A new LaLiga match day comes to an end. A date that could appear meaningless, but actually holds major relevance towards the last stint of the race for the title. Real Madrid showed their supremacy against Girona and clinched the kind of win that secures titles. At the same time, Barça and Atlético dropped points. In the relegation zone, Mallorca and Sevilla catch a break, Celta and Cádiz fall defeated and Rayo Vallecano get in trouble. It is time to talk about the main events of the week in LaLiga Overtime.

LaLiga Overtime – Match Day #24:

A win that is worth a league title:

I know it is the 24th match day of the league championship and it may seem daring to say that the race to win the title is over, but this Saturday, Real Madrid showed why they are the best team in Spain. Carlo Ancelotti‘s pupils, led by an unstoppable Vinícius, guaranteed have secured half of the league title after a statement 4-0 win over Girona, the revelation of the championship.

Aside from a balsamic victory, at Santiago Bernabéu, the ‘merengue’ side proved that Girona have a long way to go before they can challenge the top dogs of the league. In the two matches they have faced-off this season, Real Madrid have recorded a staggering 7-0 aggregate result over the team managed by Míchel, who were unrecognizable.

The clear representation of the agony suffered by the Catalan side lies in the tears of Yan Couto, who appeared in the background of every one of the goals’ pictures. It is the case of a victory that is worth a league title and also proves that Real Madrid is king in Spain.

Old rock stars never die:

As Miguel Ríos used to say, “old rock stars never die”, and one of the players who can definitely be deemed one is Jaime Mata. Getafe‘s striker is a warrior ‘made in Bordalás’. A man who shows grit, effort and hustle every time he has the chance to wear the ‘azulón’ jersey.

A player that managed to get called up to the Spanish national team after an amazing first season at Getafe and has gradually turned into a winger that stands out because of his determination. But Jaime Mata has not forgotten how to score goals, and he proved it this weekend. Firstly, he was the first to a second chance ball, thus scoring the 2-0 goal in the match against Celta.

After the comeback of the Galician side, the player born in Madrid, who is in great shape at 35 years of age, scored a header (with the help of his shoulder) to certify an agonic victory at the Coliseum. A hard fought victory, a win powered by rock star Jaime Mata, a deserving protagonist of this week’s LaLiga Overtime.

Pablo Fornals, how talented you are!

Betis lived a busy end of the transfer market. Arrivals like that of Chimy Ávila or departures like Borja Iglesias‘. In addition, there were rumors of potential exits such as Assane Diao‘s to the Premier League or Luiz Henrique‘s to Brazil. One that went slightly unnoticed was the deal that brought Pablo Fornals to the Benito Villamarín.

A player gifted with exceptional technique who left great memoried at Málaga and Villarreal before moving to English football. There, he showed all his credentials and was an important piece for the last champion of the Conference League, West Ham. This season, with few minutes under his belt, he decided to return to Spain and Andalusia. And what a way to do it.

In his first match as the newest ‘verdiblanco’ signing, Fornals showed a flash that only top players are capable off. A trivela shot with his left foot, which happens to be the ‘weak’ one out of the two, to score his first goal for Betis. A magnificent debut for Pablo Fornals who has brought his enormous talent to Sevilla.

Translated by Nuño Alonso.

Main image: Edit by Pablo Benítez.


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