|Andre Castro for Gijon|
REAL SPORTING DE GIJON needed a win like water & they managed to get some pressure off themselves, & give a joy to their fans, after defeated GRANADA 2 - 0. Sporting scored early via BARRAL in the 5th min, later the second came in the 41st min via CASTRO. It was a worked first season victory for Gijon which showed ambition & faith to get their deserved three points.
|Espanyol players celebrate their win|
RACING DE SANTANDER still dont know what a victory feels this season as they went down to RCD ESPANYOL 0 - 1. The winner for Espanyol can in the 59th min via a "cracker" from SERGIO GARCIA.
Second win straight for Espanyol & Racing such be concerned as they truly lack resources on all lines to get themselves out of the bottom of the Spanish Football League,
MALAGA FC hosted REAL MADRID & recieved a 0 - 4 defeat that such have hurt the local side. Real started with Higuain (sub Benzema) , Kaka ( sub Ozil )& Di Maria (sub Callejon) & the Madrid Club did all the damage in the first 45 minutes.
Real Madrid were serious, quick , ball controlling & lethal, especially DI MARIA who gave 3 passes of goal & CRISTIANO RONALDO who scored a HAT-TRICK ( 22nd, 27th & 37th), with one of his goals a type of "kung fu" kick that found the net. The other came from HIGUAIN who scored early in the 10th min from a excellent Di Maria assist.
Malaga Coach Pellegrini must have shouted his head off at his team as Malaga looked much better in the 2º half as Real Madrid also took the foot off the accelerator. Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas( who notched up his 428 games with Madrid ) had to work, & hard, to keep Malaga from scoring.
Comments at the end of the match by Real Madrid Coach Mourinho were positive as he was really pleased with the performance of his team.
|Javi Varas stops Villa|
FC BARCELONA 0 - Sevilla FC Goalkeeper VARAS, excuse me SEVILLA FC 0. Serious match by Sevilla which was very strong the first 30 minutes until their efforts "forced" them to slowly get back into their own half & practically defend the attacking waves of Barcelona as the latter got strong & stronger. But there was JAVI VARAS ( & the the posts , bar & last minute penalty) to stop all the "missiles" fired at the Sevilla goal. The Sevilla keeper put in a "blinder" of a match as he literally saved his team from a true onslaught. Really, it was great to watch the man in action. Barça goalie Valdes also had to make a few saves ( 1ºst half ) as fate was to turn the game into a goalkeepers night.
The controversy happened in the last minute when Iniesta was fouled in the penalty area. The referee said no & then changed his mind after consulting the linesman. Sevilla player Kanoute then kicked the ball off the penalty spot to play mind games with Messi, to which Cesc Fabregas said something to Kanoute that caused a brawl between players, Cesc on the floor & Kanoute with a Red Card. The penalty was taken by Messi & yes, VARAS stopped it. Then in a last Barça attempt Pedro was floored by Sevilla defender Navarro who claimed the latter acted it all out, but he won himself a Red Card. Great , & very tense game at the end.
Final result , shared points, & Real Madrid rubbing their hands I would suspect.