|Baptista back for Malaga|
MALAGA FC are playing for their Spanish 1º Division life & managed an important 3 - 0 victory over MALLORCA to grab the three points & breathe as they get out of the danger zone for now. A big part of the Malaga achievement today came thanks to JULIO BAPTISTA who returned from injury to score two goals (40th & 56th min) which was added with another goal by team-mate SEBA earlier in the 26th min.
Vital victory for Malaga!
|Miku scored for Getafe|
GETAFE are also looking at the 2º Division abyss & managed a hard fought & brave 1 - 0 victory over SEVILLA FC, who are getting behind with the Euro positions train. It was MIKU who gave Getafe their only goal in the 75th min , the victory & three important points that should give the Club strenght in coming matches. Sevilla will be travelling back home disappointed with todays result.
|Soldado on fire against Almeria|
ALMERIA lost 0 - 3 to VALENCIA CF & saw how their attempts to get out of the last place of the Spanish League ladder look even more difficult, & that spending next year in 2º Division is more closer than ever.
Valencia are on a roll & deserved their victory with in form striker ROBERTO SOLDADO scoring first in the 50th min. Then defender STANKEVICIUS scored Valencia´s second goal in the 66th min, followed by a third by JORDI ALBA in the 80th min.
|Albiol penalty on Villa & Red Card|
Huge match, very intense & this time around more even as REAL MADRID drew 1 - 1 with 10 men against FC BARCELONA in "El Clasico". Real Madrid went in with 3 defensive midfielders which managed to choke the Barça play making machine even though, as usual, Barça had up to 70% ball possession. The Real Madrid strategy was to counter-attack & they did find chances that did not materialize. The only thing missing for Real Madrid was a more creative player like Ozil who didn´t play because Mourinho betted on Pepe as the extra midfielder. Said this, PEPE was absolutely brilliant tonight with his play, defending & attitude.
The second half saw the same set up & Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post from a free kick, but Barça is Barça & in a counter-attack Real defender Raul Albiol fouled Villa & the referee called penalty & red card. With Real Madrid down to 10 men LIONEL MESSI converted to score in the 52nd min.
|Cristiano Ronaldo scores penalty|
Then Mourinho forgot about play making for his team & put on Adebayor to set up a typically "English style" game plan with Ozil as a more creative player. The latter was fundamental in the uplifting comeback as Real Madrid played better with 10 men & put Barça against the ropes. Chances occured & Real missed them all until Ozil made some magic out of nothing to find Marcelo who was fouled in the box by Alves & Real was awarded a penalty. CRISTIANO RONALDO stepped up & "finally" scored against Barcelona & more importantly equalized the match in the 82nd min.
Madrid could have won it at the end , but again missed their chances.
FC Barcelona virtually has the Spanish League title in the bag for this season, but Barcelona did not look as sharp & confident as previous encounters, plus on top they lost Puyol tonight to injury. Barcelona played worst with the man extra advantage & this may set in doubts as the "unbeatable" aura of Barça has disappeared. The Spanish Cup Final will be THE GAME of the season & the two Champions League semi-final matches are closer than ever with Madrid having a real chance at taking them through passing Barça & into the Champions League Final. Barcelona has more to think about this time around as Real Madrid put some "guts" into it tonight & even some great Football to allow them to contemplate seriously winning Barcelona in the coming games.