The title contenders of the 2023/2024 Spanish La Liga Season are surprising to every football fan in the world, as Girona FC are in a tight battle with traditional domestic and European club football giants Real Madrid for the elusive crown, while last season’s champions, Xavi’s Barcelona are trailing the current league leaders Girona FC by a big margin at third place with 44 points. In last night’s Matchday 21 encounter, Girona FC humiliated bottom-half side Sevilla at home, meaning they will continue to reign supreme at the summit of the Spanish top-flight football for another week.
Girona FC’s Fairytale Run Continued
This Spanish La Liga contest between Girona FC and Sevilla FC at the former’s home was quickly decided in the opening 20 minutes, when 26-year-old Ukrainian striker Artem Dovbyk netted a treble in the 13th, 15th and 19th minutes of the match.
The forward, who became the most expensive player of Girona FC’s club history at €7m last summer, cancelled out Isaac Romero Bernal’s 10th-minute first blood with an equaliser seconds later by rising to the highest to head in Sávio’s delicious cross from the left flank. The Ukrainian would go on to score another moments later, after Portu found his unguarded strike partner just before the six-yard box. Dovbyk capped off his six-minute hattrick in style by taking matters into his own hands. The forward showed his incredible speed to beat his opponents, followed by lashing a left-footed long-ranged bomb to beat Marko Dmitrović at the near post for Girona FC’s third goal.
Girona FC’s slaughtering over Sevilla FC did not stop at 3-1, as Viktor Tsyhankov and Cristhian Stuani added more goals for the home side in the second half. 26-year-old Tsyhankov was benefited from another beautiful cross by Sávio, allowing the former to tap in one of the easiest goals he will ever score from close range, whereas club captain and veteran forward Stuani’s effort came from a similar setup, this time via Miguel Gutiérrez, who charged into the penalty box off substitute Pablo Torre’s long ball. Girona FC’s 5-1 victory gave them 52 points out of a possible 63, and that is the best finish for the club in the history of the Spanish top-flight football to date.
The @GironaFC dream continues in style vs. Sevilla!
This U23 trio in a 5-1 win:
🇧🇷 Yan Couto (21)
🅰️ 1 assist
💪 8 ball recoveries
🇪🇸 Miguel Gutiérrez (22)
🅰️ 1 assist
💪 9 ball recoveries
🇧🇷 Savio (19)
🅰️ 2 assists
🔀 3/4 dribbles completed
And a La Liga debut for 🇭🇺 Antal… pic.twitter.com/xaFEX8IGzH
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) January 22, 2024
Míchel: “We Have Achieved One of Our Goals.”
Girona FC’s 48-year-old manager said this during the post-match conference: “Today we played a very good match, with a great rival and great footballers. I expected it to be complicated but we have had incredible verticality. The players deserve all the praise possible, we have made history by surpassing the club’s highest score in Primera.”
He also added that Girona FC has attained one of the most important goals in their endeavours in 2023/2024, that is, reaching the 52-point mark, which is the highest point finish for the club in the Spanish top-flight football history. “We are very happy because we have achieved one of our goals, which was to reach 52 points, the first was to avoid relegation. The third objective was to finish in the top three, now we have the target of reaching European competitions and step by step we will see if we can do it,” said the Spanish head coach.
On challenging the eventual title in the Spanish La Liga, the Girona FC boss added: “I see Madrid, Barca and Atlético capable of winning ten games in a row and in my head there is no demand to do this. It is only in the hands of the best in the world, the rest of us must think game by game. We have 20 points to seventh and it is a good margin and if we want the Champions League we will have to fight against greats like Real, Athletic, among others.”
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Sevilla FC Only a Point Above the Relegation Zone After the Girona FC Defeat
After the 5-1 demolition by Girona FC, one of Spain’s football juggernauts and seven-time UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League winners are only a point above the relegation zone with 17 games to spare. Los Nervionenses are currently in their 23rd consecutive appearance in the Spanish top-flight football and further poor performances in the remainder of 2023/2024 are likely to see them relegated to the second-tiered Segunda División since the 2000/2001 Season.
Elsewhere in another Spanish La Liga matchup between Real Betis Balompié and Barcelona, Xavi’s men needed two late late goals to secure a crucial away victory for them to stay third in the Spanish La Liga table and to extend the manager’s tenure at the club. This article has covered the full details of this intriguing six-goal thriller at Benito Villamarín, feel free to give it a read right away!
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