Spanish La Liga this weekend marked the failure of Real Madrid and Barcelona to snatch three points on the road while Sevilla closed the gap from the top to four points only.

Los Blancos was up against one of the toughest host to beat in La Liga. Marco Asencio had been knocking on the door throughout the game but all of their decent chances were either flew wide or denied by the home side’s goalie Geronimo Rulli. The Argentine  was named as the man of the match and rated the highest player in the match. Such result kept them on the top of the table but their point difference from Sevilla is decreasing to four only as Julen Lopetegui’s men managed to secure maximum points by winning 2-0 while playing host to Elche. The former Atalanta man Papu Gomez and Rafa Mir bagged their winning goals.

Villareal vs Real Madrid 0-0

Goals: -

Villareal: Geronimo Rulli – Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alvaro Pedraza (Pervis Estupinan 74) – Dani Parejo, Victor Iborra (Manu Trigueros 67), Alberto Moreno, Samuel Chukwueze (Yeremy Pino 74)  – Giovani Lo Celso (Serge Aurier 87), Arnot Danjuma (Boulaye Dia 67)

Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – David Alaba, Eder Militao, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo (Nacho 82) – Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Federico Valverde (Luka Modric 78)  – Vinicius Jr (Eden Hazard 82), Gareth Bale (Luka Jovic 64), Marco Asencio (Rodrygo 78)

Meanwhile, the race for the top four post is getting intense too as Barcelona was able to keep the fourth although they could only muster a 2-2 draw in a heated encounter against Espanyol on the road. The Catalan side took the lead first through Pedri. Yet, their local contender equalised through a curling shot from Sergi Darder. At the second half, Raul de Tomas put the home side in front before Luuk de Jong headed home late at the death. It was quite a relief as Xavi’s men lacked of composure at the finish. Adama Traore, for example had a decent chance to give them the lead again at the first half but it flew wide. Blaugrana is now collecting the same points as the reigning champions Atletico Madrid but has better goal aggregate.

Other results:

Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao 3-2

Atletico Madrid vs Getafe 3-2

Cadiz vs Celta Vigo 0-0

Real Sociedad vs Granada 2-0

Levante vs Real Betis 2-4

Rayo Vallecano vs Osasuna 0-3

Alaves vs Valencia 2-1