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MATCHDAY 34: WEIRD THINGS

07 May 2013
The decisions of the referees marked the matches of the teams fighting for the permanence; Deportivo back in the pit after the victory of Real Zaragoza. FC Barcelona are only two points away of securing the title in la liga.

It was the week in which the newspapers were filled with reports of a possible match-fixing during the visit of Depor to Levante UD, and it turns out that the games of the teams fighting to survive in la liga were struck by a series of decisions made by the referees that had a direct impact in the result.

The goalless game between Depor and Atlético Madrid had three polemic decisions by referee Ayza Gámez, two clear penalties in favour of the Galicians and one disallowed goal for the Madrilenians. Depor extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches, but are back in relegation after a month out due to the results of the direct rivals.

RCD Mallorca remain at the bottom of the standings after they could only add a draw in their home meeting against Levante UD. It’s the first point for the Valencians after four straight defeats. But the Majorcans also felt robbered, because referee José Luis González didn’t whistle a clear hand inside the area of Levante plus disallowing a goal in their favour.

Meanwhile, Real Zaragoza clinched a second straight victory in the competition, this time a 3-0 score over Rayo Vallecano. But it turns out that the first goal was an inexistent penalty whistled by referee Teixeira Vitienes. The media in Spain mocked on how a referee can whistle a hand inside the area when the ball clearly hit his thigh.

It was a positive week for the bottom clubs anyway, because only CA Osasuna lost among the last six places. The Navarrans were beaten in their visit to Valencia CF (0-4). The worst part is that they suffered two expulsions –Arribas & Timor- and one injury case –Lolo-

RC Celta could only add a point in their home meeting against Athletic Bilbao (1-1) and they were lucky to do it as the Basques hit the post twice and had the best chances to score. The other big winner of the weekend was Granada CF, side that clinched a 1-0 win over Malaga CF at home. The situation remains tense at the bottom, with only six points separating the last six places and with only four matches remaining in the schedule.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

15

Granada

35

30

51

16

Zaragoza

33

35

53

17

Osasuna

33

28

42

18

Deportivo

32

44

65

19

Celta

31

33

48

20

Mallorca

29

37

68

Things are practically settled at the top as the first three places are almost defined. FC Barcelona only need two points to clinch the title and Atlético Madrid already have secure a Champions League season for next year and they could secure the third spot on this week. So, the only thing to define is the fourth place and the three clubs that will take part in the Europa League.

Still, it was a suffered matchdays for both Real Madrid and Barca; the Madrilenians were losing at the beginning of the home clash against Real Valladolid and clinching the victory in a thrilling 4-3 score. The Catalans were losing 1-2 by half-time playing at the Camp Nou against Real Betis, and had to pull Messi out of the bench to achieve a 4-2 win.

One of the big news is that Real Sociedad broke their unbeaten streak losing at Getafe CF (2-1). It means good news for Valencia CF as they are now only two points away from the 4th spot. It also put Getafe CF back in the race for Europe as they are two points behind the 7th spot. Sevilla CF also revived their European aspirations with a 3-0 win over RCD Espanyol; the Catalans are now only waiting to end the season as they already reached the mark of the 43 points.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

88

105

37

2

Real Madrid

77

89

34

3

Atlético

69

58

27

4

Real Sociedad

58

62

43

5

Valencia

56

58

50

6

Malaga

53

47

39

7

Betis

49

51

54

8

Getafe

47

42

51

MATCHDAY 35 & 36: UNUSUAL WEEK
The final in Copa Del Rey is altering the calendar; la liga decided to move the games of Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid corresponding to matchday 36 to Wednesday, so both clubs, plus Malaga CF and RC Celta, are playing twice on this week. If Real Madrid fail to beat Malaga CF then FC Barcelona will clinch the title without needing to play, while RC Celta face one of their last chances for the salvation as they host Atlético.

For the weekend, RC Celta and Granada CF are facing the worst situation among the clubs fighting to survive, because the club from Vigo visits a Real Betis that’s having a strong season and that still trying to secure the European spot. The Andalusians are visiting a Real Sociedad that aspire to play in the next Champions League.

CA Osasuna entertains a Getafe CF that should be unexpectedly motivated after their win over Real Sociedad. Meanwhile, Real Zaragoza visit a UD Levante that remain under suspicion. RCD Mallorca visit Athletic Bilbao. while Depor visit a Real Valladolid that’s virtually saved.

FC Barcelona could be securing the title on the weekend, but it face a tough meeting as the Catalans visit third place Atlético Madrid. Real Madrid have a more accessible meeting as they visit a RCD Espanyol without any motivation.

Finally, there are two interesting matches with clubs targeting the European seats. Rayo Vallecano play the last of their cards as they host fifth place Valencia CF, the same goes for Sevilla CF, team that visits Malaga CF in an Andalusian derby that could be definitive to resolve the race for the Europa League.

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