The weekend is over but one game is still to be played and on Monday night El Clásico will take center stage. However, nine other games took place this weekend and both Málaga and Almería continue to skid down the table despite a change in management.
On Saturday Villarreal visited La Romareda to take on Zaragoza in a must win for the hosts if they are to escape the bottom three. However, that wasn’t the case and Villarreal found themselves 3-0 winners on the night. Senna got the yellow submarines off to a flying start in the 9th minute and Cazorla doubled the lead 9 minutes later and that is how it would stay until in the 65th minute Nilmar added the cherry on top.
Getafe earned themselves an upset this weekend when they travelled to Sevilla and secured a 3-1 win against the hosts despite going down a goal in the 30th minute through the Malian, Kanoute. However, in the 57th minute things would begin to go awry for the home side as Getafe were awarded a penalty after Konko handled the ball in the area which Manu just managed to sneak pass Palop to pull his team level. Two minutes later and the game was turned on its head when Gavilán’s cross was brought down brilliantly by Miku who then powered his left footed strike pass Palop for Getafe’s second on the night. In the 77th minute Pedro Ríos would add the icing on the cake with a powerful effort just inside the box after a failed clearance by the Sevilla defence.
Espanyol picked up their 2nd road victory this season at Atlético in a 5 goal thriller. Luis García gave the away team the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute when Simão was adjudged to have blocked Callejón’s free kick with his hand. On the stroke of half time Tiago pulled his team level. In the 53rd minute, Osvaldo rifled a shot towards Atlético’s net which De Gea managed to stop but the rebound however fell in the path of Verdú who made no mistake about his finish to put Espanyol back in the lead for the second time in the match. However, Agüero would pull his team back level in the 65th minute when he side stepped Forlín and slot the ball pass Kameni. However, Osvaldo would give the away team all three points with his 75th minute goal. Luis García found Osvaldo with a lovely ball that the Argentine volleyed into the net for the winner.
Sporting Gijón slumped to their third consecutive defeat when they welcomed Real Sociedad to El Molinón. Arnolin gave the home team an early lead in the 2nd minute but Prieto cancelled that out in the 18th minute and Zurutuza would give the visitors the lead on the stroke of half time. Aranburu put the game to bed for Sociedad in the 90th minute.
Hércules finally stopped their skid down the table after picking up a 3-1 win at home against fellow relegation candidates Levante. Valdez’s brace along with a goal from Trezeguet was enough for the hosts with Rubén Suárez scoring the only goal for the visitors.
Racing Santander put a dent in Deportivo’s resurgence when they secured a 1-0 win at home against the Galicians with a 61st minute goal from Rosenberg.
Despite a change in management Málaga have now lost 2 consecutive games. They fell victim to Mallorca on the Island with the goals coming from Webó and Castro, sending the Islanders up to 6th in the standings.
Athletic Bilbao snatched a last minute winner against a tough Osasuna team in San Mames on Sunday evening with Gurpegui scoring a 92nd minute header into the roof of the net following some abysmal marking which undid all the hard work for the visitors on the evening.
Soldado’s double helped Valencia secure a 2-1 win against lowly Almería on the debut of their new coach José Oltra. Ulloa got a 90th minute consolation goal for the away side but it was too late for any chance of a come back.