SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: SPANISH FOOTBALL | SOCCER - SPANISH LEAGUE - LA LIGA 2010 - 2011 | SUNDAY ROUND 1 RESULTS

SPANISH FOOTBALL | SOCCER - SPANISH LEAGUE - LA LIGA 2010 - 2011 | SUNDAY ROUND 1 RESULTS

More SPANISH FOOTBALL with the scheduled Sunday games of Round 1º of the SPANISH LEAGUE - LA LIGA - in action with 6 matches. Note that tomorrow Atletico de Madrid & Sporting Gijon will play the last scheduled match of Round 1º at 22.00. Sp time.

FC BARCELONA travelled to RACING DE SANTANDER & basically continued were they left things last season as Spanish Champions winning very comfortably 0-3. Barça plays automatically & dazzled everyone with their touch ball & combination play. The note in the case of Racing was in the 35th min when Tchite missed a penalty that could have changed things if it had gone in.

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!

RCD ESPANYOL won 3-1 GETAFE in an excellent display at home. The "man of the match" was Espanyol player OSVALDO who scored twice - 33rd & 55th min - & with the other goal coming at the end via DATALO in the 94th min. For Getafe the goal was scored by GALAN in the 62nd min.

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.

One can only compare with the maximum rival - FC Barcelona - & REAL MADRID is light years behind at the start of this new 2010 - 2011 season. The Madrid giant with its array of new stars only managed to 0- 0 draw against MALLORCA who gave them plenty of trouble during the match.

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.

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