This Week in La Liga: Barcelona Real Madrid keep pace, Dembele season over, Hatem Ben Arfa debut
In case you missed out on the Spanish League this week, here's all the important news that made headlines that you should not miss
What's been going on in LaLiga this past week? A new milestone for Sergio Ramos, injury news out of Barcelona and a long-awaited debut for Hatem Ben Arfa.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Getafe keep up the pace at the top
The top three all won this weekend, meaning that the top of the LaLiga Santander table remains as it was with Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 4-1, in first, Barcelona, who picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win away at Betis, in second and Getafe in third after an impressive 3-0 win over Valencia.
Another injury ends Ousmane Dembele’s season
Bad news out of Barcelona this week as the club announced that Ousmane Dembele will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. With Luis Suarez also out with a long-term injury, the blaugrana are short of options upfront.
Another milestone for Sergio Ramos
By playing in Real Madrid’s win at Osasuna, Sergio Ramos made his 440th appearance for Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight, overtaking Fernando Hierro in the club’s all-time league appearances list. The man from Sevilla now moves into the club’s all-time top five, behind only Iker Casillas, Manuel Sanchis, Raul and Santillana.
Thibaut Courtois, Player of the Month for January
The Belgium international stopper has been announced as the Player of the Month for January in LaLiga Santander after a stellar month between the sticks for Real Madrid. Courtois was up against CA Osasuna’s Sergio Herrero and RCD Espanyol’s David Lopez, taking the gong with his side sitting pretty at the top of the LaLiga Santander table.
Guedes’ return from injury
Valencia may have suffered back-to-back defeats over the past week, but there was some good news out of the club this week as Gonçalo Guedes returned from injury after four months out. The club’s record signing featured off the bench in their Copa del Rey match at Granada and their LaLiga Santander game at Getafe.
A debut for Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa made his debut for Real Valladolid over the weekend, coming on as a substitute in Real Valladolid’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal. The 32-year-old picked up 12 minutes in that game and will be hoping to make an impact the next time he gets on the field.
The first Scottish La Liga goal in 33 years
Oliver Burke’s goal in Alaves’s win over Eibar this weekend was the first scored by a Scotsman in LaLiga Santander in over three decades. The last Scottish goalscorer in the Spanish top flight? Steve Archibald for Barcelona in 1987.
The date and kick-off time for the next ElClasico is set
The highly-awaited clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been set for March 1st at 9pm CET. With both these sides sitting in the top two positions in LaLiga Santander, the result of their meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu could go a long way to deciding the champion at the end of the season.
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