Espanyol completed a
Barcelona city double over their Madrid-based rivals in La Liga
this weekend when they thrashed Atletico Madrid 4-2 on Sunday.
On Saturday, champions Barcelona were 3-1 victors at Real
Madrid and their city neighbours stormed into an early lead over
Joan Verdu scored twice inside the first eight minutes and
Ndri Romaric added a third in the 20th before Atletico were able
Former Porto striker Radamel Falcao bravely headed one back
for Atletico in the 32nd minute, but Sergio Garcia's
determination saw him bundle in a fourth for Espanyol after the
Arda Turan pulled one back for Atletico with a late volley.
Espanyol climbed to eighth with 20 points from 15 games, one
ahead of Atletico in 10th, but 17 adrift of their derby rivals
Barca in first place.
Pep Guardiola's side moved level with Real on 37 points but
top on goal difference, having played a game more, after coming
from behind to beat their arch-rivals at the Bernabeu.
Big-spending Malaga are sixth on 24 points after being held
1-1 at home against Osasuna despite creating a raft of chances.
With almost their first sight of goal the visitors scored
when Ibrahima volleyed a loose ball into the roof of the net in
the 33rd minute. Juanmi levelled after a slick passing move in
Seventh-placed Osasuna with 22 points are three ahead of
Athletic Bilbao who conceded a stoppage-time header against
Racing Santander to draw 1-1 at home.
Marco Ruben rescued a point for misfiring Villarreal as they
could only draw 1-1 at home with 10-man Real Sociedad.
Villarreal, who dropped out of the Champions League during
the week, fell behind just after the break at the Madrigal.
Mikel Aranburu's solo effort was soon followed by a red card
for midfielder Gorka Elustondo.
Argentine striker Ruben slid in at the back post 10 minutes
later to level for Villarreal, who are missing the goals of the
injured Giuseppe Rossi, but they could not find a winner.
Villarreal lie 17th in the standings with 15 points and are
only kept out of the bottom three by their superior goal
difference over Sporting Gijon.
Rangers striker Nacho Novo scored twice to earn Sporting a
3-1 win at promoted Rayo Vallecano, who slumped to their fourth
defeat in a row.
Elsewhere, Getafe overcame promoted Granada 1-0 at home with
a late strike from Francisco Casquero.
Real Zaragoza's miserable season continued when they fell
1-0 at home to Real Mallorca, and Javier Aguirre's cash-strapped
side were whistled off at the Romareda.
They are three points adrift at the foot of the standings
with 10 points, have lost seven of their last eight games and
not scored in the last four.
Central defender fit enough to play in the Champions League final at Wembley
Bayern Munich unfazed by the need to be more clinical in attack against Borussia Dortmund
Ruud Gullit believes Bayern Munich are in for a shock when they take on Borussia Dortmund
Napoli president denies reports that he has named Rafael Benitez as club's new manager
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
75% of all TV is Bale
On the road to ruin
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010