A mixed bag this weekend in La Liga, as Real Madrid’s emphatic 5-2 home victory over Sociedad was balanced out by two goalless draws and a further three fixtures that only saw one goal. Here are the top point scorers from the 23rd round of action!
Marc ter Stegen, Barcelona – seven points
The Barcelona attack may have come up short for the first time this season but the back line proved as resilient as ever.
ter Stegen bagged his 14th clean sheet of the season in the side’s 0-0 draw with Getafe, a figure only bettered by Atletico’s Jan Oblak.
Ivan Ramis, Eibar – eight points
The 33-year-old may be something of a journeyman nowadays but his exploits over the weekend proved just how vital a role he can still play for Eibar.
The Spaniard paired a hard earned clean sheet at Leganes with a dramatic 94th minute goal that sealed his side an unlikely victory that sees them pile the pressure onto a faltering Sevilla.
Inigo Martinez, Athletic Bilbao – five points
The Basque team will be bitterly disappointed to have been held to a goalless draw by a visiting Las Palmas who sit in the relegation zone but the clean sheet was at least a consolation for the Bilbao defence.
Martinez may have only recently joined from fierce rivals Real Sociedad but he will be hoping that his performance is a sign that there are promising things to come on his new adventure.
Lucas Digne, Barcelona – five points
The Frenchman got a rare outing for Barcelona this weekend, making just his eighth appearance of the campaign.
The former PSG man may be disappointed that he was unable to leave an attacking impression during his side’s dour draw, however, his fourth clean sheet will at least be a shred of comfort.
Anaitz Arbilla, Eibar – five points
Another member of the Eibar squad that secured a dramatic victory at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Arbilla has proven a steady performer for the team that finished 10th last campaign.
With his side picking up good form in recent weeks, the fitness of the 30-year-old could be instrumental in their challenge for a European spot.
Lucas, Real Madrid – six points
Academy product Vázquez may have been short on starts this season –13 of his 19 league appearances this campaign have come from the bench – but he will be hoping that his outing against Sociedad will have left an impression on Zinedine Zidane as he looks to find a formula that can guarantee his side’s qualification for the Champions League.
His first minute goal in his side’s demolition of Real Sociedad set the tone for the match and played a key role in him grabbing six points.
Asier Illarramendi, Real Sociedad – four points
Illarramendi may be keen to forget his side’s mauling at the hands of his old club but he can at least take away the token of a consolation goal at the Bernabeu.
The sixth goal of his season, the 27-year-old now sits on 34 points this campaign.
Sarabia, Sevilla – six points
The playmaker’s fourth goal of the season proved a decisive one as his side ran out 1-0 winners over ninth placed Girona – a result that sees his side put an end to a bad run of form.
Sarabia secured his 41st point of the campaign thanks to his exploits this weekend and will be all to aware of the important role he will have to play if his team are to secure a place in next season’s Europa League.
Daniel Parejo, Valencia – six points
Parejo topped off a fine personal performance when he converted a late penalty to see his team secure a 3-1 victory over strugglers Levante as they bounced back from three consecutive defeats.
The 28-year-old has now bagged 31 points for the season having grabbed five goals and five assists to this point.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – sixteen points
Madrid may not have had the best of campaigns across 2017/18 but they turned the style on in their 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad.
Ronaldo was at the heart of the side’s phenomenal victory – netting a magnificent hat-trick that saw him on his way to sixteen points.
After a slow start to the season, the Portuguese attacker has now bagged a more than respectable 11 goals in 18 appearances.
Maximiliano Gomez, Celta Vigo – seven points
The 21-year-old Uruguayan striker has settled in wonderfully to his new surroundings this season, picking up 13 goals in 22 outings so far.
His brace on the weekend may have only been enough to secure a draw at Espanyol but it has at least put him onto a highly impressive 47 points during his maiden La Liga campaign.
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