Primera Iberdrola Week 8 Roundup: Barcelona march on as Villarreal continue to struggle
Barcelona continued with their fine form as they hammered Real Sociedad 8-0 at the Stadia Johann Cruyff yesterday. Alexia Putellas was the star of the show with four assists and a brace each from Asisat Oshoala and Lieke Martens. The win saw Barcelona maintain their unbeaten run this season with 8 wins from 8 matches and consolidating their top spot. Second placed Sociedad had a chance to level the points at the top if they managed to win but the loss meant they trail Barcelona by 6 points.
Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid win as Madrid CFF suffer loss
Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid were back to winning ways as Madrid CFF suffered their second home defeat. Real Madrid saw off the challenge of Valencia to win 2-1 at home with both goals coming from Esther González whilst Valencia scored through Oriana Altuve. Atlético Madrid beat 10 women Villarreal to move to third position on the log standings and a point behind second placed Sociedad. Madrid CFF were beaten 3-1 at home by Eibar with their consolation goal coming very late in the 93rd minute through the boot of Gabi Nunes whilst Aida Esteve Quintero scored a brace for Eibar.
Mixed fortunes for Sevilla and Levante
Sevilla were hoping to take maximum points when they visited struggling Rayo Vallecano but lost 1-0 through a 48th minute strike from Millene Cabral Vieira. Sevilla haven’t had memorable outings away to Rayo except on one occasion in their last 5 visits. The win for Rayo took them from the bottom of the log standings to 14th. Sevilla had not lost a match in their last four and were hoping to maintain the unbeaten run.
Levante were held to a goalless draw at home by struggling Sporting Huelva. The draw denied them a chance to move to third position on the log standings. They might not have expected a tough opposition from Huelva after they registered 3 wins in their last 4 matches with Huelva on the other side coming from a 5-0 drubbing by Barcelona before the international break. Alavés and Tenerife shared the spoils after drawing 1-all with both goals coming in the first half. Tenerife opened the scoring in the 24th minute through Maria Jose Perez Gonzalez and Alavés equalised nine minutes later through Lice Chamorro. The draw took Alavés to sixth position on the log standings.
Real Betis made it 2 out of 2 when they beat Athletic Club 4-2 at home. Mari Paz Vilas was their star player with a hattrick in the first half after Grace Asantewaa had given them the lead in the 4th minute. Athletic Club fought back in the second half but their two goals through Vanesa Gimbert and Oihane Valdezate in the 61st and 64th minute respectively were not enough. The loss took them to fourth spot on the log after being dislodged from third spot by Atlético Madrid who beat Villarreal.
Real Betis 4-2 Athletic Club; Levante 0-0 Sporting Huelva; Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Sevilla; Atlético Madrid 3-0 Villarreal; Alavés 1-1 Granadilla Tenerife; Barcelona 8-1 Real Sociedad; Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia; Madrid CFF 1-3 Eibar