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MATCHDAY 04: A LOT OF GOALS

19 Sep 2012
It has been the matchday with more goals in this start of season; only Real Madrid, Valladolid and Zaragoza missed to score a goal. Barcelona kept a perfect mark and Depor remain as one of the six undefeated teams at liga BBVA.

Busy weekend in La Liga has only three teams missed to score a goal in what turned to be the matchday with more goals in this start of season (33 goals). The biggest surprise among the scoreless teams was Real Madrid; Mourinho’s outfit suffered its second loss in two matches visiting Sevilla CF and now lies eight points behind leaders Barcelona CF, which has led some people to question if the league could be already decided at this height of the competition.

And it’s that Barca have been perfect in this start of season, on Saturday the Catalans clinched their fifth win in five matches trashing Getafe CF on the road (1-4). Malaga CF is the second place at the standings thanks to the 3-1 win at home facing Levante UD. Despite the initial financial problems this is best start ever for the Andalusians, with three victories and one draw within the first four matches.

RCD Mallorca capitalized on its strong start as it grabbed a new point, this time visiting CA Osasuna (1-1). The Majorcans are third at the standings and represent one of the six teams that remain undefeated; at the other corner the Navarrans are living one of their worst starts in recent years and have only added a point, reason why they are the last place in la liga.

Deportivo was close to achieve the three points, but a goal ten minutes before the final whistle sentenced a 1-1 draw against Granada. Still, the Galicians remain undefeated though they are out of the European seats for the first time on the season; the Andalusians, meanwhile, are inside the pit with only two points in favour. Valencia CF suffered a lot facing RC Celta, but managed to add its first win of the season (2-1).

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

12

12

3

2

Malaga

10

6

2

3

Mallorca

8

5

3

4

Sevilla

8

4

2

5

Atletico

7

9

4

6

Rayo Vallecano

7

6

5

7

Deportivo

6

7

5

8

Betis

6

7

5

Real Zaragoza was the second team that was unable to score a goal in the weekend; the Aragonians lost visiting Real Sociedad (2-0) and suffered their third defeat in four matches, though they remain living outside relegation thanks to the previous win over RCD Espanyol. Real Valladolid was the other scoreless team of the matchday as they lost allowing a late and silly goal hosting Real Betis (0-1).

The two craziest games of the matchday were the draw between RCD Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao (3-3) and the 4-3 win of Atlético Madrid against Rayo Vallecano. Athletic came from behind twice to grab a point leaving the Basque team at mid-table, despite been the worst defense in the league with twelve goals allowed. Espanyol is the second worst defense (10) and this was their first point, reason why they join Granada CF and CA Osasuna at the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Atlético Madrid was living a comfortable game, having a 4-0 advantage over Rayo Vallecano by minute 80, but three goals scored in a matter seven minutes scared the Vicente Calderón stadium as the local team was close to suffer the upset of the season. The result kept both Madrilenian teams living inside the European zone.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

16

Celta

3

4

5

17

Zaragoza

3

2

5

18

Granada

2

2

6

19

Espanyol

1

7

10

20

Osasuna

1

2

7

MATCHDAY 05: THE EUROPEAN FACTOR
The seven Spanish teams qualified to European competitions will start to compete in midweek, so it will be interesting to notice how they react on next matchday, starting with Levante UD, side that debuts in Europe [Europa League] and that on Sunday will be hosting Real Sociedad.  Malaga CF is facing a tough week, first they have been boosted after the 3-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg opening the their first ever Champions League participation,  and on the weekend they’re traveling to the Basque country in order to meet Athletic Bilbao, another tough game in a matter of five days.

Real Madrid is trying to bounce back from their mini crisis; yesterday they came back twice to end defeating Manchester City FC playing at the Bernabéu for the Champions League (3-2), and on Sunday they visit neighbors Rayo Vallecano. Barca have good options of extending their winning streak as they host relegation-troubled Granada CF.

But perhaps the most interesting clash is the visit of Sevilla CF to the Riazor in order to face Deportivo La Coruña. Both teams are having a solid start and remain undefeated, so it represents a very equal confrontation and the first of a series of straight tough matches for the Galicians.

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