La Liga returned to action across Spain after the international break in an eventful weekend which saw the first place changed hands more than once. Here are Match Day 9’s top performers:
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
It couldn’t really be anyone else after his heroics in the Barcelona goal helped secure a vital win against Sevilla on Saturday night. The German produced some show-stopping saves to deny the visitors a route back into the game and wowed the Nou Camp crowd with two sets of extraordinary double saves.
The Alavés centre back features in the Team of the Week for the second time in a row as his solid performance at the back helped the Basque club claim all three points at Balaídos on Friday night. It was his cut-back that set up the game’s only goal, scored by Tomas Pina, to send Alavés temporarily top of the league after their win over Celta Vigo.
Levante’s stunning win over Real Madrid at the Bernabéu made headlines across Europe on Saturday afternoon. Postigo’s ball over the top was latched onto by José Morales to score the visitors’ opener before Postigo headed the rearguard action to keep Los Blancos out. His defensive resolve was broken by Marcelo in the second half but Levante held on to their lead until the full time whistle.
The Portuguese left back was instrumental as his Getafe side were 2-1 victors over Rayo Vallecano in the weekend’s Madrid derby. His deliveries from the left wing wreaked havoc amongst the Rayo defence. Dimitri Foulquier converted one of his fierce crosses before another ball into the area was put into his own net by Sergio Akieme.Embed from Getty Images
The Valencia left back spared Marcelino’s blushes when his late equaliser earned Valencia yet another point at the Mestalla. Gayá’s rampaging runs down the left were one of Valencia’s main attacking outlets.
A towering header from the Frenchman put Getafe in front at the Estadio de Vallecas during a dominant midfield display.
The Croatian midfielder netted a stunning volley against his old club to round off the hosts’ scoring in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Sevilla.Embed from Getty Images
The former Blackburn Rovers man produced a combative and creative performance against Real Madrid’s star-studded midfield and played a large part in Levante’s extremely positive result.
Even when he’s not finding the net with regularity, Suarez still contributes to Barcelona’s attacking play where and when he can. His passing was his greatest asset in the first half against Sevilla before his persistence saw him win and convert a penalty to score his first goal in seven games.
Iglesias helped Espanyol up to second place in the La Liga table as his opportunistic positioning and clinical finishes earned him a brace at bottom club Huesca.Embed from Getty Images
Despite playing for just 16 minutes, Messi made his mark on the game with a mixture of skill and class. His reverse ball found Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona’s opener before sweeping a strike of his own past Tomas Vaclik to double his team’s lead.