REAL MADRID lost 2 - 3 to REAL ZARAGOZA who was fighting for their 1º Division life & with Real Madrid suffering the side - effects of the Barça clashes these last weeks. Real Madrid started without Ronaldo (in the stand), Xabi & Lass rested , while Ozil, Marcelo & Di Maria were on the bench. Real Zaragoza started very serious, concentrated & defending well while waiting for the counter-attack opportunities.
Real Madrid kept on running into the Zaragoza defensive wall when in the 40th min a Zaragoza attack saw Real goalie Casillas run out of his box to attempt to clear & failed in a disastrous manner that allow LAFITA to score. Big mistake by Casillas & very rare.
|Latifa for Real Zaragoza|
The second half saw a penalty awarded to Zaragoza in the 54th min when Carvalho fouled & GABI coverted his teams second. Real Madrid Coach Mourinho reacted & began putting on his "big guns" off the bench - Marcelo, Ozil & Di Maria - which improved Madrid & they began their attempt to turn things around. Karim Benzema hit the post in the 61st min, & SERGIO RAMOS then scored in the 62nd min to raise his team.
Then Zaragoza goalie Doblas became the protagonist stopping everything & a penalty to Kaka wasn´t called by the referee. As Real Madrid put men forward, Zaragoza took advantage of the spaces & scored their third via LAFITA in the 77th min. Big blow for Real which managed to pull one back for their second in the 85th min via BENZEMA but it was too late. Real Madrid lost Carvalho with a second yellow card & that closed things for the afternoon.
Real Zaragoza won after 10 years of attempting to do so in the "Santiago Bernabeu" stadium & grabbed three vital points in their particular "war" to stay alive in the Spanish League. Great game by the visitors, & lack of concentration by Real Madrid who still were reeling from their mid - week clash with Barça & thinking about them again for the next meeting next week.
|Tiago scores for FC Barcelona|
FC BARCELONA started their match against REAL SOCIEDAD knowing that Real Madrid had lost & that a victory by them would virtually seal the Spanish League title. The surprise was the end result with the home side defeating Barça 2 -1, & with a controversial disallowed goal to Barça defender Milito included.
The first half was basically Barça with some stars rested, but playing well. Young midfield promise TIAGO put Barça ahead in the 29th min.
|Xavi after the Barça Liga defeat at Real Sociedad|
The second half saw how Barça was losing the protagonist role as Real Sociedad lifted. As time went on Barça was "suffering" to control the home team & the equalizer came in the 71st min via IFRAN. Then the moment that made news in the 81st min when Mascherano foulded in the box & the consequent penalty was transformed by XAVI PRIETO in the 82nd min.
Real Sociedad can now boast to be one of the very few Clubs that have defeated Barcelona, while Barça will have to wait another week before they can officially claim to have won the Spanish League.
DEPORTIVO lost 0 - 1 to ATLETICO DE MADRID & with 10 men after defender Lopo got a red card in the 60th min. Atletico managed their victory thanks to SERGIO AGUERO who scored in the 80th min after Forlan & Juanfran set up the play.
It was a very even match throughout with chances at both sides that saw how Atletico got the upper-hand as time went on & especially after Deportivo went down to 10 men.
The win gives Atletico another three vital points as they attempt to secure a place in Euro classification positions & even have their eyes on a Champions League 4th place if they continue winning & Bilbao & Villareal slip from here till the end of the season.