Silva opened the scoring with a header on Sunday as Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo 4-1 to take a one-point lead at the top of the league.
Karim Benzema, the heart of Madrid’s title run last season, set up Federico Valverde for the 14th-minute opener, and pressured Emerson into scoring an own goal
Three weeks later, Spain's second division 'virus match' sees Deportivo La Coruna beat Fuenlabrada 2-1
The outcome meant nothing to the relegated Deportivo, but it did quash Fuenlabrada's bid to make the promotion playoffs while ensuring Elche clinched a spot in the fight for the top-flight.
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Deportivo La Coruna captain Alex Bergantinos said he was asked by authorities to explain his comments in the audio released by Spanish media on Tuesday
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The positive results were announced just hours before Monday's final round, prompting the suspension of one decisive game and the ire of other clubs who felt they were at a disadvantage.
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Elche CEO Patricia Rodríguez told Spanish news agency EFE Thursday that after negotiating with the squad, the club had agreed to end the work furlough it had been on for two months since the coronavirus pandemic put all league activity on hold.
Spanish second division club Elche's players refuse to return to training in protest against reduced salaries
Elche players were supposed to practice at the team's stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team's decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic
Popularly known as Coro, Ferran Corominas has made over 250 appearances in La Liga and also has turned out for the likes of Elche, Osasuna, Mallorca and at Espanyol, where he spent the best part of 10 years.
Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona's first goal in the 41st.
Barcelona's victory was its ninth in as many league games at home this season, and it remained tied on points with Atletico atop the standings.
Real won a final corner and the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Pepe tangled with midfielder Carlos Sanchez in the area.