Saturday kicked off with Valencia making the visit to Gijon to take on Sporting de Gijon. Valencia dominated the match early on and within 7 minutes scored the first goal of the game through Mehmet Topal who headed in a corner after some dismal marking from Sporting’s defence. Three minutes later and Mata served in a lovely cross from the left for Soldado who touches it past the keeper and into the net. Valencia continued to play well in the first half with Soldado looking bright, not only trying to score goals but in also trying to set up his team mates. In the second half Sporting seemed to have been given a stern talk by the boss and came out looking very dangerous and created numerous opportunities but couldn’t hit the back of the net and the game finished 2-0 in favor of Valencia.
The game that followed saw Levante at home taking on Real Madrid, where the home team frustrated the visitors and earned themselves a vital point. Though a sub-par performance from Real, they were wasteful with the opportunities they had. Higuain and Ronaldo had a bad game. Higuain’s touches and finishing were poor on the night and Ronaldo was his normal selfish character, trying to do everything on his own. The game started off good for Madrid and within 5 minutes Higuain missed a sitter. Marcelo ran down the left and sent in a lovely low curling cross for Higuain, who was onside and in the 6 yard box, but some how sent his shot over the bar in an opportunity that was harder to miss than score! The game continued with more of the same for Madrid, dominating possession and creating chances but none that they could put into the back of the net. By the end of the 1st half Ozil was being overwhelmed by his two wingers who in my opinion had way too much freedom and kept cutting inside thus, drowning Ozil out of the midfield. The second half continued for much of the same way with Real having a line share of the possession and creating opportunities but again poor finishing had the better of them on the night. Xabi Alonso was another player who was not having a sublime night as we saw a lot of his passes go astray and need I say the kind of game Khedira had? POOR if you’re still wondering.
The final game on the night saw Athletic Bilbao play hosts to Barcelona in a game that has never disappointed in entertainment whether it be for the goals or the drama that unfolds with the players and that it wasn’t short of on the night. One player from each team saw a red card– Amorbieta for Athletic in the 34th minute after a nasty studs up challenge on Iniesta and Villa for Barcelona in the 87th minute after he fouled Gurpegui and reacted badly by shoving him in the face. The goals of the match came from Keita, Xavi, Pedro and Gabilondo scoring the only goal for Athletic.
On Sunday we saw four matches kick off at the same time. Racing played hosts to Getafe, Deportivo welcomed Almeria to El Riazor, Mallorca entertained Sociedad and Osasuna visited Espanyol. Racing would once again lose a home match, falling 1-0 to Getafe, the goal coming from Victor Sanchez in the 16th minute. Almeria picked up their first win of the season a 2-0 advantage which left Deportivo wondering what they’re doing wrong. Both goals came from Uche who struck in the 4th and 18th minute. Real Sociedad picked up their 2nd consecutive loss of the season after they fell 2-0 victims at the Ono Estadi to 2 goals from Cavenaghi, who some thought had forgotten how to score. Osasuna fell to Espanyol after Vazquez scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute to seal the three points for the home side.
The tricky match up of the weekend saw Hercules scalp yet another “top” club in Sevilla after two David Trezeguet goals did the trick for the home team to secure a 2-0 win against the Andalucian team after yet another disappointing performance. Following the match, Sevilla’s board decided to sack coach Antonio Alvarez.
The follow-up match saw Atletico Madrid welcome struggling Real Zaragoza to the Vicente Calderon in what was a poor game ruined by silly fouls. Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute and in the 60th minute Reyes saw a red card after a collision with Contini.
The final game of the match day, played on Monday, saw Villarreal travel to Malaga in what was a thrilling encounter after a great first half where we had 5 goals in the space of 35 minutes! The first goal came in the 4th minute after a scorcher from Eliseu just inside the box where he smashed it off the bar with the outside of his left foot. Villarreal leveled the score in the 21st minute after a poor clearance from a corner that saw Cazorla’s shot take a nasty deflection off Apoño to beat Ruben. Three minutes later and a nice play between Rossi and Nilmar, where Nilmar played Rossi in and he beat Weligton to slot it pass Ruben. The visitor’s lead wouldn’t last for long as 6 minutes later Rondon leveled the score with a powerful header after a wonderful play by Quincy who beat both Angel and Valero to whip in a fabulous cross that Rondon flew in to meet and powered it into the net. However, 4 minutes later Villarreal took the lead through a wondrous individual effort from Cazorla who danced away from his defenders and hit a low left foot shot that nut megged two defenders to find the bottom right corner of the net. Eliseu was sent off on 41 minutes after a tame foul on Marchena– a bad call. Despite going down a man Malaga came out bright in the second half and pressed for the equalizer with Jesualdo Ferreira making some great attacking substitution, taking out his two full backs and sending in a striker for each.
The weekend saw 20 goals scored, 52 yellow cards and 6 red cards– quite an eventful week.