Athletic Club Bilbao played midday their match against RCD Espanyol with a 2 - 1 victory result. Young Athletic forward Williams scored first & in the 7th min with a beautifully executed goal. The match was even thereafter & Espanyol managed the equalizer through Perez in the 50th min. But Bilbao managed the second & the winner in the 63rd min with a Raul Garcia header.
FC Barcelona hosted a difficult opponent beforehand in Villarreal but proved too good winning 3 - 0. Villarreal did all their Football & held out up until the 60th min when Neymar opened the scoreline for Barça. After this the flood gates opened & a second goal came when Luis Suarez converted a penalty in the 71st min. Lastly Neymar wrapped things up with his second & teams third scoring in the 84th min. Game over for Villarreal.
FC Barcelona now leads the Liga classification table after rival Real Madrid lost in their match.
A suffered victory for Atletico de Madrid winning 1 - 0 Real Sporting de Gijon. It was the night of the goalkeepers with both Oblak for Atletico & Cueller for Sporting pulling off some incredible saves, & I mean incredible.
Sporting de Gijon lost two important players in the first half due to injury, but put in an excellent match, exhibiting courage, will & showed a solid defence. The frustration grew for Atletico de Madrid as they watched how all their attempts to score failed.
In extra-time, around the 47th min a desperate kick forward found the head of Atletico defender Godin who flicked on to find Antoine Griezmann who headed in the winner. Devastating for Gijon, match saver for Atletico.
Sevilla FC 3 - Real Madrid 2, the surprise result of the Round. An uninspiring Real Madrid went from good to worst as the match went on. Lacking in ideas their star players could not break through, while Cristiano Ronaldo was non-existent. This loss will be felt as the "clasico" (vs FC Barcelona) is around the corner, with Barça already Liga leaders on their own.
Sevilla FC started slow but raised as the game continued, with a spectacular Konoplyanka along with their goalie Rico. Their three goals came in this order
- Immobile 35th min
- Benega 60th min
- Fernando Llorente 73rd min