SPANISH FOOTBALL was back in action for 2011 after the Christmas & New Year break with five games scheduled as part of the Spanish League - Liga. Here is a brief summary of tonights Round 21 games with their results & the scorers. 

FC Barcelona Spanish Soccer
Pedro scores thanks to Alves pass

hosted LEVANTE without key players Puyol (injured), Pique (suspended) & Messi ( on leave) & had to reorganize the team with Busquets as a central defender & Mascherano in from the start.

Barça suffered in their 2 - 1 victory with a penalty not called in Levante´s  favour - that was - which has brought plenty of post-match controversy as Barça defender Abidal clearly fouled Juanlu early in the 1ºst half. In fact, barring this important incident, credit to Levante who put pressure on Barça & created their chances all through the 1ºst half.

Things then changed positively in the 2ºhalf for Barça with PEDRO combining in both his goals with Alves - 47th min & 59th min - scored twice with the latter a real marvel. Pedro could have had a "hat-trick" but he hit the post & Barça´s play had clearly seen a marked improvement. Levante then managed to score in the 80th min via STAUANI that tasted "sour" as they remembered the penalty not called to their favour in the 1ºst half.

Lastly, XAVI HERNANDEZ equaled ex player Migueli with 549 official matches & is just one game away from becoming the "All-Time Historical" games holder with FC Barcelona. A remarkable feat for a player who still has controct with Barça until 2016.

Spanish Soccer
Adrian scores for Malaga

Tough night at ATHLETIC DE BILBAO hosting  DEPORTIVO that did their job with a 1 - 2 victory. Deportivo got ahead first via a penalty converted by ADRIAN in the 22th min with more problems soon later for Bilbao in the 34th min when San Jose was sent off. Things got heated & the balance was equalized when Malaga player J.Rodriguez got a red card in the 45+ min.

The 2ºhalf was competitive & Deportivo managed to score their second via ADRIAN again in the 52nd min & this seemed to motivate Bilbao to pull out their pride & LLORENTE headed their only goal in the 86th min; but the comeback attempt was too late. 

Spanish Soccer
Sevilla FC wins thanks to Kanoute

SEVILLA FC managed a win after six games 1 - 0 over a "sticky" OSASUNA. Sevilla saw the return of Spanish International Jesus Navas & he gave his side speed upfront that made them look dangerous. The winger was active & key in his team victory tonight. The goal came in the 35th min thanks to the ever reliable KANOUTE with a perfect header. 

Wellington scores for Malaga

 has started 2011 badly with a 1 - 2 loss over a MALAGA team full of youngsters. Some may claim that the referee & his bad decisions played a part in the Gijon defeat, but the fact is that Malaga won with justice & their "inexperienced" youngsters got the job done. Gijon started well with the first goal via a penalty which DIEGO CASTRO converted in the 42th min. Then Malaga equalized soon in the 45th min via WELLINGTON & APOÑO put Malaga ahead via a "controversial" penalty in the 59th min. From here Malaga held out & Sporting Gijon still heated over the "unfair" penalty could not get their mind /act together to equalize.

A bad & very worrying start to 2011 for Sporting.

Aduriz Spanish Soccer
Aduriz: goal & red card

VALENCIA CF won 2 -1 "in extremis" with 10 men against RCD ESPANYOL in a match which turned dark for the home team as they managed to pull things out of the hole thanks to goalie Guaita & MATA who scored the winner in the 90+ min. Earlier ADURIZ was to score a header in the 29th min to put Valencia in front. The home team was playing their best Football when in the extra time of the 1ºst half Valencia defender R COSTA put in an own goal to allow Espanyol to equalize, very unlucky indeed.

The 2ºhalf then went terribly bad for Valencia when Aduriz was directly sent off in the 69th min for a violent aggression & Valencia goalie Guaita then saved a "should have been goal" from Espanyol player Callejon in the 71st min. The last 20 min was end to end stuff with both goalies being the main actors, until Valencia forward turned a corner-kick which touched 4 players into a breath taking play & winning goal.

Espanyol lost because they could not capitalise when Valencia was down to 10 men & they missed clear chances. Valencia won with some grit &with some late found luck. 

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