REAL SPORTING DE GIJON visited a FC BARCELONA team without Lionel Messi but the home side won 1- 0 with a goal from the ex-Sporting star DAVID VILLA now player of Barça. The Spanish International finally scored in the 49th min after Barça dominated with the ball most of the game until that moment. The 2º half goal woke up Sporting who gave some work to the home team who did a great job to keep out the enthusiastic visitors & take the 3 points.
VALENCIA CF played a 1-1 draw with ATLETICO DE MADRID with the 1ºst half going to the visitors with a goal from SIMAO in the 19th min, & the 2ºhalf was all Valencia CF with the equalizer coming from ADURIZ with a header in the 83rd min.
However, two points:
1. Diego Forlan missed two sitters that could have swang things Atletico de Madrid´s way
2. Atletico de Madrid 19 year old goalkeeper DAVID DE GEA once again saved his team with three outstanding stops that have "goal" written on the ball. The youngster is making a name for himself as goalie; the next big star that has half of Europe looking at him.
Conclusion, a just result!
REAL ZARAGOZA deserved more than the 0-0 draw against HERCULES. The home team is having a nightmare start to the new season. While Hercules aren´t able to find the form that gave them victory over FC Barcelona in Round 1.
The opposite happened with ALMERIA ( above a frustrated Piatti) who tried everything, dominated the match but failed to score. In fact LEVANTE won 0-1 thanks to a superb "blinder" from SERGIO in the 38th min. Here was the difference, the visitors only needed one chance to score, while Almeria had many chances & failed. That´s Football!
Round 4 continues tomorrow with another 3 ( & last ) games.