The weekend in Spain – Nine man Getafe stun Villarreal
There were goals. There were some expected results. And there were some outright shocks. The weekend of action from Spain certainly didn’t lack much.
But when Getafe played Villarreal at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez on Saturday, it didn’t look like the fans would see goals – or witness a shock result. Until the 88th minute that is when Juan Albín scored the one and only goal of the game which snatched all three points for Míchel’s men and dashed Villarreal’s hopes of going into the top two in the process.
Following his goal, Albín was shown his second yellow of the night for taking off his shirt in celebration, which left Getafe playing with nine men as Daniel ‘Cata’ Díaz had been sent off earlier on in the match. But even if his night ended on a sour note, it was the Uruguayan forward Albín who had not only scored La Liga’s first goal of the weekend but had also helped deliver its first shock.
If Getafe were able to cause the first upset of the day then Almería would be the next to do the same. But rather than beating an in-form side, relegation-threatened Almería added to the woes of a side in poor form as they beat Sevilla 3-1 and handed the Southerners their fourth straight league defeat.
Frederic Kanoute missed a first-half penalty before Fabian Vargas broke the deadlock in the 48th minute. Kanoute ended up getting his goal in the second half but a brace from Pablo Piatti was enough for Almería to cause another upset and add another twist to the weekend of football in Spain.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Atlético Madrid won 2-0 against Deportivo La Coruña with Sergio Aguero scoring two for Los Rojiblancos at the Vicente Calderón.
Sunday brought fewer shocks but that didn’t stop teams scoring lots of goals. Hércules started off the goalfest as they came from behind to put four past Málaga in the early kick-off of the day at the Jose Rico Pérez.
Sebastian Fernández put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute before second-half goals from David Trezeguet, Royston Drenthe, Abraham Paz and Kiko Femenía gave the hosts all three points.
Fernando Llorente and David López were on the scoresheet as Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 2-1 while Real Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory against bottom side Real Zaragoza.
But if Sunday had brought lots of goals then it would be nothing compared to what Barcelona did at the Nou Camp. Pep Guardiola’s men not only secured all three points against Real Sociedad but they did it in style, scoring no less than five goals – all without conceding. Lionel Messi got a brace while David Villa, Andrés Iniesta and Bojan Krkic added to Barcelona’s five-star performance. It’s now 21 goals in four games for Guardiola’s men, which leaves Barca two points clear at the top of La Liga.
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