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MATCHDAY 33: MEETING THE TARGET

02 May 2013
The teams in la liga are trying to fulfill the expectations and in this matchday only two teams remained scoreless; big wins for the bottom clubs and FC Barcelona were unable to secure the title. The race for Europe still tight.

Everyone is trying to hurry up their chances to meet their targets at the top-flight of Spain; matchday 33 was characterized as only two teams missed to score goals (Levante UD and RCD Espanyol); it’s just the third time on this season in which two clubs ends scoreless. In matchday 02 only two team missed the goals (Levante UD & Athletic Bilbao), and in matchday 11 it happened the same (RCD Espanyol & Getafe CF).

In a general sense it was a great matchday for the teams fighting to survive, because three of the last five positions won their matches, two of them playing on the road. The direct meeting of Real Zaragoza hosting RCD Mallorca turned to be a dramatic game with two goals within the final seven minutes, the outcome was to witness the first win in 2013 for Los Maños. It also means that the Majorcans are once again at the bottom of the standings.

Meanwhile, RC Celta clinched a crucial 0-1 win visiting Levante UD; it’s the second away victory for the Galicians on this league season and for the first time they clinched two straight victories in this tournament. Still, they remain living in the drop zone. It was exactly the same result for Granada CF; the Andalusians conquered a 0-1 win visiting RCD Espanyol thanks to a great goal of Nolito, and in this case the result is enough to put the team in safer lands, though only two points above relegation.

Deportivo extended their unbeaten streak to six games after a suffered 1-1 draw visiting Real Betis; the Galicians remain out of relegation, though only one point above the pit. CA Osasuna should also fell content with the point added visiting Rayo Vallecano (2-2), but it was also disappointing as they were leading in the scoresheet for the major part of the match.

Real Valladolid still needing a couple of points to certify the permanence, all of this after only adding a grey 1-1 draw facing Sevilla CF at home. The situation remains tighten at the bottom of the standings, with only five points separating the last six positions.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

15

Osasuna

33

28

38

16

Granada

32

29

51

17

Deportivo

31

44

65

18

Celta

30

32

47

19

Zaragoza

30

32

53

20

Mallorca

28

36

67

FC Barcelona couldn’t secure the title during the weekend; firs to all the Catalans could only add a 2-2 draw after Athletic Bilbao scored a late equalizer. Later Real Madrid clinched a new win in the Madrilenian derby, this time a team full of substitutes overcame the normal starters of Atlético Madrid playing at the Calderón stadium. It's 14 years and 25 matches since Los Rojiblancos are unable to beat Madrid. The result should certify that Real Madrid will end as the runners-up in the tournament, and also that Barca will have to wait, at least, one more week before celebrating the liga title. At least the Catalans surpassed the mark of the 100 goals in favour for the fourth time in their history.

The other top-game on the weekend was the resounding victory of Real Sociedad over Valencia CF (4-2); the Basques overcame a 0-1 deficit and ended scoring a last-minute goal to extend their unbeaten record to fifteen games. The best part is that they have now a five-point gap with the fifth place and had big options of playing the next UEFA Champions League, while Los Ches will probably be reduced to participate in the Europa League.

Malaga CF clinched an important victory over Getafe CF (2-1) and also have big options of playing the Europa League. At this point there are only two questions to solve: the name of the club that will occupy the 4th position and the three teams that will qualify to the Europa League. The first three places, meanwhile, will hardly change within the final five matchdays.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

85

101

35

2

Real Madrid

74

85

31

3

Atlético

68

58

27

4

Real Sociedad

58

61

41

5

Malaga

53

47

38

6

Valencia

53

54

50

7

Betis

49

49

50

8

R Vallecano

46

43

54

MATCHDAY 34: THE LAST STRETCH IN LIGA
Moment of definitions at Primera División; there aren’t direct meetings, but a lot is at stake during the weekend. The clubs fighting to survive face tricky games. The last two places, RCD Mallorca and Real Zaragoza, face the most “accessible” games as they face demotivated rivals. The Majorcans host Levante UD and Los Maños do the same with Rayo Vallecano, this last team still have options of playing in Europe, but the Madrilenians have only added one victory within the last six games.

RC Celta have a dangerous home game hosting Athletic Bilbao; the Basques need five more points to secure the permanence and surely will go out for the victory. The other three teams fighting to survive face a tougher scenario as they meet teams among the first six places. First, CA Osasuna visit Valencia CF, then Granada CF host Malaga CF and finally, Deportivo entertains Atlético Madrid.

At the top of the standings there’s an interesting confrontation as leaders FC Barcelona host 7th place Real Betis, while Real Madrid are hosting a depressed Real Valladolid, team that has only won one of its last eight liga matches. Real Sociedad visit Getafe CF and Sevilla CF host RCD Espanyol, this last one is a confrontation between two teams without any goal for the remaining five games in the league.

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