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GK: Gorka Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao)
Once again, Iraizoz earns himself a place in our La Liga Team of the Week with another wonderful performance in goal to prevent Valencia from scoring. The 32-year-old showed great agility and reflexes to deny Sofiane Feghouli, Roberto Soldado and Pabo Piatti from scoring. Having been criticised for a series of substandard displays a few weeks ago, Iraizoz appears to have finally found his feet (or in this case, hands), and Bilbao will be hoping he can continue in this rich vein of form till the end of the season.
LB: Abraham Minero (Real Zaragoza)
Minero has never been a standout player for Zaragoza since he joined the club in 2011, but his energetic shift on the left against Granada is definitely worthy of mention. The 27-year-old may have charging forward on a regular basis to provide width for his attack, but he did not neglect his defensive duties either as the former Blanes player tracked back diligently and made several vital interceptions to halt Granada's attack.
RB: Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Alves may be rumoured to be on the way out of the Catalan giants come the summer, but the Brazil international is certainly making it hard for the Blaugrana to allow him to leave after impressing once again on Saturday against Deportivo. Alves was a constant attacking threat for Barcelona on the right flank throughout the game, and his adventurous play paid dividends as he first set up Alexis Sanchez to score the opening goal with an accurate cross, then assisted Lionel Messi to double the Blaugrana's advantage with a neat through pass.
CB: Martin Demichelis (Malaga)
Demichelis has struggled for form this season, but the 32-year-old looked his old imperious self at the back with an assured display for Malaga in their draw with Valladolid. The Argentinian international was fierce in the tackle, read the game well, and even managed to get himself on the scoresheet when he jumped highest to head Lucas Piazon's free-kick past the reach of Valladolid custodian Daniel Hernandez.
CB: Mikel Gonzalez (Real Sociedad)
Falcao may not be at the top of his game currently, but he can still be a real handful for any defence, and the Colombia international will find the back of the net if given an opportunity. Unfortunately for Falcao, he found himself up against an in-form Gonzalez on Sunday and failed to sparkle for Atletico. Gonzalez stuck to his task of marking Falcao, excellently denying the 27-year-old striker any space or time on the ball, and Sociedad custodian Claudio Bravo will have the centre-back to thank for his clean sheet.
CB: Federico Fernandez (Getafe)
Getafe found themselves under the cosh for much of the game in their clash with Levante, but, led by the superb Fernandez in defence, they impressively managed to hang on and prevented the Granotes from scoring. Fernandez, who has already appeared in our La Liga Team on the Week on a few occasions this season, capably helped to organise his side's defence and put in several well-timed challenges to prevent Levante from making headway into the penalty box.
CM: Chori Dominguez (Rayo Vallecano)
Dominguez has been instrumental in Vallecano's push to qualify for the Champions League this season, and the Argentinian was at it once again as he inspired the Franjirrojos to a win over Espanyol on Saturday. The catalyst for almost every Vallecano attack, Dominguez set his side on the way with a cleverly improvised goal when he used his knee to divert Leo Baptistao cross from the left into the back of the net.
CM: Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad)
Although Prieto's winning goal for Sociedad against Atletico was shrouded in controversy due to the midfielder being in an offside position when he scored, credit must be given to the 29-year-old for playing to the whistle and calmly finishing his opportunity with aplomb. Apart from his goal, Prieto was a real handful for Atletico's defence with his clever movement off-the-ball and he could have scored a hat-trick if not for the heroics of Thibaut Courtois in Los Colchoneros' goal.
AM: Giovani Dos Santos (Mallorca)
While Alfaro may be the name on the lips of Mallorca fans after the striker's brace ensured all three points for Los Bermellones, it was Dos Santos' effervescent display in midfield which laid the foundation for their win over Sevilla.
The former Barcelona player opened up Sevilla's defence time and again with his defence splitting passes and was unsurprisingly heavily involved in the build-up to both of Alfaro's goal.
ST: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
The notion that Real are overly dependent on Ronaldo was only enforced by the Portuguese's well-taken brace on Sunday which fired Los Blancos to a hard fought win over Celta. The La Liga champions were made to work against a spirited Celta side, but the difference in quality between both teams eventually told, with Ronaldo again proving the decisive factor.
Ronaldo first pounced on a loose ball in the Celta box to fire home before sealing all three points with his 26th goal in 26 La Liga games with a coolly penalty after Kaka was fouled in the box.
ST: Alejandro Alfaro (Mallorca)
Mallorca had Alfaro's predatory instinct in front of goal to thank as they ground out a hard earned win over Sevilla. The 26-year-old opened the scoring for his side when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box to poke home past Sevilla custodian Antonio Beto. Alfaro then popped up in the right place at the right time midway through the second half to net the winner as Mallorca took a huge step towards survival in the top flight of Spanish football.