|Almeria - Atletico de Madrid|
ALMERIA are in a risky situation hoovering in the relegation zone of the Spanish League ladder, while ATLETICO DE MADRID need wins to get into the upper zone & attempt their planned objective of a Champions League position. Todays result was a 2 - 2 draw which was better for Almeria & disappointing for Atletico.
Atletico started on fire & scored first via SERGIO AGUERO in the 38th min to give great signs in the first half. However, once again defensive mistakes & concentration lapses made Atletico pay & Almeria equalized in the 48th min via CRUSAT. Atletico de Madrid reacted & put themselves ahead again in the 60th min with another goal from SERGIO AGUERO which put the Madrid team back on course. But, another defensive mistake allowed GOITOM to equalize for ALMERIA again in the 76th min & it stay this way until the end of the match.
|Karim Benzema again protagonist for Real Madrid|
REAL MADRID CF with Carvalho, Pepe, Xabi & Roanldo resting for the mid week Champions League match defeated HERCULES 2 - 0 in a very comfortable fashion. The visitors looked better during the first half with flashes but faded out during the second half to turn it into a monologue for Madrid.
The highlight was KARIM BENZEMA who continues his personal metamorphosis with two goals tonight with more signals that his time may be finally arriving at last. He put in his first in the 24th min & then his second in the 55th min. His "partner in crime" Adebayor missed some clear chances that could have added to the score line but was unlucky & could not join the Benzema party.
A solid team performance that now awaits to see how FC Barcelona does tomorrow against Sevilla Fc & if they can cut back the gap with Barça on the League table, & now with their collective team mind firmly focused on the mid week clash with Lyon in Champions League
|Jarosik for Real Zaragoza|
REAL ZARAGOZA are deep in their own particular battle to get away from the relegation zone & made an important advance tonight defeating VALENCIA CF 4 - 0. Real Zaragoza played a superb match & were far the better team, while Valencia looked "lost" & "out of place" suggesting that their elimination from Champions League by Schalke 04 mid week had left its effects on the minds & body of the Valencia players.
Zaragoza got ahead very early with a header from JAROSIK in the 4th min & just kept getting better & better. ANDER HERRERA scored the second in the 39th min from a Uche pass when the former broke apart the Valencia defence & scored under the goalies legs.
Things got worst in the second half for Valencia when a penalty was called in the 63rd min that lead to a red card to Valencia CF defender Stankevicius to which GABI converted for the Zaragoza third goal 2 mins later. With Valencia down to 10 men & Zaragoza on a rampage the fourth goal came via another penalty to which GABI again converted in the 74th min.