Midweek La Liga Round-up

There is still nothing to choose between the top two in La Liga, after Real Madrid and Barcelona both recorded comfortable wins in midweek. There was also a managerial casualty in the Primera Division, as Sevilla sacked coach Manolo Jimenez, following a string a poor results in recent weeks, including their Champion’s League exit to CSKA Moscow and culminating in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Xerez.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain both scored twice as Real comfortably overcame Getafe 4-2 away from home. The league leaders raced into a four goal lead with just 37 minutes played, with a trademark Ronaldo free-kick opening the scoring, before two close range efforts from the Argentinian Higuain, before his Portuguese team-mate struck the fourth with a great solo effort. The home side replied twice, once either side of half-time, but the game was already over as a contest long before they did.

Barcelona finally overcame a stubborn Osasuna at the Nou Camp 2-0 through goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Bojan. It took 73 minutes for the champions to break the deadlock, as good link up play between Andres Iniesta and Pedro, released Maxwell down the left whose low cross was tapped in from close range by the big Swedish striker. Iniesta was again the architect in the 89th minute, as this time Bojan scored from six yards after meeting the Spaniards through ball.

David Villa reinforced Valencia’s lead over fourth place, as he scored the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Malaga at the Mestella. He scored from six yards, after 12 minutes as he turned Juan Mata’s cutback into the net. Real Mallorca failed to move further clear of Sevilla in the race for fourth, as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Racing Santander.

Atletico Madrid put a dent in Athletic Bilbao’s European hopes with a 2-0 victory at the Vincente Calderon. Goals from Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero sealed the three points. Atletico will thank their young keeper David De Gea however, after he produced a string of top saves in the first half to thwart the visitors.

Tenerife were dealt a hammer blow in their hopes for survival as Giuseppe Rossi equalised two minutes from time for Villarreal, as the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Nilmar gave the away side the lead before Tenerife turned the game on its head to lead 2-1, before Rossi’s late leveller.

Real Zaragoza were also pegged back in the relegation scrap as they were beaten 1-0 away to Almeria. Nigerian striker Kalu Uche met Pablo Piatti’s through ball to convert and wrap up the victory.

Elsewhere Sporting Gijon beat Deportivo 2-1 and Valladolid and Espanyol played out a boring 0-0 draw.


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