One of the big games today was the Real Madrid - Sporting de Gijon clash. Real Madrid faced the third last placed team with the former attempting to find their "real" form before next weeks huge match with Barça away from home. With some notable injuries: Bale & Varane, Real Madrid was looking to get a good result & in the process get their "Football Machine" fine-tuned. It was a basic disaster.
Bad game, although Real Madrid started well & went up 2 - 0 by the 17th min. Then the machine broke down terribly. The locals lost the midfield & Sporting was allowed to think that they could turn the match around & they nearly did. With heavy rain & a surface that tired most players, Real Madrid was begging for the referee to whistle the end. Not a good sign with Barcelona 7 days away.
Cristiano Ronaldo got Real Madrid on course with a 4th min penalty, followed by a second 17th min goal. The good stuff stopped here as Sporting pulled one back in the 34th min through Carmona. Real Sporting Gijon then had the equalizer mid second half but Cop missed the penalty!
Close call, final result 2 - 1 to Real Madrid.
Other final results
- Eibar 3 (Leon, Enrich, Kike) - Real Betis 1 (Ruben Castro)
- Malaga FC 4 (Santos x 2, Sandro, Ontiveros) - Deportivo 3 (Borges x 2 , Andone)
- RCD Espanyol 3 ( Piatti x 2, Gerard) - Leganes 0
Drama in the last minutes as the home side attacked but Valencia managed to surprise the locals & take the valuable 3 points. Final result Sevilla FC 1 - Valencia Cf 2