|Levante - Racing|
LEVANTE drew 1 - 1 with RACING DE SANTANDER in an interesting game of Football that saw the latter more determined to grab the points. Levante has lost the initial season impulse that took them so high up the ladder , but managed to get ahead first in the 23 rd min via KONE. But Racing are fighting for their "Liga life" & have improved their Football & were rewarded for their work with the equalizer in the 61st min via ARANA. Racing wanted the game more than Levante.
|Castro scores for Mallorca|
REAL MALLORCA managed to clear the snow off the pitch & played REAL BETIS in a "heated match" that finished in a 1 - 0 victory. Tough match with two sides determined to get the victory & under some difficult weather conditions.
Mallorca got ahead when CASTRO scored in the 23rd min, from here it was "aggressive" with red card to Betis defender Mario in the 75th min & two more red cards to Mallorca ( Ramis 86 th min & Victor 92 nd min). Hard day at the office for both sides.
|Llorente misses a chance.|
Top game between ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO & RCD ESPANYOL with the latter drawing 3 - 3 in extra-time to snatch away the victory from Bilbao. In fact, Bilbao will be disappointed with this result as Espanyol climb pass them in Euro table positions & Bilbao has Clubs like Atletico de Madrid breathing down their necks to push them off the Euro positions. The last minutes "mental relaxation" by Bilbao cost them 2 valuable points that may become important in later rounds.
The match was "see-saw ( end to end ) stuff" with Bilbao getting ahead in the 25 th min via DE MARCOS, but Espanyol replied quickly to equalize in the 32 nd min via ROMARIC. Espanyol then got themselves ahead in the 47th min via WEISS, but Bilbao reacted via LLORENTE to equalize in the 57th min. Bilbao looked the more dominant & went ahead with a JAVI MARTINEZ goal in the 64 th min & had the victory in the hand. But Espanyol kept at it & scored the equalizer via ALBIN in the 92 nd min to quiet the Bilbao stadium & frustrate the Bilbao fans & Coach Bielsa.
|Ramos scores for Madrid|
GETAFE were beforehand listed as a dangerous team & REAL MADRID knew it, so concentration had to be at a maximum. The match finished 0 - 1 for Real Madrid under windy conditions & with the team not as sharp as in the last games. In fact, Real dominated most of the game but failed badly to "finish off" Getafe with more goals & thus suffered in the latter part of the game. Added to this, Real had some luck as a penalty was not given to Getafe in the second half after Pepe hand-balled in the penalty area. Had the referee called it things would have been very different.
The winning goal came via a SERGIO RAMOS header from a corner in the 18th min. Real Madrid tried to score more but Benzema, Ronaldo, Higuain (late) ...& company just could not manage to fire the ball correctly home. This slowly gave Getafe confidence & as the match went on Getafe grew in their play, so much so, that Real Madrid was calling for the referee to blow the final whistle.
|Tello scores for Barça|
FC BARCELONA won 2 - 1 REAL SOCIEDAD suffering in the final 15 minutes & with Busquets joining the long list of injured players.
Barça started with 4 youngsters tonight, Tello, Dos Santos, Thiago & Cuenca, all doing well most of the match. Barcelona dominanted a Real Sociedad side that concentrated on defending & looking for the counter-attack opportunity.
Young TELLO scored early for Barça in the 8th min & from here Sociedad was lucky that LIONEL MESSI & company were not in fine tune, as Messi & his team-mates - Cuenca hit the bar - missed more than half a dozen opportunities that normally are converted into goal.
Barça dominated the second half & MESSI - finally - scored in the 72nd min. But when Barça thought they had the victory in "the bag", VELA scored for Real Sociedad to put the nerves into the Barça team. Puyol went off & the defence looked wobbly. Real Sociedad grew in confidence & attacked more & more with some good chances occurring that unfortunately did not materialize for Sociedad. However Barcelona held out the "nervous last 15 minutes" & took the 3 points.