High flying Levante on a roll as Marina Marti at the double for Alhama: Liga F Week 16 Round Up
Second placed Levante continued on their purple patch as they thumped hosts Athletic Club 3-0 at the Lezama Facilities on Tuesday night to make it seven wins in a row.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute through the league’s top goal scorer Alba Redondo who converted a pass from Natasa Andanova and took her tally to 15 goals for the season.
Midfielder Tatiana Pinto doubled the visitors’ lead seven minutes into the second half when she converted a fine pass from forward Mayra Ramirez. The latter took her assists tally to seven for the season.
Ramirez weighed in with her second goal contribution of the game with only two minutes left registering her name on the scoresheet and making it 3-0 to Levante after she converted a well weighted pass from defender Leire Banos. She took her season goal tally to eight.
The result put the visitors firmly in contention for a top three finish whilst piling more misery for the former powerhouse.
Meanwhile, Alhama CF ElPozo dismissed hosts Real Betis 2-1 at the Ciudad Deportiva Luis de Sol on Tuesday night.
The visitors completed a memorable comeback in the last 16 minutes of play with forward Marina Martí Serna grabbing a brace in the 74th and 89th minutes to seal the victory and ensure her side collected maximum points.
The hosts had opened the scoring after 27 minutes when defender Dorine Chuigoué headed downwards a well taken corner kick by midfielder Ángela Sosa to beat goalkeeper Laura Martínez.
The win moved Alhama from the bottom to 14th on the standings and out of the relegation zone on goal difference whilst Real Betis remain in danger as they are only two points above relegation.
Defending champions Barcelona dispatched lowly Levante Las Planas 7-0 in a local derby at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Wednesday evening.
The hosts opened the scoring in the ninth minute after forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević headed in a cross from forward Fridolina Rolfö.
Forward Asisat Oshoala doubled the hosts’ lead in the 25th minute after she received a pinpoint pass from Crnogorčević. Crnogorčević completed her hattrick of goal contributions in the 41st minute when she made it 3-0 to the hosts to give her side a three-goal cushion at half time.
The hosts made a double substitution at half time bringing on midfielder María Pérez Rabaza and forward Mariona Caldentey for midfielder Patri Guijarro and forward Fridolina Rolfö respectively.
Young forward Vicky López went on to register her name to make it 4-0 just three minutes into the second half after being fed by Crnogorčević.
Oshoala scored her second goal for the game and made it 5-0 to Barcelona after 58 minutes before completing her hattrick five minutes later making it 6-0 from a rebound. She took her goal tally for the season to 10.
Caldentey made her impact felt when she made it 7-0 after 74 minutes to put the match beyond Las Planas.
The win saw the defending champions maintain their 100% record registering 45 points from 15 matches whilst Las Planas remained on 15 points.
Real Madrid kept pressure on the log leaders with a 3-1 win against hosts Alavés at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón on Wednesday night.
The visitors broke the deadlock after 14 minutes through midfielder Caroline Weir. The visitors doubled their lead through midfielder Maite Oroz with a minute left before half-time. Real made it 3-0 after 61 minutes when their leading goal scorer Esther González converted a well-placed pass from midfielder Athenea del Castillo.
Second half substitute forward Sara Carrillo Moreno reduced the arrears for the hosts in the 79th minute when she converted a pass from fellow substitute midfielder Gema Soliveres.
The win meant that Real remained within touching distance of the top two teams whilst Alaves remained 15th and in danger of getting the chop.
Madrid CFF and visiting Atletico Madrid played to a two-all draw in a local derby at the Estadio Fernando Torres on Wednesday night.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 23rd minute through defender Merel van Dongen to ensure her side went to the half time break leading.
Substitute forward Lucía Pardo equalised for the hosts on 74 minutes, just three minutes after her introduction in place of midfielder Florencia Bonsegundo.
Substitute midfielder Karen Araya’s pile driver gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the match with two minutes left to play when she converted a pass from fellow substitute Gaby Nunes.
Midfielder Bárbara Latorre equalised for the visitors in the 93rd minute to earn her side a point.
The draw meant that Atletico remains fourth whilst Madrid CFF are fifth with 29 and 26 points respectively.
Valencia rallied in the second half to win 2-0 against visiting Villarreal at the Estadio Antonio Puchades on Tuesday night.
The hosts escaped punishment in the first half when goalkeeper Enith Salón cleared onto the path of Villarreal midfielder Estefanía Lima who squared the ball to forward Belén Martínez who missed by a few inches.
The hosts made a half time substitution bringing on midfielder Iina Salmi for fellow midfielder Ainhoa Alguacil Amores to add some energy in the middle of the park.
Midfielder Marta Carro headed home a cross from forward Asun Martínez five minutes into the second half to give her side the lead. The hosts doubled their lead through defender Berta Pujadas in the 61st minute as her side secured maximum points.
The win moved the hosts to 21 points whilst Villarreal dropped to bottom of the standings on 12 points.
UDG Tenerife were big winners on Thursday night with a 2-1 home victory over 10-women Real Sociedad at the Estadio La Palmera.
The hosts opened the scoring through defender Raquel Peña from the penalty spot in the 39th minute after Sociedad defender Ana Tejada had been adjudged to have handled a goal bound shot. The latter was immediately given marching orders after receiving a second yellow card.
Sociedad made a tactical change at half-time due to the red card in the first half and introduced defender Ane Etxezarreta for midfielder Iris Arnaiz.
The visitors went on to equalise in the 87th minute through defender Manuela Vanegas’ well taken freekick.
Substitute forward María José Pérez González ensured that the hosts left the field with maximum points with her last gasp strike in the 94th minute to restore her side’s lead after receiving a pass from fellow substitute forward Sydny Nasello.
The win moved them to eighth on the log standings with 17 points, five above relegation whilst Sociedad remained sixth with 22 points after the fourth loss in their last five matches.
Results (Tuesday): Athletic Club 0-3 Levante; Real Betis 1-2 Alhama CF ElPozo; Valencia 2-0 Villarreal
Results (Wednesday): Barcelona 7-0 Levante Las Planas; Alavés 1-3 Real Madrid; Madrid CFF 2-2 Atlético Madrid
Results (Thursday): Sevilla vs Sporting Huelva (Postponed); UDG Tenerife2-1 Real Sociedad