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LaLiga this week: What just happened?

18:58 EAT 13/02/2020
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2019-20
What’s been going on in the Spanish top-flight this past week? From a new milestone for Sergio Ramos to Hatem Ben Arfa’s long-awaited debut
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Getafe keep up the pace at the top

The top three all won this weekend, meaning the top of the LaLiga Santander table remains as it was with leaders Real Madrid, who beat Osasuna 4-1. Second-placed Barcelona picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win away at Betis. Getafe are in third spot after an impressive 3-0 win over Valencia.

Another injury ends Ousmane Dembele’s season

Bad news out of Barcelona this week as the club announced Ousmane Dembele will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. With Luis Suarez also out with a long-term injury, the Blaugrana are short of options up front.

Another milestone for Sergio Ramos

By playing in Real Madrid’s win at Osasuna on Sunday, Sergio Ramos made his 440th appearance for Real Madrid in the Spanish top-flight, overtaking Fernando Hierro in the club’s all-time league appearances list. The man from Sevilla now moves into the club’s all-time top five, behind only Iker Casillas, Manuel Sanchis, Raul and Santillana.

Thibaut Courtois, Player of the Month for January

The Belgium international stopper has been announced as the Player of the Month for January in LaLiga Santander after a stellar month between the sticks for Real Madrid. Courtois was up against CA Osasuna’s Sergio Herrero and RCD Espanyol’s David Lopez, taking the gong with his side sitting pretty at the top of the LaLiga Santander table.

Guedes’ return from injury

Valencia may have suffered back-to-back defeats over the past week, but there was some good news out of the club this week as Gonçalo Guedes returned from injury after four months out. The club’s record signing featured off the bench in their Copa del Rey match at Granada and their LaLiga Santander game at Getafe.

A debut for Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa made his debut for Real Valladolid over the weekend, coming on as a substitute in Real Valladolid’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal. The 32-year-old picked up 12 minutes in that game and will be hoping to make an impact the next time he gets on the field.

The first Scottish LaLiga goal in 33 years

Oliver Burke’s goal in Alaves’s win over Eibar this weekend was the first scored by a Scotsman in LaLiga Santander in over three decades. Who was the last Scottish goalscorer in the Spanish top-flight? Steve Archibald for Barcelona in 1987.

The date and kick-off time for the next ElClasico is set

The highly-awaited clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been set for Sunday, March 1st at 9pm CET. With both these sides sitting in the top two positions in LaLiga Santander, the result of their meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu could go a long way to deciding the champion at the end of the season.