Alejandro Gomez was the hero for Sevilla on La Liga week 30, coming off the bench to net his team’s fourth and winning goal in a classic contest against hosts Celta Vigo in Galicia. The 4-3 away triumph puts Sevilla four points behind Barcelona in third and only six points off the top.
Better known as Papu Gomez, the Argentine was one of a small handful of new league arrivals in the January window, committing to Sevilla for around €5 million ($6 million) plus another €2 million ($2.5 million) in added clauses after leaving Italian side Atalanta, where he featured in over 250 games.
The 33-year-old spearheaded a thrilling style of play at his previous club and, going by the deal he has signed, can offer Sevilla something too. His contract runs until June 2024.
Boss Julen Lopetegui has Lucas Ocampos, Munir El-Haddadi and Suso to choose from in attack, and Gomez has settled for a more supportive role in this campaign. But his winner provides another edge to this title race, giving Sevilla an outside shout of glory with eight match-days remaining.
In the other championship-chase duels, Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over Clasico opponents Barcelona left Atletico Madrid needing a point at Real Betis to remain top of the table. In the end, that’s what they got, as Cristian Tello’s well-taken equalizer for Betis continued Atletico’s fatiguing run to the finish line.
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Tello ended nearly a decade at Barcelona in 2017, joining Betis for an initial €4 million ($4.4 million) plus €1 million ($1.2 million) in variables after loan stints at Porto and Fiorentina abroad. Barcelona will be grateful to the 29-year-old, as his goal means they stay only two points behind Atletico, with second-placed Real just one off the top.
Betis acquired the winger at a good age, although his spell at the club has not been spectacular. On song, however, he is one of Betis’ most useful attackers. With over 100 appearances for the Andalusians, their purchase has certainly brought longevity.
Someone who can also boast of longevity is Jorge Molina, a scorer for victorious Granada on week 30. The striker will turn 39 later this month and was right on cue to spark a second-half comeback win at Real Valladolid.
Molina, a proven La Liga goalscorer, is one of four forwards vying for a place in Diego Martinez’s line-up. Molina was a free arrival from Getafe in August 2020 and is competing against Roberto Soldado—four years his junior—and the younger Luis Suarez and Antonio Puertas for a first-team spot.
Only Soldado has scored more for Granada than Molina this season, showing the value more experienced names bring to the league. Joaquin, now 39, remains a lively, enduring option for Betis and plans to keep going, as Diario AS reports (Spanish). Meanwhile, Elche striker Nino—involved in their promotion last campaign—is the division’s oldest player at 40.