• Tuesday, 14 April 2009

    La Liga Round 30 Review: Barca March On

    Deportivo 1-2 Atletico Madrid
    Sevilla 0-1 Getafe
    Osasuna 2-1 Athletic
    Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid
    Barcelona 2-0 Recreativo
    Villarreal 0-2 Malaga
    Racing 2-3 Betis
    Sporting 2-3 Valencia
    Mallorca 2-1 Almeria
    Numancia 0-0 Espanyol

    Andres Iniesta was once again the key man for the Blaugrauna as he guided Barcelona to a 2-0 victory, scoring the first goal inside the first minute and then creating the second for the hapless Recre defender Morris to turn past his own keeper. Barca looked untroubled but Real Madrid's win over Valladolid was not as easy, It was far from entertaining fare at the Bernabeu but Real will not be overly concerned as goals towards the end of each half from Raul and Arjen Robben earned Juande Ramos's in-form side their 14th win in their last 15 league games.

    Villarreal continue to make things hard for themselves after losing at home to Malaga, their second consecutive defeat. Duda and Eliseu, so often the go-to men for Malaga this season, scored goals towards the end of each half to condemn the Yellow Submarine and enhance Malaga's push for a UEFA Cup spot. Valencia leapfrogged Pellegrini's side after their thrilling 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon, an emotional occasion as David Villa scored against his hometown club. Juan Mata, another Asturian, also scored, striking the winner after Mate had scored for Sporting to make it 2-2 and give the struggling Molinon faithful hope.

    Atletico Madrid moved back into the European spots after beating Deportivo at the Riazor, Sergio Aguero and Simao Sabrosa scored either side of half-time as the capital club bounced back from last weekend's 4-2 home defeat to Osasuna to knock Malaga off sixth spot. Atletico remain as unpredictable and frustrating as ever but there's no doubt they're a joy to watch when on form. Sevilla dropped points for the first time in a while after they were broken down by a disciplined Getafe, to keep Victor Munoz in a job for another week - Jaime Gavilan struck with 9 minutes remaining.

    At the bottom, Osasuna made it three wins in a row with a victory over northern rivals Athletic, Masoud Shojaei and Sergio Fernandez scoring for them either side of Aitor Ocio scoring and then getting himself sent off. The 0-0 draw between Numancia and Espanyol helps neither and one cannot escape the feeling that they will be 2 of the 3 sides dropping down a division. Real Betis were the latest beneficiaries of Racing's wretched home form, grabbing a 3-2 win at the Sardinero where Achile Emana scored twice. Mallorca pulled 5 clear of the relegation places after a hard-fought win over Hugo Sanchez's Almeria Cleber Santana's spectacular overhead kick just short of the hour mark gave the home side the lead and Gonzalo Castro settled it with a second in added time after Almeria had been reduced to 10 men by the sending off of Hernan Pellerano.

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