La Liga roundup: Atletico, Real and Barca all cruise to wins
There was no shortage of goals on Saturday in Spain as La Liga’s top four sides scored a combined 20 goals.
Atletico Madrid began the eventful day by atop La Liga with an impressive 7-1 thrashing of last-place Granada. Yannick Carrasco was the star for Atleti with a hat-trick, while Nicolas Gaitan, Angel Correa and Tiago also found the back of the net for Diego Simeone’s side. Isaac Cuenca actually managed to put Granada out in front after 18 minutes, however, it was all downhill from there for the winless club.
Five different goalscorers helped Real Madrid cruise to a 6-1 win over Real Betis, including Isco’s double on both sides of halftime. Raphael Varane got Los Blancos off and running after four minutes, while Karim Benzema and Marcelo also fired for Real before the second stanza. Cristiano Ronaldo notched the final tally for Real with 12 minutes to play.
Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna behind goals from three different goalscorers, including Lionel Messi, who made an emphatic return from injury. Rafinha gave the Blaugrana a two-goal lead in the first half, while Luis Suarez made it 3-0 before the break. Messi scored Barca’s final goal in the 58th minute, just three minutes after coming into the game.
Pablo Sarabia netted a late winner for Sevilla in its 3-2 win over Leganes on the road. After Franco Vasquez and Samir Nasri gave the visitors a 2-0 lead inside of an hour, Leganes pulled off an impressive comeback with two goals in as many minutes when David Timor and Alexander Szymanowski found the back of the net. The victory puts Sevilla up to third in La Liga.