Matchday twenty one of La Liga saw the slight but crucial changes as Ronald Koeman’s men toppled their archrival with better goal difference. Barcelona’s positive trend in La Liga endures as they avenged their loss in SuperCopa de Espana. Lionel Messi and Co thumped Bilbao 2-1. Messi himself opened the scoring by his looping free kick. It is his 650 goals for his team. Marcelino’s men managed to equalise by Jordi Alba’s own goal before Antoine Griezmann close-range strike found the back of the net. A few hours before, Real Madrid once again slipped to another defeat against the unlikely winner Levante. Despite playing at home, leading first by Marco Asencio and a number of decent saves from Thibault Cortois, it was Levante who had their last laugh as Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti notched up one goal each to overturn the score sheet, making it one of their historic triumphs for the club. In the meantime, Atletico Madrid is still untouchable with convincing 4-2 wins on the road stretching the ten-point difference from the runner-up. Luis Suarez’s brace plus Saul’s flick goal and Koke’s strike in front of the goal could only be replied by the former Manchester City man, Alvaro Negredo who also netted a brace.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2-1

Goals: Lionel Messi (20), Antoine Griezmann (74); Jordi Alba o.g (49)

Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Ronald Araujo, Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza, Jordi Alba – Pedri Frankie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic (Sergi Roberto 67) – Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele (Martin Braithwaite 87), Antoine Griezmann (Clement Lenglet 84)

Athletic Bilbao: Unai Simon– Yuri Berchiche, Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Ander Capa (Inigo Lekue 84) –  Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor (Mikel Vesga 66), Oscar de Marcos (Alex Berenguer 67), Iker Muniain – Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams (Asier Villalibre 84)

Real Madrid vs Levante 1-2

Goals: Marco Asencio (13); Jose Luis Morales (32), Roger Marti (78)

Real Madrid : Thibault Cortois – Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Alvaro Odriozola –  Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro – Karim Benzema (Mariano Diaz 82), Marco Asencio (Sergio Arribas 82),  Eden Hazard (Vinicius Junior 60)

Levante: Aitor Fernandez  – Carlos Clerc, Oscar Duarte, Jorge Miramon, Sergio Postigo – Nemanja Radoja, Gonzalo Melero, Jose Luis Morales (Dani Gomez 76), Mikael Malsa (Ruben Rochina 60) – Roger Marti (Ruben Vezo 83), Sergio Leon (Enes Bardhi 60)

Other results:

Cadiz vs Atletico Madrid 2-4

Eibar vs Sevilla 0-2

Villareal vs Real Sociedad 1-1

Real Valladolid vs Huesca 1-3

Getafe vs Deportivo Alaves 0-0

Granada vs Celta Vigo 0-0

Valencia vs Elche 1-0