Real Madrid Stun Barcelona, Leicester Extend Lead
It felt like there was only one game of football taking place in La Liga this weekend, as the world stopped to watch the latest El Classico. Ronaldo’s 86th minute goal was enough for the visiting Real Madrid side to end Barcelona’s 39 match unbeaten run, despite playing with only 10 men for the last 20 minutes of the match. The Camp Nou held a minute’s silence for legend Johan Cruyff who died last week.
The result did little to affect the top of the table as Barcelona’s lead was cut to 6 points, following Atheltico Madrid’s 5-1 demolition of Real Betis. Villarreal keep fourth place with a 2-1 win at Eibar, while Celta de Vigo and Deportivo played out a 1-1 draw. Getafe lost at Royal Vallecano, leaving them 3rd bottom – Sporting de Gijon and Levante in the last two spots play this evening.
Meanwhile, over in the English Premier League the remarkable Leicester story kept rolling. Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, and the Foxes 1-0 defeat of Southampton see the leaders extend their margin to 7 points. West Ham’s draw with Crystal Palace dented their Champion’s League ambitions, while Manchester United crept up on neighbours city with a 1-0 win over Everton. They sit one point shy of a Champion’s League spot in this topsy turvy season.
At the bottom of the league Norwich climbed further out of trouble beating fellow relegation candidates Newcastle in the dying minutes. Newcastle look doomed to drop down to the Championship with Aston Villa. Sunderland failed to break down a resilient and frustrating West Brom, but Yalla’s Sunderland expert is clinging to the game in hand and trip to Carrow Road for yet another miracle survival.