SEVILLA FC defeated VALENCIA CF 1- 0 & ending up with nine men. Sevilla dominated the first half & KANOUTE scored in the 18th min. The second half was all Valencia CF as they attempted to equalize but midfielder Benegas missed a penalty & Valencia could not score with Sevilla down to nine men. Big surprise result.
ATHLETIC DE BILBAO continue in their personal "nightmare" as they managed a draw 1 - 1 against VILLAREAL after getting ahead via GABILONDO in the 43rd min. But the local team ran out of "gas" with Villareal forward NILMAR equalizing in the 53rd min. Villareal happy, Bilbao still deep in analysis.
|CR7 another "hat-trick"|
REAL MADRID won RAYO VALLECANO 6 - 2 but don't be fooled. Terrible first half with Rayo scoring via MICHU in the first minute & basically danced Madrid until Coach Mourinho had to pull off Lass Diarra after only about 20 mins to put on Ozil to find some creativity. The central defenders tonight were Albiol & young Varane & perhaps the little time together showed, but CRISTIANO RONALDO managed to equalize in the 38th min to ease the "pressure". GONZALO HIGUAIN managed to calm things further with a second goal in the 45th min.
However, the 2º half complicated itself for Real Madrid after CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the teams third with a penalty in the 50th min, starting with the sending off of DI MARIA for hand-ball ( 2ºnd yellow) leaving Madrid with 10 men. Rayo reacted scoring its second via MICHU & showing signs of coming back to equalize. Coach Mourinho again reacted & put on Benzema ( off Higuain) & Khedira (off Kaká) to see Madrid attempt to find some solid play. It happened in the 66th min when VARANE scored from a corner, BENZEMA hammered in the 73rd min & CRISTIANO RONALDO got his HAT TRICK & Madrid's sixth in the 83rd min with another penalty.
Important victory for Real, but very suffered. Real Madrid won by pride, something that maybe good for their spirits.
|Messi another hat-trick|
FC BARCELONA steam-rolled ATLETICO DE MADRID 5- 0 with a LIONEL MESSI HAT-TRICK ( 26th, 78th & 92nd min). It was a one Club event tonight at "Camp Nou" with DAVID VILLA scoring in the 9th min & Atletico defender MIRANDO putting in an own goal in the 15th min. Atletico hit the croos-bar in the first 10 minutes via Thiago, but that was all.
Barça too good, Messi the "Best in The World".