Things started well for the visitors early with a 3rd min goal by MESSI who chipped over the goalkeeper to signal what was to come later. In the 32nd min INIESTA scored the second solving an opportunity when the ball presented itself in the area. Then later in the 62nd minute, new signing & Spanish International, DAVID VILLA scored his first official Liga goal with Barça from an Alves pass that he headed home.
Barça looking good early!
OSASUNA & ALMERIA played out a toughly fought out match that finished in a o - o draw.
Nice to see REAL SOCIEDAD back in the Spanish First Division again & with a 1-0 victory over VILLAREAL. Chances throughout the match that kept busy both keepers, but it was PRIETO in the 57th min that scored the winner for the home side.
Another game that put the goalkeepers of both sides in the spot-light with numerous saves as DEPORTIVO drew 0-0 with REAL ZARAGOZA.
Real Madrid have a lot of work to do as the individual still outweights over a team mentality. They were slow, lacked spark & ideas. However lets not be too harsh on the Mourinho coached team as the "man of the match" was Mallorca goalkeeper AOUATE who stopped everything thrown at him. Added to which the Mallorca Central defenders - ex Madrid player Ruben & Nunes - were solid & worthy of mention.
With Ozil, Benzema & Khedira coming on in the 2ºhalf Real Madrid had more goal opportunities but missed & didn´t take advantage. Higuain missed 3 or 4 clear opportunities along with Ronaldo where both are under suspition of too much individual play. This last point needs to be solved as it is a proven fact that team play is the most effective way towards victory.
Lastly, Mallorca under Laudrup can be happy as they put in a great performance cancelling all the plays that Real put forward & even could have gone away with a victory if more lucky. Tweet