La Liga race stays tight after Barcelona, Madrid, Atletico all win

Saturday April 30th, 2016

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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were all victorious in La Liga on Saturday, the three wins setting up a tight final stretch that will determine the eventual champion.

Just one point separates the top three teams in La Liga with two matches left apiece.​ 

After a 2–0 win over Real Betis, Barcelona maintained its lead at 85 points, owning tiebreakers on head to head goal differential against both Madrid and Atletico. The Blaugrana dominated possession and went ahead on goals by Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.

Elsewhere, Atletico stayed even with a 1–0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Antoine Griezmann put the hosts up for good.

Real Madrid was bailed out by a late Gareth Bale header for a 1–0 win at Real Sociedad. The club sits in third, with 84 points.

Next week, Barcelona hosts Espanyol, Madrid hosts Valencia and Atletico travels to Levante.

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