El Clasico of Spanish Football, to be played this weekend, was postponed. Meanwhile, Granada defeated Real Betis 1-0 at home on Sunday to clinch a one-point lead in Spain’s La Liga, over four followers. Taking advantage of the postponement of the Real Madrid vs Barcelona match to have been played in Catalunya, the recently promoted Andalusians continued their storybook season.
The Merengues and Cules will remain a game behind the pace until they meet in the Clasico later this winter, on December 18th at the Camp Nou. The second Clasico will be in the Spring (date and time to be determined) at the Bernabeu.
The postponement of the highly anticipated Clasico is due to the civil unrest around the Catalan region because to the imprisonment of several members of the separatist movement who had attempted to gain independence from the national government for their autonomous region. In dueling protests, pro separation and pro unity groups took to the streets and rioting ensued, which has so far lasted over a week.
The Tenth Round
The 10th Round of La Liga began with a 4-1 home win by Villarreal over Alaves on Friday, followed on Saturday by home wins for Leganes (1-0) over Mallorca, Real Valladolid (2-0) over Eibar, and Atletico Madrid (2-0) over Athletic Bilbao.
Also on Sunday, Celta Vigo lost at home 0-1 to Real Sociedad while Levanted did the same losing 0-1 to Espanyol. Sevilla defeated Getafe 2-0 and Osasuna surprised visiting Valencia, winning 3-1.
Whichever team wins the first El Clasico should have the upper hand between the eternal rivals as the latter, rubber match will likely be played well toward the end of the season.
In UEFA Champions League (UCL) play earlier in the week, Atletico Madrid sneaked a 1-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge were destroyed 0-5 at home by PSG, Real Madrid won 1-0 away to Galatasaray, Tottenham won 5-0 at home to Crvena Zvezda, Bayern Munich won 3-2 away to a tough Olympiakos, Manchester City poured it on at home 5-1 over outmatched Atalanta, and Juventus won 2-1 at home over Lokomotiv Moskva. All of these matches were played on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Ajax lost 0-1 at home to Chelsea, Napoli won away 3-2 to Salzburg, Liverpool won 4-1 away to Genk, Inter beat visiting Borussia Dortmund 2-0, and Barcelona won 2-1 away to Slavia Praha. An interesting statistic of the competition emerged when it was revealed that after Lionel Messi the largest contributor to Catalan goals this UCL season was “own-goals.”