|Felipe Luis scores for At Madrid|
ATLETICO DE MADRID have one blind objective to save this season; to get into Euro ladder positions. The aim goes through winning their games at home & today they defeated an usually "poor" REAL SOCIEDAD 3 - 0. The news was that Atletico de Madrid forward Diego Costa started leaving Diego Forlan on the bench & more controversy during the week.
It was Diego Costa who set up FELIPE LUIS who scored a goal to put Atletico ahead in the 12th min. Atletico was looking comfortable with numerous chances & in the 45th min MARIO SUAREZ got the home teams second & the reward for the teams efforts.
The second half saw a more stable Real Sociedad but Atletico kept applying the pressure with SERGIO AGUERO scoring the teams third in the 78th min. In the end, the result possibly matched the best Atletico performance for the whole season to date.
|Sporting Gijon against Osasuna|
REAL SPORTING DE GIJON defeated OSASUNA 1 - 0 via the goal from DAVID BARRAL in the 60th min. A giant leap forward for Gijon who manage to brush off their shoulders the relegation zone "phantom" & secure nearly their place another season in the maximum category. Osasuna will need to gets some wins together to avoid danger.
|Racing against Levante|
RACING DE SANTADER draw 1 - 1 with LEVANTE, again allowing the visiting team to snatch a draw ( or a win in some occasions) in the very last minute. Racing got ahead via an own goal from Levante player NANO in the 32nd min & from here dominated for most of the game. But right at the end, Levente drew via RAFA JORDA in the 89th min.
Levante retain their "amazing" undefeated streak.
|Osvaldo misses for Espanyol|
HERCULES is battling to get away from the relegation zone & managed a 0 - 0 draw with RCD ESPANYOL which keeps losing "steam" as the season marches onward. Tough match with both looking to grab the victory & with plenty of chances to both teams that had both goalies earning their pay today.
|Malaga against Deportivo|
Another draw this time at MALAGA who are in real trouble & look firm candidates to drop into the 2º Division. The home side draw 0 - 0 with DEPORTIVO A CORUÑA & with the latter down with 10 men in the second half. Deportivo itself should not "smile" too much, they are another Club dangerously close to the relegation zone.
|Soldado scored twice for Valencia CF|
The the 3rd place on the Spanish League classification table was up for grabs & VALENCIA CF managed to secure it after defeating VILLAREAL 5 - 0. Villareal may have still been under the "spell" of their brilliant 5 - 1 victory over Twente in the Euro League last Thursday & perhaps a bit tired from the effort, & not to mention the important loss to injury of defender Gonzalo for the rest of the season. But that´s no excuse, nor is it a reason to lessen the great performance from Valencia which was as "smooth as silk tonight" on all fronts.
ROBERTO SOLDADO continued with his goal scoring form opening up proceedings with his 13th min on target shot. The goals later came in the second half after some ragged Villareal opposition & fighting spirit that was put out with a second goal from MATA in the 55th min & a third via BENEGA in the 61st min.
This opened up the Villareal "can" which were overrun & frustrated by the lack of their effectiveness tonight & Valencia took over with another goal from MATA in the 72nd min & SOLDADO with his second in the 74th min.
Last game of Round 31 of La Liga - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Real Zaragoza - Getafe