League Round Up Week 10
Villarreal kept up their challenge ahead of next week’s visit to the Nou Camp with a 4-1 win over Bilbao, whilst Real Madrid also won to stay top - taking the Madrid derby 2-0 – and Espanyol are up into fourth following win.
There were wins for most of the top teams with only Atletico Madrid and more surprisingly perhaps,
Mallorca failing to take maximum points. Mallorca’s defeat at Zaragoza means there are now no
teams without a win in La Liga, though Zaragoza remain in the drop zone, one place above Malaga.
Llorente, Nilmar and Rossi on target again
Fernando Llorente bagged his seventh league goal of the season to put Bilbao one up early on
at Villarreal, but the hosts’ own goal machines, Nilmar and Rossi who’ve scored 13
between them so far this season, helped the hosts to a comfortable 4-1 win. After Nilmar’s
equaliser, Cazorla made it 2-1 on the stroke of half time and once Aurtenetxe had picked up his
second yellow on 76 minutes, Rossi and Montero made it 4-1, to make it 13 goals for and just one
conceded in Villarreal’s first five home games. Villarreal stay third, two points behind
Barça who are a further point behind Real Madrid, 2-0 winners of the Madrid derby thanks to two
goals in the first 20 minutes from Carvalho and Ozil in a game Atletico’s Diego Forlan summed
up as: “two mistakes, two quick goals - errors in games like these are key”.
Espanyol into top four
Espanyol continue to get the results, if not the goals, at home, sending Malaga bottom with a
1-0 win on Saturday thanks to an early Javi Marquez strike. Pochettino’s team have won all
five games at home so far, though only managed eight goals, which combined with their single strike
on the road makes them the lowest scoring team on the top half (all the bottom three teams have
actually scored more goals than Espanyol so far and only Almeria and Deportivo, with eight apiece
have scored fewer!). With Seville and Valencia playing Monday, Espanyol’s Champions League
position may not last, but it is still a great start from a team who struggled for most of last
Zaragoza late strike stuns Mallorca
Malaga’s defeat was a tough start for new boss Pellegrini, who watched the game from
the stands, and sent his team to the bottom following wins for both Zaragoza and Deportivo.
Zaragoza’s epic 3-2 win over Mallorca, their first of the season, came courtesy of a 96th
minute penalty from Gabi. Mallorca had gone ahead twice though Webo and Pereira before Lafita and
Bertoli pulled Zaragoza level to set up the dramatic winner. The three points lifted Zaragoza off
the bottom, above Malaga on goal difference and a point behind Levante who went down 1-2 to a
resurgent Deportivo, who are unbeaten in their last three league and cup games. Hercules are now
just a point ahead of Levante after losing 3-0 to Osasuna in Pamplona, level on points with Almeria
who recorded their fourth home draw from five when they were held 1-1 by Sporting.