Barcelona cruise as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid drop points: Liga F Week 6 Round Up
Defending champions Barcelona consolidated their pole position with a 3-0 win over Real Betis at the Polideportivo Felipe del Valle on Saturday evening.
After a fairly resolute performance by the hosts, a lapse in concentration allowed forward Fridolina Rolfö to open the scoring for the visitors in the 42nd minute and Barcelona would go to half-time in the lead.
The visitors introduced midfielder Grace Asantewaa for forward Carmen Álvarez after the half-time break to stabilise their midfield.
Barcelona, however, doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Betis midfielder Rinsola Babajide beat her own keeper before substitute forward Caroline Graham Hansen made it 3-0 with four minutes left to seal the three points after converting a pass from defender María Pilar León.
The victory kept Barcelona’s 100% record intact and are now four points clear at the top of the standings.
Elsewhere, Atlético Madrid were held to a one-all draw by Madrid CFF in a local derby at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 10th minute when midfielder Estefanía Banini turned home a pass from fellow midfielder Sheila García and Atlético would go to half-time in the lead.
The visitors made two changes after the break bringing in midfielders Grace Chanda and Florencia Bonsegundo for forward Racheal Kundananji and midfielder Jiali Tang respectively.
It took only 10 minutes for substitute Chanda to level the scores for the visitors after she converted a pass from forward Lucía Pardo.
The hosts got a lifeline in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty but forward Ludmila missed the spot kick to sum up a frustrating day for them.
Real Madrid dropped points after their two-all draw with hosts Levante at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute when midfielder Teresa Abelleira converted a pass from fellow midfielder Claudia Zornoza.
Levante levelled the scores just six minutes from the half-time break when forward Alba Redondo converted a pass from midfielder Paula Fernández.
Forward Mayra Ramírez doubled the hosts’ lead when she converted a well-placed pass from defender María Méndez in the 59th minute to send the home fans into song and dance.
The Madrid side made two changes in the 68th minute introducing defender Rocío Gálvez and forward Nahikari García for defender Lucía Rodríguez and midfielder Olga Carmona respectively.
Nahikari García equalised for Madrid just four minutes after her introduction when she pounced on a pass from forward Maite Oroz.
Real Madrid moved to third position with 10 points after having played a game less.
The poor start to the season continued for Athletic Club after a one-all draw with Alavés away at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts opened the scoring after 31 minutes when midfielder Carla Armengol bundled home a pass from defender Garazi Fácila before the visitors levelled the scores four minutes later through midfielder Ane Azkona after she converted a pass from forward Ainize Barea.
Real Sociedad finally collected maximum points after they beat hosts Sporting Huelva 2-0 at the Campo del CD Lamiya on Saturday.
Forward Amaiur Sarriegi opened the scoring for Sociedad in the 38th minute after converting a pass from midfielder Nerea Eizagirre to the cheers of the visiting fans. Forward Synne Jensen converted a pass from Nerea Eizagirre in the 94th minute to make it 2-0 for Sociedad to secure maximum points.
It was a good day in office for Nerea Eizagirre as she completed her brace of assists on the day and ensured that her side ended a streak of three draws in a row to take their season tally to nine points.
UDG Tenerife added more misery to Valencia with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio La Palmera on Sunday.
Forward Jassina Blom opened the scoring for the hosts as early as the fourth minute when she converted a pass from defender Raquel Peña. Tenerife doubled their lead with 20 minutes left through forward María José Pérez González.
The victory took Tenerife to 10th on the standings with seven points and a game in hand.
Levante Las Planas continued with their fine start into the season holding Valencia to a one-all draw at the Estadio Antonio Puchades on Sunday.
Valencia had the chance to take the lead in the 36th minute but forward Anita Marcos missed a penalty with Las Planas’ defender Nuria Garrote Camuñez getting booked for conceding the spot kick.
Valencia found the breakthrough with nine minutes left when defender Berta Pujadas converted a pass from forward Fiamma.
Forward Irina Priscilla Uribe García equalised for the visitors when she converted a pass from defender Esther Martín-Pozuelo to make sure they collected a point on the road.
Las Planas are seventh on the standings whilst Valencia are eighth and both teams are on eight points.
Sevilla recorded back-to-back wins after beating Alhma CF ElPozo 2-0 at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Sunday evening.
Forward Cristina Martín-Prieto gave the hosts the lead with 20 minutes left on the clock after converting a pass from midfielder Toni Payne before she returned to double the hosts’ lead in the 90th minute from a Silvia Meseguer pass.
Sevilla are now on seven points and ninth on the standings whilst Alhama are now bottom without a point after replacing Alaves who picked a point against Athletic Club on Saturday.
Results (Saturday): Atlético Madrid 1-1 Madrid CFF; Alavés 1-1 Athletic Club; Sporting Huelva 0-2 Real Sociedad; Real Betis 0-3 Barcelona
Results (Sunday): Levante 2-2 Real Madrid; UDG Tenerife 2-0 Villarreal; Valencia 1-1 Levante Las Planas; Sevilla2-0 Alhama CF ElPozo