After a 2-0 home victory over Celta Vigo, Real Madrid took the top spot in LaLiga, benefiting from the fact that city rivals Atletico do not play until Sunday, as the Madrid players have already played three more games.
After just five minutes, Lucas Vazquez gave Real the lead after converting a cross from Marco Asensio pic.twitter.com/G0h3LdPZ7b- LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) January 2, 2021 When Vazquez’s pass was converted by Asensio, Real extended their lead in the 54th minute with a fast counter-attack. After beating Levante 2-1 at El Madrigal, Villarreal is fourth. After 19 minutes, Fernando Nino gave the home side the lead with Gerard Moreno shooting the second goal in the 54th minute into the bottom corner. #VillarrealLevante pic.twitter.com/9EKPIFwja9- Villarreal CF English (@Eng Villarreal) January 2, 2021The header of Sergio Leon set a tense finale on 73 minutes, but the side of Unai Emery prevailed in the closing stages. After a 1-1 draw at rivals Real Betis, Sevilla dropped points and is now fifth, although two games away from Villarreal. After a promising Covid 19 test, Betis missed many players, including captain Joaquin, and they fell behind when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri set up Suso to equalize early in the second half. A disputed derby ends in a draw #WeareSevilla #NeverSurrender #ElGranDerbi pic.twitter.com/uGqzpfcLqQ- Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC ENG) January 2, 2021 However, when Sergio Canales converted a penalty in the 53rd minute, the home side soon equalized. With 15 minutes left, Betis had a chance to take the lead, but this time Sevilla goalkeeper Bono parried the penalty for Nabil Fekir. On Saturday, a first-half goal was enough for Shon Weissman to assist Real Valladolid to win Getafe 1-0. Leipzig is trying hard to defeat Bayern tomorrow # BLMatchday pic.twitter. Com/EMHgbGpJOl- Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga EN) January 2, 2021RB With a 1-0 victory in Stuttgart, Leipzig climbed to the top of the Bundesliga. Julian Nagelsmann’s side took full advantage of the fact that rivals Bayern Munich did not play until Sunday, winning a point from midfielder Dani Olmo with a second half volley. After losing 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen had earlier missed the opportunity to sustain the pressure on the league leaders. Nadiem Amiri had put the visitors ahead after ten minutes when he used a brilliant turn and deft finish with the back of his head through the legs of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba deflected the ball into his own net (Michael Probst/AP). In the 22nd minute, however, the home side equalized. On the bottom side of Schalke, Hertha Berlin inflicted another loss, winning 3-0 at the Olympiastadion, while new head coach Christian Gross lost his first game in charge. With 36 minutes left, the opening goal was scored by midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, on loan from Arsenal. Com/AL2o8qMlBQ- Schalke FC 04 (@s04 de) January 2, 2021 Early in the second half, Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba added to the tally and the sack was made by replacement Krzysztof Piatek. Just before the end, Breel Embolo’s goal earned Borussia Mönchengladbach a 1-0 victory at Arminia Bielefeld, snapping a four-game losing streak in the Bundesliga. With a 3-1 win at Hoffenheim, Freiburg celebrated their fourth win in a row. After just seven minutes before Vincenzo Grifo scored his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, Baptiste Santamaria put the Black Forest side ahead of him. View this post on InstagramA post shared by SC Freiburg (@scfreiburg)It was 3-0 just before the half-time break when defender Kasim Adams redirected a cross into the Hoffenheim net. In the 58th minute, Ihlas Bebou scored the consolation goal for the home side. Augsburg won 1-0 at Cologne late on when defender Iago scored in the 77th minute from close range. Union Berlin won 2-0 at Werder Bremen with Sheraldo Becker (12th) and Taiwo Awoniyiii (12th) goals in the first half (28th).