|Fernando Llorente scores the winner|
ATHLETIC DE BILBAO won thanks to the solitary goal by FERNANDO LLORENTE in the 10th min. However, it was a real battle for the Basque Club tonight as they hung on after failing a penalty before the mentioned goal & going down to 9 men with red cards - Koikili in the 45th min & Castillo in the 69th min. ALMERIA was´nt able to capitalise on the numerical advantage & even had a goal disallowed. Final result 1- 0
|Diego Forlan back scoring again|
The good news, apart from ATLETICO DE MADRID defeating OSASUNA 3 - 0, is the return to form of the upfront duo SERGIO AGUERO & DIEGO FORLAN who combined to score the three goals for their team. DIEGO FORLAN scored first in the 26th min from a Aguero pass & then AGUERO headed the second from a Forlan pass in the 41st min. The third was FORLAN again with a great outside the box shot that showed the Diego of "old".
Need to point out some fabulous goal keeping saves from Atletico DAVID DE GEA that kept out Osasuna who had their chances.
|Messi scored twice against Villareal|
Top match between the second & third placed teams with FC BARCELONA winning 3 - 1 VILLAREAL. The match was a spectacle with fast paced Football at both ends & Villareal pushing Barça right up till the end. In fact , Villareal missed some chances that could have given a different scoreline, but Barcelona won them with consistency & Lionel Messi who "killed" off Villareal towards the end. Lots of controversial decisions against both sides - offside goal by Messi & red card not shown to Maxwell - but this is normal for these types of high level matches.
DAVID VILLA did a great job tonight & scored first for Barça in the 22nd min , but Villareal quickly equalized in the 26th min via NILMAR with a brilliant solo run & chip over Valdes. From here Villareal pushed Barça against the ropes & didn´t manage to find the knock out punch which they latter would pay. LIONEL MESSI scored the 2º goal in the 58th min after Xavi caught Villareal sleeping in a free-kick to find Pedro who did the 1-2-3. Then in the 83rd min LIONEL MESSI shut the door on Villareal´s face with his second & third for Barça in the 83rd min.
Messi now has 10 goals & is just 1º goal behind the current Spanish League goal scoring leader Cristiano Ronaldo, plus FC Barcelona takes provisionally Top ladder spot , awaiting to see how Real Madrid fair tomorrow against Real Sporting de Gijon. Tweet