Match Day 6 is now in the books and both Valencian teams are atop the table, while Real Madrid was victorious in what was a spectacle at the Bernabeu and their arch rivals were held to a draw on home turf.
The weekend kicked off with Real Zaragoza, who are still searching for their first win, welcoming Sporting de Gijon and within 32 minutes Zaragoza saw their troubles continue as they conceded an own goal by Obradovic. Five minutes into the second half and they would find themselves down 2-0 and down a man after Jarosik brought down Barral in the penalty area, which Diego Castro stepped up to finish coolly into the bottom left hand corner. However, Zaragoza did not sit back but fought on and as such Sinama-Pongolle pulled a goal back for the home side on 56 minutes. Just past the hour mark and Pongolle would find himself on the score sheet again to level things and that is how the game would finish. One can’t help but think that Manuel Preciado will be most aggrieved that his team after being up 2-0 and having a man advantage dropped 2 points in the space of five minutes.
Espanyol’s road travel woes continued as they have now lost their third consecutive road game now being outscored 8 goals to 0, after falling 1-0 to an 85th minute own goal by Forlin to hand Real Sociedad all three points.
The first Big match up of the weekend saw Valencia continue their impressive start to the campaign by sinking Athletic Bilbao in the Mestalla 2-1. Aduriz came face to face with his old employers and it didn’t take him long to strike against them– 11 minutes on the clock and a great play between Pablo and Soldado, which resulted in the latter chipping a great ball into the box for Aduriz to nod in from close range. The fans had to wait again until the 91st minute to witness another goal. A quick counter attack from Valencia, Dominguez found Vicente in the box who swivels and fires it into the net. Bilbao would pull one back moments later through a fabulous free kick from Gabilondo.
Sunday afternoon started off with another great match, Sevilla taking on Atletico Madrid in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in which new coach Manzano would make his debut at the helm. Atletico’s achilles heel came to haunt them once again as they seem to be sinking back into that inconsistency which we saw so many times last season after they went down 3-1 to Sevilla in what was a poor game for the side from Madrid. Negredo had an impressive game and got Sevilla off to a wonderful start in the 29th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead which the young Argentine Diego Perotti would then double in the 35th minute. The second half saw more of the same from Sevilla, who dominated and created some excellent opportunities, one of which would find the net in the 52nd minute after Kanoute finished off an opportunity set up by Negredo. In a desperate effort to try and change the team’s fortune Quique Sanchez Flores brought on Diego Costa who did indeed inject some form of life into the Atletico side, eventually scoring what was to be the consolation goal for the away side in the 58th minute.
Getafe downed Hercules 3-0 in the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, 3-0 with goals coming from Parejo, Manu and Miku.
Villarreal’s winning streak continued as they beat a struggling Racing Santander side comfortably 2-0 with goals from the in-form stirkers Nilmar and Rossi. Quite an attacking tandem they’re proving to be thus far and seem to be getting better as the games go on. Villarreal have now won 5 games in a row in league and 6 consecutive games in all competitions.
Malaga’s Eliseu was once again controversially red carded after the FA just lifted a red card he received against Villarreal, that they deemed a yellow card offense. However, despite that red card, Malaga were able to grab a goal in the 51st minute but Almeria fought back and leveled things through Uche.
Another weekend and Osasuna was again earning yet another draw! This time it came against Levante. The home team took the lead through Pandiani in the 72nd minute but couldn’t hold out for the reminaing 18 minutes and conceded a goal from Sergio in the 80th minute.
The biggest shocker of the weekend came through the debt-ridden Mallorca after Nsue’s 43rd minute strike canceled Messi’s 21st minute strike. Funny fact, in Barcelona’s previous 25 matches that Messi scored in they’ve won. However, tonight would prove different as Mallorca held out for their point in the Camp Nou. They have earned a point against both Real Madrid and now Barcelona. Despite dominating the match Barcelona failed to make their chances pay and dropped two more points. They have now dropped 5 points at home.
The saying, “save the best for last” is what I would describe the weekend’s final game as. Real Madrid fans were treated to a thriller tonight after they afflicted a heavy 6-1 defeat on Deportivo La Coruña. With the goals coming from Ronaldo (2), Ozil, Di Maria, Higuain and an own goal from Ze Castro, while Rodriguez got the consolation goal for Deportivo.
As the table stands: Valencia remain top with 16pts, while Villarreal stay 2nd with 15 pts, Real Madrid climbed above Barcelona into 3rd place with 14pts, while Barcelona and Sevilla round out the top 5 with 13 and 11 points respectively. Bottom of table saw no big changes as Deportivo is now rock bottom by virtue of goal difference, while Zaragoza is 19th and Racing 18th.