REAL MADRID had to wake up early to play their match against OSASUNA at 12.00 pm, an hour strategically placed by La Liga to be beamed in prime-time Asian TV. The final result was a crushing 7 - 1 victory to the locales after Osasuna lost a man to a red card after giving a penalty to Real in the 53rd min. With Osasuna a man less Real Madrid "overrun" them to give the local fans spectacle & Asian viewers entertainment.
CRISTIANO RONALDO showed off his "Euro Golden Boot Award" from last season to the crowd before the kick-off & ended up scoring another HAT-TRICK ( 23rd, 54th(p) & 57th min). PEPE scored in the 34th min, HIGUAIN in the 40th min & BENZEMA, who came on for Di Maria, scored twice in the 63rd & 81st min. The bad news was the injury to Di Maria who pulled a hamstring after a back heel that has the medical team worried until tomorrows scan.
Osasuna put in a very good show in the first half making it difficult for Real to play & scored their only goal via IBRA in the 30th min after a quick free kick was taken while the Real players argued with the ref that caught everyone ( except Osasuna ) off guard.
|Barral for Sporting|
Entertaining game between REAL ZARAGOZA & REAL SPORTING DE GIJON that finished 2 - 2. Gijon will be kicking themselves as Zaragoza managed to equalize in the +93rd min to snatch off them the 3 points.
Zaragoza got ahead first via an own goal from Gijon defender BOTIA in the 28th, but Gijon reacted via BARRAL who scored twice ( 30th & 43rd min) to put Gijon on a winning course. However, Zaragoza had other ideas & POSTINGA equalized in the last moment.
Boring match between GRANADA & RACING which ended in a 0 - 0 draw. Granada played better the 1ºst half & Racing the 2º half even tough they were down to 10 men. In fact, Racing hit the "woodwork" in the 81st min via GEIJO...bad luck!
Festival atmosphere at RAYO VALLECANO which defeated REAL SOCIEDAD 4 - 0. The locals were helped by the 11th min red card to Sociedad defender Martinez which left the team in a disadvantage for the rest of the game. The goals started following thereafter with the penalty that lead to the red card taken by PITI in the 12th min. The MINCHU scored twice ( 49th & 62nd min) & TRASHORRAS scored a fabulous free-kick in the 73rd min.
A very heated & controversial match between RCD ESPANYOL & VILLAREAL that ended in a 0 - 0 draw & end of match shouts & pushes. Six yellow cards & a red card to Forlin (Espanyol ) mid 2º half illustrated the intensity of the match. Watched from a global perspective & eliminating the "ref decisions" Espanyol played better but missed their chances. This applies to Villareal which could not finish off their opportunities.
Result, a just draw.
|At.Bilbao - FC Barcelona|
The match of the Round & perhaps of the season so far with intense being a secondary word. The rain made conditions slippery & added to the gradual grinding down of legs & bodies as the clash was super human. ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO had the victory in their grasp but FC BARCELONA managed the last minute equalizer in desperate play to conclude this epic match in a 2 - 2 draw.
ANDER HERRERA scored first for Bilbao in the 20th min to see how CESC FABREGAS headed an equalizer in the 24th min. Everything was balanced as it was end to end stuff with midfield tactical efforts beyond most things seen this season. Then from a corner the ball bounced of Bilbao forward FERNANDO LLORENTE & hit players & the shin of Barça defender PIQUE who put in an own goal in the 80th min.
It looked as if Barça would lose its first game this season when a ball was humbled by Bilbao goalie & the defenders also struggled ( with their feet ) to get the ball out of danger to see LIONEL MESSI pick up the crumbs & equalize in +90 min. Barça was saved in the last minute.
|Getafe - At.Madrid|
GETAFE won ATLETICO DE MADRID 3 - 2 & with 10 men when they lost Lopo in the 27th min to a red card & allowed FALCAO to score the penalty in the 29th min resulting from that expulsion. As in the nature of Atletico, which goes against all the laws of Football, Atletico began playing badly while Getafe grew in confidence. In fact, Getafe had two true good opportunities & nailed them with goals from BARRADA in the 40th & MICHEL in the 48th min. Getafe under this situation obviously went to defend the result & Atletico kept crashing into the Getafe wall. However, Atletico defender DOMINGUEZ equalized in the 80th min goal to see how 3 mins later DIEGO CASTRO scored the winner for Getafe.
Atletico Coach Manzano is back under pressure after a few days of rest. Ex Spanish National Team Coach ( ex Atletico player; ex Atletico Coach ) Luis Aragones is sounding these last days & waiting in the "shadows". Stay tuned!