Levante & Eibar kicked off Round 26 with their Friday Night game. The home team continue with their winning ways defeating the visitors 2 - 1. The match was relatively even until Eibar got ahead first through Saul in the 54th min. However, Levante reacted & turned things around with two rapid goals from Barral in the 64th min & Uche in the 66th with the winner.
Deportivo A Coruña lost 3 - 4 to Sevilla FC in a game full of goals where both teams returned punch with punch. The goals arrived in the following order:
- Riera 27th min, 1 - 0
- Vitolo 32nd min, 1 - 1
- Vitolo 51st min, 1 - 2
- Gamiero (pen) 64th min, 1 - 3
- Riera 71st min, 2 - 3
- Sidnei (own goal) 82nd min, 2 - 4
- Perez (pen) 92nd min, 3 - 4
Athletic Club Bilbao defeated Real Madrid 1 - 0 to put the Liga title race on fire. A win tomorrow by FC Barcelona away to Rayo Vallecano will give them the leadership position with a 2 point gap over Real Madrid. The soon to arrive - 22nd of March - Barça vs Real Madrid "clasico" may determine the Liga title.
Athletic Club had more hunger & was more intense starting, they choked the Real Madrid midfield. Added to this the Real Madrid forwards are not well, especially Cristiano Ronaldo who apart from complaining all match produced little chances the whole game. The Bilbao goal arrived in the 26th min when Mikel Rico found Aduriz who headed in a magnificent goal.
Bilbao players Rico, Muniain, Bernat & young Iñaki Williams sacrificed themselves for the team attacking & defending, their solidarity was determinant in tonight's win. Bilbao defensively was excellent today & they deserved their prize victory. Aduriz hit the post mid-2º half which showed that Bilbao was not just lucky in the first half & was very focused & serious in their game plan.
Real Madrid attempted to turn things around in the 2º half but they were simply neutralized. Real Madrid lacked the ideas to break the Bilbao defence, except for a Bale long range attempt that surprised the Bilbao goalie that hit the post. Real Madrid are now realizing the importance of missing players like Modric & James in their scheme of play. There is genuine concern at Real Madrid with the state of their Football.
An outstanding 1ºst half by Elche scoring the winner & defeating Almeria 1 - 0. Victor Rodriguez scored the only goal after a great maneuver from Jonathas in the 25th min. Almería could have equalized with a shot from Dubarbier at the end of the 1st half that hit the post. The defeat leaves the Almeria in a critical condition with relegation closer everytime.
Granada managed a very important 1 - 0 victory over Malaga FC in the "Andalusia Regional Derby". Three points for the home team that form part of their attempts to get out of the relegation zone of La Liga ladder. The winner was an own goal by Malaga midfielder Camacho in the 57th min.