Touching the Void edition—18 teams cut loose.
I picked this match for weekend viewing for several reasons.
1. Had not seen Espanyol yet this season. They have been this season’s Cinderella team thus far and, with the
3. None of the other matches really did it for me.
With Villarreal’s shock loss to
Team News was as follows:
Athletic: Aitor Ocio and Koikili are both back training with the main body; Pablo Orbaiz is doubtful due to Tendonitis; defenders Andoni Iraola and Koikili Lertxundi are fit again and could start.
Espanyol: Felipe Mattioni is out because of a knee problem; Javi Lopez is probably out until the New Year because of a muscular issue; and Ernesto Galan,
Recent confrontations have been low scoring affairs, with only nine goals in the last six matches. Espanyol have had the upper hand with three wins and a draw in the last six meetings, but their recent away form in the league has been poor: two wins, one draw, four losses.
Based on the available information, I predicted a 1-1 draw.
Osvaldo was the story of the first half. He really should have put Espanyol ahead on 16’, with a great touch and spin, but then he shot tamely at the goalkeeper. 90 seconds later he almost chipped Iraizoz, but goalkeeper tipped it over the bar. A couple of minutes Osvaldo got knocked the f*(# out by Iraizoz but remained on the pitch. The striker was rewarded for his efforts on 32’ when Verdu put him in, and he buried the shot.
Dátolo should have put Los Periquitos ahead on 37’ but he scuffed his chance and Iraizoz covered up. Toquero totally made a hash of a
The first half came to a close with visitors on top. It was an even half with Espanyol having the better chances. The crowded midfield took Javi Martinez out of match, and Los Leones lacked the width to whip in crosses for Llorente. Espanyol were not much better and had a hard time breaking them down, with their possession not sharp enough and not having the pace to get behind the rearguard. Add to that Kameni constantly rolling the ball out to defenders who either turned ball over to
The second half started with a change in the
The match lacked real quality, with constant turnovers and needless fouls. So I distracted myself with some Pavel Nedved porn. Krasic’s amazing winner versus Lazio got me all hot and bothered, but I was dragged back in with 20 minutes to go. Llorente, who was off the pace much of match, popped up to nod in a cross from Andoni Iraola to equalize, for his tenth of the season. After that,
The match finished with a win to a home side, confirming several things:
Unbelievable. Rossi suspended and the Yellow Submarine get sunk. Altidore still can’t get on the field.
Sevilla FC 1 - 3
Dr. Jekyll meet Mr. Hyde. QSF survives one more week.
Hercules 4 – 1 Málaga
For value and impact, Trezegol may the signing of the season in La Liga. Three points pushed Hercules into 12th and
Mallorca 0 – 1 Racing
This is the second most shocking result of the weekend. Remember,
Real Zaragoza 1 – 3 Real
CR7 scores again, best player in the world. Blah, blah, blah.
Every time I switched to this match from the Juventus game, the Blaugrana scored. Messi’s second was ridiculous because he never looked up. He just knew where the defenders were and where the back post was.
Villarreal 15 30
Espanyol 15 28
Málaga 15 13
Sporting 15 11