UDG Tenerife move to third, Barcelona extend winning run and Real Madrid, Villarreal and Huelva in triumphs: Primera Iberdrola Week 21 Round-Up
UDG Tenerife moved to third position after a 1-0 win against Madrid CFF away at the Estadio Municipal Nuevo Matapiñonera on Sunday.
A solitary goal from forward Cristina Martin-Prieto in the 55th minute was enough to boost the visitors' champions league football hopes with Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad being held elsewhere.
On the other hand, Madrid CFF found themselves in danger of relegation after Valencia and Villarreal won their matches yesterday.
UDG Tenerife are on 40 points, one ahead of fourth-placed Atlético Madrid and four behind second-placed Real Sociedad.
Elsewhere, Barcelona continued with their winning streak humbling visiting Eibar 7-0 at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Sunday afternoon.
Defender Marta Torrejón scored a first half brace in the seventh and 15th minutes, with other goals coming from forward Clàudia Pina and defenders Mapi León and Leila Ouahabi in the 11th, 22nd and 27th minutes respectively, to go to half time leading 5-0.
The second half started with the hosts continuing from where they had left with defender Melanie Serrano making it 6-0 just seven minutes after the resumption on her 500th club appearance.
The Barcelona coach made a double substitution in the 65th minute with midfielder Aitana Bonmati and forward Asisat Oshoala being introduced in place of midfielders Patri Guijarro and Alexia Putellas respectively.
Bonmati scored Barcelona’s seventh goal in the 87th minute to complete the rout after receiving a pass from forward Lieke Martens.
The defending champions are now on 60 points after 20 matches, scoring 113 goals in the process.
Real Sociedad were held to a two-all draw by Atlético Madrid at home at the Centro de Entrenamiento Zubieta.
The visitors took the lead as early as the seventh minute through forward Leicy Santos and the hosts responded eight minutes later with an equaliser from midfielder Nerea Eizagirre.
The teams went to half-time deadlocked and it was the hosts who took the lead in the 59th minute through forward Gabriela García.
With 10 minutes left before the final whistle, the visitors equalised through forward Ludmila da Silva who had come on as a substitute in place of fellow forward Deyna Castellanos in the 72nd minute.
The draw left Sociedad on 44 points whilst Atlético Madrid remained on 39 points but dropped to fourth position.
Real Madrid won 1-0 against visiting Real Betis on Sunday at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.
The hosts took the lead in the 69th minute through the in-form forward Esther González, who took her goal tally for the season to 12, just four behind Asisat Oshoala, who tops the charts.
Real Madrid are sixth on 32 points having played two games less compared to those above them, a statistic which gives them hope to fight for champions league football next season whilst Betis are on 25 points from 21 matches.
A brace by forward Anita Marcos was enough for Sporting Huelva to beat visiting Athletic Club 2-0 at the Campo Federativo de la Orden on Sunday.
Marcos scored in the ninth and 62nd minutes to boost the hosts’ relegation survival chances whilst derailing Athletic Club’s hopes of a top three finish.
The win moved Sporting Huelva to 14th on the standings, just one place above the relegation zone.
Sevilla blew a chance for a top three finish when they drew one-all with Alavés away at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón on Sunday.
Sevilla took the lead in the 29th minute through midfielder Jessica Martínez and the hosts equalised eight minutes later through Sara Carrillo.
Sevilla are now 12 points off third-placed Tenerife having played one more match whilst Alavés remained eighth on the standings on 27 points, one behind Sevilla.
Levante find themselves in danger of fighting relegation after losing 2-0 to Valencia at the Estadio Antonio Puchades on Sunday.
The hosts scored through midfielders Candela Andújar and Anna Torrodà in the 24th and 55th minutes respectively to record a much welcome victory in their fight for relegation survival.
The victory took Valencia to 18 points whilst the defeat saw Levante being stuck on 23 points, seven points above relegation zone.
Villarreal scored late to beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 at the Ciudad Deportiva on Sunday to boost their relegation survival chances.
A Sheila Guijarro 89th minute goal was enough for the hosts to move from 15th to 13th place on the standings.
Rayo Vallecano, who have two games in hand, might be preparing for life in the Segunda Division being bottom of the Primera Iberdrola log with six points from 19 matches.
Results (Sunday): Real Sociedad 2-2 Atlético Madrid; Madrid CFF 0-1 UDG Tenerife; Barcelona 7-0 Eibar; Sporting Huelva 2-0 Athletic Club; Real Madrid 1-0 Real Betis; Villarreal 1-0 Rayo Vallecano; Alavés 1-1 Sevilla; Valencia 2-0 Levante