La Liga Matchday 16 Wrap: Real Madrid 8pts clear as Barça, Atletico lose at home
Luka Jovic was the unlikely hero for Real Madrid in La Liga Matchday 16 as they defeated Real Sociedad 2-0 at Reale Seguros Stadium to go 8-point clear at the top of table.
The Serbian striker who came in for injured Karim Benzema assisted and scored a goal to give Carlo Ancelotti men a 2-0 second half win.
Jovic combined with Vinicius Junior for Real Madrid’s first goal before scoring the second goal with a risky heady.
The win takes Real Madrid’s points to 39 after 16 games.
Second place Sevilla secured a 1-0 win against Villarreal at the Estadio R. Sanchez Pizjuan thanks to Lucas Ocampos first half goal.
Samuel Chukwueze was subbed in in the second half and played for 18 minutes.
Sevilla who have played one game less have 31 points from 15 games.
Last season champions Atletico Madrid suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Real Mallorca at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
Atletico who laboured to get their 68th minute goal scored by Matheus Cunha saw their lead wiped off within minutes.
Franco Russo scored in the 80th minute then Real Madrid loanee Takefusa Kubo scored a late winner 17 minutes after coming on.
In another match Xavi Hernandez and his Barcelona boys suffered a 1-0 loss at Camp Nou. Xavi’s former Barcelona teammate Christian Tello assisted the goal scored by Juanmi in the 79th minutes.
The defeat keeps Barcelona on the 7th spot on 23 points from 15 games.
La Liga Matchday 16 Results
Granada 2 Deportivo 1
Sevilla 1 Villarreal 0
Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 2
Barcelona 0 Real Betis 1
Atletico 1 Real Mallorca 2
La Liga Matchday 16 Sunday Fixtures
Rayo Vallecano v Espanyol
Elche v Cardiz
Levante v Osasuna
Celta Vigo v Valencia
La Liga Table
1. Real Madrid 16 39
2. Sevilla 15 31
3. Real Betis 16 30
4. Atletico Madrid 15 29
5. Real Sociedad 16 29
6. Rayo Vallecano 15 24
7. Barcelona 15 23