Barcelona 2 - 1 Villareal >>>> All Results

Ten-man Barcelona re-enforced their lead at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win over fourth-placed Villarreal at El Madrigal.

The hosts took lead just after the interval when Cani took advantage of some poor defending to chip the ball over Victor Valdes.

But two goals in 10 minutes, from Seydou Keita and then Thierry Henry, saw runaway league leaders Barca hit back before Gerard Pique was shown a red card for a second bookable offence.

Barcelona dominated from the start with Henry, in particular, causing trouble for the hosts on the left.

It was the Frenchman who had the lion's share of the chances in the first half, none better than after three minutes, when after a delightful touch by Lionel Messi took a through ball from Xavi right into the path of Henry, who thumped the ball straight at Diego Lopez despite having only the 'keeper to beat.

Henry came close again 10 minutes later when, having received the ball from Eric Abidal on the left wing, he sent a shot across the front of goal which just shaved the right post.

Villarreal's best, and in fact only, chance of the first half came just moments later but Guiseppe Rossi repeated Henry's trick, shaving the right post after releasing a shot just to the left of goal.

Barcelona quickly shut the door on any more Villarreal chances and just for good measure Sergi Busquets sent a bullet of a shot racing towards the top left hand corner of the net that almost beat Lopez, the Spaniard doing brilliantly well to tip the ball behind for a corner.

The frustration got worse for Barcelona just after the interval as Villarreal got themselves on the score sheet within minutes of returning to the field.

Cani ran off the back off Gerard Pique and with only the 'keeper to beat and the Spaniard calmly lifted the ball over Valdes, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Barcelona quickly hit back though when Villarreal were caught napping in defence with Alves putting in looping cross which Keita bravely headed home running straight at the approaching fists of Lopez.

Ten minutes later and Henry finally had the goal he had been threatening all night, toe-poking a Xavi cross home on a first touch volley to give Barca the lead.

The final 20 minutes of the match were characterised by fraying tempers as a number of yellow cards were shown to both sides, including an unlucky Pique who was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence when Villarreal substitute Kahveci Nihat made a meal of a challenge in the air.

Samuel Eto'o, very quiet by his standards throughout the match, seemed to have a decent penalty shout when he went down under a Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez challenge.

But Villarreal were left kicking themselves for failing to capitalise on their one-man advantage as first Nahi and then Diego Godin missed golden chances to grab the equaliser in injury time.

Deportivo Coruna 4-1 Recreative Huelva

Depor's Alberto Lopo stuck out a leg to divert Ze Castro's miscued shot inside the post after nine minutes and Sergio converted a penalty to double the lead in the 20th. Recre pulled one back with an Adrian Colunga penalty three minutes later but an excellent header from Rodolfo Bodipo restored Depor's two-goal lead just before the break. Brazilian defender Filipe broke away to add the fourth at the end.

Numancia 4-3 Real Valladolid

Jose Barkero volleyed Numancia in front on a counter-attack early on but Valladolid levelled through Swedish striker Henok Goitom in the 34th minute. Valladolid were on course for their fifth win in six when Angel Vivar Dorado and Goitom made it 3-1 in the second half before Numancia struck back. Javier del Pino pulled one back in the 79th minute, Carlos Aranda headed the equaliser in the 88th and in time added on Gorka Brit headed the winner at a free kick.

Osasuna 5-2 Getafe

Osasuna swarmed all over Getafe and Czech Republic midfielder Jaroslav Plasil scored at the far post in the seventh minute. Juanfran finished off a swift break in the 34th and Uruguayan Walter Pandiani and Iranian Javad Nekounam added two more before the break. Getafe's Roberto Soldado pulled one back in the 66th and a second at the end, either side of a tap-in from Osasuna's Hector Font. It was Osasuna's second win of the season only.

Racing Santander 1-1 Malaga

Malaga broke the deadlock with a sweeping passing move that ended with French striker Nabil Baha volleying a goal in the 38th minute. Juan Valera levelled for Racing with a header from a corner in the 67th and Malaga's Duda hit the post near the end.

Real Mallorca 0-0 Sevilla

Sevilla failed to lift themselves from their midweek exit from the UEFA Cup putting in a poor display against Mallorca, who ended a run of three straight defeats with this draw.

Sporting Gijon 1-0 Almeria

Sporting's Francisco Maldonado headed the game's only goal after 28 minutes increasing the pressure on Almeria boss Gonzalo Arconada. Almeria have one win from their last 10 matches.

Real Madrid 1 - 0 Valencia

Real Madrid missed endless chances but still prevailed 1-0 over Valencia in La Liga thanks to a third-minute goal from Gonzalo Higuain.

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Real Madrid 1-0 Valencia

An early Gonzalo Higuain goal was enough for Real Madrid to beat Valencia 1-0 as the Spanish champions moved, temporarily at least, up into fourth place in La Liga.

Real's Argentine forward scored the only goal in an often thrilling and frantic game. In truth the home side should have finished the game six or seven goals to the good, but a series of horrendous misses from their forward line meant the scoreline was kept respectable for Valencia.

The visitors' task was made more difficult in the second-half following the dismissal of their captain Marchena for a foul, and second yellow card, on Arjen Robben. It was a cruel blow: Marchena scarcely made contact with the diving Dutchman, yet Robben flew to the ground with enough vigour to convince the referee that the skipper had to go.

Playing the first match of the weekend gave Juande Ramos's side the chance to reduce the 12-point deficit on Barcelona at the top of the table. Their defeat in 'El Clasico' last weekend meant that the champions started the weekend in sixth place, four points behind Valencia in second.

For Unai Emery's side, the game was a chance to put their own pressure on the league leaders and they travelled to the capital in high spirits having beaten Real in their last league meeting at the Bernabeu.

It was Real, however, who dominated the early exchanges, and most of the crowd had yet to take their seats before Higuain got his team off to the perfect start in the third minute.

The Argentine collected a pass from the brilliant Robben and let fly, just inside the area, with an unstoppable shot which Renan could do nothing about.

Madrid's Dutchman was in sparkling form, creating chance after chance. Indeed, the former Chelsea favourite should have put his team into the lead twice soon after Higuain's opener. But Renan saved smartly to thwart the first attempt before a second opportunity saw Robben hesitate and the Valencia defence recover.

A Van der Vaart curler onto the post saw Madrid edge closer to a second goal before, gradually, the visitors came back into the game.

Valencia's own flying winger, Joaquin, provided a series of killer passes into the Madrid box only for David Villa to launch the best high into the Bernabeu stand behid the goal.

And it was Villa again who had his team's next promising chance but for Iker Casillas to save smartly low to his right.

The second-half took on a similar pattern with Real looking for an early second goal. But it was Casillas who had to look sharp to deny a powerful Baraja header from six yards after five minutes.

It was a wonderful save but better was to come from Renan shortly afterwards, as he showed tremenduos reflexes to prevent Higuain from rolling the ball into an empty net at the other end.

The miss seemed to dent Higuain's confidence as the striker launched a series of excellent chances wide, high and off the crossbar.

It was towards the final stages that Valencia were reduced to ten men with Marchena's dismissal, and it already looked as if the match was beyond them.

Yet despite the reduction the visitors finished strongly, albeit not strongly enough to deny Madrid their valuable three points. The win puts a halt to their losing league run and moves them to within nine points of Barcelona.

Sévilla 1 - 0 Villareal >>>>> More Results

Renato Dirnei's goal helped Sevilla stumble past 10-man Villarreal and leapfrog their visitors to go third in La Liga.

Sevilla 1 - 0 Villarreal

Renato's goal at the end of the first half gave Sevilla a deserved 1-0 victory over Villarreal goal at decided the end in a one-sided encounter at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Renato's goal, which came just seconds before the break, was a well-deserved reward for the home team's work at the end of a dull first half - though the goal when it came had more than a hint of offside about it.

From a corner it looked as if Villarreal had cleared the danger, but Escude headed the ball back to Kanoute, who seemed on the replay to be behind the defence at the time.

Kanoute controlled the ball for the onrushing Renato - also seemingly in an offside position at the critical moment - and the Brazilian dinked a little chip around Lopez's outstretched legs.

It was a pretty finish, and well deserved on the balance of play against a side which scarcely troubled the Sevilla defence from start to finish.

It took the second-half dismissal of Villarreal striker Joseba Llorente, and the subsequent reshaping of the team, to ever make the visitors look like scoring as several counter-attacks presented half-chances for Cazorla and Senna.

Yet as the 10-man side pressed for an equaliser they left gaps at the back that were exploited ruthlessly by Adriano Correia, Sevilla's Brazilian left-winger, who looked relentlessly dangerous throughout.

Adriano found himself unmarked and alone nine yards from goal on 72 minutes, and blasted a drive for what everyone in the stadium though must be the goal to confirm the result.

Everyone, that is, except Lopez in the Villarreal goal. The man who frustrated Manchester United so artfully in this year's Champions League encounters once again wore his magic gloves, saving several shots that looked like nailed-on certainties to lead to goals.

For their part, Sevilla were wasteful of both possession and opportunities. Given their domination of the match - 26 shots to four - they should have won by two or three goals, but time and again the final ball was either too long or too ill-placed for the attackers to latch on.

In the end, Villarreal just didn't have enough legs to compensate for their missing person, and Sevilla stumbled to a one-goal victory that leapfrogs them over their visitors into third place in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid 2 - 0 Real Betis

Atletico Madrid won a spirited contest against Real Betis thanks to goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero that puts them ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.

The match got off to an inauspicious start for Betis, who very nearly gifted their hosts two goals in the opening couple of minutes with a collection of defensive mix-ups that almost let first Diego Forlan then Sergio Aguero to score.

Once they settled in, however, Betis gave Atletico a great game of football that could have gone either way. Sergio Garcia was their chief tormentor, time and again running into space that gave him opportunity to shoot.

But it was Atletico who made the best of the ball when they had it. Forlan and Maniche both had great chances, and then on 20 minutes the home side went ahead through a brilliant piece of quick-thinking football.

Aguero played a through ball to a fast-running Maxi Rodriguez, who controlled the ball brilliantly on his chest before smashing a perfect drive into the bottom right corner.

The two coaches patched up the previously open defences at half-time, resulting in a tighter match with fewer chances. Betis went close twice through 'Juanma' Sanchez, but Atletico held on with plenty of men behind the ball and playing on the break.

Their tactic bore fruit on 81 minutes as Aguero latched on to Forlan's quick through ball on the counter.

The 20-year-old made no mistake in beating Casto Espinosa on the right. It gave the home side a flattering but ultimately deserved second goal that put the result beyond any doubt.

Athletic Bilbao 3 - 0 Sporting de Gijon

Fernando Llorente put the home side in front from the penalty spot after only five minutes before Andoni Iraola doubled the lead in the 22nd, scrambling in at a corner.

David Lopez met Fran Yeste's pinpoint cross with a far post volley for the third in the 31st.

Getafe 4 - 1 Mallorca

Getafe's Nigeria striker Ikechukwu Uche won a dubious penalty which Cosmin Contra converted after 15 minutes, but there was no doubt about Uche's goal in the 31st when he broke clear to finish with a cool lob.

Mallorca pulled one back two minutes later through Aritz Aduriz from close range, but late goals from Manu del Moral and Jaime Gavilan made sure of Mallorca's third consecutive defeat.

Malaga 2 - 0 Numancia

Malaga dominated but failed to breach the visitors' defence until they were awarded a questionable penalty in the 85th minute, which Apono put away.

French striker Nabil Baha broke from the halfway line to make sure of the points at the end.

Valladolid 3 - 0 Deportivo La Coruna

Jonathan Sesma tipped in Pedro Leon's cross after 15 minutes and Pedro Lopez caught out visiting keeper Daniel Aranzubia from 40 metres with a spectacular looping shot in the 25th.

After the break, Valladolid's Fabian Canobbio had a shot pushed onto the post but soon after Leon made it 3-0, dribbling down the right wing and firing into the far top corner to crown an impressive display.

Recreativo Huelva 1 - 0 Osasuna

Osasuna had a string of chances as they chased their first away win and midway through the second half striker Dady rounded the keeper only to shoot wide of the empty goal.

Huelva earned their first home win six minutes from time when Adrian Colunga raced through to shoot low into the corner.

Almeria 1 - 1 Racing Santander

Racing took the lead after 33 minutes when Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay drilled a shot in the top corner from 25 yards.

Almeria's Peruvian defender Santiago Acasiete smashed a superb volley just under the bar to level in the 62nd, easing the pressure on his coach Gonzalo Arconada. Santander had Mehdi Lacen sent off near the end.
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Barcelona 2 - 0 Real Madrid

Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points after late goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi gave them a 2-0 home win over Real Madrid in Juande Ramos's first game as manager.

Cameroon striker Eto'o poked the ball over the line after Carles Puyol headed a corner back across goal on 83 minutes.

Messi sealed the win in injury-time after Madrid over-committed men forward and Thierry Henry surged down the right before picking out his strike partner, who lofted the ball deftly over Iker Casillas and beyond the desperate lunge of Fabio Cannavaro.

The result all-but ended Madrid's hopes of launching a title bid and proved that, for all their pretty football, Pep Guardiola's side have the mental strength to grind out wins in big matches.

Until the first goal, Madrid keeper Iker Casillas had turned in a man-of-the-match performance - including a penalty save from Eto'o - as Madrid's oft-criticised defence put their bodies on the line in a desperate attempt to kick-start their floundering domestic season.

Barcelona started the game at a frantic pace and the pre-match nine-point difference between the sides was clear as Real Madrid found themselves launching a rearguard action from the whistle.

Messi was the subject of rough treatment with Michel Salgado, Royston Drenthe and Sergio Ramos all kicking the Argentina star to make their destructive intentions clear.

That did not stop the diminutive playmaker from giving Madrid a torrid time. In the fifth minute he escaped from Cannavaro and Sergio Ramos to drill a low shot across goal that Iker Casillas did well to parry one-handed.

Henry went close with a drive into the side netting and Real had Cannavaro to thank when he manfully blocked Messi after a slick one-two with Eto'o.

All this was before the eighth minute and while Barca's tempo did slow they still had the lion's share of possession.

Yaya Toure and Eric Abidal were almost unlikely scorers for Los Cules but they were denied by desperate defending from the visitors, while Henry saw another shot blocked.

Despite Barca's dominance, Real actually created two of the best chances of the opening 45 minutes.

Before he was replaced for clearly not being fully-fit after injury, a Wesley Sneijder shot forced Victor Valdes to tip the ball onto the bar, while Drenthe should have scored when he raced clear of Daniel Alves but was denied by a brave Valdes save.

Referee Luis Medina Cantalejo lost patience with Madrid's physical approach and there was a flurry of yellow cards shown towards the end of the first half.

The first part of Madrid's job was done though, with Barca frustrated at half-time.

The second period started in a similar fashion. Barcelona controlled possession and created chance after chance but twice Eto'o could not capitalise on Messi's delivery.

Madrid were still dangerous on the break, with Gonzalo Higuain denied by a last-ditch tackle from Carles Puyol after an incisive through-ball by Fernando Gago.

Their game-plan also began to take its toll on the Catalan side. As the game progressed Barca misplaced passes, went for extended spells without instigating a passing move and failed to create chances with the same frequency.

Their frustration spilled over and Rafael Marquez was fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card when he slid late into Raul.

But 20 minutes into the second half, Los Cules found their rhythm again. Suddenly Real were not getting a sniff as their hosts pummelled the Madrid penalty area and were only denied by some phenomenal goalkeeping.

Casillas is the best keeper in Spain and arguably the top shot-stopper in the world and he pulled off a superb 70th-minute penalty save from Eto'o after Salgado brought down Sergio Busquets.

Two minutes later he made a quite incredible double stop from Eto'o and Messi, who thought he had an open goal after his team-mate's low shot was kept out by the Spain keeper.

But it was not to be for Juande Ramos and Real's defence were caught ball-watching when Puyol rose to head the ball into the six-yard box.

Eto'o got a faint touch on the ball, which seemed to cross the line in slow motion as young substitute Miguel Palanca failed to clear the ball.

Real were broken and, as they send men forward in a desperate attempt to grab an equaliser, they afforded Henry the freedom of the right wing to pick out Messi, who had the last laugh in the face of his earlier aggressors.

Madrid are now 12 points behind Real Madrid and could slip down to seventh if results go against them.
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Real Madrid 3 - 4 Sévilla >>>> More Results

Renato headed home Frederic Kanoute's right-wing cross to decide a pulsating encounter that saw Madrid reduced to 10 men when Arjen Robben was sent off on 77 minutes.

The result lifted Sevilla above Real Madrid and into fourth place in La Liga, with Bernd Schuster's team dropping to fifth - nine points behind leaders Barcelona, who they face next week.

Sevilla went ahead on six minutes when Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas misjudged a right-wing cross and presented Adriano Correia with a simple tap-in.

But Madrid levelled on 19 minutes, when Raul stooped to head home Guti's free-kick from the right and claim his 302nd goal for Madrid.

Sevilla regained the lead just three minutes later, however, when Romaric headed home Renato's fine cross from the right.

To the astonishment of the home fans, Sevilla went further ahead on 39 minutes. Madrid were caught napping in their own penalty area and Kanoute pounced to calmly slot home.

The second half saw Madrid finally begin to play to their potential. Gonzalo Higuain crashed a superb shot past Andres Palop on 67 minutes to make it 3-2, then Fernando Gago headed home a Guti free-kick to complete a remarkable comeback.

Madrid almost went ahead when Higuain went round Palop and struck the bar with his shot. But the Madrid players thought the goalkeeper had fouled the Argentine and Robben protested so strongly he earned himself a second yellow card and his marching orders.

Sevilla sensed their opportunity against the 10 men of Madrid and when Kanoute found himself in acres of space on the right flank he took his time before picking out the unmarked Renato to head home the winner.


Malaga had Depor on the ropes until Inaki Goitia let Angel Lafita's free kick slip through his hands in the 65th minute.

Mexico striker Omar Bravo theatrically went to ground for a penalty soon after, and secured the win himself from the spot.


Under-pressure Almeria coach Gonzalo Arconada had an unhappy return to his former club despite Argentine forward Esteban Solari giving the visitors an early lead from the penalty spot.

Javier del Pino levelled after a counter-attack in the 19th minute and Asier Goiria was offside when he netted the winner in the 52nd. Numancia had Jose Barkero sent off in the 68th.


Osasuna dominated and Portuguese striker Dady headed them into the lead after 17 minutes. Iran midfielder Javad Nekonam doubled the lead with a volley before the break and Dady made it 3-0 in the 57th.

Valladolid's fightback started when Swedish striker Henok Goitom scored from close range on the hour, and then Miguel Flano headed into his own net at a free kick. Bartholomew Ogbeche headed the equaliser from another free kick in the 85th.


Bilbao's Fran Yeste broke the deadlock in the north-coast derby with a deflected free kick in the 49th minute, but they had Pablo Orbaiz sent off in the 77th.

Gonzalo Colsa's cross-cum-shot in the 83rd caught out Gorka Iraizoz as it drifted over him at the back post. Bilbao's Fernando Amorebieta missed an open goal in the last minute.


Espanyol hit the woodwork twice in the first half but Betis took the lead when Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana scored his fifth goal in as many games in the 57th minute.

Substitute Ferran Corominas earned a point for new Espanyol coach Mane with a fine piece of skill in the 71st, ending a run of four straight defeats for the visitors.


David Navarro's diving header put Mallorca ahead in the 16th minute but Argentine Marco Ruben's neat finish levelled the scores nine minutes later.

Jurado put Mallorca back in front on a swift break only for Adrian Colunga to equalise again in the 43rd with a well-worked move. Javi Fuego's long-range shot secured new Recre coach Lucas Alcaraz his first win since taking over in early October.
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Barcelona 4 - 0 Valencia >>>> More Results

Daniel Alves was also on target for Pep Guardiola's side, who are now unbeaten in 20 matches and six points clear of second-placed Villarreal in the league. Henry put the home side ahead on 20 minutes, racing onto Yaya Toure's pass and lifting the ball over Valencia goalkeeper Bitto Renan. The Frenchman doubled his tally seven minutes later, collecting Alexander Hleb's neat pass inside the box and calmly slotting home to put Barca 2-0 up. Barca went 3-0 ahead barely a minute into the second half, when the influential Xavi sent Alves through on the right. The wing-back gathered himself before firing firmly into the opposite corner. Valencia were not happy, however, as a flag had been raised against Hleb earlier in the move, but it was ignored by the referee. Barca completed the rout on 79 minutes, when substitute Bojan Krkic cut inside from the right and dragged the ball back to provide Henry with a straighforward tap-in to complete his hat-trick. It was another dominant performance from Barcelona, who attacked with real purpose and completely overwhelmed Valencia. The visitors struggled to assert themselves and barely created anything of note.

Villarreal 3-3 Getafe

Villarreal staged a remarkable comeback to draw 3-3 with in-form Getafe at El Madrigal and avoid falling to a second successive home defeat in La Liga.
Estaban Granero, Jaime Gavilan and Javier Casquero were on target for the visitors, who led 3-0 inside half an hour to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side stunned. But Robert Pires's fortunate goal on 55 minutes gave Villarreal hope, before late strikes from Sebastian Eguren and Giuseppe Rossi salvaged an unlikely point and kept the home side in touch with league leaders Barcelona.
Getafe entered the match on the back with confidence high after victory over Real Madrid, and went ahead on 10 minutes when Granero chested the ball before firing an exquisite volley into the top corner. Gavilan put the visitors two up soon after, taking Cosmin Contra's right-wing cross on the volley to fire back across goal into the bottom corner.
On 30 minutes Casquero's left-foot shot from the edge of the box beat Diego Lopez and gave mid-table Getafe a 3-0 cushion at the break.
But Villarreal would not lie down. On 55 minutes a goalmouth scramble resulted in a bizarre goal for Pires, when a clearance struck the Frenchman on the chest and looped in. The home side pulled another goal back with five minutes remaining when Diego Leal headed back across goal for Eguren to poke home. Their comeback was complete two minutes later, when former Manchester United forward Rossi drove home through a crowd of players to make it 3-3.

Sporting Gijon 2-5 Atletico Madrid

Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan led Atletico Madrid to a 5-2 comeback win at Sporting Gijon in another thriller.
Sporting's Mate Bilic scored with a header after four minutes but two minutes later Argentine Aguero controlled the ball on his chest and finished with a spectacular overhead kick. In the pouring rain the Sporting keeper spilled a shot for Aguero to poach his second and Uruguay's Forlan stole the ball off a defender to make it 3-1 in the 57th.
David Barral pulled it back to 3-2 with a thunderous shot before Maxi Rodriguez and Forlan made sure of the win for the visitors.
Atletico climbed to fifth with 24 points.

Getafe 3 - 1 Real madrid

Juan Albin was the star of the show as Getafe beat local rivals Real Madrid 3-1 to make it a miserable return to his former club for Bernd Schuster.

Albin struck twice at the start of each half and also set up substitute Ike Uche for Getafe's third as the small club from the outskirts of Madrid prevented their more illustrious neighbours from moving level with Barcelona at the summit.

Javier Saviola pulled a goal back for Madrid, but the champions can have no complaints about the result and the scoreline could even have been even more embarrassing for Schuster's outclassed side.

Barcelona 1 - 1 Getafe ----------- All results

Barcelona's run of nine consecutive league victories came to end with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Getafe at Camp Nou. Manu gave the visitors a deserved lead with a fine curling shot midway through the first half before Seydou Keita headed home to appease the frustrated home crowd on 71 minutes. But for once Barcelona could not find a late goal to claim victory and were forced to drop their first points since a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander in early September. The result left Pep Guardiola's team three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, while Getafe remain in the relative safety of 14th. Despite Barca's all-conquering form of late, it was Getafe who started the more confident side, dominating possession in the early exchanges. The visitors went ahead on 19 minutes when Manu collected a deflection off Gerard Pique and curled home a fine shot from 25 yards past Victor Valdes. Sylvinho and Samuel Eto'o went close with long-range efforts in the run-up to half-time, but ultimately Barca went into the break having failed to create a clear-cut opening. The second half brought predictable changes from Guardiola, who introduced Thierry Henry and Pedro to invigorate his lacklustre team Getafe could have doubled lead just after the hour mark, however, when Angel burst into the box before shooting just past the post with only Valdes to beat. But Barca gradually became dominant in midfield, with Xavi and Henry seeing plenty of the ball, and eventually the home side pulled level. Dani Alves was the creator, collecting possession on the right flank and curling over an inviting cross to the unmarked Keita six yards out. The striker headed home with ease to claim his second goal in as many games. The home side could have won the match on 80 minutes, but Roberto Abbondanzieri produced a spectacular stop to deny Pique's powerful header. Numancia 1-1 Atletico Madrid Atletico's Simao Sabrosa laid on the opener for Uruguay's Diego Forlan with a great pass after 35 minutes but Javier Aguirre's team were pegged back in the second half. The home side piled on the pressure and won a penalty in the 94th minute which Jose Barkero calmly put away. Osasuna 3-1 Almeria Striker Alvaro Negredo gave Almeria a sixth-minute lead from the penalty spot but the visitors were thrown onto the back foot two minutes later when Brazilian defender Guilherme was sent off for a reckless challenge. Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani equalised with a looping header in the 13th minute, and Hernan Pellerano headed into his own net in the 71st before Hungarian Krisztian Vadocz wrapped up Osasuna's first league win this season at the end. Racing Santander 3-0 Espanyol Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni failed to collect a free-kick after 11 minutes allowing Ivan Marcano to slot home in a crowded area, and Oscar Serrano doubled Racing's lead when Espanyol's defence only half-cleared a Pedro Munitis cross. A quickly taken free kick led to Jonathan Pereira rounding Kameni for the third goal after the break. Real Mallorca 2-2 Malaga Mallorca's Ivan Ramis diverted a low cross into his own net after 13 minutes but Josemi levelled with a piledriver from outside the area soon after. Malaga's French striker Nabil Baha broke clear to restore the visitors' lead, nutmegging the keeper, but sloppy defending allowed Mallorca's Pierre Webo to poach the equaliser in the 67th minute. Sporting Gijon 1-2 Real Betis Betis keeper Casto Espinosa spilled David Barral's shot for Diego Castro to score after 25 minutes but the visitors stormed back after the break. Argentine defender Luciano Monzon cracked in a spectacular 30-metre free kick off the post in the 52nd and Cameroon's Achille Emana struck from the edge of the area soon after.

Real Madrid 1 - 0 Recreativo Huelva ----- Villareal 0 - 3 Valladolid

Wesley Sneijder earned champions Real Madrid a 1-0 home victory over Recreativo, easing the pressure on coach Bernd Schuster. LIVE NOW: Sevilla v Valencia!!

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The win took Real second above Villarreal, whose 17-match unbeaten run in the league ended with a surprise 3-0 home defeat by Valladolid.

Real, with 26 points from 12 matches, are two behind Barcelona - who host Getafe on Sunday.

Villarreal are third on 25, two ahead of Valencia and Sevilla currently playing at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Schuster received the public backing of the club at the beginning of the week despite poor recent performances but the side continued to labour against second-bottom Recre.

Dutch midfielder Sneijder scored with a deflected long-range shot after 39 minutes and although the visitors offered little in attack the narrow advantage made for a tense second half.

The home crowd whistled their team off at the end and will have been concerned to see striker Gonzalo Higuain leave the pitch on a stretcher with an ankle problem in the second half, joining Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Fabio Cannavaro on the injury list.
Villarreal started their unbeaten run with a 2-0 home win over Valladolid in April but were always second best at the Madrigal. Jonathan Sesma scored twice and Pedro Leon made it 3-0 from a free kick just before the interval to earn Valladolid their first away points this season.

Real Valladolid 1 - 0 Real Madrid

The same Valladolid had been crushed 6-0 by Barcelona last weekend and before the game sections of the Spanish media were saying that this could be Schuster's last game if Real lost. That is just what happened as Uruguayan striker Nestor Cannobbio struck a 48th minute winner with an unstoppable left-footed drive. With two recent Champions League losses to Juventus and the midweek Spanish Cup embarrassment to minnows Real Union, Schuster had been under extreme pressure, and the Valladolid loss could be the final nail in his coffin. Real have now won just once in their last six matches in all competitions and the double league champions stay fourth, two points behind leaders Barcelona who have a game in hand. Schuster won the league title in his debut season but it is now up to the Real board to see if they want to extend his 16-month spell at the Santiago Bernabeu. "This was a match we did not think we would lose," Schuster said. "I am calm," he added. "We are working and doing what we have to do." Without the creative Dutch duo of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben both out injured Raul and Gonzalo Higuain started in attack with the latter hoping to build on his four goals against Malaga last weekend. Valladolid were whacked 6-0 by Barcelona last time out and must have feared a Real backlash but Jose Garcia Calvo almost put the hosts ahead with his 12th minute header cleared off the goal line by alert Brazilian defender Marcelo. Higuain then showed a great turn of pace to race clear only to be thwarted by the goalkeeper. At half-time it was scoreless with Schuster cutting a glum figure in the dug-out but the clean sheet was a bonus when you consider that Real had leaked six goals in their last two matches. But three minutes into the second half Valladolid took the lead with a poor pass from Guti gifting possession and Canobbio rifled in past the helpless Iker Casillas. Casillas last kept a clean sheet back on September 21 in a 2-0 win over Racing Santander underlining Real's defensive frailties. Higuain and Wesley Sneijder both went close but captain Raul squandered the best chance with three minutes left shooting at the legs of goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

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Valencia also missed the chance to go top, slumping to a 3-2 defeat at home to Sporting Gijon. Sporting, who lost their first four league games, continued their resurgence with a vibrant performance to delight a sizeable contingent of travelling fans. After a cagey opening, Luis Moran gave the visitors the lead on 20 minutes when he broke through the Valencia offside trap and finished low past Renan. Seven minutes into the second half, Sporting doubled their lead when David Barral cut inside from the right, bamboozled Emiliano Moretti with a flurry of stepovers and beat Renan low at his near post. Barral turned villain on 69 minutes when he conceded a penalty with a handball. David Villa made no mistake against his former club, finding the bottom-right corner. Diego Castro made the game safe 10 minutes from time thanks to some more indifferent Valencia defending. He eased Raul Albiol out of the way and prodded home past Renan. Juan Mata set up a frantic finish when he finished smartly from Ruben Baraja's diagonal through-ball, but Sporting held on.

Barcelona 6 - 0 Valladolid

Samuel Eto'o helped Barcelona stay top of the La Liga by scoring four first-half goals as the leaders crushed Valladolid 6-0 at the Nou Camp.

Barca's eighth straight league win gives them 25 points from 10 games, two ahead of champions Real Madrid in second.

Third-placed Villarreal, with 21 points, are at home to Almeria on Sunday when the rest of the Primera Liga fixtures are played.

Eto'o raced through to beat two defenders and open the scoring for Barca in the 12th minute before doubling their lead on the half-hour with a volley after a wonderful flowing move.

He picked up Lionel Messi's pass to round the keeper for the third in the 42nd and slotted home the fourth two minutes later after the Argentina forward's surging run was blocked and the ball broke free for the Cameroon forward.

Eidur Gudjohnsen netted a delicate chip in the 71st and a sublime passing move ended with Aleksandr Hleb squaring for France's Thierry Henry to stab home the sixth near the end.

Real madrid 4 - 3 Malaga

Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain scored all four goals as Real Madrid came back with 10 men to beat promoted Malaga 4-3 at the Bernabeu.

The injury-hit side were under pressure to appease the Bernabeu faithful who had whistled the team during Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Juventus.

They got off to a bad start when Malaga's Portuguese midfielder Eliseu dribbled off the wing past two defenders. When his pull-back was fired against the post he put away the rebound.

The home team responded quickly with Higuain netting after Francesc Arnau could only parry Marcelo's shot but a low cross from Duda caught Real defender Gabriel Heinze flat-footed in the 18th minute leaving Malaga striker Nabil Baha free to score.

Higuain came to the rescue from the penalty spot after a handball on the edge of the area, but Real were reduced to 10 men when defender Sergio Ramos stepped on Eliseu's chest after a challenge.

Duda was fouled in the area and Apono drilled home a penalty to restore Malaga's advantage, but the lead only lasted a minute until Higuain beat Arnau from well outside the area.

The home crowd came to life and Higuain was bundled over for a penalty on the counter-attack in the 78th which the 20-year-old put away on the rebound, and both sides came close to adding another goal in the frantic closing stages.

La Liga Spain >>> RESULTS

Sunday October 26 Match

Real Madrid3 - 2Athletic Bilbao
Villarreal4 - 4Atlético de Madrid
Mallorca3 - 0Espanyol
Sevilla0 - 1Málaga
Getafe1 - 0Valladolid
Recreativo Huelva1 - 1Valencia
C.D Numancia2 - 1Racing Santander
Deportivo la Coruna0 - 3Sporting de Gijón

Saturday October 25 Match

Barcelona5 - 0Almeria
Osasuna0 - 2Real Betis Balompié


Barcelona 5 - 0 Almeria --- Betis 2 - 0 Osasuna

For the second time in four days Barcelona scored five early goals to wrap up a match. After the midweek win in Basel, this Saturday they beat Almería 5-0 to head up the table pending Sunday's games. All the goals this time came in the first half, with Eto'o opening the scoring in the fifth minute after Carlos García could only head Touré Yayá's pass up in to his path.

Henry turned in the second from Messi's cross, and a rapid passing move between Iniesta and Xavi set up Eto'o for the third. Eto'o completed his hat-trick with a clever back-heel after a great run by Messi, and a frustrated Negredo got himself sent off for an aggressive tackle on Márquez before Dani Alvés drilled a long free kick past his namesake to wrap things up.

Earlier in the evening Betis won 0-2 at Osasuna, a result which left the Pamplona based side further down in the drop zone without a win to their name all season. Ezquerro could have given them the lead though in the first half had he not had a goal ruled out for a dubious offside, but a poor defensive wall let through a Mehmet Aurelio free kick to put the visitors ahead five minutes after the restart. And Pavone rubbed salt in the wound late on when he scrambled the ball in to the net after Ricardo had spilled Emaná's wide free kick, ensuring a victory which takes the Andalusians safely up to mid-table. (25.10.08)

La Liga spain Day 7 Results

An action packed derby saw Real Madrid win 1-2 against Atlético Madrid thanks to a last second penalty. Bernd Schuster's side took the lead when Van Nistelrooy beat Leo Franco with less than a minute on the clock, and they could have gone further ahead when Sneijder hit the bar and Van Nistelrooy had a goal disallowed for a borderline offside. Perea and Van Nistelrooy were both sent off for aggressive tackles before the break, but Simao appeared to have saved a point for the locals when he equalised in the last minute of normal time. However the visitors were awarded a spot kick in injury time after Heitinga brought down Drenthe, and Higuaín drilled a shot past Leo Franco to take his side up to second.

Villarreal are in first place though pending Sunday's games after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol. Llorente and Rossi went close for the visitors in the first half, but Tamudo had a goal ruled out for offside and Diego López did well to save from De la Peña at the other end. The locals were awarded a penalty midway through the second half when Capdevila fouled Tamudo on the edge of the area, but the visiting keeper saved Tamudo's spot kick. And Kameni also had a couple of stops to make from Pires and Senna before the referee called it quits. (18.10.08)

Valladolid 1-1 Recreativo
Málaga 2-1 Getafe
Almería 0-1 Sevilla
Athletic 0-1 Barcelona
Atlético 1-2 R Madrid
Espanyol 0-0 Villarreal
Betis 3-0 Mallorca
Sporting 2-1 Osasuna
Racing 0-0 Deportivo
Valencia 4-0 Numancia
Day 7 - Oct 19

Real Madrid 2 - 2 Espanyol

Goals: Raul (24th, 44th) for Real and Tamudo (21e, sp), Garcia Fernandez (31st) for Espanyol

Match of the 6th day of the Liga between Real Madrid and Espanyol ended with an astonishing result, since the Catalans have managed the feat of coming to a point at Santiago Bernabeu. A feat which had been conducted for 12 seasons! And in addition, visitors have always led to the score. While the previous two seasons, Espanyol had also opened the scoring but was eventually bow.

This year's scenario repeated itself with the opening score on penalty by Tamudo (0-1 sp, 22nd). Raul almost equalizing in the wake of a superb header (1-1, 25th). The Madrid appears to be left to win their duel as to their habits but Luis Garcia only the second pole giving the advantage to visitors (1-2, 31st). In the judgments of Thursday, Raul was responsible for equalizing a second time (2-2, 45th +2), history to resume the second period on a good foundation.

Upon resumption, despite a clear domination, Real faces an excellent Kameni in the goals. Absent land since August, Sneijder on his back 25 minutes from the end and will not be the savior of his team when hitting the last kick of the match (90th +1). Through this tie, Espanyol put an end to the series of impressive victories Madrid 6 in a row, all competitions combined. On the derby against Atlético at the next day may be the ideal time for Real to pull itself together.

Braca 6 - 1 Athletico Madrid

Goals: Marquez (3rd), Eto'o (sp 5th, 18th), Messi (8th), Gudjohnsen (28th), Henry (74th) to Barcelona and Rodriguez (13th) for the Atletico

Between Barça of Messi and Atletico Madrid Agüero, the Argentine star wars did not happen. Once again decisive, the first confirmed what the world of football already knew: it's on another planet. The second executioner of Marseille (2-1) in Champions League, has meanwhile released half an hour of the term. The head low, without creating any occasion. At home, the Blaugrana have offered a recital (5-1), punctuated by five goals in twenty-eight minutes. An evening gala that allows them to temporarily take the 2nd place, three lengths Villarreal, winner earlier Betis of Seville (2-1). Since the beginning of the season, benefits Catalan frankly had nothing to excite the public demanding Camp Nou. The copy made Saturday night will no doubt silence the skeptics. Indeed, the protected Pep Guardiola have not had to force their talent. Because the image of Grégory Coupet, the people of Madrid were apathetic and febrile defensively. According to the rotation policy established by Javier Aguirre, it is the French doorman who replaced Leo Franco in the goals. The former Lyonnais would have probably preferred to stay on the bench. In less than half an hour, he bowed five times. Bowing under the furia offensive deployment by Barcelona recovered, confident of their game, confident of their collective strength. A corner taken by Marquez victory at the 4th minute, a penalty of Eto'o (6th) and a free kick from malicious Messi (8th) were enough to make folding Matelassiers, who had only one jump in their deep sleep: a wonder strike wrapped Rodriguez, who took advantage of a lax marking a bit to find the window Valdez (1-3, 13th). The result? A demonstration of Barça, whose every move would result in a huge danger to the cage Coupet. The now ex-international bowed two times before the break. Mystifié by a subtle hook Eto'o at the 18th (4-1). Left to itself about the purpose of Gudjonhsen ten minutes later (5-1). The addition would have been much more salt if Iniesta had found the post twice. After a first act of rare intensity, the second course was more dull. Entered into play in place of an elusive Eto'o, Henry took advantage of still broad largesse offered by the Madrid defense to afford his 2nd goal of the season, after a collective action by large class (6 -1). For Barça, the evening turned the demonstration. For Atletico, it turned into a nightmare.

Villareal 2 - 1 Betis

Goals: Rodriguez (68th), Llorente (70th) for Villarreal and Damia (20th) for Betis

Villarreal, Betis difficult winner of Seville, took only the head of the Championship of Spain. Villarreal, with 16 points, three lengths ahead of Valencia and four out of the Real, double title holder. Led 1-0 since the 20th minute and the opening score by Damia for Sevillians, Villarreal has had his salvation purposes only signed Rodriguez (68th) and Llorente (70th) during the last 25 minutes of a meeting very committed (10 yellow cards, five for each team and six second period). Villarreal, painful winner (1-0) Glasgow Celtic in the Champions League, has aligned September meetings without defeat, all competitions combined. It confirms a little over his outsider status in the fight for the title between "major" de la Liga: Real, Barcelona and Valencia.

Valencia 4 - 2 Deportivo

Goals: Mata (35th), Joaquin (68th), Villa (49th, 81st) for Valencia. Moretti (11th CSC), Lafita'85e) to La Coruna.

FC Valencia took over the top of the Championship of Spain. The club David Villa, which has the same number of points (13) that Villarreal (1-0 in Gijon, the red lantern), a very badly him home, Moretti who opened the scoring in deceiving his own goalkeeper (11th). But his teammates wanted to wash the affront, and reassure, as soon as possible. And Mata, the first (35th), followed by Villa (49th), Joaquin (69th) and Villa again (82nd) have silenced the whims of men from La Coruna. The purpose of Lafita (85th) for the visitors did not alter the final outcome. Villa also had the opportunity to take only the top of the goalscorers (6th). "I'm happy to be head coach reacted valencian Unai Emery. But more important is the regularity and progression of the team. We do not know our limits because we are early in the season."

Athletico Madrid 0 - 1 Sévilla

FC Sevilla has won a victory when logic shock of the 5th day of the Liga face of Atletico Madrid (0-1), the next opponent Marseille C1. Valencia has a mouthful of La Coruna (4-2) with a new David Villa doubled to stay ahead of the championship.

The Atletico is not invincible. The club phocéen opponent Wednesday in the Champions League, simply impressive since the start of the season, conceded its first defeat of the season at home facing an excellent team of FC Seville. A setback quite logical because the teammates Grégory Coupet fell on an Andalusian team inspired and very well organized. It is in the 21st minute as the game switches. Luis Fabiano opened the scoring with a superb free kick that Grégory Coupet can only scratched. Sevilla lead 1-0 then. A deserved advantage and kept until the final whistle.

Helpless, teammates Florent Sinama-Pongolle have been hampered throughout the game by the speed of the two wingers Seville Capel, left, and Jesus Navas, right. What give ideas to Eric Gerets ... Too drafts, players of Atletico Madrid have never really had the opportunity to endanger Palop, the goalkeeper of FC Sevilla. The Andalusian club performs a beautiful operation in rank up to fourth place in the Liga. For Atletico, now seventh, it is the first stop hit of the season. A bad night also marked by two new injuries, and those of Seitaridis Banega.


Goals: Corominas (19th) for Espanyol - Henry (75th), Eto'o (90th sp) for FC Barcelona.

Led to the score, FC Barcelona has reversed the situation to win the derby in the field of Espanyol (1-2) at the 5th day. Villarreal has retained the lead in winning in Gijon (0-1). Real Madrid, who went beat Betis Seville (1-2) is second.


Goals : rossi (65 e)


Goals: Garcia (54th sp) for Betis - Heinze (18th), Van Nistelrooy (89th) for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid, reduced to ten after excluding Marcelo, beat the Betis Seville 2-1 through a goal from Van Nistelrooy in injury time. The doubles title holders, second to a point of the "yellow submarine", have opened the scoring by Gabriel Heinze (19th) during a first period hit (Van de Vaart and Marcelo warned) but controlled by men Bernd Schuster. The people of Madrid, before the flamboyant red lantern Gijon (7-1) Wednesday, lost their football with the exception of Marcelo for a fault in its surface (54th).

Garcia, who will also be excluded at the end of the game, did not even pray for taking over the penalty pushed away by the keeper Casillas. The match referee excited and went out yellow cards (Casillas, Pavone) and red (Garcia) to restore calm. Finally, Van Nistelrooy gave in extremis three points of victory to his close by scoring despite a defender and the keeper of local output. With this fourth success in five matches Liga, Real can fly with peace of mind in Russia to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League.

Liga - Real Atomic

At the 4th day of the Liga, Real Madrid detonated defending Gijon (7-1). Winner of Santander (2-0), Villarreal is provisionally in the lead. With a doubling of Sinama-Pongolle, the Atletico was imposed in Getafe (1-2) and the second highest peak. Barcelona played with fire.


Goals: Van der Vaart (17th, 32nd, 47th), Higuain (36th), Robben (50th) and Raul (58th, 63rd) for Real - Mateo (53rd) for Gijon Seven goals and registered a third consecutive victory in League: Real Madrid has experienced an evening full face an opponent, it is true, in full drift. Already suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat to face Barcelona at the previous day, Sporting Gijon simply could not compete for points in Santiago Bernabeu. Van der Vaart was the meeting of its mark by offering a triple (18th, 34th, 47th), which registered a goal through a subtle talonnade. The success of Merengue was collective. Higuain (36th), Robben (51st) and especially Raul, author of a double and a ladle after a one-two with Saviola (56th, 64th), complete the work. Mateo still reduced the score (53rd). Nevertheless insufficient to console such a slap. Nineteen goals against, points a meter still not released: Gijon must regroup quickly. No obvious while Villarreal is on the horizon. For its part, Real will be wary not to fall into over-confidence at a perilous trip on the lawn of the Betis Seville on Saturday.


Goals: Eto'o (16th, 23rd) and Gudjohnsen (80th) to Barcelona - Monzon (59th) and Romero (62nd) for Betis Barcelona recorded its first win of the season at home Betis to face (3-2), thanks to a doubling of Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o, who is now a hundred goals in the colors blaugrana, and a goal of saving for Gudjohnsen Ten minutes from the end. The Betis, yet led 0-2 at half time, was back in the game thanks to the achievements of Monzon and Jose Mari. With this success, Barcelona back to 5th place ranking.


Goals: Albin (75th) for Getafe - Sinama-Pongolle (30th, 82nd) for the Atletico In the Madrid derby between Atletico and Getafe, Marseille next opponent Wednesday in Champions League, teammates Florent Sinama-Pongolle, author's purpose and 4th best scorer of the Liga, were imposed from outside 2 -- 1, and pointing to 3rd place ranking.

Real Madrid 2 - 0 Racing Santander

Not really convincing, the Real Madrid left Santander with the victory (2-0) at the 3rd day. Valencia took the lead in the rankings ahead of Osasuna. Barcelona crushed (6-1) Sporting Gijon.


Goals: Xavi (27th), Eto'o (33rd), Jorge (48th CSC), Iniesta (69th), Messi (85, 88th) to Barcelona - Maldonado (50th) to Barcelona Upset to have to wait until the 3rd day to sign its first victory, FC Barcelona went over Sporting Gijon 6 to 1, with a doubling of Messi (85th, 89th) and goals signed Xavi (27th), Eto'o (32nd), Jorge against his camp (49th) and Iniesta (70th). The Barcelona back to the 9th place, just two lengths of Real.

Real Madrid first 3 points


Goals: Guti (19th), Higuain (26th), van der Vaart (33rd) and Cisma (40th, CSC) for Real Madrid - Moreno (7th, 57) and Barkero (22nd) for Numancia

The double champion title in Spain, Real Madrid, beaten on the first day (by Deportivo La Coruna), has had to fight at home to sign its first successful face Numancia, tombeur FC Barcelona a fortnight ago. At the end of a festival offensive, Real won 4-3 but was conducted to score twice (1-0 and 2-1) by the promotion. Guti, captain in the absence of Raul (alternate), was honoured by equalizing the first time to mark the 5000th goal of Real Madrid in Liga.

Real madrid 4 - 3 Numancia Van Der Vaart GOAL


After his defeat at Numancia (1-0) opens, FC Barcelona was held in check on his land by Santander (1-1) at the 2nd day of Liga. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid was surprised to Valladolid (2-1) and abandons its leading position with FC Seville who broke Gijon (4-3).

As Soria against the promoted Numancia (defeat 1-0) at the opening of the Liga, Barcelona dominated but too messy. The spectators at Camp Nou, unhappy to see their team skate, left the stadium in whistling and waving a few newspapers or handkerchiefs. After international matches and in view of the 1st day of the Champions League next week, the coach Josep Guardiola had not attracted the french striker Thierry Henry and had left on the substitutes' bench Argentina Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta Spaniards and Bojan Krkic. The three came into the game and Messi had opened the scoring by converting a penalty (71st). The Racing, which had very few opportunities, equalized on a free kick by Garay hijacked by Pereira (77th).
Buts: Dorado (4e), Baraja (28e) pour Valladolid - Kun Agüero (54e) pour l'Atletico
Buts : Chevanton (22e), Kanoute (36e, 60e) et Maresca (37e) pour Séville - Bilic (18e, 19e, 44e sp) pour Gijon

La Liga 2008/2009 Preview

Primera Division (La Liga) is the highest level of the Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule consisting of two matches against each of the 19 other teams at home and outside. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points of the loss. But if teams are level on points, total score between these two clubs determines the overall standings before goal difference. If three or more teams are tied, then the combined face-to-head record the fair tied teams will be used to determine the final decision on these clubs.

The team has accumulated the most points at the end of the season is declared Primera Division champions. The four clubs qualified for the Champions League, with the first two directly into the group. The fifth and sixth place teams and King's Cup winners are qualified for the UEFA Cup. The 18th, 19th and 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are automatically relegated, while the three of the Spanish Second Division promotion. Teams reserve Primera clubs (called Team B) May also play in the second division, but could not be promoted to Spanish top flight.

Valencia vs Mallorca Highlights

1st Day Results

1ère journée

Saturday 30 août 2008
FC Valence - Majorque 3-0
Espanyol - Valladolid 1-0

Sunday 31 août 2008
Athletic Bilbao - U.D Almería 1-3
Atlético Madrid - Málaga 4-0
Betis Séville - Recreativo Huelva 0-1
Sporting De Gijón - Getafe C.F 1-2
Santander - FC Séville 1-1
C.D Numancia - FC Barcelone 1-0
Osasuna - Villarreal 1-1
La Corogne - Real Madrid 2-1

Real Madrid 1 - 2 Deportivo

Barcelona 0 - 1 Numancia

Calendar Liga 2008-2009 Spanish 1st division

Journée 1
Dimanche 31 Août 2008
Numancia - Barcelone
Sporting Gijon - Getafe
Espanyol B. - R. Valladolid
Atl. Bilbao - Almeria
Osasuna - Villarreal
La Corogne - Real Madrid
Valence - Majorque
Atl. Madrid - Malaga
R. Santander - FC Seville
Betis Seville - R. Huelva
Journée 2
Dimanche 14 Septembre 2008
Real Madrid - Numancia
FC Seville - Sporting Gijon
Getafe - Betis Seville
Majorque - Osasuna
Barcelone - R. Santander
Malaga - Atl. Bilbao
Villarreal - La Corogne
R. Valladolid - Atl. Madrid
Almeria - Valence
R. Huelva - Espanyol B.
Journée 3
Dimanche 21 Septembre 2008
La Corogne - Majorque
Almeria - Malaga
Betis Seville - FC Seville
Valence - Osasuna
Sporting Gijon - Barcelone
Atl. Madrid - R. Huelva
Atl. Bilbao - R. Valladolid
Espanyol B. - Getafe
Numancia - Villarreal
R. Santander - Real Madrid
Journée 4
Mercredi 24 Septembre 2008
Osasuna - La Corogne
Getafe - Atl. Madrid
Malaga - Valence
FC Seville - Espanyol B.
Majorque - Numancia
Real Madrid - Sporting Gijon
Barcelone - Betis Seville
R. Huelva - Atl. Bilbao
Villarreal - R. Santander
R. Valladolid - Almeria
Journée 5
Dimanche 28 Septembre 2008
Espanyol B. - Barcelone
Almeria - R. Huelva
Malaga - R. Valladolid
Atl. Bilbao - Getafe
Sporting Gijon - Villarreal
Betis Seville - Real Madrid
Valence - La Corogne
R. Santander - Majorque
Atl. Madrid - FC Seville
Numancia - Osasuna
Journée 6
Dimanche 5 Octobre 2008
La Corogne - Numancia
Majorque - Sporting Gijon
Villarreal - Betis Seville
FC Seville - Atl. Bilbao
Osasuna - R. Santander
Getafe - Almeria
Barcelone - Atl. Madrid
R. Valladolid - Valence
Real Madrid - Espanyol B.
R. Huelva - Malaga
Journée 7
Dimanche 19 Octobre 2008
Betis Seville - Majorque
Almeria - FC Seville
Valence - Numancia
Sporting Gijon - Osasuna
Atl. Bilbao - Barcelone
R. Valladolid - R. Huelva
Espanyol B. - Villarreal
Malaga - Getafe
Atl. Madrid - Real Madrid
R. Santander - La Corogne
Journée 8
Dimanche 26 Octobre 2008
Getafe - R. Valladolid
Villarreal - Atl. Madrid
R. Huelva - Valence
Majorque - Espanyol B.
FC Seville - Malaga
La Corogne - Sporting Gijon
Osasuna - Betis Seville
Real Madrid - Atl. Bilbao
Numancia - R. Santander
Barcelone - Almeria
Journée 9
Dimanche 2 Novembre 2008
Malaga - Barcelone
Espanyol B. - Osasuna
Valence - R. Santander
R. Huelva - Getafe
Atl. Bilbao - Villarreal
Almeria - Real Madrid
Betis Seville - La Corogne
Atl. Madrid - Majorque
R. Valladolid - FC Seville
Sporting Gijon - Numancia
Journée 10
Dimanche 9 Novembre 2008
R. Santander - Sporting Gijon
FC Seville - R. Huelva
Numancia - Betis Seville
Majorque - Atl. Bilbao
Barcelone - R. Valladolid
Villarreal - Almeria
Osasuna - Atl. Madrid
Getafe - Valence
La Corogne - Espanyol B.
Real Madrid - Malaga
Journée 11
Dimanche 16 Novembre 2008
Atl. Madrid - La Corogne
Almeria - Majorque
Getafe - FC Seville
Espanyol B. - Numancia
R. Huelva - Barcelone
Valence - Sporting Gijon
Betis Seville - R. Santander
Atl. Bilbao - Osasuna
Malaga - Villarreal
R. Valladolid - Real Madrid
Journée 12
Dimanche 23 Novembre 2008
Numancia - Atl. Madrid
FC Seville - Valence
R. Santander - Espanyol B.
Majorque - Malaga
Real Madrid - R. Huelva
La Corogne - Atl. Bilbao
Sporting Gijon - Betis Seville
Barcelone - Getafe
Villarreal - R. Valladolid
Osasuna - Almeria
Journée 13
Dimanche 30 Novembre 2008
FC Seville - Barcelone
Espanyol B. - Sporting Gijon
Valence - Betis Seville
Malaga - Osasuna
Atl. Madrid - R. Santander
R. Huelva - Villarreal
Getafe - Real Madrid
Almeria - La Corogne
R. Valladolid - Majorque
Atl. Bilbao - Numancia
Journée 14
Dimanche 7 Décembre 2008
Majorque - R. Huelva
R. Santander - Atl. Bilbao
Osasuna - R. Valladolid
Villarreal - Getafe
Sporting Gijon - Atl. Madrid
Numancia - Almeria
Barcelone - Valence
Betis Seville - Espanyol B.
La Corogne - Malaga
Real Madrid - FC Seville
Journée 15
Dimanche 14 Décembre 2008
R. Valladolid - La Corogne
Getafe - Majorque
Valence - Espanyol B.
Malaga - Numancia
Atl. Madrid - Betis Seville
Atl. Bilbao - Sporting Gijon
Almeria - R. Santander
R. Huelva - Osasuna
FC Seville - Villarreal
Barcelone - Real Madrid
Journée 16
Dimanche 21 Décembre 2008
Espanyol B. - Atl. Madrid
Real Madrid - Valence
R. Santander - Malaga
Majorque - FC Seville
La Corogne - R. Huelva
Betis Seville - Atl. Bilbao
Villarreal - Barcelone
Osasuna - Getafe
Numancia - R. Valladolid
Sporting Gijon - Almeria
Journée 17
Dimanche 4 Janvier 2009
Almeria - Betis Seville
Malaga - Sporting Gijon
R. Valladolid - R. Santander
FC Seville - Osasuna
Real Madrid - Villarreal
Getafe - La Corogne
Valence - Atl. Madrid
Barcelone - Majorque
Atl. Bilbao - Espanyol B.
R. Huelva - Numancia
Journée 18
Dimanche 11 Janvier 2009
R. Santander - R. Huelva
Atl. Madrid - Atl. Bilbao
Osasuna - Barcelone
Numancia - Getafe
Sporting Gijon - R. Valladolid
Espanyol B. - Almeria
Valence - Villarreal
Majorque - Real Madrid
Betis Seville - Malaga
La Corogne - FC Seville
Journée 19
Dimanche 18 Janvier 2009
Atl. Bilbao - Valence
Villarreal - Majorque
Malaga - Espanyol B.
FC Seville - Numancia
R. Valladolid - Betis Seville
R. Huelva - Sporting Gijon
Getafe - R. Santander
Real Madrid - Osasuna
Barcelone - La Corogne
Almeria - Atl. Madrid
Journée 20
Dimanche 25 Janvier 2009
Real Madrid - La Corogne
Malaga - Atl. Madrid
Majorque - Valence
R. Valladolid - Espanyol B.
Barcelone - Numancia
Getafe - Sporting Gijon
R. Huelva - Betis Seville
Villarreal - Osasuna
FC Seville - R. Santander
Almeria - Atl. Bilbao
Journée 21
Dimanche 1 Fevrier 2009
R. Santander - Barcelone
Betis Seville - Getafe
Atl. Madrid - R. Valladolid
Valence - Almeria
La Corogne - Villarreal
Numancia - Real Madrid
Osasuna - Majorque
Atl. Bilbao - Malaga
Sporting Gijon - FC Seville
Espanyol B. - R. Huelva
Journée 22
Dimanche 8 Fevrier 2009
Villarreal - Numancia
Barcelone - Sporting Gijon
FC Seville - Betis Seville
R. Valladolid - Atl. Bilbao
Real Madrid - R. Santander
Malaga - Almeria
Majorque - La Corogne
R. Huelva - Atl. Madrid
Osasuna - Valence
Getafe - Espanyol B.
Journée 23
Dimanche 15 Fevrier 2009
Numancia - Majorque
Valence - Malaga
Espanyol B. - FC Seville
La Corogne - Osasuna
Betis Seville - Barcelone
Atl. Bilbao - R. Huelva
Almeria - R. Valladolid
Atl. Madrid - Getafe
R. Santander - Villarreal
Sporting Gijon - Real Madrid
Journée 24
Dimanche 22 Fevrier 2009
FC Seville - Atl. Madrid
La Corogne - Valence
Barcelone - Espanyol B.
R. Valladolid - Malaga
Osasuna - Numancia
Villarreal - Sporting Gijon
Real Madrid - Betis Seville
Getafe - Atl. Bilbao
Majorque - R. Santander
R. Huelva - Almeria
Journée 25
Dimanche 1 Mars 2009
Atl. Madrid - Barcelone
Malaga - R. Huelva
Valence - R. Valladolid
Almeria - Getafe
Betis Seville - Villarreal
Espanyol B. - Real Madrid
Numancia - La Corogne
Sporting Gijon - Majorque
Atl. Bilbao - FC Seville
R. Santander - Osasuna
Journée 26
Dimanche 8 Mars 2009
Getafe - Malaga
Osasuna - Sporting Gijon
Majorque - Betis Seville
Barcelone - Atl. Bilbao
La Corogne - R. Santander
FC Seville - Almeria
R. Huelva - R. Valladolid
Real Madrid - Atl. Madrid
Numancia - Valence
Villarreal - Espanyol B.
Journée 27
Dimanche 15 Mars 2009
Espanyol B. - Majorque
Malaga - FC Seville
R. Santander - Numancia
Betis Seville - Osasuna
Almeria - Barcelone
Valence - R. Huelva
Atl. Madrid - Villarreal
R. Valladolid - Getafe
Atl. Bilbao - Real Madrid
Sporting Gijon - La Corogne
Journée 28
Dimanche 22 Mars 2009
Majorque - Atl. Madrid
R. Santander - Valence
Osasuna - Espanyol B.
Barcelone - Malaga
Numancia - Sporting Gijon
Getafe - R. Huelva
La Corogne - Betis Seville
Villarreal - Atl. Bilbao
FC Seville - R. Valladolid
Real Madrid - Almeria
Journée 29
Dimanche 5 Avril 2009
R. Valladolid - Barcelone
Atl. Madrid - Osasuna
Sporting Gijon - R. Santander
Valence - Getafe
Almeria - Villarreal
Malaga - Real Madrid
Espanyol B. - La Corogne
Atl. Bilbao - Majorque
R. Huelva - FC Seville
Betis Seville - Numancia
Journée 30
Dimanche 12 Avril 2009
Barcelone - R. Huelva
Osasuna - Atl. Bilbao
R. Santander - Betis Seville
FC Seville - Getafe
Real Madrid - R. Valladolid
Majorque - Almeria
La Corogne - Atl. Madrid
Sporting Gijon - Valence
Numancia - Espanyol B.
Villarreal - Malaga
Journée 31
Dimanche 19 Avril 2009
Atl. Bilbao - La Corogne
Malaga - Majorque
Valence - FC Seville
Atl. Madrid - Numancia
Getafe - Barcelone
Betis Seville - Sporting Gijon
Espanyol B. - R. Santander
Almeria - Osasuna
R. Valladolid - Villarreal
R. Huelva - Real Madrid
Journée 32
Mercredi 22 Avril 2009
Betis Seville - Valence
Sporting Gijon - Espanyol B.
Osasuna - Malaga
Barcelone - FC Seville
Villarreal - R. Huelva
Numancia - Atl. Bilbao
Majorque - R. Valladolid
Real Madrid - Getafe
R. Santander - Atl. Madrid
La Corogne - Almeria
Journée 33
Dimanche 26 Avril 2009
Valence - Barcelone
Atl. Madrid - Sporting Gijon
Espanyol B. - Betis Seville
R. Valladolid - Osasuna
Atl. Bilbao - R. Santander
Getafe - Villarreal
FC Seville - Real Madrid
Malaga - La Corogne
R. Huelva - Majorque
Almeria - Numancia
Journée 34
Dimanche 3 Mai 2009
Osasuna - R. Huelva
Sporting Gijon - Atl. Bilbao
Real Madrid - Barcelone
Majorque - Getafe
La Corogne - R. Valladolid
R. Santander - Almeria
Betis Seville - Atl. Madrid
Espanyol B. - Valence
Numancia - Malaga
Villarreal - FC Seville
Journée 35
Dimanche 10 Mai 2009
R. Huelva - La Corogne
FC Seville - Majorque
Atl. Madrid - Espanyol B.
R. Valladolid - Numancia
Atl. Bilbao - Betis Seville
Almeria - Sporting Gijon
Malaga - R. Santander
Getafe - Osasuna
Barcelone - Villarreal
Valence - Real Madrid
Journée 36
Dimanche 17 Mai 2009
Villarreal - Real Madrid
Atl. Madrid - Valence
Sporting Gijon - Malaga
Osasuna - FC Seville
Numancia - R. Huelva
Espanyol B. - Atl. Bilbao
Majorque - Barcelone
La Corogne - Getafe
R. Santander - R. Valladolid
Betis Seville - Almeria
Journée 37
Dimanche 24 Mai 2009
Malaga - Betis Seville
R. Valladolid - Sporting Gijon
R. Huelva - R. Santander
Barcelone - Osasuna
FC Seville - La Corogne
Atl. Bilbao - Atl. Madrid
Villarreal - Valence
Real Madrid - Majorque
Almeria - Espanyol B.
Getafe - Numancia
Journée 38
Dimanche 31 Mai 2009
Sporting Gijon - R. Huelva
Valence - Atl. Bilbao
La Corogne - Barcelone
R. Santander - Getafe
Betis Seville - R. Valladolid
Atl. Madrid - Almeria
Majorque - Villarreal
Osasuna - Real Madrid
Espanyol B. - Malaga
Numancia - FC Seville