Nobody is giving in yet at the top of the La Liga table, as Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid each won in each of their respective fixtures to ensure that the La Liga title was still within their reach.
Within the space of a few hours, each team managed to climb to the top of the table during different intervals, until Barcelona eventually reclaimed the spot.
Even then, Barcelona was the only Spanish giant that routed their opponents, as Luis Suarez scored four goals to make it his eight in two matches. His current total of 34 La Liga goals also moves him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 31.
But after Lionel Messi opened the scoring after just 12 minutes, the game was anybody’s until Suarez doubled Barca’s lead, converted two penalties alongside one from Neymar, and added one more just before the end.
Atletico Madrid beat Malaga in their weekend fixture, but their boss Diego Simeone, who lead them to La Liga titles in the past, may face a ban.
The Argentinian could face a 3-game ban after being sent off at half-time when a ball was thrown on to the pitch from Atletico’s touchline during a Malaga counterattack.
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz reportedly asked Simeone who had lobbed the ball on, and, not getting an answer, had to sent him off.
Angel Correa then settled the game with the game’s only goal, firing from the edge of the penalty area which was then deflected into the far corner.
But Real Madrid displayed character as the team rallied to make a comeback win after going two goals down against Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo pulled dangerously ahead early on; within 14 minutes as Adrián Embarba scored from close range in the seventh minute before Rayo’s Venezuelan striker Miku pounced on more poor defending from the visitors.
Gareth Bale, who was rested in an earlier match, stepped up and heads in a corner, before Zinedine Zidane’s men levelled six minutes after half-time thanks to Lucas Vasquez.
The Welshman completed the comeback nine minutes from time as he claimed a misplaced pass from a Rayo defender, sprinted into the box ahead of everyone and hammered the ball past Rayo keeper Juan Carlos.