Wednesday, 5 October 2011

La Liga round up

Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 1-0 thanks to a first half strike from Adriano, and in doing so ensuring they topped the table.

The Catalan giants were far from their best however, the win is their first away day success in the La Liga this season.

Despite a good performance Gijon continued their poor start to the season and they have just one point from their first six games.

Levante continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 victory away to the early pace setter's Real Betis. A Juanlu Gomez strike ensured Levante topped La Liga, all be it for a short while after Barca's success. Levante's most famous win of the season was over Real Madrid thanks to an Arouna Kone winner, and the club sits in its highest league positions in the club's 102 year history.

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol 4-0 away from home with Gonzalo Higuain scoring a hat-trick as well as a goal for Callejón against his old club.

An unbelievable match saw Malaga come from behind to beat Getafe 3-2 with an amazing late winner from the former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista.

Pedro Leon, on loan from Real Madrid, gave Getafe a deserved lead with an incredible long range effort. The volley from the midfielder was nothing short of brilliance, and if Baptista hadn't stole the points with a wonder goal of his, Leon's strike would've been the games talking point.

Shortly after Ruud Van Nistelrooy equalised with his first goal for Malaga, only for Miku to stear the ball home from a Valera cross for a 2-1 lead.

A Lacen sending off saw Getafe reduced to 10 men, and they held on well until with two minutes to go Enzo Maresca made it 2-2 from close range.

However in the dying stages of the game, Baptista won the game for Malaga with an incredible over head kick.

Elsewhere Sergio Canales scored his first goal for Valencia as they beat Granada 1-0, as the club moved up to 5th in the table. Thibaut Courtois continued his fine start to his loan spell at Atheltico Madrid as the keeper on loan from Chelsea, was excellent in the Madrid sides goalless draw with Sevilla. The draw ensures Sevilla have maintained their unbeaten start to the La Liga campaign.

Other results
Osasuna 2 Mallorca 2
Real Sociedad 1 Atheltico Bilbao 2
Villarreal 2 Zaragoza 2
Racing 1 Rayo 1

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