La Liga: Barcelona and Atletico Madrid closing in on Real at the top after more dropped points by Zidane’s side.

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Real Madrid drew for the second successive match as Las Palmas stole a late point in the Canary Islands.

Zinedine Zidane’s visitors were ahead after 33 minutes when young midfielder Marco Asensio scored his first for the club, only for Tana to equalise just seven minutes before half-time.

Karim Benzema restored order after the hour with a neat finish and looked to have won the game for Real, but Sergio Araujo had other ideas five minutes from time and earned the Gran Canarians a famous home point.

There were no such problems for Barcelona away at Sporting Gijon as they kept up their perfect away record in La Liga this season with a 5-0 thrashing.

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Neymar celebrates his brace. (Image Credit: thehardtackle.com)

After a tight half an hour, former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set the ball rolling before Rafinha quickly gave Barca some breathing space.

It was to stay 2-0 until the final nine minutes, with Neymar scoring twice for the Catalans and Arda Turan getting the other after Alberto Lora was sent off for the hosts.

It is the second time in a week Barcelona have hit five as they capably plugged the void left by the injured Lionel Messi, while Gijon have conceded five for the second match in three after a 5-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

This weekend it wasn’t so easy for Atletico as they eventually bettered 10-man Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.

Faycal Fajr’s brainless second booking in the dying embers of the first half meant Gaizka Garitano’s visitors played the entire second half a man light.

Antoine Griezmann ensured that Atleti finally took advantage of that with 20 minutes left and that was how it stayed as Deportivo went into damage limitation mode.

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Antoine Griezmann nets his fifth goal of the season. (Image Credit: operamasala.com)

The result leaves Atletico third, two points behind leaders and city rivals Real while Deportivo are 16th and clear of the relegation zone by goal difference only.

Other Results

Real Betis 1-0 Malaga

Eibar 2-0 Real Sociedad

Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Sevilla

Leganes 1-2 Valencia

Villarreal 3-1 Osasuna

Espanyol 1-2 Celta Vigo

Alaves 3-1 Granada

League Table

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