A roundup of Wednesday’s action in Spain’s top flight…
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Barcelona 6-1 Sporting Gijon
Carlos Castro gave the visitors a brief glimmer of hope, but MSN and co. ensured Barcelona a spot at the top of La Liga on Wednesday. Barca got out to a quick start after Lionel Messi continued his hot goalscoring form in the ninth minute, before an own goal from Juan Rodriguez doubled the lead two minutes later.
From there, it was all Barcelona. Luis Suarez, Paco Alcacer, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic each found the back of the net, including Neymar’s phenomenal free kick just minutes after the hour mark.
Following the match, manager Luis Enrique revealed that he won’t return for the 2017/18 season. Enrique’s contract is due to expire in May at the conclusion of the current campaign.
Real Madrid 3-3 Las Palmas
The league leaders suffered a setback at the Santiago Bernabeu with a draw against Las Palmas. Despite going up early by way of an Isco finish, Gareth Bale‘s second-half red card changed the complexion of the match for the hosts.
The former Spurs attacker was dismissed in the 47th minute, prompting Jonathan Vieira and Kevin-Prince Boateng to put Palmas in front early in the second half.
Cristiano Ronaldo managed to pull a goal back in the 86th minute after a controversial penalty kick was awarded. Then, the Portuguese international scored again three minutes later to give Real a share of the points on the day.
Real sits one point behind Barcelona following Wednesday’s draw, however, Zinedine Zidane’s side still holds one match in hand.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Osasuna 1-4 Villareal
Granada 2-1 Alaves
Celta Vigo 2-2 Espanyol
Thursday’s La Liga schedule
Deportivo La Coruna vs. Atletico Madrid (2:45 p.m. ET)
Sevilla vs. Athletic Bilbao (3:30 p.m. ET)