April 24 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Monday Monday, April 24 Eibar 0 Athletic Club 1 Sunday, April 23 Celta Vigo 0 Real Betis 1 Las Palmas 1 Alaves 1 Real Madrid 2 Barcelona
Manchester United's match against Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday is "the game of the season" and will play a decisive role in both teams' chances of finishing in the top four, midfielder Ander Herrera has said. United, who are fifth in the table, trail fourth-placed City by a point and Herrera believes whichever team win the derby will be in pole position to book a spot for next season's Champions League. "It's going to be the game of the season," Herrera told the club's website (www.manutd.com).
Lionel Messi feels Barcelona have taken an important step towards winning LaLiga with their sensational 3-2 win over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, but has warned they still have a long way to go. Defeat on Sunday would have effectively ended the Catalans' title hopes, but Messi's stoppage-time winner – his 500th goal for the club – saw them move level on points with their arch-rivals instead. Madrid will move three points clear of Barcelona again if they see off Celta Vigo in their game in hand, but the Argentine forward remains optimistic over his side's chances of retaining the title.