SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: SPANISH FOOTBALL | ROUND 23 | SATURDAY GAMES RESULTS WITH SURPRISE

SPANISH FOOTBALL | ROUND 23 | SATURDAY GAMES RESULTS WITH SURPRISE

Here is the  SPANISH FOOTBALL summary via the Spanish League which celebrated three games tonight as part of the Round 23 fixture with the following results & scorers.

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Atletico de Madrid in "dire straits"/source:efe

The above picture says it all, ATLETICO DE MADRID lost 1 - 2 against VALENCIA CF to extend their run of loses, open up further the doubts over Coach Quique Sanchez & speed up the velocity of the Clubs "noise-dive" into their particular "crisis".

Atletico started well & gave rise to optimism when JOSE ANTONIO REYES scored a great goal in the 3rd min. The home side created chances & things were going along positively until Valencia player JOAQUIN equalized in the 41st min with "another" defensive mistake included. This changed the balance a bit as Atletico looked like they saw "ghosts from the past" & their game deteriorated.

The half -time coaches talk must have done its motivating work on Atletico as they again looked good &were rewarded when they won a penalty in the 57th min. However, DIEGO FORLAN missed & hit the post which mentally sank the Atletico side & Valencia decided to attack more as they saw signs of "blood". Valencia got the winner via JOAQUIN again in the 89th min doing the damage on Atletico who lost a minute later defender Godin with a red card.

Bad end for Atletico to what was a great start,  & Valencia keep up their extraordinary string of wins. For the moment , no one from the Atletico Club ( Directives ) have put the job of Coach Quique Sanchez in doubt...for the moment!


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Sporting Barral scores against FC Barcelona

Surprise result at Gijon with REAL SPORTING DE GIJON drawing 1 -1 with FC BARCELONA. Good news for Real Madrid because if they can win Espanyol tomorrow they will close the gap between themselves & Barça from 7 to 5 points.

Sporting was simply magnificent tonight & was revved up against a Barcelona team that seemed to have its head thinking in the Champions League match against Arsenal next week. Sporting got ahead with a fantastic goal from DAVID BARRAL in the 16th min & managed to stand their ground nicely against Barça all the 45 mins.

Barça Coach Guardiola was not impressed & changed Afellay for Pedro in the second half & gave his players orders to "fix things" as some as possible. The task was not easy for Barça &they went through plenty of "sticky" & stiff moments as Sporting was gaining in strength & confidence.


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David Villa in action against Sporting player Novo


But you cannot drop your guard for one moment against Barça & in the 71st min DAVID VILLA ( ex-Sporting) chipped beautifully into the net to equalize & draw a sigh of relief from all the Barcelona team.  After this,  Sporting seemed content with the draw result & made sure to secure the scoreline.


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Racing win a cliff-hanger

RACING DE SANTANDER with new Indian multi-millionaire owner & new Coach Marcelino won the best of tonights scheduled matches defeating 3 - 2 SEVILLA FC with just 10 men in a real cliff-hanger.


The first half was Racing all the way with goals from CHRISTIAN in the 12th min,  a penalty 
saved from Negredo by Racing goalie Toño &then a second from an own goal from Sevilla player RAKITIC in the 19th min. All fine up till  Santander hero Christian turned foe with a red card in the 37th min that left Racing with 10 men. The balance of the game changed & Sevilla FC took over proceedings. Sevilla player FAZIO score in the 39th min to send a clear signal that things were about to change.

The second half Sevilla went all out & created many chances as Racing just defended. A penalty was awarded to Sevilla in the 83rd min & LUIS FABIANO equalized. Then in the 91st min & against play, Racing hammered the ball upfront that found ARANA who chipped over a helpless Palop to score the winner. It was a miracle come back with 10 men & struggling to keep out Sevilla FC. The goal took to roof off the stadium as it exploded with joy & Sevilla were left standing in disbelief. 

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