|Racing de Santander celebrate their only goal|
RACING DE SANTANDER Coach Hector Cuper resigned mid-week & his team reacted with a 1 - 0 victory over VILLAREAL. The winner came in the 27th min via STUANI & Racing secured the result until the end. Villareal are having a "horror" season with injuries that has left the team under-manned. They are hoovering at the bottom part of the ladder - with Racing - & Villareal Coach Garrido also is under threat.
|Di Maria scores for Real Madrid|
REAL SPORTING DE GIJON lost 0 - 3 to REAL MADRID. The game was untidy, rough around the edges & very worked for Real Madrid who went in without Xabi Alonso & with maximum respect for their opponent. Real Sporting was defensive & aggressive & knocked around Madrid to make it all feel very uncomfortable. Real Madrid looked sloppy & was missing the "creative" midfield touch that Xabi Alonso puts in, but managed without their star in the end.
The game changed in the 34th min when DI MARIA robbed the ball from the Gijon defender in the wing, ran in along the goal-line & just when Sporting goalie Diego Pablo thought Di Maria would pass inward , the latter slipped the ball in by the post to score. Brilliant!
The match continued with its sloppy tonic until CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the second from a precision pass delivered by Di Maria. The third came in the 92nd min from a superb power driver in the square from MARCELO.
Three points that keep Real Madrid with a 6 point gap at the top with FC Barcelona, with both trains on a collision course next Saturday (22.00 hrs) in the first "Clasico".
|Barça celebrate a goal|
FC BARCELONA fine-tuned their machine with a convincing 5 - 0 victory over LEVANTE. The visitors put in a 5 - 4 - 1 system ( ultra - defensive) & found CESC FABREGAS scoring in the 3rd min from a Iniesta pass. This was a signal that you could put up a brick wall & it would make no difference as CESC FABREGAS again scoed - the second- from a Xavi pass in the 32nd min.
From here is was almost "auto-control" as young ISAAC CUENCA scored the third in the 36th min, MESSI in the 55th min & ALEXIS in the 61st min. The only bad news was the apparent "injury" to Barça Captain Carles Puyol that will need to be examined in order to find out if its a "false alarm" or something more.
Now onto the "clasico" against Real Madrid next Saturday
|Valencia CF score against Espanyol|
VALENCIA CF defeated RCD ESPANYOL in a tightly fought out match with the home side winning 2 - 1. Valencia had its mind in next Tuesdays all important Champions League clash against Chelsea FC & rested their star forward Robero Soldado. A Star? More later.
Valencia got off the a great start when awarded a penalty which TINO COSTA converted in the 6th min. From here it was all hard work as Espanyol slowly but surely began to regain confidence & create chances. The visitors were rewarded in the 68th min when HECTOR MORENO equalized & it looked as if Espanyol were back in with a winning chance. Valencia Coach Emery reacted & put on inform forward ROBERTO SOLDADO who scored in the 80th min from a corner with a great header. The winner, the saviour & star.