Barcelona, Real Madrid win big as Huelva struggles continue: Liga F Week 8 Round-Up

Barcelona, Real Madrid win big as Huelva struggles continue: Liga F Week 8 Round-Up
Ballon d'Or winner Aitana Bonmatí scored a brace as she inspired her team to a 6-0 demolition of Villarreal on Saturday / © Photo by Adria Puig / Anadolu via Getty Images

A rampant Barcelona side swept aside hosts Villarreal 6-0 before a crowd of 3 157 spectators at the Mini Estadi on Saturday afternoon. 

The Barcelona ruthless rout started as early as the 14th minute when midfielder Aitana Bonmatí broke the deadlock with a near post finish off a pass from fellow midfielder Keira Walsh. The visitors doubled their advantage 10 minutes later through forward Asisat Oshoala after linking up with defender Ona Batlle.

The hosts suffered an injury setback after 40 minutes when midfielder Francisca Lara was replaced by forward Fatou Kanteh. 

Bonmatí came back to haunt the hosts five minutes into the second half making it 3-0 from another Batlle assist. 

The visitors made a triple change after 63 minutes bringing on forwards Alexia Putellas, Caroline Graham Hansen and Mariona Caldentey for midfielder Clàudia Pina, forward Esmee Brugts and Bonmatí respectively. 

Substitute Caldentey went on to make her first goal contribution in the match after 14 minutes when she set up young forward Salma Paralluelo to make it 4-0 for her fifth goal in two matches before another substitute Graham Hansen made it 5-0 with eight minutes remaining on the clock. 

Oshoala sealed the scoring in the 96th minute when she coolly slotted home her second goal of the match to make it 6-0. 

The win put Barcelona on 24 points and kept their 100% record intact whilst Villarreal remained on four points from eight matches.

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Meanwhile, Real Madrid remembered how to score big after dispatching a hapless visiting Real Sociedad 7-1 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Friday night. 

The hosts opened the floodgates after 17 minutes through midfielder Athenea del Castillo who capitalised on a short back pass from defender Ane Etxezarreta before forward Signe Bruun doubled her side’s lead nine minutes later off a low pass from defender Olga Carmona. 

Del Castillo raced onto a through pass from forward Linda Caicedo and beat defender Emma Ramírez before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Elena Lete to make it 3-0 after 36 minutes for her second goal of the match. 

The visitors pulled a goal back in the second minute of added time of the first half through skipper and forward Nerea Eizagirre who punished goalkeeper Misa Rodríguez after spilling Andreia Jacinto’s cross. 

The hosts came back from the break fired up and restored their three goal advantage after 54 minutes through midfielder Hayley Raso off a long pass from goalkeeper Rodríguez to make it 4-1. 

Defender Rocío Gálvez headed home a cross from substitute Claudia Zornoza’s freekick after 65 minutes to make it 5-1 before another substitute midfielder Maite Oroz converted a pull back pass from Carmona to make it 6-1 12 minutes later. It was a day for the substitutes as substitute forward Naomie Feller rounded off the scoring with five minutes left on the clock after she capitalised on the mix up between goalkeeper Lete and defenders Ana Tejada and Manuela Vanegas to make it 7-1. 

The win moved the hosts to 21 points whilst Sociedad remained on 10 points.

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Atlético Madrid bounced back from their defeat to UDCA Tenerife beating visiting SD Eibar 3-0 at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Saturday afternoon. 

The hosts opened the scoring three minutes into the match through former Villarreal forward Sheila Guijarro who converted defender Ainhoa Moraza’s pass. 

The hosts went for fresh legs in the 63rd of the second half bringing on forwards Eva Navarro and Marta Cardona for forwards Rasheedat Ajibade and Ana-Maria Crnogorčević respectively. 

Substitute Navarro went on to double her side’s lead after 69 minutes off a long pass from fellow substitute midfielder Estefanía Romina Banini Ruiz. 

The hosts sealed the scoring through Guijarro who completed her brace in the 96th minute to secure a comfortable win taking their points tally to 16 whilst Eibar remained on four points and one place off the relegation zone.

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The Derby del Turia lived to its billing as hosts Levante rallied from behind to beat neighbours Valencia 3-1 at the Estadi Ciutat de València on Sunday evening. 

The first chance of the match fell to last season’s Liga F top goalscorer Alba Redondo but pulled her effort wide of goal before the visitors took a 12th minute lead through forward Ivonne Chacón who converted a defence splitting pass from midfielder Claudia Florentino. 

The hosts replied after 24 minutes with forward Mayra Ramírez levelling the scores to open up the match. 

A moment of madness from Valencia defender María Molina Molero, who received two yellow cards in a space of one minute, left her team short on personnel when it mattered the most. 

Ramírez gave her team the lead for the first time in the match on the stroke of half-time converting at the near post a pass from defender Antônia for her second goal of the match and third goal in two matches since coming back from injury. 

Defender and skipper María Méndez gave her side a two goal advantage six minutes into the second half when she capitalised on a defensive error to put the match beyond the visitors. 

Redondo was left frustrated after her goalbound header was tipped for a corner by the goalkeeper before the goalie made two point blank saves to further deny the hosts. 

The win put the hosts in fourth position with 18 points whilst the visitors remained on 11 points.

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Madrid CFF came back from behind to beat hosts Athletic Club 2-1 at the Lezama Facilities on Sunday evening. 

The hosts broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when forward Clara Pinedo scored direct from a corner kick. 

Madrid CFF responded with midfielder Karen Araya replicating what Pinedo did by scoring direct from a corner kick to level the scores after 37 minutes. 

The visitors added some pace upfront by introducing forward Racheal Kundananji and midfielder Cristina Librán for midfielders Aida Esteve and Esther Laborde in the 57th minute. 

Substitute Librán became the heroine of the day for the visitors giving her side the lead for the first time in the match with 10 minutes left on the clock. 

The win put the visitors back in third position with 18 points whilst the hosts remained on nine points. 

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Levante Las Planas continued with their fine start to the season after beating visiting UDCA Tenerife 3-1 at the Camp Municipal Les Planes on Sunday afternoon with forward Irina Uribe breaking her goal drought this season with a brace for the hosts. 

The hosts took a 12th minute lead through the 25-year-old who coolly converted a pass from fellow forward Jessica Martínez before she returned to haunt the visitors with her second goal of the match after 25 minutes after being fed by defender Morgane Nicoli. 

The visitors made the first movement on the bench at half-time bringing on forward Jassina Blom for fellow forward Esther Okoronkwo. 

Substitute Jassina Blom then provided a ray of hope to the visitors when she pulled a goal back with 12 minutes left on the clock after converting a pass from fellow substitute forward Rinsola Babajide.

Substitute midfielder Anissa Lahmari secured maximum points for the hosts after restoring her side’s two goal advantage with five minutes left after she was set up by fellow substitute midfielder Laura Martínez González. 

The win took the hosts’ tally to 15 points whilst Tenerife remained on 12 points.

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Visiting Real Betis piled more misery on struggling Sporting Huelva after beating them 3-1 at the Campo del CD Lamiya on Saturday afternoon. 

The visitors surged ahead on 11 minutes through an own goal by defender Patri Ojeda before they doubled their lead from the penalty spot through forward Rosa Márquez in the third minute of added time of the first half after she had been fouled by defender Raiderlin Carrasco. 

Midfielder Laia Ballesté pulled a goal back for the hosts through a long range freekick which looped past goalkeeper Paula Vizoso Prieto on 73 minutes. 

Tiffany Cameron sealed the scoring in the 91st minute tapping home from close range. 

The win put Betis on 10 points whilst Huelva remained rooted at the bottom on one point.

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Sevilla shrugged off the challenge of visiting Granada CF to register a narrow 1-0 win at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Sunday afternoon. 

The hosts had some decent chances to break the deadlock in the first half but midfielder Pamela González saw her effort graze the foot of the right post on its way out. Midfielder and skipper Amanda Sampedro forced a good save from goalkeeper Sandra Estévez Ogalla from her shot just outside the penalty box. 

The visitors came back from the half time break a rejuvenated side and kept the hosts on their toes as they created numerous chances but found goalkeeper Esther Sullastres at her best. 

Forward Cristina Martín-Prieto found the back of the net in the 68th minute when she skipped past the Granada defenders from the centre line with a mazy run and hit a rising shot from outside the box to beat Estévez Ogalla and secure the all-important three points. 

The win put the hosts on nine points whilst the visitors remained on three points and in the relegation zone.

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Results (Friday): Real Madrid 7-1 Real Sociedad

Results (Saturday): Atlético Madrid 3-0 SD Eibar; Villarreal 0-6 Barcelona; Sporting Huelva 1-3 Real Betis

Results (Sunday): Levante Las Planas 3-1 UDCA Tenerife; Sevilla 1-0 Granada CF; Levante 3-1 Valencia; Athletic Club 1-2 Madrid CFF