|Valero scores for Villareal|
VILLAREAL managed to get three valuable points after defeating 1 - 0 REAL BETIS. The only & winning goal came in the 20th min thanks to BORJA VALERO. The Villareal strategy was clear, counter-attacking Football & see if they can turn their chances into goals. Real Betis faced a very good Villareal goalie Diego Lopez who made some grand saves, & they also missed their chances - lots. This last area needs to be bettered as the lack of goal effectiveness is costing Betis value League points.
Everytime that the local press ( except the Barcelona based ) doubts the state of form of Lionel Messi or of FC BARCELONA, both answer on the field with goals & victory. Barça defeated REAL ZARAGOZA 4 - 0 in a fairly "comfortable" game that saw Messi star once again.
The first goal came from a fixed free kick play that PIQUE headed to score in the 18th min. Zaragoza had some chances thereafter but did not take advantage, to which LIONEL MESSI scored the second for Barça in the 42nd min & his 14th of the season. The Barça dominance continued second half & PUYOL scored the third the 65th min & DAVID VILLA the 4th in the 75th min.
There you have it , just in case anyone had doubts of the form of Barcelona & if Messi was too tired after his Argentina obligations.
|Benzema scores for Real Madrid|
Top match between VALENCIA CF & REAL MADRID with goals, intensity, aggression ( in play), emotion & a near comeback that came right up to the last moment. Valencia lost 2 - 3 to Real Madrid & coming back twice with a penalty called in the last moment by Valencia ( not called ) that was seen as a block on the chest by the Real Madrid player. Honestly, it was the type of match were League titles are finally won without knowing yet still so "early" in the season who will win in the end.
The first half saw Valencia go out hard to see how Real Madrid took back control & were rewarded with a finely executed goal by KARIM BENZEMA in the 19th min. From here it was fairly even until half time.
The second half was very tense & at times close to dangerous as both sides took everything to the limit. Plenty of yellow cards, heated discussion & Jose Mourinho fired up on the sideline which in itself is a "time bomb ticking away". When Football was finally decided to be played Real Madrid went ahead via SERGIO RAMOS with a strong goal square header in the 71st min.
Then Valencia began its comeback attempt when ROBERTO SOLDADO scored a fabulous goal in the 74th min. Real Madrid then scored again when CRISTIANO RONALDO manged to win a disputed ball that Valencia goalie Alves missed in the 78th min. When everyone thought that Real had it in the bag, ROBERTO SOLDADO got the second for Valencia in the 83rd min.
However the best was still to come. Valencia poured it all on & was looking for the equalizer that had Real against the ropes. In the last moment Valencia earned a free kick next to the corner & crossed the ball to find an attempt to score blocked by Real Madrid player Higuain. Valencia claimed hand-ball & penalty, while Real Madrid claimed it hit his chest.
The referee called it a no penalty situation & blew the whistle, but the after game discussion & arguments with the referee were important. The Valencia crowd were outraged.
Independent of all the controversy, the result was very important for Real Madrid as they keep the Liga classification top spot, keep Barça away with 3 points & open up a gap with a title rival like Valencia.