New Barça festival, already played podium?
This is a trend confirmed within days from the beginning of 2023. The three leading teams are widening the gap and looking a little more out of reach for their pursuers. Barcelona are the leaders, Levante and Real Madrid for Europe, a ticket that already looks like a winner even though there are still thirteen days to play in Spain’s La Liga…
It’s a widening gap at the bottom of the podium in Spain. The first team to suffer, Atletico de Madrid. Kolkhoneras have not lost in the league since the beginning of the year, but they can’t win anymore! Four matches were played and the same number of draws. The only breath of fresh air was the victory over Real Sociedad in the 1/8 finals of the Queen’s Cup (0:2).
Especially the distribution of points conceded against lower teams, such as the one recorded against Sevilla FC this Sunday (1-1). When Eva Navarro opened the scoring with a shot from the left corner of Ester Sullastres, Madrid saw the hardest part (60).e).
Atlético maintained their lead for a while, but conceded the inevitable goal at the end of regulation time. Rosa Oterm’s corner kick from the right goes straight to the Madrid goal and Lola Gallardo fails to clear the ball from her own line (90).e). In added time Rashidat Ajibade saw his header miss the frame and Atletico had to settle for another draw.
“Levante” faced “Alhama”.
These small steps by the Colchoneras contrast with the pace of the teams ahead. Levante (2e) chained their eighth consecutive win over Alhama (3-1) and Real Madrid (3) this weekend.e) did the same in a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
These streaks also show confident teams capable of picking up points in adversity. On Saturday, against Alhama, Levante first took the lead with a recovery error that led to Raquel Morcillo’s (17) opener.e). The deficit was short-lived for the Valencia players, who equalized with Erika Gonzalez (23).e).
However, the rest of the game remained undecided and Alhama would score twice in the frame, Raquel Morcillo (30)e) and Daniela Arques (56e). Levante will also touch the sums before taking advantage of a free kick by Tatiana Pinto (60).e). Erika Gonzalez’s new goal calms Levante (71e), using the good work of Mayra Ramirez.
Villarreal bounce back, Naomi Feller scores against Real
Thus, Levante continues its winning streak, but this result also puts Alhama back into the red zone. The Murcia club, which managed to get rid of it in the last weeks, suffered from Villarreal’s victory over Alaves (1:0). A game between the two lowest-ranked teams and it won three points Groguetesallow them to move past Alhama in La Liga’s provisional classification.
There is still a long way to go in the race to continue, but Alhama (15e) therefore lost the opportunity to maintain their good pace and returned to the relegation zone along with Alavés (16).e).
Thus, Levante, in turn, can remain in second place in the provisional classification, ahead of Real Madrid (who are two games behind). Madrid beat “Athletic Bilbao” (2:1) thanks to Esther Gonzalez’s twelfth goal (26).e), as well as tricolor forward Naomi Feller (64e), ideally served by Caroline Weir.
Athletic Bilbao will quickly close the gap with John Amezaga (66e), without being able to get a positive result in Madrid. With these winning streaks, Atletico are now ten points behind Real and 11 behind Levante. The gap that also belongs to Madrid CFF (5e) and Real Sociedad (6e).
Huelva returns to the pitch, Barça put on a show in Tenerife
Despite their respective victories over Betis Sevilla (1-3) and Huelva (4-0), these two teams have lost touch on the podium and European places for a long time. The trip from Huelva to the Basque Country was also marked by a minute’s silence in memory of Estrella Martin Rasco, a young Sporting Huelva player who was found dead on Wednesday. The tragic incident led to the postponement of Huelva’s championship match against Sevilla on Thursday.
With two championship days this week, FC Barcelona maintains its high tempo. After reaching the milestone of 50 consecutive victories in La Liga on Wednesday, the blaugranas achieved a new feat on Sunday evening at Granadilla Tenerife (0-6).
In front of a huge crowd (8,115) in the Canary Islands, Barca scored five goals in the first half, courtesy of a hat-trick from Asisat Oshoala (8).e12e and 27e). The Nigerian striker is building momentum in 2023, 9 goals since the resumption of La Liga and his second hat-trick this week after Wednesday’s goal against Levante Las Planas!
Claudia Pina (5e) opened the Barça counter in this part, and Aitana Bonmati (45e) and Lucy Bronz (90+2) also distinguished themselves in this game. A new success that puts Barça ahead of the fight.
Photo: Alvaro Campo / Atlético de Madrid
League F (2022/2023) – 17th round resultse during the day
Villarreal CF – Deportivo Alaves: 1-0
Betis Sevilla – Madrid SBB : 1-3
Levante UD – Alhama CF: 3-1
real Madrid – Athletic Bilbao: 2-1
Atletico de Madrid – Sevilla FC: 1-1
Real Society – Sporting Club de Huelva: 4-0
FC Levante Las Planas – Valencia CF : 0-3
UD Granadilla Tenerife – FC Barcelona : 0-6
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