The weekend in Spain
Barcelona and Real Madrid certainly prepared for el clásico in some style this weekend as the top two sides in Spain scored no less than 13 goals between them.
If there was a contest between which side could get more goals before the big clash then Barcelona won as Pep Guardiola’s men demolished relegation side Almería 8-0 at Juegos Mediterraneos.
Barcelona were 5-0 up by half-time and the goalfest saw Lionel Messi score a hat-trick, Bojan Krkic get a brace, Pedro and Andrés Iniesta get one each and to top off the night – Santiago Acasiete score an own goal.
It was a great night for Barcelona, one which showed that Messi isn’t the only goalscorer in the squad, but it ended less than peachy for Almería coach Juan Manuel Lillo, as the embarrassing defeat resulted in him getting the axe.
Over in Madrid, José Mourinho’s men were not to be outdone as they scored quite a few goals themselves, strolling to a 5-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabéu. Like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick with Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio Ramos also on target for the home-side while Fernando Llorente scored for the visitors.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Villarreal came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Valencia with goals from Aritz Aduriz and Giuseppe Rossi.
Sunday saw Espanyol climb to fourth spot after a 3-0 win against Hércules at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat. Sevilla though were unable to respond as they lost 2-1 to Real Mallorca at home.
But the game of the night took place at the Anoeta stadium as Atlético Madrid came from behind to score four second-half goals to win 4-2 against Real Sociedad. Joseba Llorente initially gave the hosts the lead but a brace from Sergio Aguero along with a goal apiece from Diego Forlán and Simão Sabrosa, gave the visitors quite a comeback. Not even Diego Rivas’s late goal was going to change that.
Osasuna 1-0 Sporting Gijón
Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 Málaga
Levante 3-1 Racing Santander
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