Round 4 of Liga started with the Friday night match between Elche & Eibar. The game & final result went to the visitors 0 - 2 with goals from Dani Garcia in the 2nd min & Albentosa in the 41st min. Eibar strong so early in the season.
Real Madrid travelled to Deportivo A Coruña & found themselves again with a goal feast. The final result was 2 - 8 that included a HAT-TRICK from Cristiano Ronaldo. The goals came raining down in the following manner:
- Cristiano Ronaldo 29th min, 0 - 1
- James Rodriguez 36th min, 0 - 2
- Cristiano Ronaldo 41st min, 0 - 3
- Medunjamin (penalty) 51st min, 1 - 3
- Gareth Bale 66th min, 1 - 4
- Gareth Bale 74th min, 1 - 5
- Cristiano Ronaldo 78th min, 1 - 6
- Tocho 87th min, 2 - 6
- Chicharito 88th min, 2 - 7
- Chicharito 92nd min, 2 - 8
Third loss for Athletic Club Bilbao after losing 0 - 1 to Granada. The winner came in the 40th min when Colombian Jhon Cordoba took advantage of a terrible mistake by Bilbao midfielder Iturraspe. However, one may think that Bilbao risked today & paid the price by leaving on the bench key players like Rico & De Marcos to give them rest after their mid-week Champions League efforts against Shakhtar.
Bilbao reacted late & attacked but Granada with their advantage defended with teeth & nails. Too late too little.
Atletico de Madrid drew 2 - 2 with Celta de Vigo, a result that is not good for them as they watch how their main rivals (Barça, Valencia...) open up a good gap in the Liga table. Atletico de Madrid created numerous goal opportunities but the Celta goalie Sergio Alvarez was incredible tonight making some amazing saves. In fact he was his team best player & should be praise on his trip back home.
Atletico was without Mandzukic but this was not an excuse. Celta was sticky & difficult tonight & their goals came from a remarkable - almost indescribable - back heel by Hernandez in the 19th min & a penalty in the 53rd min that Nolito converted. Overall very effective for their relative little chances.
Atletico de Madrid got their goals from set pieces - free kick & corner - with Miranda equalizing in the 31st min & Godin heading home a header in the 41st min. From here & onwards Atletico kept on "smashing" into the Celta goalie Sergio who stopped more than a dozen clear goal chances. Shared points.
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