|Nilmar back scoring|
VILLAREAL shook off their surprise defeat last week to Getafe & got back into the winning groove with a comfortable 3 - 1 victory over MALORCA. It was CAZORLA who got things going for Villareal with the 11th min opener that was answered by Mallorca with an equalizer in the 27th min by GUZMAN. But the Mallorca resistence finished there as ROSSI again scored with a penalty conversion in the 35th min & later NILMAR put the game in safe hands with another in the 51st min.
|Javi Martinez gets the winner for Bilbao|
LEVANTE gave ATHLETIC DE BILBAO a tough time at home but went down to a JAVI MARTINEZ goal in the 73rd min that they could not pull back. The opener came via GABILONDO for Bilbao in the 9th min & gave signs of the visiting teams intentions, but Levante were not shaken & reacted via CAIDEDO in the 20th min to equalize. The match was evenly balanced until Martinez tipped the balance. Final result 1 -2
|Deportivo - Gijon|
Typical Northern Spain Football "sticky" clash between DEPORTIVO & REAL SPORTING DE GIJON with a serious & concentrated performance from both sides who need to accumulate points. Deportivo got ahead early in the 12th min via AYTHAMI that set of a chain of opportunities for both sides that were not converted. In fact, Sporting managed the equalizer in the 88th min via CASTRO that must have disappointed the home side & filled with pride the visitors who did´nt give in at all. Gutsy performance from both & a 1 - 1 draw final result.
|FC Barcelona on a roll|
The big city of Barcelona derby turned into an anti-climax & another demolition job by FC BARCELONA who won at RCD ESPANYOL 1 - 5 finished the latter unbeaten home run of victories. The current Spanish League Champions are in a "state of grace" & playing at a level that is beyond any other Football team on the planet. Espanyol played well, very well, but they paid dearly for their mistakes as Barça is extremely fine-tuned & you need to be beyond your habitual level to get even close.
The scoreline could have been higher for Barça who started strong & missed some chances, until PEDRO opened the scoring in the 18th min. From here a cascade of goals with XAVI getting into the act in the 29th min, PEDRO again in the 59th min & DAVID VILLA did a double in the 75th min & 83rd min to leave thing clear who is Nº1 in Barcelona, the Spanish League & in World Football. Espanyol scored their only goal thanks to OSVALDO in the 71st min.
Another devastating exhibition of Football from FC Barcelona.
|A cracker from Valencia CF player Tino Costa|
REAL SOCIEDAD suffered from one of the "Iron Laws" of Football:if you don´t take your chances you will lose. That is precisely want happened with VALENCIA CF scoring in the end of both halfs to win 1 - 2.
The home team scored first via a penalty cooly taken by XABI PRIETO in the 23rd min. Real Sociedad then had more chances but missed them to watch how TINO COSTA from Valencia equalized with a fantastic direct free - kick in the 45th min that left the goalie watching.
The 2º half saw Real Sociedad with more opportunities that they did ´nt capitalise & then in the 91st min a terrible defensive mistake allowed ADURIZ to score te winner.