|Atletico de Madrid celebrate a goal|
ATLETICO DE MADRID made itself a promise before the game to dedicate the match - & attempt a victory - to honour the late Atletico defensive leyend ARTECHE who passed away this week. The locals didn´t let the fans down & won GETAFE 2 - 0 in a game that was worked & at times somewhat boring from the "visual" aspect.
SIMAO scored the first in the 37th min from a free kick & DIEGO COSTA scored the second in the 63rd min to seal things & grab the three points. Special mention to Atletico de Madrid goalkeeper DE GEA who once again was protagonist with some important saves that kept the goal sheet clean.
|Andres Iniesta in action against Valencia CF|
Great game between FC BARCELONA & VALENCIA CF at "Camp Nou" with the home team turning things around in the second half to win 2 - 1.
The first half was all Valencia as they dominated the ball & "danced" the home team with PABLO HERNANDEZ scoring in the 37th min. However, Barça took back control in the 2ºhalf with important players like Xavi, Alves & Iniesta guiding the side along. In fact, ANDRES INIESTA equalized in the 47th min after a "sweet" one-two with Xavi. Then in the 63rd min PUYOL headed an Alves pass that sealed things for Barça & took the wind out of the Valencia sails. A hard worked victory for Barça!
|Gonzalo Higuain scores against Malaga FC|
MALAGA FC hosted REAL MADRID & lost 1 - 4 in a great match that saw a brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo in action which is excellent news for the Club. The first 20 mins were scrappy as both sides looked to find their groove with a dangerous Malaga forward Quincy attacking constantly & Real Madrid hitting the "Wood work" twice.
GONZALO HIGUAIN opened the scoring from a pin-point Ronaldo pass in the 29th min. Then CRISTIANO ROANLDO did the second from the penalty spot in the 44th min after Ozil was fouled in the area.
|Cristiano Ronaldo in action against Malaga FC|
The second half saw Malaga attempt to find the equalizer with more play, but an Ozil piece of winger magic found CRISTIANO RONALDO who put in his second goal ( & RM 3rd ) in the 50th min.
Real Madrid "relaxed" & in a defensive corner slip allowed Malaga Danish defender STADSGAARD to put in the only goal for Malaga in the 55th min. This shook Real Madrid back to their best & quickly answered back with a HIGUAIN 65th min goal. Real Madrid then gave Pedro Leon, Benzema & Canales a run & controlled things till the end.
Good exhibition from Real Madrid, especially Ronaldo along with Ozil, Di Maria & Marcelo, that gives signs of gradual improvements that may suggest that Mourinho is putting the pieces together. Good sign for this Tuesdays Champions League match against AC Milan. Tweet