Here’s our La Liga latest. Just when we thought their hegemony was unassailable, the Liga triad stuggle in the teeming autumn rain and the second tier (joder, how they would hate that …) bite back. Sevilla (beating Atlético) Athletic (scaring Madrid at the Bernabeu) and Valencia (bottling Barcelona’s heads – figuratively and literally) all worried the big boys this weekend. Sevilla are now second ! Villarreal, wait for it, are now fourth !
Stinkers, chancers, poseurs, bottlers, actors…and, oh dear, Morata
All in all a classic of “ref’s-stinker-favours-big-team” at the Mestalla in Valencia. Suarez secured a 93rd minute penalty (converted by Messi) with a flash of dive-genius not often seen. It looked so nearly a penalty it would have been impolite not to give it. Referee Undano had also allowed Barcelona’s the first goal to stand when Suarez, in an offside position, was clearly interfering with play by sticking his arse out to obscure Valencia keeper Alves’s view of Messi calmly slotting the ball away. Needless to say the ref’s lineage and the reputation of his family (deceased, current, and future) were called into question in demotic Italian by new Valencia manager Prandelli and Sports Director Pitarch.
Prandelli’s side produced a notable performance here however, and were set up by the coach in a way that was able to neutralise much of Barcelona’s offensive play. Valencia rallied to lead 2-1 when Munir scored and staged one of those attention-seeking non-celebrations-against-former-team-I-still love. You’d think he’d committed a Denis Law back-heel to relegate Barcelona to the Scottish second division or something. When all he wanted was the door open to return to Camp Nou one day. Very Morata. Very careerist, a bit twattish we think.
Sevilla jumped over Atletico into second place, by getting on top of Atletico who had the better of the game and might have won. Koke did not help the efforts of the red-and-whites by being sent off.
La Liga Latest Matchday 9 – Real Madrid stay on top
Amidst all the high entertainment the worst news was a rather serious ligament injury to Iniesta, meaning there will be only one true genius on display in La Liga, maybe till 2017.
- Valencia 2 (Rodrigo, Munir) – Barcelona 3 (Messi 2, Suarez)
- Real Madrid 2 (Benzema, Morata) – Athletic Bilbao (Sabin Merino)
- Sevilla 1 (N’Zonzi) – Atletico Madrid 0
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