Athletic tightens the fight for third place in League F and Betis comes out of relegation


Athletic Club confirmed its great moment of play and results and definitively entered among the candidates to fight for third position in the 2023-2024 F League by defeating Atlético de Madrid 1-0 and taking advantage of the draws of Levante and Madrid CFF, while at the bottom Real Betis put an end to their bad streak and came out of relegation, in matches corresponding to the twenty-third day of the championship with victories also from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Athletic Club added its seventh consecutive victory and was three points behind the third position held by Levante UD after winning its direct duel against Atlético de Madrid in Lezama thanks to a goal from Clara Pinedo after the quarter of an hour that rewarded another good game from the team coached by David Aznar.

The colchoneras, despite their improvement in the second half, could not avoid another setback in Arturo Ruiz’s second game as coach and lost another opportunity to place themselves in the last place that gives access to the possibility of playing in the Champions League, although They remain two points ahead of the next key matchday as Athletic Club will visit Madrid CFF and Levante UD will host Real Madrid.

The ‘granota’ team also failed and could not win the Mestalla derby against Valencia, where they tied 1 goal to confirm that they are not at their best either. Alba Redondo put the visitors ahead with a great goal at half an hour, instantly balanced by the success of another scorer like Anita Marcos. The ‘che’ remain five above relegation.

Nor could Madrid CFF add the three points, which is still close to Levante UD after drawing two goals against Costa Adeje Tenerife in what was their second consecutive exit. The locals took the lead twice through Patri Gavira and Ange Nguessan, but Luany and Lucía Pardo responded.

In this way, the weekend was once again favorable for Real Madrid, which practically sealed the runners-up position as they increased their advantage over third place to eleven points by beating Granada CF 5-0, which fell into the relegation zone. Linda Caicedo, Naomie Feller, Signe Bruun and Tere Abelleira were the Real Madrid scorers, in addition to an own goal from Alba Pérez.

For its part, the leader FC Barcelona also scored a new victory, beating Villarreal 5-1, more combative than the scoreboard indicates since it was 1-1 at the Johan Cruyff until after the hour mark, but that finally continues in trouble, three above the ‘burning’.

Kayla McKenna equalized Claudia Pina’s early initial goal, but the Blaugranas accelerated at the end and comfortably scored with goals from Fridolina Rolfö, Alexia Putellas (from a penalty) and a double from a former member of the Castellón team like Salma Paralluelo to gain strength for the Visit of Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Furthermore, another of the highlights of the day was Real Betis’ 1-2 victory against Levante Las Planas. The green and white team had gone 13 league games without winning and did so by overcoming Ghizlane Chebbak’s initial goal with Leles Carrión and Tiffany Cameron to escape relegation ahead of Granada and put its rival in serious trouble, which remains two points behind. decline.

Five above is SD Eibar, which took three vital points at home against Sevilla 3-0 with a double from Andrea Álvarez and a goal from Yolanda Aguirre, while Sporting Club Huelva took another step towards the bye of the category despite its draw in Zubieta (1-1) against a Real Sociedad in crisis of results and that did not take advantage of Mirari Uria’s early goal, equaled by Raiderlin Carrasco.