playing in the Barcelona colours they have turned out in since 1944 when they didn’t have a kit, took an early lead, which was cancelled out by Gareth Bale in the 17th minute. The point leaves them in second place behind neighbours Atletico.

Atletico’s 2-0 win at struggling Valencia puts them top on goal difference, and Sevilla’s win over Alaves reinstates them in third place. Granada, rooted to the bottom of the table and still looking for their first win of the season, lost at home to Leganes. Osasuna, also winless, registered a third draw, this time against Las Palmas, to sit just above Granada. Real Sociedad, Deportivo and Malaga all posted home wins, while Espanyol and Villarreal played out a goalless draw.

In England, Manchester City’s week to forget continued, as they lost 2-0 at Tottenham. Spurs confident victory puts them second in the table, just one point behind the visitors – with Arsenal and Liverpool both a point further behind. With 31 games to go, it’s a little soon to be predicting a brilliant season, but the early indications are positive.

Commenting on the seemingly off-side, handball, winning goal in the dying seconds of the match at Burnley, Yalla’s Arsenal fan could barely talk for laughing. He appeared to say, “Just don’t tell anyone”. Burnley will be annoyed, but they remain three points clear of the drop zone.

Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Swansea keeps them fourth. “When the Reds win, we all win,” says the Yalla Liverpool correspondent, which is kind of true – he’s in a good mood in the office. The Everton Crystal Palace game ended in a draw on Friday night, as did Watford Bournemouth, and West Ham Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, and Manchester United Stoke, and Leicester Southampton on Sunday. Chelsea beat Hull 2-0 and Sunderland’s point at home to West Brom was not enough to drag them off the bottom. Yalla’s Sunderland watcher is now primarily a supporter of the Iraq Under 16 team.

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