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MATCHDAY 13: A LOT OF ZEROS

28 Nov 2012
Bad luck in matchday 13; only twenty-one goals were scored after the half of the teams at Primera ended scoreless. Depor leave the drop zone, while Real Madrid are already losing the hope of defending their title.

The worst matchday in terms of goals scored; only twenty-one goals between Saturday and Monday, which is the lowest number on this season after there were only 22on matchdays 05 & 07. And it’s that the half of the teams in la liga ended scoreless.

The main change at the drop zone is that Depor is outside of relegation for the first time in three weeks; the Galicians grabbed a valuable point visiting Athletic Bilbao (1-1). It was enough for the Galicians as four of the other five teams at the bottom were unable to win their games; starting with Granada CF, the Andalusians lost visiting Real Valladolid (0-1) and are once again in relegation.

RCD Espanyol suffered its fourth defeat at home on the league season having another disappointing performance against Getafe CF (0-2). The consequence is that Mauricio Pochettino is no longer the coach of Los Periquitos; therefore the Argentine man is the first coach that loses his job on this campaign. It’s the first time in la liga since 1984 in which the first fired coach arrives until matchday 13.

The Catalans remain as the last place at the standings. CA Osasuna could only add a goalless draw visiting Real Sociedad and remain in the pit. Neither RCD Mallorca was able to win on the weekend; Caparrós’ team lost at Rayo Vallecano after allowing two goals within the last five minutes (2-0). The Majorcans have only added one of the last 24 points in dispute and are only one point above relegation.

Meanwhile, RC Celta picked their first victory on the road, the first one in one month, visiting a flat and inoffensive Real Zaragoza (0-1). The result pulls the Galician team into mid-table, while the Aragonians still living close to the danger zone.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

16

Mallorca

12

13

22

17

Deportivo

11

19

28

18

Granada

11

11

20

19

Osasuna

10

11

15

20

Espanyol

9

13

22

The race for the title seems now only reduced to two teams; FC Barcelona was suffering visiting Levante UD, but after a 0-0 at half-time the Catalans unleashed four goals in twenty minutes to end grabbing a comfortable 0-4 win. Atlético Madrid clinched the same score hosting Sevilla CF, though their situation was more comfortable, already winning by minute 21and  having one more man on the pitch.

Both teams are only separated by three points; meanwhile Real Madrid suffered their third defeat on the season visiting Real Betis (1-0) and the Madrilenians are now eleven points behind the first position; never before in the history of la liga a team overcame a similar difference to end clinching the title.

Malaga CF resurrected after three games without a win and trashed a disappointing Valencia CF playing at La Rosaleda (4-0). The Andalusians are back into the Champions League seats.  The Valencians lost their fifth game of the league tournament, though they’re only two points below the European zone.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

37

43

15

2

Atletico

34

29

11

3

Real Madrid

26

32

10

4

Malaga

22

19

9

5

Betis

22

20

22

6

Levante

20

15

20

7

Getafe

19

16

19

8

R. Vallecano

19

18

29

MATCHDAY 14: THE MADRILENIAN DERBY
A lot of expectation towards the Madrilenian derby that will be played on Saturday; Atlético Madrid have 13 years without winning at the Bernabéu stadium, but Real Madrid is living a low point that could leave them without chances of clinching the title before reaching the middle of the tournament. FC Barcelona have a more accessible meeting hosting Athletic Bilbao, a rival that lost its last seven visits to the Camp Nou.

Then there’s an interesting meeting between seventh place Getafe CF hosting fourth place Malaga CF. The other two clubs living in European seats are visiting Galicia; Real Betis travel to the Riazor in order to face Deportivo, while Levante UD travel to Balaídos in order to meet RC Celta.

Two of the teams in relegation are playing against each other, this since Granada CF are hosting a RCD Espanyol that will have a new coach. CA Osasuna have a tough meeting entertaining a Rayo Vallecano that have won three of their last four league matches. Valencia entertains Real Sociedad in a battle at the middle of the table; RCD Mallorca is hosting Real Zaragoza and the matchday ends on Monday as Sevilla CF host Real Valladolid.

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