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LALIGA RECAP: Real Madrid cut lead; Villa farewell; Wu Lei sends Espanyol and China wild

What has been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are 10 of the top stories, from new signings and departures to a farewell for a Spanish legend.


REAL MADRID CLOSE GAP AT THE TOP

Barcelona went into 2020 with a two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table but their 2-2 draw against Espanyol coupled with Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Getafe means that it's all even at the summit once again. The Blaugrana and the Blancos are both on 40 points.


DIMITRI FOULQUIER RETURNS TO GRANADA

The club Dimitri Foulquier has made the most appearances for during his career has been Granada, with 99 outings, and he'll soon have the chance to make it a centenary now that he's returned to the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes on loan from Watford for the rest of the season.


ADRIAN RAMOS RETURNS TO COLOMBIA

Forward Adrián Ramos has returned to his native Colombia, after spending several seasons on and off with Granada. The 33-year-old departs after making seven LaLiga Santander appearances for the Andalusian club this season and he'll now play his football with CD América de Cali, one of his former teams.


WU LEI ENSURES CATALAN DERBY ENDS ALL SQUARE

It was a Catalan derby to remember for Wu Lei and Espanyol fans as they scored an 88th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 against Barcelona. The Chinese forward was the hero as he popped up with the dramatic equaliser, ensuring the Pericos earned a point in their first match under new coach Abelardo. He also became the first Chinese player to ever score against Barcelona.


ATLETICO MADRID PAY TRIBUTE TO FILIPE LUIS

Fans at the Wanda Metropolitano paid tribute to former Atleti full-back Filipe Luís before their side's win over Levante this weekend. The left-back left the club in the summer to join Flamengo in his native Brazil and a special ceremony was held to thank him for all he'd helped Atleti achieve during his years in the Spanish capital.


JESUS NAVAS MAKES 500TH SEVILLA APPEARANCE

By taking part in Sevilla and Athletic Club's 1-1 draw on Friday night, Jesús Navas made his 500th appearance for the Andalusian club. He is the first player to reach that special landmark and was presented with a commemorative shirt, with the number 500 below his name on the back.

EIBAR CELEBRATE 80TH ANNIVERSARY

January 1st is special across the world as the first day of the new year but it's an extra special day for Eibar. New Year's Day 2020 marked the 80th anniversary of their first ever match, a 2-1 win over Amaikak Bat de Deba back in 1940.


VALENCIA FINALLY DEFEAT EIBAR

Eibar couldn't celebrate a victory in their anniversary week, as a Maxi Gómez goal earned Valencia a 1-0 victory when these two teams met at Mestalla. This was a huge relief for Valencia, who hadn't won any of their past six meetings with Eibar (D2 L4).


TWO LALIGA PLAYERS MAKE UEFA's BREAKTHROUGH XI

As 2019 drew to a close, UEFA released their Champions League breakthrough XI of the year with two Spain-based players on the list: Atlético de Madrid's Renan Lodi and Real Madrid's Rodrygo. Achraf Hakimi, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, also made the cut.


DAVID VILLA GOES OUT ON A HIGH

LaLiga legend David Villa made the final appearance of his career this weekend. The former R. Sporting, Real Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid striker featured in the closing stages as his final club Vissel Kobe defeated Kashima Antlers 2-0 to lift Japan's Emperor's Cup.


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