As the world stands still and attempts to curb the deadly coronavirus, here are some of the best moments, so far, in the 2019/20 La Liga campaign:
PART 1 | The best moments of the 2019/20 La Liga season
PART 2 | The best moments of the 2019/20 La Liga season
Just a basic save from Oblak
September’s Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano was
goalless when Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos’ whipped cross was headed
expertly by Karim Benzema towards the bottom corner of the net. But Atletico
goalkeeper Jan Oblak sprung into action, somehow getting across to palm the
ball to safety. “It was just a basic stop,” said Oblak afterwards, but everyone
knew it was a lot more than that, and the Slovenian had once again saved his
team against their city rivals.
2020 begins in style
La Liga returned from its winter break in style on January
3rd at the Jose Zorrilla in Valladolid. It took less than 300 seconds of play
in 2020 for now-Barça forward Martin Braithwaite to put Leganes ahead. The
following nine minutes then featured both a second goal for the visitors from
Roque Mesa and Enes Unal getting one back for home team Real Valladolid. We
then had to wait a whole 66 minutes of play before Turkish international Unal
headed his second of the game for a deserved 2-2 final score.
Molina pirouettes Getafe up to third place
Getafe and Valencia have developed a keen rivalry over
recent seasons, so the manner of February’s comprehensive 3-0 La Liga victory
over Los Che was especially sweet for many at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
37-year-old Jorge Molina’s solo second goal, featuring both a nutmeg and
pirouette away from three markers, was extra special. The result also lifted
Pepe Bordalas’ team to third place in the La Liga Santander table, keeping them
on course for their highest-ever finish.
Messi ends drought with a ‘poker’
Barcelona star Lionel Messi was supposed to be in a
‘drought’ when Eibar came to the Camp Nou in late February, having gone a full
four La Liga games without a goal. A superbly taken first half hat-trick put an
end to that run, while another strike late in the second half meant a fifth
‘poker’ four-goal haul of the blaugrana talisman’s La Liga career. With a total
of 19 goals at this point, Messi is well set for a record top scorer award at
Vinicius’ not-so-decisive El Clasico strike
March’s El Clasico clash between top two Real Madrid and
Barcelona was hyped as potentially decisive in the 2019/20 La Liga title race.
Hence the wild celebrations at the Bernabeu when Vinicius Junior’s cross-shot
took a deflection off blaugrana defender Gerard Pique on its way to the net,
sending Los Blancos top of the La Liga standings. But yet another unexpected
swing just a week later saw Barça retake the lead at the top, and the Catalans
currently have a two-point advantage with 11 La Liga games remaining.