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La Liga Roundup after March 21

La Liga Round-up: Battle for the top intensifies after Top 3 teams win

March 22, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
Barcelona and Real Madrid continue their pursuit of Atlético with only ten games left in the campaign.

The 2020-21 La Liga race is seemingly getting hotter with each passing week. Right now, there is a six-point gap between the top-seeded team, Atlético Madrid, and the third-place, Real Madrid. In between them is Barcelona, who are four points behind Los Colchoneros thanks to their 6-1 win over Real Sociedad. With only ten games to be played, and with games such as Barcelona vs Atlético and El Clásico set to being played after the break, it's safe to say that all bets should be off for the final stretch in La Liga.

Let's have a look at the main talking points after this weekend's games.

Top five teams in La Liga until March 21

Atlético kept their four-point lead over Barcelona and six-point difference against Real Madrid prior to the Int'l break. The only team among the top four not to win their game was Sevilla, who rescued a last-gasp draw against Valladolid thanks to a goal by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. That draw saw Lopetegui's men increase their difference against the fifth-placed Real Sociedad to ten points.

La Liga's Top 3 scorers

Lionel Messi added two more goals to his tally, cementing his place as the top scorer in La Liga. Luis Suárez followed suit with a game-winning goal for Atlético, but his No.2 spot in the Pichichi race is now being threatened by Karim Benzema, who is now third with 17 goals to his name after his first-half brace against Celta.

La Liga - Top headlines

  • Messi sets most appearances record for Barcelona - Sunday was a day to remember for Lionel Messi, who not only scored a brace for Los Culés against Real Sociedad. Added to that, "La Pulga" became the player with the most apps in history for Barcelona, surpassing the record set by his friend Xavi Hernández, who played 767 games for the Catalan side.

  • Oblak ends penalty kick hoodoo against Alavés - Frequently named as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Jan Oblak needed to prove a point when it comes to penalty kicks. The Slovenian goalie had not stopped a spot kick since 2015, and he helped his team win a crucial game against Alavés with a save of the sort this past weekend.

  • Karim Benzema becomes the most decisive player on the road - The French striker has been the heart and soul of Real Madrid's offense, and he has turned into a massive threat when playing away from home. Right now, there is no player as influential for his team while on the road, where he has been involved in eight goals and five assists for Zidane's men, more than any other La Liga player.

Top matches to watch in La Liga from April 2-5, 2021

Due to the international break, there will be a one-week pause in La Liga. Here are some of the top matches to keep an eye on when the league resumes:

  • Real Madrid vs Eibar

  • Sevilla vs Atlético.

  • Barcelona vs Real Valladolid.

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