Almeria & RCD Espanyol played out a "boring" 0 - 0 draw. Perhaps both sides were more tense than usual working in order to avoid losing points & preferred not to risk. Very tactical & disciplined from both teams which cancelled out the creative elements from their players. The note of the match was the penalty missed by Almeria which may have been an omen of the game.
Real Sociedad overrun Real Betis , with their new Betis Coach Garrido debuting in Liga, winning 5 - 1. Betis fans will have more ammunition to claim that the teams troubles has nothing to do with who is the Coach but the Directive & their decisions in summer to sell their top players. In any case Real Sociedad gave themselves a feast & a moral boosting exhibition with the goals coming in the following manner:
- Agirretxe 6th min, 1 - 0
- Jorge Molina 19th min, 1 - 1
- Ansotegi 55th min, 2 - 1
- Griezmann 62nd min, 3 - 1
- Agirretxe 62nd min, 4 - 1
- Xabi Prieto 85th min, 5 - 1
Sevilla FC & Athletic Club Bilbao played out a tense & rugged 1 - 1 draw. Sevilla got ahead early with a goal from young defender Alberto Moreno in the 4th min but Bilbao answered two minutes later with an equalizer from Susaeta. It was this last Bilbao player that later in the 45th min missed a penalty which Sevilla goalie Beto stopped in great fashion. From here & onwards it was a stalemate situation as both sides cancelled themselves out.
Sevilla will be disappointed with the result, but Bilbao maintains themselves up high on the Spanish League Ladder.
Atletico de Madrid won 3 - 0 Valencia CF & fell one goal short of taking the top spot of the Spanish Liga classification table ahead of FC Barcelona. They nearly did had Diego Costa scored a penalty in the 74th min that Valencia goalie Alves stopped.
MONDAY NIGHT ROUND 16 MATCH:
Valladolid - Celta de Vigo