As usual Round 9 of Liga kicked off with the Friday night game between Osasuna & Real Betis. The match was a cliff-hanger with a final result 1 - 2 in favour of Real Betis. The visitors managed the winner in the 90th min through Felipe Gonzalez. Earlier Joaquin put Betis ahead in the 18th min, while Osasuna managed to equalize in the 47th min through Roberto Torres.
Much needed victory for Betis as Coach Gustavo Poyet was under extreme pressure to get back on the victory trail.
Great game with a heroic comeback included from RCD Espanyol which a last minute drew 3 - 3 with Eibar. The game was heroic because Espanyol was down 0 - 3 by half time & down to 10 men when Caicedo was sent off with a red card. Caicedo lasted 10 mins after coming on & may have halted the home-side victory.
Here are all the goals:
- Enrich 22min, 0 -1
- Diego Reyes (o.g) 26 min, 0 - 2
- Kike 43rd min, 0 - 3
- Hernan Perez 63rd min, 1 - 3
- Piatti 72nd min, 2 - 3
- Baptistao 91st min, 3 - 3
The Valencia CF & FC Barcelona match finished in controversy after numerous incidents & a last minute penalty (which was) awarded to Barça which gave them the 2 - 3 victory. Valencia & Club directives exploded post match with harsh criticism directed towards referee Undiano. New Valencia CF Coach Italian Prandelli expressed the favouritism received by the major Clubs in Spanish Football. The first Barça goal was given to Messi with Suarez clearly off-side, this was the fuel the ignited the rest of the match.
FC Barcelona was also not happy with the referee either, especially with the tough play exhibited by the home side. In one of those aggressive play ocassions Barça Captain Andres Iniesta received a strong tackle by Valencia midfielder Perez which caused a serious knee injury to Iniesta. Diagnostics state a partial knee ligament injury that with retire Iniesta from the playing field until 2017.
Here are the goals:
- Messi 21st min, 0 - 1
- Munir 51st min, 1 - 1
- Rodrigo 55th min, 2 - 1
- Suarez 61st min, 2 - 2
- Messi (penalty) 90th min, 2 - 3
- Xavi Prieto 22nd min, 1 - 0
- Willian Jose 52nd min, 2 - 0
- Carlos Vela 86th min, 3 - 0
Real Sporting Gijon 0 - Granada 0