SPANISH FOOTBALL action this Sunday with six matches on the calendar for Round 24 of the Spanish League - La Liga. Lets examine the games with a brief summary of results & the scorers.
|Villareal let slip three points|
VILLAREAL drew with bottom placed MALAGA 1 - 1 & allowed the three points to slip through their fingers. Villareal played much better but paid dearly for not transforming their chances into goal. Villareal got ahead in the 35th min via MARCOS RUBEN & controlled the game until Malaga punished with an opportunity that S.FERNANDEZ converted into the equalizer in the 82nd min.
|Almeria scored their goal via Piatti|
Same scenario as the above match with ALMERIA letting slip the victory in the last moment against DEPORTIVO with a 1 - 1 result. PIATTI put Almeria ahead in the 48th min & just when it looked like a home team victory Deportivo player & GOALKEEPER ARANZUNBIA scored the equalizer in the 95th min!
|Osasuna was the Spanish Football surprise|
OSASUNA with new debut Coach Mendilibar surprised everyone & RCD ESPANYOL with a 4 - 0 victory that should help the lower placed team fight to avoid the relegation zone. The goals came from NEKO in the 13th min, NEKOUNAM in the 35th min, LOLO in the 80th min & SORIANO in the 88th min. Espanyol Coach Pochettino was not a happy man at the end of the game.
|Racing scores their winner|
GETAFE are not having a good run lately & luck is not on their side after losing 0 - 1 to RACING DE SANTANDER & in the last moments. The winning goal came via Racing player PINILLOS in the 88th min via a penalty.
|Sevilla Fc - Hercules|
SEVILLA FC won a very worked & suffered clash against HERCULES 1 - 0. Sevilla started strong with shots at the bar by Negredo & lots of chances. The home side was rewarded for their efforts when new player ( ex-Schalke 04) RAKITIC scored in the 21st min.
From here Hercules began to play better & improve as time went on. The Sevilla FC goalkeeper began to work harder & needed to make some excellent saves to stop the visitors scoring. Towards the end of the match things had changed & it was Hercules who had Sevilla on the ropes. But their "last attack of the cavalry" was too late & Sevilla grabbed the three points.
FC BARCELONA were pushed &they suffered in their 2 - 1 victory over ATHLETIC DE BILBAO; thus Barça maintain their 5 point gap with 2º placed Real Madrid.
The engine room for both sides was the midfield tonight which was for the "big boys" as it was rough & tough in the centre. Barça displayed all its habitual pressure play & their continual attacking method while Bilbao demonstrated it famous aggression, defending & counter-attacks.
Before going further magnificent goalkeeping saves on both sides, with one that could have really effected the final result when Barça goalie Pinto ( in for injuried Valdes) saved a Fernando Llorente header & ball with goal painted on it in the first half.
Being that as it was, DAVID VILLA scored first in the 3rd min in a clear off-side (Dani Alves) that surprised Bilbao which slowly composed themselves to improve their game as the match went on to equal things & make Barça work hard. Barça defender DANI ALVES was a real "pain in the ass" all night for Bilbao & was to be vital later on for his team.
The second half saw an early penalty when Barça midfielder Busquets fouled Bilbao forward FERNANDO LLORENTE in the 49th min to which IRAOLA converted to goal & equalized. Bilbao then concentrated on defending & attempt the odd counter- attcak , but with Barça advancing in waves Dani Alves passed a magic ball & found LIONEL MESSI who clicked into the net for the second team goal & the winner right in the 77th min. There was a clear penalty on Messi not called but Barça won the game & that should take some steam off the issue.
The Messi goal broke the Bilbao spirits after they had put in an enormous & valient effort to attempt to keep Barça out & at least go home with a draw that finally was´nt. The end result, a Barça win with a sigh of relief & plenty of hard work.