Seven players reach fifth bookings
Seven Liga players reached their fifth bookings of the season last weekend, invoking automatic one-match bans in the process.
Athletic Bilbao forwards Oscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain were both cautioned in the 3-0 win over Malaga, an excellent result that puts the Basques in the fourth and final Champions League spot. They will miss the match against Villarreal.
Levante’s former Athletic full-back Asier del Horno was booked in the 5-3 defeat at home to fellow surprise package Rayo Vallecano, while Espanyol pair Thievy Bifouma and Ndri Romaric also picked up fifth yellows of the campaign: the trio will miss their team’s clash next weekend.
Sporting Gijon’s Portuguese midfielder Castro was carded in the 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid and misses the match against Racing Santander, while Granada midfielder Fran Rico was booked in the 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Real Sociedad and misses a trip to Osasuna.