Friday, 16 September 2011

La Liga round up

After looking at the first week of the 2011-12 Serie A season, here is a little piece on the second week of La Liga.

Real Sociedad fought back brilliantly, with two quick fire second half goals, to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw against the La Liga and European Champions Barcelona.

Barcelona started fantastically and were two up inside the first 11 minutes with goals from midfielders Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. However the Catalan giants failed to extend their lead through a combination of missed chances and good goalkeeping from Claudio Bravo and they were made to pay as Sociedad levelled the game through two headed goals from Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann.

Malaga won their first game of the season as they comprehensively overcame a poor Granada side. Santi Cazorla and Joaquin both scored twice in a 4-0 victory.

Cazorla opened the scoring when Grenada were slow to realise a slow corner. The former Villarreal man recieved the ball on the edge of the box and his left footed effort wasn't the strongest of shots, however it had enough to beat Roberto in the Granada goal.

A second goal wasn't long in coming and a Joaquin header doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Cazorla gave the ball to an on rushing Jesus Gamez whose beautiful cross was headed in superbly by Joaquin, with a header his goalscoring centre forward team mate Ruud Van Nistelrooy would've been proud of.

Cazorla scored a beautiful free kick last week in defeat to Sevilla and the Euro 2008 winner scored his second set piece of the season to make it 3-0. Cazorla opted to place his free kick under the jumping Granada wall, and despite it not being the cleanest of strikes, the goalkeeper was beaten.

Cazorla was in superb form and he assisted Joaquin for their final goal with a chipped past through for the former Valencia player, who volleyed home to complete a comfortable victory for the newly financed club.

Cazorla was in fantastic form in Malaga's 4-0 victory

Valencia overcome Atheltico Madrid 1-0 thanks to a Roberto Soldado winner early in the second half. Athletico have struggled to adapt to life without Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan and haven't scored in either of their opening games. Falcao, their summer signing from Porto, has struggled to adapt to life in Spain so far, however the Colombian will come good.  Valencia however have started the season well again with back to back victories, with Soldado in goalscoring form.

Real Madrid continued their 100% winning start to the season with Karim Benezema scoring twice in their 4-2 win over Getafe. The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half, finishing off a lovely team goal with a superb finish after Mesut Ozil's slided pass. Miku beat the Real Madrid offside trap to level the game with a smart finish past Iker Cassilas to ensure the underdogs went in at half time level. A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty put Real back in front before Benzema extended Madrid's lead. Miku scored his second of the game to keep them in game. However Gonzalo Higuain ensured Real wouldn't be caught with a smart finish late on.

Elsewhere in Spain Sevilla scored late on to rescue a point against the 10 men of Villarreal who nearly pulled of a shock win as Diego Lopez, the Villarreal keeper was sent off after 21 minutes. Alvaro Negredo missed the resulting penalty, however the striker tapped in the rebound. Guissepi Rossi levelled the scores with a well taken penalty. Marco Ruben ensured Villarreal came from behind to take the lead with a great finish from a tight angel, however they couldnt hold on as an Alexis header crept past the former Spurs keeper Cesar.

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