Levante hosted Sevilla FC in the Friday night Round 3 opener with a final 1 - 1 draw. The opening goal came through N´Zonzi in the 11th min for Sevilla FC with a long range shot, which was later equalized in the 57th min by Camarasa for Levante.
Both teams had chances to take the match but instead they shared points. Sevilla FC will be disappointed overall as they still have not found their groove & are suffering important injuries, while Levante will be OK with the draw but unhappy with their missed chances.
RCD Espanyol hosted Real Madrid & was run over losing 0 - 6. Everyone before the game was concerned about the goal drought being experienced by Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese star answered today with 5 goals, apart from assists. Overall the perfect game from the Real Madrid forward. Here are the goalscorers:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (6')
- Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty) (16')
- Cristiano Ronaldo (19')
- Karim Benzema (27')
- Cristiano Ronaldo (61')
- Cristiano Ronaldo (80')
Atletico de Madrid & FC Barcelona gave us the match of the Round with a 1 - 2 final result. Torres started for Atletico while Messi started on the bench, later both interchanged in the 2º half when things were delicate & balanced.
As with previous encounters very physical, tense & plenty of counter-attacks from "both" teams which took its toll physically on both sides which allowed the latter part of the match to become more open & with more spaces to play, that is, not so tactical.
Barça played the ball most of the game while Atletico waited in their half of the field with the former creating plenty of dangerous goal opportunities, including Luis Suarez hitting the bar in the 24th min.
Surviving the first 45 mins, Atletico struck first through Fernando Torres who broke the Barça defence & took advantage of the indecision from goalie Ter Stegen to score in the 53rd min. However, it did not last long for the home side as Neymar converted a free-kick into the equalizer in the 55th min.
Things were very even at this stage of the match & Barça Coach Luis Enrique put on Messi for Ratikic, & the Argentine changed the course of the match. Lionel Messi put FC Barcelona ahead with the teams second in the 77th min with some magic ball play to score. Atletico attempted to find the equalizer, creating chances through Jackson Martinez, but Barça held out to grab the earned victory.
Real Betis defeated Real Sociedad 1 - 0 thanks to the 42nd min goal from Ruben Castro.