RCD ESPANYOL notched up its third straight victory defeating REAL BETIS 1 - 0. Its the fifth straight loss for Betis which started so well the season & now are really suffering with their game. The winner for Espanyol came from PANDIANI who came on in the 2º half & scored in the 75th min. Totally effective indeed.
ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO won their rain swept home match 3 - 0 against ATLETICO DE MADRID which collapsed literally from the 68th min allowing three goals from Bilbao in the space of 8 minutes.
Beforehand, the first half was fairly even with both teams having chances & both goalkeepers very busy in keeping the scoreboard at zero. The 2º half was another story as Bilbao took over proceeding with Atletico basically disoriented in their tactical & mental mind-set. Here of course all eyes turned to the under fire Atletico Coach Manzano who may have "hang himself" tonight after this poor result & team performance.
FERNANDO LLORENTE scored first with a fluke goal in the 68th min that must have depressed Atletico & lifted Bilbao as the second came 2 mins later with a header from FERNANDO LLORENTE . Atletico was "knocked out" as Bilbao were on fire & TOQUERO got the third in the 75th min from a free-kick with his header. Bilbao worthy winners tonight.
Atletico de Madrid go back home with the rain clouds following & hoovering over them & Coach Manzano.