La Liga: Girona and Real Madrid crowned winter champions, the challenge continues

Girona and Real Madrid are neck and neck at the top of La Liga, with both teams closing the first round with an identical tally of 48 points each. This Spanish football championship continues to see a tight battle at the top between Girona, this season’s surprise package, and Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.

Last night, both teams took to the pitch in the final round of the first half of the season, bagging three points apiece. Real Madrid secured a narrow victory over Mallorca, thanks to a second-half goal from Rudiger. On the other hand, Girona produced a thrilling display against Atletico Madrid in Catalonia, outscoring their opponents in a seven-goal thriller, ending in a 4-3 victory in favour of Michél’s team.

Despite a hat-trick by Morata for Atletico Madrid, Girona responded with goals from Fernandez, Savio, Blind, and a late strike from Ivan Martin in injury time.

While both sides finish the first half of the season at the top with 48 points apiece, Real Madrid possess a better goal average, having conceded a mere 11 goals. Trailing 10 points behind in third and fourth place are Atletico Madrid and Barcelona respectively, with Barcelona having the opportunity to close this gap with a game against Las Palmas later tonight.

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