La Liga wrap: Barcelona stumble at Sevilla to give Madrid hope
Barcelona squander a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Sevilla as Real Madrid comfortably beat Eibar
Barca throw away two-goal lead at Sevilla
Barcelona saw their lead at the top cut to just two points after they stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Champions League chasers Sevilla. Lionel Messi and Neymar had put Barca 2-0 ahead in half an hour, although that lead was reduced to just one minutes later. Kevin Gamiero then scored a late leveller to preserve the hosts’ unbeaten home record this season, and dent Barca’s hopes of winning the title. The leaders face another tricky game next week when fourth-placed Valencia visit the Nou Camp, and can ill-afford another slip-up with Madrid hot on their heels and in decent goalscoring form.
Madrid edge closer to Barca after 3-0 win at Eibar
Real Madrid piled the pressure on Barcelona with a comfortable win over Eibar despite resting a number of key players. Iker Casillas, Pepe, Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal missed out with Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash with Atletico in mind, whilst Gareth Bale was absent through injury. Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Marcelo were all replaced on the hour mark in probably the easiest match to have prior to a key European fixture. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring direct from a free-kick for his 38th league goal of the season, and Javier Hernandez doubled the lead soon afterwards on a rare start for the Mexican. Jese then grabbed his first of the season as Madrid’s reserves eased to a routine victory that keeps them within touch of Barcelona at the top.
Mid-table madness as Celta thump Rayo
Rayo Vallecano took the lead in the first minute courtesy of a Manucho header, and must have thought they were on course for a decent result away to Celta Vigo. Santi Mina changed that however as the Spanish Under 19 international scored four times in a 6-1 victory, becoming the youngest player to score four in a La Liga match. It was a sensational night for the 19-year-old, as he had yet to score in nine starts this season, and for Celta who had suffered an agonising defeat to Barcelona just a week earlier. Joaquin Larrivey scored the other two goals for the home side, proving that they still have the motivation to end the season on a high despite being comfortable in mid-table.