Real Madrid – Athletic de Bilbao 2-1
Relegation battlers Athletic de Bilbao made things quite difficult for Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu. They took a 0-1 lead over Los Galacticos and that made things even harder for Real Madrid.
Because they were behind, coach Fabio Capello brought on Ronaldo. It turned out to be a great move by the Italian coach as Ronaldo scored his first of the season by equalising 1-1. The striker controlled a long ball from Sergio Ramos and left goalie Lafuente no chance.
After Aritz Aduritz was sent off, Athletic collapsed. Real Madrid still failed to impress by thanks to a goal from Roberto Carlos but they still took home the 3 points.
Espanyol – Sevilla 2-1
Last week’s victory over Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA cup boosted Espanyol’s confidence. Despite their lead, Sevilla managed to lose to a surprising Espanyol. Frederic Kanouté scored from a penalty for Sevilla. After half time however Raul Tamudo and Luis Garcia showed Espanyol the way and scored two goals.
Espanyol finished the match with 10 men after Albert Riera got sent off for a foul on Alves.
Because of the loss Sevilla failed to take the top spot in the Primera Division leaving FC Barcelona on top followed by Real Madrid.
FC Barcelona may lose their top position in the league to Sevilla, depending whether or not Sevilla wins today. FC Barcelona tied and that leaves their position vulnerable in the Primera Division.
Levante – FC Barcelona 1-1
Eyeing their crucial match versus Werder Bremen this week, FC Barcelona dropped points in the Primera Division. In their away match versus Levante they tied 1-1.
Manager Frank Rijkaard decided to bench Ronaldinho for Champions League reasons and because he found that the Brazilian superstar was due for a rest. That didn’t stop Barça however from scoring from a free kick taken by Portuguese Deco. It wasn’t enough as Levante scored 15 minutes before the end of the match with defender Alvaro scoring the equaliser.
Recreativo – Valencia 2-0
With a crippled team Valencia quickly found their Waterloo against newly promoted Recreativo. Aitor and Florent Sinama-Pongolle made sure that the home team won with 2-0. This was the third for Valencia in a row and they are now 9th in the Primera Division.