Another week of La Liga action has flown by, with Barcelona getting back to winning ways, as Atletico Madrid trip up, and the Ronaldo/Messi battle continues.
On Sunday Morning Real Madrid hosted Getafe, and after a goalless first half, Sergio Ramos gave them the lead after 54 minutes. Then came the Ronaldo show, as the Portuguese superstar netted a ten minute perfect hat trick, which included a penalty, as the game finished 4-0 to the home side.
Later in the day, not to be outdone by his rival, Lionel Messi went on to score four goals, as Barcelona thumped 10 man Osasuna 5-1. The game got off to a routine start with Messi firing the home side into an 11th minute lead, but Osasuna silenced the Nou Camp by equalising ten minutes later through Raoul Loe.
Normality resumed, when defender Alejandro Arribas handled in the box, not only giving Barcelona the lead as Messi slotted away the penalty, but also receiving a red card. Pedro then added a third on 40 minutes, before Messi grabbed two more in the second half, to take his league total to 33 goals.
Atletico Madrid are now 11 points behind, after they fell 3-0 away to Athletic Bilbao. Without Falcao, who was injured, Atletico barely threatened, and were punished by goals from San Jose, Susaeta, and Oscar De Marcos.
Malaga climbed back up to 4th, after an entertaining 3-2 victory over 2nd bottom Mallorca. The away side took the lead early on through Javier Saviola, with Isco, who recently signed a new deal at the club, adding a 2nd, before Victor pulled one back for Mallorca.
In the second half Nacho Monreal gave Malaga a 3-1 lead, only for Gio Dos Santos to once again pull one back. Malaga were reduced to ten with 20 minutes to go, as Martin Demichelis was shown his 2nd yellow, but they held on for the three points.
Betis slipped to 5th after they were battered 3-0 by Rayo Vallecano, who continue their impressive campaign, while a 92nd minute Tino Costa goal gave Valencia a 3-2 win over bottom club Deportivo, who now look in real danger of the drop.
Elsewhere Levante got back to winning ways, with a 2-1 win over Valladolid, Real Sociedad came back to draw 1-1 with 10 man Celta Vigo, and Real Zaragoza drew 0-0 with Espanyol.
The final game of match week 21 came on Monday with Sevilla grabbing 3 crucial points as they saw off Granada, thanks to goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Alvaro Negredo, and Gary Medel.
Now we look forward to Wednesday, and an El Clasico between Barcelona, and Real Madrid in the semi final of the Copa Del Rey.