The weekend in Spain – Almeria stun Mourinho’s Real Madrid
Villarreal continued their impressive home form with a six-goal thriller against Osasuna at El Madrigal on Saturday evening.
The hosts had initially taken the lead when Marco Rubén scored in the 22nd minute before Krisztian Vadocz levelled the score just after half-time.
However, Cani’s goal soon after set Villarreal on their way to all three points as Joan Capdevila and Gonzalo Rodríguez both scored to seal the win – making Javier Calleja’s 72nd-minute goal count for little.
While Villarreal cemented their third-place position in the league, Real Sociedad improved their chances of returning to European football as they put four past Getafe without reply and claimed a huge win over Míchel’s men at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Miguel Torres gave away a penalty within ten minutes after handling the ball in the area and Xabi Prieto didn’t hesitate in giving the visitors an early lead from the spot.
Sociedad remained the better side throughout the match and Antoine Griezmann’s volley in the 32nd minute put the visitors into a comfortable lead before the break.
Getafe pushed forward to try and find a reply in the latter stages of the match but left spaces at the break which their opponents took advantage of as Mikel Aranburu scored twice in three minutes to give Sociedad their biggest away win since 2004.
Elsewhere, Espanyol shocked Sevilla as a brace from José Callejón gave the visitors a 2-1 victory at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Álvaro Negredo got one back for Gregorio Manzano’s men in the 90th minute but it was too little too late for the home-side and leaves them in 10th position.
Sunday saw rock-bottom Almería pull off a shock of their own as they held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at Juegos Mediterraneos.
After a goalless first half, José Leonardo Ulloa stunned the visitors when he scored on the hour mark to give Almería the lead. Esteban Granero then levelled the score 13 minutes later and Madrid came close to winning it in the dying minutes of the game but for Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick hitting the crossbar.
With Madrid dropping two points, Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the table to four points as they overcame Málaga at home. Goals from Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez and a brace from David Villa ensured Pep Guardiola’s men took all three points although they conceded in the 68th minute when Duda scored a fantastic free-kick for the visitors.
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