La Liga fans were witness to a great match in Basque country when champions Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw with torrential rain to add a new element to a brilliant game. Lionel Messi saved Barcelona the blushes with an injury time strike that earned the Catalans a point. Rivals Real Madrid played the first midday match of the league to cater to the Asian audience with what seemed like an exhibition match by thrashing Osasuna 7-1. Levante went on to lose their second match in a row 0-2 in the Valencian derby. Finally, Atletico Madrid continue their erratic ways and lost to Getafe in the mini-Madrid derby 3-2.

Goal of the week

Gonzalo Higuain vs Osasuna

Gonzalo Higuan’s curling shot to the right of the net against a hapless Osasuna finished the game and showed the quality of the Argentinian striker.

Match of the week

Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona.

In a match that kept the Catalans on their toes with some brilliant pressing by Bilbao, a day’s worth of torrential downpour helped spice things up even more. In what could have turned out to be the first loss for the Catalans in 23 games, Lionel Messi got his team a point in injury time with the equaliser. La Liga needs more games like this one. Marcelo Bielsa showed his tactical prowess by taking the game to the Catalans and almost managed to get the full 3 points if not for La Pulga.

Hero of the week

Lionel Messi v Athletic Bilbao

La Pulga saved the day for Barcelona by pouncing onto a rebound in injury time to equalise and get a point. He has now scored his first goal in San Mames (in his career) and also his first away goal in La Liga to lead the Pichichi list with 14 goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Flop of the week

The whole Atletico Madrid team has to be considered the flop of the week for not being able to win a game against Getafe even though they had a one man advantage for a long time. The whole team lacked creativity, especially in midfield.

Quote of the week

Pep Guardiola on Marcelo Bielsa and Athletic Bilbao

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Pep Guardiola seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the match showering praise on all 22 players and even going a step further by congratulating Marcelo Bielsa for bringing together a ‘beast’ of a team. Pep’s mentor showed the world that he is up there with the best as far as tactical battles are concerned.

Player of the week

Tino Costa (Valencia CF)

The Valencia midfielder is probably the most accurate free kick taker in the world these days and he scored another one to help his team win 2-0 at Levante in the Valencia derby. He also assisted the other goal and put in a brilliant performance from start to finish.

Team of the weekend(4-3-3)

Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Javi Martinez(Athletic Bilbao), Eric Abidal (Barcelona);Ai??Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Tino Costa (Valencia); Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

 

Results

Getafe3-2AtlAi??tico Madrid
Athletic Bilbao2-2Barcelona
Betis0-0Malaga
Levante0-2Valencia
Real Madrid7-1Osasuna
Granada0-0Racing
Zaragoza2-2Sporting Gijon
Rayo Vallecano4-0Real Sociedad
Espanyol0-0Villareal
Mallorca0-0Sevilla

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4 Responses to “Spanish La Liga Review ai??i?? Round 11: Real Madrid Destroy Osasuna, Barcelona Draw in San Mames”

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  1. Cena says:

    Congratulations Real Madrid, for winning La Liga 2011-12!

  2. Cena says:

    Jose Mourinho will not let Real lose. Even if it means that Madrid will have to defend with 10 men against Santander at Bernabeu!