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MATCHDAY 07: NOVELTIES AT BOTH CORNERS

09 Oct 2012
Atletico Madrid have reached FC Barcelona at the top of the standings; Malaga CF lost for the first time; Betis in European seats: meanwhile Deportivo is for the first time living inside the relegation zone.

The last matchday in La  Liga before the pause was pretty interesting as a lot of changes occurred at both corners of the standings; El Clásico turned to be a very attractive game with both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace to lead to a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou. These are the first two points that Barca lose on the Primera season. Still, the Catalans are one of the leaders and one of the undefeated teams in the competition.

The other leader is Atletico Madrid; Los Rojiblancos clinched an important 2-1 win over Malaga CF with a last-minute own-goal of Welington that snatched the unbeaten condition to the Andalusians and at the same time put Atletico at the same height than Barca as the Madrilenians are adding a fifth straight victory in the tournament. Despite the loss Malaga CF remain in Champions League seats been the third place at the standings.

Another novelty at the top positions is the victory of Real Betis over Real Sociedad (2-0), a result that’s putting the Andalusian outfit at the fourth spot on the table. This situation was possible as RCD Mallorca lost at home facing Granada CF (1-2). It was the big surprise of the weekend, not only because these are the first three points of Granada playing on the road but also the first goals scored performing away from Los Cármenes. Still, it was a polemic game as the first goal for Granada came in an inexistent penalty that cost a red card to Mallorca’s Nsue.

Sevilla CF also stared another of the shockers in the matchday as they lost visiting RC Celta (2-0); it’s the second straight loss for the Andalusians and now they are out of the European seats for the first time on the season. Getafe CF added the second straight win in liga defeating Real Zaragoza on the road (0-1); they have quickly passed from been in relegation to be lying one point below the European zone.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

19

19

7

2

Atletico

19

18

8

3

Malaga

14

11

4

4

Betis

12

12

13

5

Real Madrid

11

14

7

6

Mallorca

11

8

6

7

Sevilla

11

8

7

8

Valladolid

10

11

7

Deportivo is living inside the relegation zone for the first time on the season; the Galicians suffered the third straight loss in liga as they couldn’t react in the second half visiting Rayo Vallecano (2-1). There were other two reasons that pulled Depor into the pit; the first was the shocking win of Granada at Soin Moix, which pulled the Andalusians out of the drop zone for the first time on this tournament.

The second was the victory of Athletic Bilbao over CA Osasuna (1-0); it was a weird match, with the Basques playing a solid game and deserving a bigger win, but at the same time the Navarrans hit the woodwork in two opportunities. Osasuna remain penultimate, but Athletic is out of relegation with these three points.

Valencia CF is without doubt the big disappointment so far; Los Ches lost the Valencian derby visiting UD Levante (1-0) and now they’re only two points above relegation. Finally, RCD Espanyol remain as the only winless outfit at Primera División after only been able to drag a point from the visit to Real Valladolid (1-1). Both teams should be frustrated with the result, but also with the referee, Fernández Borbalán, who disallowed a legal last-minute goal to the Catalans and also whistled an inexistent penalty against the locals.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

16

Athletic Bilbao

8

9

14

17

Zaragoza

6

5

9

18

Deportivo

6

9

14

19

Osasuna

4

7

11

20

Espanyol

2

8

13

MATCHDAY 08: THE BIG ONES FACE THE GALICIAN TEAMS
Interesting matchday with Real Madrid hosting RC Celta and FC Barcelona visiting the Riazor in order to meet Deportivo. There are two things to have in mind: both teams have several international players, some of them are South American as the case of Messi, so these men could arrive late to face the matches. Besides, in midweek these two clubs have to play the Champions League, so probably some key players will be rested.

Another interesting game is the visit of RCD Mallorca to Sevilla CF; both teams lost on this matchday and want to regain positions at the top of the table. Second place Atletico Madrid is facing a tricky visit to Real Sociedad; Malaga CF will try to bounce back entertaining Real Valladolid at La Rosaleda.

Valencia CF will try to avoid further problems hosting an Athletic Bilbao that wants to clear the ghost of relegation; it’s the same tense scenario in the visit of Real Zaragoza to Granada CF and the match RCD Espanyol-Rayo Vallecano. Fourth place Real Betis will try to stay at the fourth position as they visit a nervous CA Osasuna. More relaxed will be the environment for clash Getafe CF vs. Levante UD, two clubs that are currently living at mid-table.

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