|Espanyol - Zaragoza|
RCD ESPANYOL lost surprisingly to bottom placed Club REAL ZARAGOZA 0 - 2. It was the first away victory for Zaragoza this season which is desperately attempting to string together some good games & wins in order to think about the possibility of avoiding relegation. Today was a good start for Zaragoza.
The two goals came via DA SILVA in the 56th min & JUAN CARLOS in the 90th min.
|Michu scores for Rayo|
RAYO VALLECANO gave a good performance to defeated city ( Madrid )neighbour GETAFE 2 - 0. The goals came in the 33rd min via MICHU & a second via Atletico on-loan player DIEGO COSTA in the 63rd min.
|Malaga - Mallorca|
MALAGA FC & their Coach Manuel Pellegrini have been under pressure this last week to better themselves or face some "consequences". The team reacted today with a very good 3 - 1 victory over REAL MALLORCA.
It was the visitors that started better & sent shivers through the Malaga stadium when they scored via PEREIRA in the 3rd min. However, Malaga reacted & took over proceedings with goals from SEBAS FERNANDEZ in the 10th min, TOULALAN in the 54th min & RONDON in the 67th min.
|Valencia CF scores via Feghouli|
VALENCIA CF overcame their mid-week Spanish Cup semi elimination to win 4 - 0 REAL SPORTING DE GIJON putting the latter in further "deep shit" as Gijon are at the bottom end of the ladder & looking at the abyss of the 2 º Division.
Valencia was dominate tonight & the goals came via FEGHOULI in the 33rd min, an own goal by Sporting defender BOTIA in the 73rd min & two by JONAS in the 91st & 94th min as Gijon collpased in the latter part. Sporting managed to put up some "sort" of a fight mid - game but ran out of ideas & strenght as Valencia was too good.
|Villareal - Granada|
VILLAREAL continued with their "recovery" under new Coach Molina with another important victory, 3 - 1 , over GRANADA. Well deserved for the home side that put up the initiative from the start. The goals came via MARCOS RUBEN in the 15th min , to which Granada work to equalized in the 50th via IÑIGO LOEZ. However, that was all Granada did as VALERO put Villareal ahead in the 64th min & a third goal for Villareal came in the 73rd min via an own goal from Granada goalkeeper JULIO CESAR.
|Celebration of CR7 goal|
REAL MADRID "locked" tonight a 10 point lead advantage over second placed FC Barcelona on the Spanish League classification table, after defeating 4 - 2 LEVANTE in an entertaining match that was not so easy for the home side in the first half.
Levante brought back some past "ghosts" - & from a set play - when CEBRAL headed the opener for Levante in the 4th min. Real Madrid looked nervous but managed to calm their play & being looing for the equalizer. Levanted defended & defended hard, as Real attacked while Levante goalie MANUA stopped it all. The frustration was increasing for Real Madrid when a "crucial" event occured that changed the course of the match. Levente defender IBORRA clearly hand-balled in the penalty area & was given a yellow card which ( being the second ) turned into a red card, thus leaving Levante at a disadvantage. CRISTIANO RONALDO then converted the penalty & got the equalizer in the 44th min.
The second half saw Real Madrid dominate & CRISTIANO RONALDO put in his personal mini-show with a second goal in the 50th min & a spectacular long range shot in the 56th min for his HAT-TRICK. The man has now 27 goals in the Spanish League ( out of 23 games) & is heading to break again records at this pace.
While Real Madrid were celebarting , Levante did a perfect counter-attack in the 62 nd min with a goal from KONE to bring Real back down to Earth. Real Madrid then got back to its business & Ronaldo missed two sitters, Benzema missed a header & Ozil hit the post. But KARIM BENZEMA scored a "curler" in the 65th min to bring back the calm & tranquillity to the team.
An important victory for Real Madrid that puts half a Spanish League title in the bag. BUT, the season has a way to go as yet & anything can still happen.
MONDAY NIGHT GAME:
Real Sociedad - Sevilla FC