La Liga gets half-way into the season & Real Madrid takes the honours of the "Winter Liga Champion Title" after defeating fellow city Club Getafe 0 - 3 this mid-day. A title that has little significance except that its an indicator of which Club is more "favourite" for the Liga title at the end of the season.
Getafe was a tough nut to crack up to the 60th min with a solid defence that was well positioned & was keeping at bay all the visitors attacks. But the individual class of the Real Madrid players manage to find solutions, with a magical piece of footwork by Karim Benzema setting up Cristiano Ronaldo for the opener in the 62nd min. Must see if you have the chance to find a video highlight.
The other talents then got on fire with James Rodriguez getting a brilliant cross over to find Gareth Bale who knocked in with class in the 67th min. James Rodriguez again whipped a pin point cross in the 78th min that found Cristiano Ronaldo who headed home the third, & his second for the match. The Portuguese currently leads the Liga goalscoring with 28 goals.
Atletico de Madrid shock off Granada to win 2 - 0. The first goal came from a disputed penalty on Godin that Mandzukic converted in the 36th min. The sealer for the home side came late in the 89th min when Raul Garcia fired home.
Important win for Atletico de Madrid as before this game they had Valencia CF ahead on the classification table with shared points. Other teams "breathing down" their backs are Sevilla & Villarreal, a loss can put things difficult for the current Liga Champs. Every match is vital.
Deportivo A Coruña hosted FC Barcelona to lose 0 - 4 to an effective Barça with an inspired Lionel Messi who managed a HAT-TRICK confirming his back to form & goal chase on Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo (19 vs 28 respectively at this stage). The goals came in the following order:
- Messi 11th min, 0 - 1
- Messi 33rd min, 0 - 2
- Messi 67th min, 0 - 3
- Sidnei own goal 83rd min, 0 - 4
Elche won 1 - 0 Levante with the goal in the 12th min by Jonathas. Elche could have had another goal but Levante goalie Mariño stopped a penalty in the 19th min. But, in the 70th min Elche goalie Tyton stopped a penalty to avoid the draw final result.
Sevilla FC keeps the pressure on at the top of the Liga table defeating Malaga FC 0 2 - 0 with goals from Bacca in the 37th min & Denis Suarez in the 68th min. Sevilla FC currently sit 4th on the Liga ladder, just 2 points behind third placed At. Madrid.