Round 7 of the Primera Division saw Real Madrid go top of the table after
So Real is on top with 17 points, and Villareal, FCB and
At the bottom, Osasuna, Depor and
So I missed the big match between FCB and
The first thing I did when I got home was read the match reports and watch the highlights. Pep gambled on Xavi’s fitness, and he was handsomely rewarded. After FCB was dominated in the first half and down 1-0, Xavi set up Iniesta and Puyol and their goals turned around the deficit and handed
Couple of notes:
Villa, who could have had 2 or 3 goals, could not get one past Caesar. His form has not been stellar, and Barca will need more from him to win trophies this season.
Pablo, who was terrible for
Extended highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnTr6b7Azcs
Málaga 1 - 4 Real
After Barca’s game ended, Real took the field and dispatched
From the highlights, Real dominated the first half, hitting the woodwork twice and converting twice, once from Ronaldo to Higuain and then Oezil to Ronaldo. They continued their dominance in the second half as Oezil won a PK, which Ronaldo converted. A
After watching this match and the Depor match from two weeks ago, I fear for AC Milan in midweek. (Which of course means that Real will crash back down to Earth.)
I cannot believe I did not bet this game. This was by far the easiest over/under game on the board the entire season.
As for the match, I have no comment. It would have taken a large sum of money to do any research on this game.
Levante 2 - 1 Real Sociedad
Levante had the run of play in the first half but were relegated to long range shots that didn’t really test the Sociedad GK.
Things changed at the hour mark as a Levante corner kick was thumped in by Asier Del Horno (remember him
In a lively match with chances at both ends, only one goal was scored, a wonderful strike by Pedro Munitis, who I didn’t realize was still playing.
Goalkeeper of the week has to go to Diego Alves, who kept Racing from racing away with the match with several acrobatic and well positioned saves.
This match also featured a donkey of the week nominee in Markus Rosenberg. After having a decent run of it at Werder
In an attempt to broaden my La Liga horizons, I watched the reply of this match Sunday afternoon. I had seen Bilbao a couple of weeks ago against FC Barcelona in a match where their work rate kept the Blaugrana at bay for about an hour before fatigue and a red card undid them. I had not seen
Let’s just say this was a match between an average team and a team in complete disarray.
The ESPN crew, which was Joe Tolleson and Shep Messing, started the broadcast with a stat that most of the goals that
The second half was very choppy as
Couple of player notes:
Llorente had a strong match. Constantly tested the
Susaeta, the #14 for
Ibai Gomez, a 20 yr old attacking player making his debut for
Pinter was a big fat hack for
No player really stood out for
Finally, I know NY Kid has a weekly acronym that I can’t quite work out, so I’m going to go with something a little more direct. Dive of the week: Braulio for
Sevilla took a step backwards after great week before the international break.
Hercules 2-2 Villarreal
A match filled with 4 goals and three red cards that I could not watch to job requirements. About 25 minutes in, Hercules went up through
Villareal comes out with the man advantage but doesn’t score until the hour mark through Valero. With about ten minutes to go, Villareal gets two men sent off in 2 minutes and finished with nine men playing against the ten of Hercules.
The match finished in a draw and another chance goes begging for the Yellow Submarine to sit atop La Liga.
Jozy Watch: on the bench and was an unused substitute. Based on previous matches, he will probably start and get significant minutes in Thursday’s Europa League match.
Here are a couple of other items I came across on the interweb.
Eduardo Alvarez shares his thought on the end of the Raul era at Real Madrid:
Also, in getting ready for the weekend’s action, I came across this post from FCBnews.com:
Seems strange to be me somehow.