Spanish Football celebrated the Sunday games of Round 24 of La Liga with the following final results & goalscorers

Soccer Spain

REAL SOCIEDAD was frustrated by LEVANTE in  their 1 - 1 draw. The home team again ended up with 10 men which did not help in their objective to win the three points & get closer to Euro positions. Both goals came via penalties, the first to Real Sociedad thanks to Mexican Carlos Vela in the 17 th min & the other to Levante via Michel in the 28th min.

Soccer Spain

VALENCIA CF was down to 10 men when Tino Costa was sent off in the 27th min. However they managed to defeat a terminally ill REAL MALLORCA 2 - 0 which seems destined for relegation if they continue with this line of Football. The goals came from Ricardo Costa in the 59th min & Roberto Soldado in the 81st min. Special mention to Valencia goalie Alves who became protagonist with his team down 10 men as he made some excellent saves & kept out Mallorca & their hopes.

Soccer Spain

VALLADOLID went down 0 - 3 to ATLETICO DE MADRID which shook off the mid Europa League blues regaining their Football & confidence. Deserved win as the Madrid team palyed better than the locals the whole game.

Falcao opened things in the 10th min with his goal that was disputed by Valladolid for off-side. In the 53rd min Diego Costa scored the second & Cristian Rodriguez the third in the 89th min from a Valladolid defensive mistake.

Real Madrid

REAL MADRID defeated Madrid Club RAYO VALLACANO 2 - 0. Coach Mourinho left on the bench Benzema & surprised when youngster Morata started. The forward did not let go of his opportunity & scored the opener in the 3 rd min. Real Madrid was on a roll & the second came when Sergio Ramos headed the ball into the net in the 12 th min.

Then the crossroads of the match. Sergio Ramos was sent off for a hand-ball that was his second  yellow & left his team with 10 men. Coach Mourinho then made - in my opinion - a strange decision taking off forward Morata to bring on defender Albiol. This changed the teams entire set up & Real Madrid defended & gave the all the initiative to Rayo.

What occurred later is that Rayo Vallecano failed to convert their chances & missed soon excellent chances. A penalty was not called in Rayo favour when Coentrao hand-balled in the square.

If Rayo had converted their chances & been given the penalty we may be now writing something different. What still leaves me bewildered is the Mourinho defensive posture when they had Rayo on the ropes even with 10 men. This will be a post-match talking point.

Soccer EspaƱa

RCD ESPANYOL continue their winning ways with a 1 - 0 victory over REAL BETIS. Tactical encounter that minimized the opportunities & thus the goal chances. The only goal - & the winner - came early when Sergio Garcia scored for Espanyol in the 7th min. From here onwards the locals were conservative & protected their advantage, while the visitors suffered to move ahead & find the equalizer.

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