The Spanish Take: La Liga Roundup Matchday 6

The Spanish Take: La Liga Roundup Matchday 6

Barca bounced back in style while Real Madrid kept their perfect record in a hotly contested Madrid derby. Here’s all the happenings from Spain in the Spanish take.

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Lewandowski Making La Liga Look Like A Farmers League?

“The Pole bagged a brace” is something I’m having to type pretty much every week. Lewandowski is doing his bit to dispel the “Bundesliga tax” myth as he led Barca to a comfortable 3-0 win over Elche. He’s already leading the Pichichi trophy race with 8 in 6.

Xavi rotated his team a bit to give the bench players a chance, and they all impressed.

Depay got a goal, and Frenkie bossed the midfield as he got to play in his desired no6 role. Balde went straight back into the squad and was scintillating down the left flank. He even got 2 assists to his name as he looks to establish himself as the first choice.

Elche aren’t the toughest of oppositions that Barca will face this season, having picked up only 1 point in 6.  To make things worse, captain Gonzalo Verdu got himself sent off just 14 minutes into the game. The match was attack vs defence from that point on as Barca scored their goals, all the while being in 2nd gear.

A good win to stop on as the players head to the international break.

The Biggest Match Of La Liga Thus Far – The Madrid Derby

We already knew this match was going to be a heated affair as Koke took a jibe at Vinicius’ dancing celebration, which didn’t go down well with the Brazilian. All the hysteria around players celebrating is downright obnoxious. Neymar got booked for a celebration while an agent made a racist comment against Vini on Live TV. Absolutely disgraceful.

Now coming to the match itself, Koke was right in the thick of things from the kickoff. The dark arts were in full effect as he kicked the ball at Valverde when he was down. Yet, for all the mind games, trash talk, and racism, it was Rodrygo who opened the scoring, blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

Vini joined in as the Brazilian duo danced in defiance at the Metropolitano. Valverde then doubled the lead as he smashed in Oblak’s save into the back of the net.

Atleti weren’t done just yet as they managed to pull one in the final minutes of regulation time through Hermoso. Tensions boiled over as both sides got into a brawl, and the goalscorer was later sent off. Ancelotti’s men kept their perfect record and once again proved that they’re not just a one-man team.

6G, 6W, Madrid looking unstoppable!

Best Of The Rest

Sevilla 1-1 Villareal

Lopetegui hangs on for another week! Sevilla has had a difficult start to the season with only 1 win in 5 heading into this game, while Villareal has been impressive under Emery. Oliver Torres got Sevilla the lead against the run of play just 8 minutes into the match, and the team had something to defend and hold onto.

Villareal dominated the procession, and Parejo even rattled the crossbar with a thunderous strike. Baena got the breakthrough, and it looked like Sevilla was destined for another L as they gave away a pen. VAR came to their rescue as Pino was deemed offside before the challenge. It ended all square as Sevilla sneaked out of Estadio Ciudad with a point.

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