RCD Espanyol & Sevilla FC played an intense match, very rapid & with goals. The final result was a 1 - 3 victory to Sevilla FC, a much needed win for the visitors as things are torrid down at Seville. The first goal was for Sevilla with Fazio scoring after 3 minutes. That was followed by another Sevilla goal from Vitolo in the 9th min to which Espanyol answered with a 23rd min Sergio Garcia goal. Espanyol was on the verge of a possible comeback as they had Sevilla on the back foot, but Espanyol went down to 10 men when Victor Sanchez was sent off with his 2º yellow card. This halted the Espanyol progression & Sevilla managed a third via Bacca in te 58th min to secure things.
Valencia CF drew 2 - 2 at home with Valladolid with a missed penalty included. Things at Valencia are still very tense & the Coaching position of Djukic still under the microscope. Valencia missed a 5th min penalty when Benaga fired over the goal. Valladolid took advantage of the home teams disillusion & scored in the 9th via Javi Guerra. From here onwards an intense encounter with counter-punches as Valencia CF equalized thanks to a Pabon "power-driver" in the 29th min. The second half was the same as it see-sawed with a Valladolid goal in the 50th min by Alcatraz & the Valencia equalizer in the 76th min from Feghouli. Shared points!
Villarreal managed a 1 - 1 draw against Atletico de Madrid in a peculiar match where both goals were own goals. Perhaps it was a "just" result & the "Goddess of Luck" decided to even things, I for one think it was the correct result as both sides did their job but each was cancelled out from the other. Villarreal player Mario ( own goal ) put atletico ahead in the 2 min. From here both sides tried hard to score or pull away. The equalizer for Villarreal came in the 79th min when Atletico defender Juanfran scored an own goal. Atletico de Madrid claimed a penalty that was not called in this match & Villarreal claims that Diego Costa should have received a red card. As said, a shared match & shared points!
Real Betis lost 1 - 4 to FC Barcelona. The win for Barcelona opens up further the table points gap with second placed Atletico de Madrid which drew in their game against Villarreal.
Betis started strong & Barça needed their goalie Valdes to make super saves, but as the game evolved FC Barcelona slowly & progressively took control. The goals for Barça came from Neymar in the 35th min, a grand goal from Pedro in the 37th min & two goals from Cesc Fabregas - 63rd min & 79th min - who was superb tonight. Betis managed a consolation goal right at the end when Molina converted a penalty in the 93rd min.
The bad news for Barça was the injury - again - of star Lionel Messi in the 22nd min who was substituted by iniesta. Messi is having a "horror" spell of injuries.