|Falcao for At.Madrid|
ATLETICO DE MADRID managed a very important 2 - 1 victory over ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO that will give the Club a moral boost in their attempts to climb into Euro table positions. The first half was bad for both side with the tactical dominating the Football.
Things came alive in the 2º half with Atletico taking the initiative & FALCAO lifting to open the scoring in the 49th min, & then again in the 70th min. Then Bilbao "woke-up" & attempted to scratch something back & was totally dominate with JAVI MARTINEZ scoring in the 90th min. It seemed the clock was on Atletico favor, but a win is a win.
REAL SOCIEDAD suffered a 1 - 3 defeat at the hands of the visitors LEVANTE which are hanging onto their Euro position with "teeth & nails". Sociedad got ahead via VELA in the 5th but Levante reacted & never looked back. Goal from BAKERO via a penalty in the 11th min, KONE in the 44th min & XAVI TORRES in the 93th min. Must be said that Real Sociedad went down to 10 men with the red card from Eulustondo. However, a deserved win for Levante.
Here was the surprise result of the night. VALENCIA CF lost to last placed REAL ZARAGOZA 1 - 2 & with the latter down to 10 men from the 20th min with the red card to Alvaro.
PABLO HERNANDEZ put Valencia ahead early in the 9th min, but they lost spring & effectiveness as the match went on. The equalizer came from APOÑO via a penalty in the 30th min & the winner via APOÑO again in the 76th min. Questions being asked at Valencia tonight.
|Sporting - Mallorca|
Bad result for REAL SPORTING DE GIJON struggling second last on the ladder & losing 2 - 3 to REAL MALLORCA. Evenly fought out match with plenty of goals that was won finally by details & perseverance.
Mallorca scored first via NUNES in the 30th & was responded with the equalizer thanks to COLUNGA in the 38th min. Things got "funky" again with a penalty in the 47th min which ORFILA converted. Sporting managed an equalizer in the 66th min via BOTIA & the winner came from ALVARO with a "cracker" for Mallorca in the 77th min.
VILLAREAL has indirectly put the SPANISH LEAGUE on fire with a controversial 1 - 1 draw over REAL MADRID that allows FC Barcelona to cut back 2 more points & now is only 6 points behind ( with a clasico still to play).
Back to the match. Villareal did what they know best fight, play Football & under new Coach Lotina, show more defensive discipline. The first half was even with chances going to both sides.
Then the second half was mostly Real Madrid that controlled things & VIllareal was tiring. The goal came for Real Madrid in the 61st min with a brilliant 1-2-3 between Ozil & CRISTIANO RONALDO who got his 100th goal in Spain. It seemed that things would end this way when the referee - terrible all night & with yellow cards galore - called a free-kick that was´nt outside the box. Once again a late free-kick gave the surprise with a MARCOS SENNA cracker that gave Villareal the equalizer.
From here mayhem. Red Card to Mourinho, Red Card to Sergio Ramos & Red Card to Ozil. Things got out of hand & the referee showed that his level is not up to scratch for Liga duties. Said this, lets not take away the brilliant Villareal effort & the acknowledgement that Real Madrid was not 100% & looked nervous tonight. But once again, how Football changes in weeks, minutes & even seconds.
La Liga, it on folks!
Three matches of Round 20 scheduled for tomorrow.