La Liga game week 9: Roundup, results, team of the week

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Bengaluru, Oct 24: It was an eventful week in La Liga as Real Madrid reached the top of the table with a hard-fought win over Athletic Bilbao last night (October 23). Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata scored for the visitors.

FC Barcelona struggled hard to pick full three points thanks to a brace from Lionel Messi. Atletico Madrid lost to Sevilla and thus were demoted to the fifth position in the league table.

Real Madrid players celebrate (Image courtesy: Real Madrid Twitter)

Drama unfolded at the Mestalla stadium on Saturday at Barcelona Vs Valencia match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match which was cancelled out by Barcelona loanee Munir El-Haddadi.

Rodrigo's strike within four minutes gave the home side their lead. Thanks to Luis Suarez, the Catalans restored parity in the game.

The visitors earned a penalty in the dying seconds of the match when Luis Suarez was brought down inside the penalty box. Lionel Messi scored the winning from the spot-kick ensuring three crucial points.

After the goal as the entire Barcelona squad were celebrating, Valencia fans threw a bottle aiming the visiting team. It hit Luis Suarez who went down on the ground. The incident was hard to digest for Messi who furiously went towards the crowd and hurled abuses.

Here are all the results from Game Week 9

Osasuna 1-2 Real Betis

Espanyol 3-3 Eibar

Valencia 2-3 FC Barcelona

Real Sociedad 3-0 Alaves

Granada 0-0 Sporting Gijon

Celta Vigo 4-1 Deportivo

Sevilla 1-0 Atletico Madrid

Villarreal 2-1 Las Palmas

Malaga 4-0 Leganes

Real Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Team of the Week

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Sergio Alvarez

Defenders: Hugo Mallo, Facundo Roncaglia, Raul Navas, Nicolas Pareja

Midfielders: Xabi Prieto, Ignacio Camacho, Steven N'Zonzi

Strikers: Lionel Messi, Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas

Team of the Week formation

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