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La Liga roundup after Matchday 33

La Liga Roundup - Benzema on the verge of stealing goalscoring record away from Messi

April 22, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The French striker was instrumental to keep Los Blancos in the race to end the season in second place, while also cementing his spot in Zidane's lineup for next season.

It has not been the best of seasons to be a Real Madrid fan, but there have been some highlights for Los Blancos that could make the end of the campaign a bit more bearable for them.

Even if Real Madrid seems destined to end the season in third place, one player has lived up to the expectations following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, and that's Karim Benzema. The French footballer finally put the debate about the team's need to sign another striker to rest, and he did it with what the fans asked from him: with goals. Without Benzema's contribution, the team would surely be out of UEFA Champions League spots right now, as these numbers will show.

Benzema has scored eight consecutive goals for Real Madrid. Now, the Frenchman needs two more to surpass Messi's standing record of 10. Added to that, scoring for a ninth consecutive game would also see him reach La Liga history, since only three players have been able to score goals in nine consecutive games.

La Liga standings after Matchday 33

There was no change in the top four spots in La Liga, as Barcelona, Atlético, Real Madrid, and Getafe all won their games. With Matchday 34 starting on Thursday, there will be lots to play in the next ten games, including the clash between Getafe and Real Madrid and the classic showdown between Atlético and Valencia, who is the closest team to Getafe in the race to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Barcelona 38 26 9 3 90 36 +54 87 DWLWW
2 Atlético Madrid 38 22 10 6 55 29 +26 76 DDLWW
3 Real Madrid 38 21 5 12 63 46 +17 68 LLWLD
4 Valencia 38 15 16 7 51 35 +16 61 WWWLL
5 Getafe 38 15 14 9 48 35 +13 59 DLWLD
6 Sevilla 38 17 8 13 62 47 +15 59 WDLLW
7 Espanyol 38 14 11 13 48 50 -2 53 WWWDD
8 Athletic Club 38 13 14 11 41 45 -4 53 LWLDW
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 11 14 45 46 -1 50 LWWWL
10 Real Betis 38 14 8 16 44 52 -8 50 WWLDL
11 Deportivo Alavés 38 13 11 14 39 50 -11 50 WLLDL
12 Eibar 38 11 14 13 46 50 -4 47 DLWWL
13 Leganés 38 11 12 15 37 43 -6 45 LLWDL
14 Villarreal 38 10 14 14 49 52 -3 44 DWLDW
15 Levante 38 11 11 16 59 66 -7 44 DWWLW
16 Real Valladolid 38 10 11 17 32 51 -19 41 LWWLW
17 Celta de Vigo 38 10 11 17 53 62 -9 41 DLWDD
18 Girona 38 9 10 19 37 53 -16 37 LLLWL
19 Huesca 38 7 12 19 43 65 -22 33 WLLDW
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 8 8 22 41 70 -29 32 DLLWL
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Qualification)
Relegation - LaLiga2

Pichichi race

Neither Lionel Messi nor Luis Suárez scored this weekend, and while the Argentine ace has a comfortable lead at the top of the best scorers' race, Karim Benzema's scintillating performance helped him claim the second place in this department, which will surely make the end of the season more interesting.

Simeone steps up to defend Alvaro Morata after referee incident

Atlético claimed a narrow 1-0 win against Eibar, but the talk of the game had to do with Alvaro Morata. The striker was involved in a heated bust-up with none other than the match referee, Alberola Rojas, who appeared to slap him on the back of the neck. Morata argued for several minutes with the officer until he got a yellow card.

Once the game concluded, coach Diego Simeone stood by his player, remembering a similar incident in which he was handed an eight-match ban for touching the fourth officer: four four touching the ref and four for the red card.

"Morata is angry about what happened, of course. It reminds me of when I got four games for doing that to the fourth official," Simeone said. 

 

 


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