REAL MADRID hosted CELTA DE VIGO with a reorganized defensive line with Ramos & Essien sharing defensive wings. The locals won 2 - 0 which was deserved & the scoreline could have been more had Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramos & others not missed so much.
Celta had two clear chances but Real Goalie Iker Casillas did his usual saving tricks to keep the visitors out. Other highlights was the good work from Modric who found his groove today.
The goalscorers were GONZALO HIGUAIN in the 11 th min with an extraordinary goal & CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 67th via a penalty.
Intense match at VALENCIA which hosted ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO. The locals started on the back foot & ex-Valencia player ADURIZ put Bilbao ahead in the 18th min. Valencia under pressure & against the grain equalized via a penalty which SOLDADO converted in the 26th min. But the Valencia attempts were cancelled out when ADURIZ again put Bilbao ahead in the 30th min.
The key moment came in the 67th min when Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera got a red card which left Bilbao at a disadvantage which allowed Valencia to breathe again to come to life. The home side took the advantage & in the last moments turned the match around with goals from TINO COSTA in the 88th min & the winner via VALDEZ in the 90th.
Bilbao Coach Bielsa will not be pleased at all.
MALAGA won 2 - 1 with a late goal from JOAQUIN in the 87th min when minutes before he missed a penalty. VALLADOLID went ahead first in the 8th min via MANUCHO & were looking good. But their efforts went from strong to weak as Malaga began taking control. In form Spanish U-21 International & Malaga player ISCO was again determinate & he got the equalizer in the 36th min.
Malaga hold onto the 3rd spot of the Spanish League ladder for now.
DEPORTIVO A CORUÑA nearly managed to pull the surprise in a brave & gutsy attempt to halt FC BARCELONA which lost Mascherano to a red card in the 50th min, & left Barça at a disadvantage. However Barcelona has LIONEL MESSI who assured the victory for FC Barcelona with a HAT-TRICK.
The match of the day see-sawed as Deportivo came back from all the Barça punches. JORDI ALBA got Barça ahead first in the 3rd min, then TELLO continued on for Barça with the second in the 8th min & MESSI put Barça away with a third in the 18th min. But Deportivo recovered from this early "bashing" & PIZZI pulled back a goal in the 27th min along with team-mate BERGATIÑOS in the 37th min to then watch how MESSI again scored in the 44th min just before half time.
The second half was as magnificent as the first with PIZZI scoring the third for Deportivo in the 47th min & then Deportivo lifted further as Mascherano was sent off with a red card giving Deportivo the numerical advantage.
MESSI managed to ease the pressure with his third & teams fifth in the 78th min, but Deportivo was not finished as yet as they got their fourth via a JORDI ALBA own goal. From here Barça suffered but managed to withstand the onslaught to go on & win the match 4 - 5 & take the three points.
Lionel Messi again "saves" FC Barcelona from another "sticky" situation.