Valencia missed a golden opportunity to gain some ground on league leaders Barcelona by losing 1-0 at the home of ten-man Getafe. Barca were only able to get a draw and so Valencia are left five points adrift at the top of La Liga. In the relegation zone Las Palmas and Alaves both won their respective games to condemn Malaga to bottom of the table.
So on that note, let’s take a look at some of the top defenders in La Liga from this past few days. All of the players on this list earned five points for their sides, and so here’s a breakdown of just how they got there.
In fifth place we have Sevilla stopper Gabriel Mercado, who earned his five points thanks to the clean sheet in his team’s 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña. Wissam Ben Yedder opened the scoring before Michael Krohn-Dehli scored the second in that match, which sees Sevilla remain fifth in the table.
Next up was Levante star Sergio Postigo. His side drew 0-0 at the home of Malaga to earn his five points. That draw means that Juan Muñiz’s side climb up to 14th and leapfrog Espanyol in the process, who lost at Eibar.
Postigo’s fellow Levante defender Chema Rodríguez comes in third. The 25-year-old former Alcorcón defender featured in that 0-0 draw against Malaga as well, and Levante are just five points away from the European places.
Unai Núñez comes second on our list. The 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao centre-back featured as Los Leones earned a goalless draw at home against champions Real Madrid. That was Bilbao’s third draw in a row, and boss José Ángel Ziganda will be hoping they can end that run with a win in their trip to Levante on Sunday.
Finally, the top defender from last weekend in La Liga was none other than Mathías Oliveira. The Uruguay U-20 international played through Getafe’s 1-0 win over Valencia, and so he gets his five points from that clean sheet. Having come close to joining Galatasaray in the summer, he eventually signed a six year contract with the La Liga outfit in July.
That was Valencia’s first league loss of the season, and most impressively Getafe managed it with 10 men after loan star Mauro Arambarri was dismissed after 25 minutes. Midfielder Markel Bergara scored the only goal of that game with just over 20 minutes left.
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