|Villareal - At.Bilbao|
Midday clash between the improving VILLAREAL & ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO which finished in a 2 - 2 draw. An entertaining match which saw Villareal get ahead early via a SENNA goal in the 10th min. From here it was hard work for both sides & the action intensified mid match with 3 goals. Bilbao equalized via FERNANDO LLORENTE in the 61st min & then went ahead with a second via SUSAETA in the 65th min. But Villareal have found their fighting spirit again & equalized via NILMAR in the 67th min.
|Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid|
RAYO VALLECANO went down 0 - 1 to REAL MADRID in a game that should have gone the other way. The ground had smaller dimensions, the turf was rough & uneven, the crowd supporting the locals & luck was not on the Vallecano side. The locals hit the post & had two open goal chances that should have at least secured them the draw if not the victory. Plus, Rayo forward Michu was send off with a red card that was not that left Rayo in a disadvantage towards the latter part.
Real Madrid suffered, they had to work hard & even struggled in some periods as it was a magical piece from CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 54 th min that gave Real the winner. It was a back heel that surprised everyone that was a goal worth its weight in gold.
The Spanish League title is far from decided, but if Real Madrid do manage to win it, they will remember this match as being one of the decisive ones.
|Valencia - Sevilla|
Top match between VALENCIA CF - SEVILLA FC with the latter taking it in the 69th min when Sevilla player JESUS NAVAS scored the winner to place the scoreline 1 - 2. Earlier Valencia had gone ahead with a TINO COSTA "cracker" in the 25th min that brought the stadium down that was equalized by Sevilla midfielder MEDEL in the 36th min.
Sevilla looks like they a finding some their lost form again which should lift their spirits for the coming games.
|Osasuna - Granada|
OSASUNA has made their home ground a "fort" this season as few Clubs manage to get out alive. This occurred again with GRANADA which lost 2 - 1 in a very fought out & tough affair.
The scoring all happened in the 1ºst half with two goals by Osasuna via NEKOUNAM in the 26th min & LEKIC in the 29th min. Granada managed their goal via MIKEL RICO in the 31st min & Osasuna then worked to shut the result. Plan worked perfectly.
|Real Sociedad - Mallorca|
REAL SOCIEDAD & REAL MALLORCA went punch to punch & round to round until Real Sociedad player AGIRRETXE tipped the balance with his 79th min goal & winner. Final result 1 - 0 which could have gone either way.
|Messi - Xavi|
ATLETICO DE MADRID put in a marvellous effort - especially in the second half - to nearly halt the FC BARCELONA "machine" & in the process almost sentence the Spanish League title in Real Madrid´s favour. But, Barcelona is Barcelona, & a genius "flash" from LIONEL MESSI settled things & gave the victory to his team with a final result 1 - 2.
The first half was fought out well between both until a Cesc Fabregas pass found DANI ALVES to score for Barça in the 36th min. However, the second half was a different matter & Atletico started on fire with FALCAO equalizing in the 49th min. From here Atletico put Barça in its own half for almost half an hour & had them on the ropes. Then a free-kick to Barça outside the area was taken by LIONEL MESSI who saw an "angle" that Atletico goalie Courtois had not covered & slotted in the ball for the winner in the 81st min.
Then Barça goalie Valdes become the protagonist as he stopped two chances that could have given the draw to Atletico, but they held Atletico out. By the way there was a clear hand-ball ( penalty) by Barça player Busquets in the Atletico area late that was not called.
Controversy assured tomorrow at the office.