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Corrigan: La Liga review

La Liga

Neymar and Suarez not affected by Messi return; Real made to work

The ESPN FC crew discuss how enjoyable it is to watch Barcelona football when they are playing at their best.

Dermot Corrigan recaps what you need to know from the weekend's La Liga action, with Barcelona cruising, Real Madrid forced to work hard and Saul starring for Atletico.

1. Lionel Messi return has not affected Neymar and Luis Suarez's form

There was a feeling that Neymar and Luis Suarez really enjoyed their time in the spotlight during Leo Messi's two months out injured, but there was also some concern among Blaugrana fans and pundits that the superstar's return might cramp their styles a little.


Atletico Madrid have youthful options to replace injured Tiago in the midfield

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Steve Nicol believe that Atletico Madrid can finish above Real Madrid in La Liga.

As so often happens in football, one man's misfortune can be just the stroke of luck another player needs. Unfortunately for Atletico Madrid, this misfortune comes in the news that midfield general, metronome and unsung hero Tiago has suffered a broken leg, ruling him out for at least the next four months.

The Portugal international has displayed some of the best form of his career throughout the past 18 months, putting in energetic, all-action displays more akin to that of a 24-year-old as opposed...

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Cristiano Ronaldo retains lead over Lionel Messi after both men score

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fared in their La Liga fixtures this past weekend.

Each week, ESPN FC projects and reviews the season-long scoring battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 9-4 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo consolidated his five-goal lead over Lionel Messi, as both men netted once at the weekend.

Ronaldo converted a penalty as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Eibar. Otherwise, it was a somewhat frustrating day for the Portuguese forward, who took nine shots but hit the target with only two.

Meanwhile, Messi marked...

 By Rob Train

Pepe impresses, but Ronaldo has off day in Real Madrid win in Eibar

Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Eibar on Sunday.

It certainly wasn't pretty, but Rafael Benitez desperately needed a win and his Real Madrid side one carved one out in Eibar against a resolute, well-drilled side who did not give the visitors an inch.

Goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 2-0 win that was essential after Barcelona had thrashed Real Sociedad 4-0 on Saturday to open up a nine-point advantage over Real in the table.

Benitez rang the changes in Eibar, bringing James in from the cold, benching Karim Benzema and Casemiro...

Antoine Griezmann a hero for Atletico Madrid once again

Antoine Griezmann was the difference as Atletico Madrid beat Espanyol on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid consolidated second place in La Liga and kept on leaders Barcelona's coattails with a yet another 1-0 victory, this time over Espanyol, at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

This type of match is becoming a familiar tale for Los Rojiblancos this season, with Diego Simone's side dominating play, possession and territory only to find themselves incapable of scoring a second to put themselves and the fans at ease.

Atleti's third consecutive 1-0 league victory got off to the perfect start,...

 By Lee Roden

World class Neymar drives Barcelona past Real Sociedad

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says Real Sociedad were lambs to the slaughter in their 4-0 defeat by Barcelona.

BARCELONA, Spain --- Neymar played creator and finisher as FC Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Camp Nou to keep their place at the top of La Liga.

The Brazilian was in sensational form yet again, darting across the pitch to cause problems for the away team, proving generous in his creation of chances, finishing off two of the Blaugrana's goals, and assisting on the fourth.

Compatriot Dani Alves gave him a run for his money, making several excellent runs into the Basque area, and capping...