La Liga Week 30 Wrap

12 04 2009

Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league.  Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title.  The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, yet they were not as sharp when it came time to define the game.  Andrés Iniesta scored in the first minute in front of an open goal after Thierry Henry crossed the ball in the six-yard box.  Morris would double the lead for the Blaugranas when he would deflect an Iniesta pass into the back of the Recre net.  Lio Messi missed a penalty kick in the match.  Víctor Valdes also established a new scoreless streak which is nearing th 500-minuite mark.

Real Madrid in the meantime kept pace with a 2-0 win against Valladolid at the Bernabéu.  Although Madrid did not show much on the pitch, Raúl opened the scoring for the Merengue and Guti would set up the Arjen Robben for the clincher.   Once again, the champs were efficient and continued their unbeaten streak in the domestically.  Madrid have not lost a match in La Liga since November when they lost to Barca at the Nou Camp.

Málaga showed why they are the surprise team of the tournament as they have reached Europa League spots and are just three points out of the Champions League next season.  Duda and Eliseu buried a hapless Villarreal side  2-0 at El Madrigal who seemed more focused on their midweek Champions League clash in London against Arsenal.

Barcelona 2-0 Recreativo

BAR:  Andrés Iniesta (1′), Morris (68’og)

Villarreal 0-2 Málaga

MAL:  Duda (37′), Eliseu (86′)

Mallorca 2-0 Almería

MLL: Cléber Santana (60′), Gonzalo Castro (90′)

Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid

MAD; Raúl (44′), Arjen Robben (82′)

Sporting 2-3 Valencia

SPO:  David Barral (35′) , Mate Bilic (71′)

VAL: David Silva (18′), David Villa (55′ pen), Mata (88′)

Numancia 0-0 Espanyol

Racing 2-3 Betis

RAC: Peter Luccin (5′), Nikola Zigic (32′)

BET: Edu (19′), Achille Emana (29′, 53′)

Osasuna 2-1 Athletic

OSA: Masoud Shojael (21′), Sergio (82′)

ATB: Pablo Orbaiz (24′)

Sevilla 0-1 Getafe

GET:  Gavilán (82′)

Deportivo 1-2 Atlético

DEP: Bodipo (87′)

ATM: Agüero (44′), Simão (70′)

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7 04 2009

Yes, how time flies.  We now have posted ten shows in this new cycle.  You know what it could not have been at a better time and with a better guest.  CNN SI’s Greg Sica was with and he taught us about the best hang outs and why everyone in Uruguay loves TITS (not those, you pervs!).  George starts to feel the the effects of strip clubs as well as his new partnership with Dr. Sica as they scrounge the world looking for hot soccer women.

Oh by the way we did talk about  South America, Spain, Champions League, and some CONCACAF in this edition of Mad About Futbol.

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La Liga Wrap – Week 29

5 04 2009

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The quest for the title of Spain’s best team has resumed after an exciting break for World Cup qualifiers. La Liga’s Top 3 teams continued their winning ways with tough 1-0 road wins.

1st place Barcelona got a 40th minute goal from Samuel Eto’o to beat Valladolid to maintain their 6-point lead over Real Madrid. Los Merengues got a 49th minute goal from Gonzalo Higuain to defeat Malaga and stay within striking distance of Barca. Sevilla remains solidly in 3rd on the strength of Frederic Kanoute’s PK in the 33rd minute as they dropped Recreativo.

Valencia made up ground on Villarreal in the race for 4th place with a big 4-1 win at the Mestalla versus Getafe. David Villa converted 2 PKs to lead Los Che to within 2 points of Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine suffered an embarrassing 3-0 road loss to Almeria and lost star midfielder Santi Cazorla for the rest of the season with a broken shin.

Atletico Madrid’s hopes of Champions League play took a big hit as Osasuna defeated Los Colchoneros 4-2 at the Vicente Calderon.  Walter Pandiani scored twice to give Osasuna the 3 points.  Osasuna has lost once since February and find themselves 2 points out of the relegation zone.

Here are the results & standings from Week 29:

Saturday, April 4th

Athletic Bilbao 2 – 1 Mallorca
ATH: Yeste (pen 3′) & Javi Martínez (83′)
MAL: Jurado (71′)

Valladolid 0 – 1 Barcelona
BAR: Eto’o (40′)

Real Betis 3 – 3 Numancia
BET: Sergio García (9′), Capi (84′), Ricardo Oliveira (pen 89′)
NUM: Aranda (39′), Barkero (pen 75′), Aranda (pen 90′)

Recreativo 0 – 1 Sevilla
SEV: Kanouté (pen 33′)

Almeria 3 – 0 Villarreal
ALM: Negredo (7′), Piatti (20′), Mane (35′)

Malaga 0 – 1 Real Madrid
RMA: Higuaín (49′)

Sunday, April 5th

Espanyol 3 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
ESP: Iván Alonso (12′), De la Peña (39′), Lopo (og 91′)
DLC: Lassad (42′)

Valencia 4 – 1 Getafe
VAL: Mata (19′), Villa (pen 25′ & pen 60′), Albiol (56′)
GET: Casquero (pen 48′)

Atlético Madrid 2 – 4 Osasuna
ATM: Forlán (14′) & Pablo (73′)
OSA: Pandiani (7′ & 48′), Vadocz (44′), Masoud (69′)

Sporting Gijon 0 – 2 Racing Santander
RAC: Zigic (54′) & Colsa (89′)

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