Sofiane Feghouli and Thievy Bifouma scored important goals to help their respective sides claim maximum points in the La Liga this weekend.
Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli scored Valencia’s third as Los Che moved to fourth spot, two points above Sevilla and four points adrift of Atletico Madrid, with a 4-0 thumping of Granada at the Mestalla. Feghouli’s goal came with five minutes to go, doing well to race onto a pass from Negredo before drilling a strike beyond the visitors goalkeeper. Isaac Success and Allan Nyom were in action for Granada, as the latter picked up a yellow card in the dying embers of the match, while Alhassane Bangoura and Uche Agbo watched the match from the Granada bench.
Thievy Bifouma netted his second goal in as many matches to help Almeria recover from last weekend’s slump at Rayo Vallecano to record a crucial 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Eibar; moving out of the bottom three. It took the Congolese striker only eight minutes to get his name on the score sheet as he showed wonderful feet outside the box before striking one past Irureta. Verza finished off the visitors with the second from the penalty spot to secure maximum points for the host.
Burkina Faso forward Jonathan Zongo partnered Bifouma up front with his only real contribution to proceedings coming before the interval as he sprinted down the wings and slid the ball to Bifouma, but the Congolese effort was deflected over the cross bar. Ghana’s Thomas Partey lined up in the middle for Almeria.
Nordin Amrabat fired in a low drive from 20 yards after showing brilliant quick feet on the edge of the box to give Malaga a 1-0 lead just two minutes after half time. But he and his teammates including Arthur Boka and Carlos Kameni could not prevent Deportivo La Coruna from levelling the score as the host extended their winless run to six matches.
Cape Verde winger Mendes Rodrigues put in a fine performance as he completed the most successful dribbles according to WhoScored on the day, but it could not save Elche from being hammered 3-0 at the Vincente Calderon by Atletico Madrid. Faycal Fajr starred and lasted the entire duration of the game for the visitors who went in search of a third straight victory.
Cordoba’s hopes of beating the drop were dealt a massive blow as an own goal in the 56th minute was enough for Inaki Williams‘ Athletic Bilbao to win 1-0 on Friday. Ramos came on with 19 minutes left on clock but Patrick Ekeng and Nabil Ghilas were not part of the Cordoba squad due to suspension.
Meanwhile, at Coliseum Alfonso Perez Nabil El-zhar, Mohammed Sissoko, Papakouli Diop, Simao Junior and Kalu Uche had Victor Casadesus to thank for scoring the only goal as strugglers Levante claimed a valuable three points with a 1-0 win over Getafe. Simao lasted the entire duration of the game but Sissoko and Uche came on as 80th and 82nd minute substitutes respectively for Levante while Mehdi Lacer and Papa Diawara started and finished the match for the hosts who now sit 13th in the league following the defeat.
Ikechukwu Uche, who received a red card in the previous game, and Eric Bailly, who collected his fifth yellow card last weekend, were sidelined in Villarreal’s pulsating goalless draw at Real Sociedad.
Cameroon midfielder Stephane M’bia was left on the Sevilla bench in their 2-0 home win over Rayo Vallecano who fielded Manucho Gonçlaves and Abdoulaye Ba.