What happened in Primera Division’s midweek fixtures – La Liga Special (Part 2)

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What happened in Primera Division’s midweek fixtures – La Liga Special (Part 2)

We continue our summary of La Liga action in midweek. Primera Division clubs resumed league proceedings to get the better of one another and consolidate their positions after a break of three days.

Real Betis continued their assault on La Liga in the fourth round of matches. Pepe Mel’s charges took Segunda Division by storm as they won promotion to the Primera Division and have similar targets in their mind. After outsmarting Granada and Athletic Bilbao on their home turfs and taking all the points against a hapless Mallorca at Benito Villamarín. Surprisingly they now sit at the summit of La Liga table after winning their fourth match on the trot.

Real Zaragoza were the unfortunate victims of the Seville based outfit. Javier Aguirre’s team was involved in a free scoring match in which they gave a battling performance but came short. Real Betis had the services of experienced Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz and benefitted from his well timed brace to take the plaudits. Los Verdiblancos now have 12 points and have a two point lead over their nearest rivals.

Atletico Madrid on the other hand continued their stride up La Liga table after another emphatic victory. Gregorio Manzano’s charges scored four goals again to take the match with storm. The first goal came thanks to an own goal by A. Lora. Radamel Falcao was on song again as he scored a brace, while Alvaro Dominguez scored.

Sporting Gijon were helpless to stop the second half flurry of goals coming from the boots of Los Rojiblancos players. They have not registered a single point on the table and will be looking forward to the match against Racing Santander.

We are done with the matches that yielded results. There were three games that resulted with the spoils being shared among the parties involved. Valencia hosted champions Barcelona at Mestalla. It was a neck to neck affair in which both teams gave their best.

Los Che finally were involved in a match that eclipsed the drama witnessed in their opening fixture against Racing Santander. Roberto Soldado was declared fit as Unai Emery sent his team on the pitch. Valencia started the proceedings as they capitalized on the three man defence put out by Pep Guardiola.

It was 2-1 at half time and Los Che were coasting to a win had Cesc Fabregas not scored on 77 minutes. The former Arsenal captain has 4 goals in 4 appearances for the Catalan club which make the 29 million Euros paid for him looking nominal.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid were on the move in their second consecutive fixture. After losing to Levante with ten men Jose Mourinho’s men were determined not to have a repeat result. They improved with a draw that was in no certain manner accepted by Madridista. Racing Santander sent out a team to defend and they managed to do so effectively.

In the other draw of the round, Osasuna welcomed Sevilla. It was a dull result for a much improved Los Rojillos at Reyno de Navarra. They dominated possession but could not find send the ball past the goalkeeper who was aware between the sticks. Marcelino Garcia Toral will be happy with the result and the point gained. His team now stands 5th on the podium and have a tough task on their hands as they welcome Valencia to Ramón Sanchez Pizjuán.

 

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