European Roundup: Arturo Vidal keeps Barcelona in hunt for La Liga title

    The Argentine ended up being the first player in Spain to both score and assist 20 goals or more in the very same season.

    Barcelona remained in touch with LaLiga leaders Real Madrid with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Real Valladolid.

    Arturo Vidal‘s 8th goal of the season after 15 minutes sees Barcelona path Real Madrid having actually played a game more.

    Real have 3 games to play and stay favourites to finish up a first domestic title because 2017 with Granada, Villarreal and Leganes left on their component list.

    Leo #Messi’s 15 th minute assist to @kingarturo23 was his 20 th of the season, connecting him with Xavi for the all-time single season record in @LaLigaEN

    — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 11, 2020

    Vidal may have been the match-winner, however it was Lionel Messi who sculpted his name in LaLiga history as soon as again.

    Messi slipped the ball through to Vidal and he flashed home a low shot for the Argentinian to end up being the first player in the league to both score and assist 20 goals or more in the very same LaLiga season.

    Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi had actually been the last player to reach the figure of 20 assists in LaLiga during the 2008-09 season.

    Barcelona controlled the first half and Antoine Griezmann and Messi had possibilities to double the lead, the latter’s deflected shot falling simply large of a post.

    20– Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the second player to score 20 goals (22) and supply 20 assists in a single season in the Leading 5 European Leagues in the 21 st century after Thierry Henry (24 goals and 20 assists in 2002/03 forArsenal History.

    — OptaJose (@OptaJose) July 11, 2020

    Valladolid enhanced after the break and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a fine diving conserve to reject Enes Unal’s close-range header.

    Ter Stegen likewise parried Sandro Ramirez‘s intense shot and the hosts felt alternative Junior Firpo had actually dealt with in the box.

    However Barcelona hung on for the 3 points that keeps their slim title hopes alive.

    Atletico Madrid increased their quote to finish 3rd with a 1-0 home success over Real Betis.

    What a strike from @diegocosta! ❤ #AtletiRealBetis

    — LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) July 11, 2020

    Diego Costa developed a 76 th-minute winner after Atletico had defender Mario Hemoso dispatched prior to the hour.

    Celta Vigo stay in transfer difficulty after letting an early lead slip to lose 2-1 at Osasuna.

    Santi Mina transformed Iago Aspas’ 11 th-minute cross to hand the visitors the lead, however Enric Gallego equalised midway through the first half.

    Mid- table Osasuna took success in the final seconds as Jose Arnaiz‘s header left Celta 4 points above the transfer zone.

    FEET|⏱|As soon as more at the Allianz for a very crucial point, we fightback! #JuveAtalanta #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve

    — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 11, 2020

    On the other hand, 2 questionable Cristiano Ronaldo charges protected Juventus a 2-2 draw against Serie A title competitors Atalanta.

    Atalanta’s self-confidence from 11 succeeding wins in all competitions appeared from the start and Duvan Zapata fired the visitors into a 16 th-minute lead.

    Juventus levelled when Marten De Roon dealt with, although it was tough for the Dutchman to leave the way of Paolo Dybala‘s cross, and Ronaldo hammered home the spot- kick.

    Replacement Ruslan Malinovskiy brought back Atalanta’s lead 10 minutes from time with an intense 16- backyard shot.

    Paulo Dybala won a questionable first penalty for Juventus in their 2-2 draw with Serie A title competitors Atalanta (John Walton/PA)

    However Luis Muriel regrettably dealt with in the final minute and Ronaldo drove home his 28 th league goal for Juventus to inch closer to a ninth succeeding league title.

    The result leaves Juventus 8 points clear of second- positioned Lazio and 9 ahead of Atalanta with 6 games staying.

    Lazio’s post- lockdown blues continued with a 3rd straight defeat as mid-table Sassuolo won 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

    The hosts were on a 21-match unbeaten league run and one point behind Juventus when Serie A was suspended due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

    However it has actually been a various story because the reboot and Lazio have actually now lost 4 of their last 6 games.

    Luis Alberto met Manuel Lazzari‘s cross after 33 minutes to put Lazio ahead.

    2 straight wins, back on track

    More from the boss ➡

    — AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 11, 2020

    When replacement Francesco Caputo set up Giacomo Raspadori’s first Serie A goal,

    However Sassuolo levelled 7 minutes after the reboot.

    Caputo then headed home the winner in blockage time as Sassuolo hung on to 8th spot.

    Fifth-placed Roma finished a comfy 3-0 win at lowly Brescia

    All the goals came in the second half as Federico Fazio (48), Nikola Kalinic (62) and Nicolo Zaniolo (74) guaranteed Brescia stay 7 points from safety.

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