La Liga Recap: Hazard Scores His First Goal, Barcelona Merciless

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We saw quite an entertaining match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday as Real Madrid and Granada played out a six-goal thriller. Los Blancos came out with a 4-2 winner in a game in which Eden Hazard net his first goal since arriving at Madrid. 

Injury issues have slowed down the world’s best player Lionel Messi at the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign, but the Argentinian magician is getting back on track. He scored a beautiful free-kick to make it 4-0 against Sevilla on Saturday. The 4-0 win at Camp Nou propelled FC Barcelona into second place on the table.

Barcelona will go into the international hiatus with three straight wins in La Liga and four in all competitions. Barca had to survive a fast start from the visitors, but a devastating 10-minute stretch in the first half gave the home team a significant win in the top-of-the-table clash. 

Rising Norwegian superstar, Martin Odegaard, was named the player of the month after a series of remarkable performances for Real Sociedad. The mercurial 20-year-old talent has shown signs of finally breaking out into the highest level, and was presented with the award before his team’s match against Getafe this weekend. 

Villareal center-back Pau Torres has had an incredible week. He started the week by signing a new contract and then was called to play for Spain’s senior national team for the first time. And then he netted his first La Liga goal on Saturday against Osasuna in a 2-1 loss.  

Osasuna’s comeback win against Villareal means they’ve extended the unbeaten stretch at home in league matches to 29 games. Los Rojillos haven’t failed to collect at least a point at El Sadar since April 1st, 2018. 

All four of La Liga’s Champions League participants have a realistic chance of qualifying to the knockout stage. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona moved onto four points in each of their groups with a 2-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow and 2-1 win over Inter, respectively. Valencia and Real Madrid are also very much alive, following a loss and a draw last week. 

The three Spanish Europa League contenders earned wins on the second matchday. Sevilla beat APOEL 1-0 in their first home match in this season’s competition. Meanwhile, Getafe and Espanyol both emerged victorious after tricky trips to Russia by defeating Krasnodar 2-1, and CSKA Moscow 2-0, respectively.

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