Sunday La Liga Results – Week 3
Posted by hiphopmama on September 23, 2008
Round 3 of La Liga saw Real Madrid win away at Racing Santander and Barcelona finally find their form against Sporting Gijon. Elsewhere, the Sevilla derby wasn’t all that, and Valencia moved into first place due to goal differential, tied at seven points with Almeria, Villarreal, and Espanyol. Here are Sunday’s results:
Valencia 1 – 0 Osasuna
- Valencia was surely relieved to have Villa back after an injury scare in their UEFA Cup match against Portugal’s Maritimo midweek, but they played almost apprehensively for much of the match. The game remained scoreless until the 84th minute when Mata volleyed one in off a David Villa pass. Osasuna finished the game with ten men after right back Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off for picking up back to back yellow cards in the 64th minute. Valencia are now at the top of the table for the first time in 111 games.
Real Betis 0 – 0 Sevilla
- The inability of Betis to finish in front of goal kept the home team from securing a win in the Sevilla derby. Sergio Garcia had one hit the woodwork and had another stopped by a fine save from Palop; David Prieto sent one over the post; and Capi saw his own effort off a rebound blocked by Palop’s flailing legs – all in the first half. The second half followed much the same path, until both teams appeared to settle for a draw. Big yawn in the end.
Almeria 1 – 0 Malaga
- Almeria pulled out a win off an Alvaro Negredo goal in the 75th minute despite the rough and tumble gameplay that resulted in an ejection for each team (Miguel Angel in the 80th for Malaga, Jose Ortiz for Almeria in the 86th) and five other yellow cards.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Valladolid
- Llorente’s header put Athletic ahead in the 50th minute off a David Lopez cross, and the home team sealed the deal with a converted penalty kick by Iraola in the 80th after Valladolid’s Baraja was called for a handball in the area.
Numancia 1 – 2 Villarreal
- Numancia surprisingly took the lead in the first half when Brit scored off a free kick by Barkero (despite a potential offside call), but Villarreal rallied in the second half with goals from the ever impressive Santi Cazorla and Joseba Llorente in the 50th and 76th minutes, respectively. Villarreal had plenty of chances to make it an even bigger win but settled for the three points that kept them tied for first.
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 0 Mallorca
- This one was more exciting than the score line indicates. There were plenty of goal chances for both teams, especially after the home team lost Omar Bravo on a straight red when he collided with the Mallorca goalkeeper on an up-for-grabs ball in the 59th minute. The sending off seemed to rally Mallorca, but Moya was up to the challenge throughout. Both teams finished the game with ten men after David Navarro got his second yellow card in the 78th minute.
Racing Santander 0 – 2 Real Madrid
- It might not have been as stunning as Barca’s six-goal victory, but Real pulled off a dominating win as well against a tricky opponent in Racing. Both goals came in the second half after a confident, if not spectacular, first half from Los Blancos. De La Red netted the first goal off a counter-attack led masterfully by Higuain, and Van Nistelrooy put the home team away in the 74th with an incredible self-orchestrated goal. Real lost Guti to an injury in the first half, but the result did help boost Real to within one point of the four leaders.
Sporting Gijon 1 – 6 Barcelona
- Barcelona put on an absolute clinic in this one, taking a while to warm up but eventually pouncing on Sporting Gijon for six goals in their first win of the season. Iniesta engineered the opening goal, sending a beautiful cross in to Xavi who headed it home. A few minutes later, Eto’o provided the last nudge into the net after Puyol secured a soaring header off a Barca set piece. Torre scored an own goal for Barcelona’s third, but Maldonado quickly scored a real goal for the home side to cut the deficit to 1-3. Sporting’s Gerard was sent off on a straight red in the 57th minute for holding onto Lionel Messi, and after that all bets were off. Messi proceeded to wreak havoc, setting up Iniesta for the fourth goal and scoring the final two within the last six minutes. It was a great and much-needed victory, in appropriate Barcelona style.