What has been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are 10 of the top stories, from Benzema’s 300th Real Madrid goal to Dani Alves’ re-debut.

There was another week of big storylines in Spanish football, as Real Madrid and Sevilla FC each secured victories at the top of LaLiga Santander, as Copa del Rey action took place in midweek and as more January transfers were finalised. Here comes a look at all those headlines and more.

Benzema leads Real Madrid to victory with goal 300

Karim Benzema scored his 300th and then 301st goals for Real Madrid on Saturday night, sending Los Blancos on their way to a 4-1 victory over Valencia CF. Vini Jr scored the other two goals for the league leaders, who stay in a commanding position at the top of the LaLiga Santander standings.

 

Sevilla FC keep pace with their title rivals

Sevilla FC remain in second place in LaLiga Santander, with the Andalusian side earning a 1-0 victory over Getafe CF on Sunday courtesy of a Rafa Mir goal. That means Julen Lopetegui’s side are just five points behind Real Madrid and boast a game in hand too.

Levante’s first victory of the LaLiga Santander season

Down at the bottom, 20th-placed Levante UD secured their first three-point haul of 2021/22 as Roberto Soldado and José Luis Morales fired them to a 2-0 win at home to RCD Mallorca. Aitor Fernández played a key part in the win too with a penalty save, as the Granotas gave themselves a fighting chance of survival. They’re now six points from safety and dreaming of a great escape.

Correa celebrates his new contract with a wonder goal

This was a big week for Ángel Correa, who signed a renewal to extend his Atletico Madrid contract to 2026 and who then celebrated that new deal with a wonder goal from the halfway line against Villarreal. His strike from distance clocked in at 49.9 metres, making it one of the most sensational goals of the season so far.

Oihan Sancet’s first hat-trick

By scoring all three goals in Athletic Club’s 3-1 win over CA Osasuna last Monday, Oihan Sancet made history. In the process, the 21-year-old became the youngest Athletic Club player to bag a league hat-trick in the 21st century. He is also the sixth player to score a hat-trick in Spain’s top flight this campaign, after Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Choco Lozano, Juanmi and Jorge Molina.

Dani Alves’ first LaLiga Santander game in 2,065 days

FC Barcelona’s winter signing Dani Alves is back in Spanish football. Five years, seven months and 25 days after featuring for Barça in a 3-0 win away at Granada, the Brazilian right-back played his next LaLiga Santander match at the same venue on Saturday, assisting the Blaugrana’s goal in a 1-1 draw. That was his 423rd appearance in Spain’s top division and he’ll look to add many more over the coming months.

 

Reinforcements for D Alaves

After hiring a new coach last week, in the veteran José Luis Mendilibar, D Alaves this week boosted their survival chances by making two signings. They acquired Jason from Valencia CF and Gonzalo Escalante from Lazio, with both players featuring in the team’s 0-0 draw against Athletic Club on Sunday.

Álex Collado completes a loan switch to Granada CF

Álex Collado went out on loan from FC Barcelona to Granada CF this week and, curiously, he made his debut for his new club against his parent club in the two teams’ 1-1 draw. The 22-year-old winger came on for the final 22 minutes and will now look to help Robert Moreno’s side climb up the table.

13 top-tier teams keep their Copa del Rey dreams alive

There was Copa del Rey action in midweek and 13 of the 16 LaLiga Santander teams involved made it through to the next stage of the competition. Three of them will face lower league opposition in the last 16, while the other 10 have been spread over five mouth-watering ties, including a Real Betis vs Sevilla FC derby.

Time for the first trophy of the season

Four of LaLiga Santander’s most historic clubs will be fighting for the first trophy of the Spanish football season over the coming days, with the 2021/22 Super Cup about to take place. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in one semi-final on Wednesday before Atletico Madrid face Athletic Club in the other on Thursday. The winners will then square off on Sunday.