Antoine Griezmann helps Atletico Madrid crush Real Betis - ESPN FC
Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid got in the mood for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona by thrashing Real Betis 5-1 in the Primera Division. Fernando Torres set the Rojiblancos on their way to their biggest win of the season with a vintage finish on 36 minutes, and a fortuitous goal from Griezmann before the break put Diego Simeone's side well in charge.
Valencia's woes continue after defeat to Las Palmas - ESPN FC
Valencia's miserable run of results continued as Gary Neville's former side suffered a 2-1 defeat at Las Palmas. Pako Ayestaran, the new coach after Neville was sacked on Wednesday, got off to a dream start when Rodrigo Moreno gave the struggling visitors the lead with less than three minutes gone after a gift from Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas.
Deportivo La Coruna hang on for derby draw with Celta Vigo - ESPN FC
Ten-man Deportivo La Coruna hung on to claim a point in the Galician derby at rivals Celta Vigo, surviving a late onslaught to draw 1-1. Celso Borges finished off a swift team move from close range to put the visitors ahead in the 20th minute but Nolito levelled on the half-hour mark with a brilliant finish.
Veteran Gurpegui to replace Laporte | Football Espana
Ernesto Valverde says 35-year-old Carlos Gurpegui is "first choice" to replace Aymeric Laporte for Athletic Bilbao ahead of Sunday’s game against Granada. Laporte will miss the rest of the season after damaging his ankle while on France Under-21 duty last week, and Valverde is banking on experience via the stalwart, who has spent his entire professional career at San Mames – as opposed to a younger option – in central defence.