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Primera Division: Van is the Man, Barça Struggles, Valencia Spill Points

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Valencia – Athletic de Bilbao 1-1

Valencia were taken by surprise by Athletic’s resilience. Valencia could have decided the match in the first half but they were stuck on the 1-0 lead scored by Fernando Morientes.

Athletic profited from Valencia’s inability to score another goal and equalised in the final phase of the match. Fernando Llorente scored the 1-1 with a header and made Athletic the first team to take away points of Valencia in a home match.

 

Atletico Madrid – Villareal 3-1

Atletico cruised past Villareal on the league table of the Primera Division by winning 3-1. Villareal took an early lead when Fabricio Fuentes headed in a free-kick taken by Juan Riquelme.

But after that Atletico quickly came to business and Ze Castro scored the equaliser. Fernando Torres scored the 2-1 before halftime and Sergio Aguero scored the 3-1 in the second half.

 

Real Madrid – Osasuna  4-1

van NistelrooijReal Madrid has convincingly won versus Osasuna with 4-1. The only name showing up on the scoreboard was Ruud van Nistelrooy. Van the Man scored all four goals for Los Galácticos.

During the 90 minutes of the match van Nistelrooy played dangerously close to offside and it paid off since Osasuna wasn’t defending very well. The first goal was a rebounder after Robinho saw his effort stopped by goalie Ricardo, van Nistelrooy was in the right place at the right time. The second was an exact copy of the first. The third goal came from a scrimmage. And so it was 3-0 at halftime and van Nistelrooy had made his hat trick.

In the second half van Nistelrooy was still unstoppable scoring a magnificent fourth goal after a beautiful through ball from Emerson maneuvering van Nistelrooy in an excellent scoring position and he scored using his left.

Valdo scored the 3-1 but don’t let that spoil the party for Los Galacticos. For now Van is definitely the Man in Madrid.

 

Barcelona – Real Zaragoza 3-1 

Barcelona wins the important match versus Real Zaragoza with 3-1 and even though coach Frank Rijkaard has every reason to be happy with his team’s display he will not be happy with the fact that Barcelona has lost three players in the process.

Barcelona started strong versus Real Zaragoza and locked down their opponent. However the absence of Samuel Eto’o was felt as Eidur Gudjohnsson was unable to cash in any oppertunity that was given to him. He was substituted by Javier Saviola in the second half.

Barca logoAgainst all expectations it was Real Zaragoza who scored the first goal. Gabriel Milito showed up in front of goal all alone after a corner and volleyed the ball behind Barça goalie Victor Valdes. Barcelona had already lost Edmilson and Leo Messi by then and also the replacement for Edmilson, Thiago Motta, didn’t make the final whistle. He was red-carded after an elbow punch.

And in that hectic moment of the match, it was Ronaldinho who took the team by the hand. He scored with a header to equalise and with a free-kick he scored the 2-1. Zaragoza saw Gabriel Milito leave with a red card as well and it was 10 vs 10 again. Javier Saviola set the endscore on 3-1 after heading in a rebounder.

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