|Alexis & Messi|
REAL MALLORCA could not manage a positive result with FC BARCELONA down to 10 men from the 56th min & lost 0 - 2. Barcelona rightly deserved the three points as they controlled proceedings for most of the match.
The opener came from a Messi free-kick that ALEXIS finished off in the 25th min, but was given to MESSI as the referee considered that Alexis did not touch the ball. Then the "important" moment came in the 56th min when Barça midfielder Thiago got a second yellow & was sent off. Mallorca could not take advantage of a 10 man Barça side & went further behind with a second goal in the 78th min by PIQUE who rebounded the ball off a Messi post. Barça maintain the chase on Real Madrid.
|Real Madrid 2012|
REAL MADRID started their match against REAL SOCIEDAD knowing that FC Bareclona had won their game & was at that moment just 3 points behind. This may partly explain the 5 - 1 victory of the current Spanish League leaders to take the gap back to 6 points relative to Barça after a fairly convincing performance & win.
Real Madrid started without Pepe ( suspended 2 weeks ) & Ozil ( suspended 1 week ) & played as if nothing, thanks to young defender Varane who put in an excellent game, Kaka & Higuain, the latter up front with Benzema.
The opener came via HIGUAIN in the 5th min, followed by CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 32 nd min, BENZEMA with a "chipped gem" of a goal in the 40th min, BENZEMA again in the 48th min & CRISTIANO RONALDO with the fifth in the 55th min. Real Sociedad managed a consolation goal via a SERGIO RAMOS own goal from a Prieto free-kick in the 41st min.
Last note is the 15 mins or so given to Real midfielder SAHIN who looked OK & that should lift the players confidence. Real Madrid now concentrate themselves for their next match which will be a Q/Final 1º leg Champions League game at Cyprus.
|Getafe scores against Valencia|
Excellent victory for Madrid Club GETAFE 3 - 1 over VALENCIA CF. It all happened in the 1ºst half as Getafe comeback after the visitors scored first. Valencia forward ROBERTO SOLDADO put his team ahead early in the 5th min & all seemed like clear sailing. But Getafe had other ideas & Valencia - very worrying - collapsed as the home side goals poured in. First the equalizer via PEDRO RIOS in the 12th min, then the second from MIKU in the 23rd min & the third an own goal from Valencia defender BRUNO in the 30th min.
Valencia never recovered from the Getafe "punch" & lost again, which puts its third ladder position in danger, plus Coach Emery is further under extreme pressure as Valencia fans look for a scape-goat head on a Silver platter. Valencia is going through a very rough patch & serious drop in form.