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LA LIGA !!!!
« on: December 23, 2007, 12:06:32 PM »
La Liga 2007-2008

Week 17

Now live Barcelona vs Real Madrid !!!! :cool: El Clasico, Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou!!!!
3:00 pm Athletic Bilbao vs Murcia
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Valladolid 0 - 0 Real Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings

1 Real Madrid  38*
2 Barcelona  34*
3 Espanyol  33
4 Villarreal  32
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5 Atlético  31
6 Racing  26
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7 Valencia  26
8 Sevilla  23
9 Zaragoza  21
10 Mallorca  21
11 Getafe  21
12 Osasuna  20
13 Recreativo  20
14 Almería  19
15 Athletic  18*
16 Valladolid  18
17 Betis  18
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18 Murcia  18*
19 Deportivo  17
20 Levante  7
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2007, 12:19:10 PM »
Still 0-0 in El Classico right now. Not much between the teams so far.
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2007, 12:40:55 PM »
Still 0-0 in El Classico right now. Not much between the teams so far.

El Clasico:  : cheer:  Batista Scores!!!!  Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid !!!!  :)

Real Madrid 41
Barcelona 34
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2007, 12:41:06 PM »
1-0 Real Madrid at Barcelona- Fantastic goal by Baptista
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2007, 12:41:46 PM »
That was 11 seconds between our posts conchita  :))
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2007, 12:52:16 PM »
That was 11 seconds between our posts conchita  :))

 :))  :grind dance:

Real Madrid in control!    :cool:
Casillas is very good!!  ://
El Clasico :  Half Time : Barcelona 0 - 1 Real Madrid (Batista)   :thumbs-up:
right now:
Real Madrid 41   :first-place:
Barcelona 34
Espanyol 33
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2007, 01:06:13 PM »
That was 11 seconds between our posts conchita  :))

 :))  :grind dance:

Real Madrid in control!    :cool:
Casillas is very good!!  ://
El Clasico :  Half Time : Barcelona 0 - 1 Real Madrid (Batista)   :thumbs-up:
right now:
Real Madrid 41   :first-place:
Barcelona 34
Espanyol 33

Casillas is an absolutely fantastic goalkeeper, one of the very best in the world and he's hown that in the first half. If its stays this Real are looking very good going into the Christmas break with their lead at the top of the table.
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2007, 01:54:46 PM »
That was 11 seconds between our posts conchita  :))

 :))  :grind dance:

Real Madrid in control!    :cool:
Casillas is very good!!  ://
El Clasico :  Half Time : Barcelona 0 - 1 Real Madrid (Batista)   :thumbs-up:
right now:
Real Madrid 41   :first-place:
Barcelona 34
Espanyol 33

Casillas is an absolutely fantastic goalkeeper, one of the very best in the world and he's hown that in the first half. If its stays this Real are looking very good going into the Christmas break with their lead at the top of the table.

El Clasico:  :cheer:
Real Madrid Fantastic Win !!!  :)
Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid (Batista 36') :grind dance:

Real Madrid 41 :first-place: :
Barcelona 34 :second-place:
Espanyol 33  :third-place:

Right now, live, last match:
San Mames Stadium, "The Cathedral": Athletic Bilbao (15th 18 pts) vs Murcia (18th 18 pts) dramatic match for relegation!

Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Valladolid 0 - 0 Real Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings

1 Real Madrid  41
2 Barcelona  34
3 Espanyol  33
4 Villarreal  32
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5 Atlético  31
6 Racing  26
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7 Valencia  26
8 Sevilla  23
9 Zaragoza  21
10 Mallorca  21
11 Getafe  21
12 Osasuna  20
13 Recreativo  20
14 Almería  19
15 Athletic  18*
16 Valladolid  18
17 Betis  18
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18 Murcia  18*
19 Deportivo  17
20 Levante  7
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2007, 01:56:48 PM »
Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona. Massive win in Barcelona for Real Madrid and what a way for them to go into the christmas break having beaten their arch rivals in El Classico and having a 7 point lead at the top of the table.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2007, 03:55:19 PM »
Week 17 Matches

Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings :
1 Real Madrid  41  :first-place:
2 Barcelona  34   :second-place:
3 Espanyol  33   :third-place:
4 Villarreal  32   :applause:
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5 Atlético Madrid 31   :applause:
6 Racing  26 :applause:
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7 Valencia  26   :)
8 Sevilla  23  :)
9 Zaragoza  21   :whistle:
10 Mallorca  21   :whistle:
11 Getafe  21   :whistle:
12 Osasuna  20   :whistle:
13 Recreativo  20  :whistle:
14 Athletic Bilbao 19   :whistle:
15 Almería  19   :whistle:
16 Murcia 19  :whistle:
17 Valladolid  18  :whistle:
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18 Betis  18  :thumb-down:
19 Deportivo  17   :thumb-down:
20 Levante  7   :thumb-down:

Week 18, Jan 5, 6. Matches:
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza !!  :)
Mallorca vs Barcelona !!  :)
Espanyol vs Villareal (3rd vs 4th) !!  :)
Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid  :)
Racing vs Athletic Bilbao  :)
Valencia vs Levante -derby- !!  :)
Sevilla vs Betis -derby- !! :)
Getafe vs Valladolid  :whistle:
Murcia vs Osasuna  :whistle:
Recreativo vs Almeria   :whistle:
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2007, 04:09:33 PM »
Week 17 Matches

Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings :
1 Real Madrid  41  :first-place:
2 Barcelona  34   :second-place:
3 Espanyol  33   :third-place:
4 Villarreal  32   :applause:
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5 Atlético Madrid 31   :applause:
6 Racing  26 :applause:
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7 Valencia  26   :)
8 Sevilla  23  :)
9 Zaragoza  21   :whistle:
10 Mallorca  21   :whistle:
11 Getafe  21   :whistle:
12 Osasuna  20   :whistle:
13 Recreativo  20  :whistle:
14 Athletic Bilbao 19   :whistle:
15 Almería  19   :whistle:
16 Murcia 19  :whistle:
17 Valladolid  18  :whistle:
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18 Betis  18  :thumb-down:
19 Deportivo  17   :thumb-down:
20 Levante  7   :thumb-down:

Week 18, Jan 5, 6. Matches:
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza !!  :)
Mallorca vs Barcelona !!  :)
Espanyol vs Villareal (3rd vs 4th) !!  :)
Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid  :)
Racing vs Athletic Bilbao  :)
Valencia vs Levante -derby- !!  :)
Sevilla vs Betis -derby- !! :)
Getafe vs Valladolid  :whistle:
Murcia vs Osasuna  :whistle:
Recreativo vs Almeria   :whistle:

Thanks conchita, fantastic weekend for Real Madrid and what a great christmas they'll enjoy now!
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2007, 04:15:54 PM »
Week 17 Matches

Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings :
1 Real Madrid  41  :first-place:
2 Barcelona  34   :second-place:
3 Espanyol  33   :third-place:
4 Villarreal  32   :applause:
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5 Atlético Madrid 31   :applause:
6 Racing  26 :applause:
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7 Valencia  26   :)
8 Sevilla  23  :)
9 Zaragoza  21   :whistle:
10 Mallorca  21   :whistle:
11 Getafe  21   :whistle:
12 Osasuna  20   :whistle:
13 Recreativo  20  :whistle:
14 Athletic Bilbao 19   :whistle:
15 Almería  19   :whistle:
16 Murcia 19  :whistle:
17 Valladolid  18  :whistle:
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18 Betis  18  :thumb-down:
19 Deportivo  17   :thumb-down:
20 Levante  7   :thumb-down:

Week 18, Jan 5, 6. Matches:
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza !!  :)
Mallorca vs Barcelona !!  :)
Espanyol vs Villareal (3rd vs 4th) !!  :)
Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid  :)
Racing vs Athletic Bilbao  :)
Valencia vs Levante -derby- !!  :)
Sevilla vs Betis -derby- !! :)
Getafe vs Valladolid  :whistle:
Murcia vs Osasuna  :whistle:
Recreativo vs Almeria   :whistle:

Thanks conchita, fantastic weekend for Real Madrid and what a great christmas they'll enjoy now!

You're welcome, Chris! Espanyol will also enjoy great chritsmas, 3rd in la liga, in champions league, 1 point behind city rivals Barcelona and Espanyol undefeated in la liga for the 13th consecutive match!   :cool:

Big drama for relegation for 12 teams, especially Levante! (from 9th Zaragoza to 19th Deportivo only 4 points)!!!!  :whistle:


2008 Action starts Jan 2 with Copa del Rey!  :)
« Last Edit: December 23, 2007, 04:18:02 PM by conchita »
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2007, 12:04:18 PM »
Week 17 Matches

Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings :
1 Real Madrid  41  :first-place:
2 Barcelona  34   :second-place:
3 Espanyol  33   :third-place:
4 Villarreal  32   :applause:
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5 Atlético Madrid 31   :applause:
6 Racing  26 :applause:
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7 Valencia  26   :)
8 Sevilla  23  :)
9 Zaragoza  21   :whistle:
10 Mallorca  21   :whistle:
11 Getafe  21   :whistle:
12 Osasuna  20   :whistle:
13 Recreativo  20  :whistle:
14 Athletic Bilbao 19   :whistle:
15 Almería  19   :whistle:
16 Murcia 19  :whistle:
17 Valladolid  18  :whistle:
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18 Betis  18  :thumb-down:
19 Deportivo  17   :thumb-down:
20 Levante  7   :thumb-down:

Week 18, Jan 5, 6. Matches:
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza !!  :)
Mallorca vs Barcelona !!  :)
Espanyol vs Villareal (3rd vs 4th) !!  :)
Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid  :)
Racing vs Athletic Bilbao  :)
Valencia vs Levante -derby- !!  :)
Sevilla vs Betis -derby- !! :)
Getafe vs Valladolid  :whistle:
Murcia vs Osasuna  :whistle:
Recreativo vs Almeria   :whistle:

Thanks conchita, fantastic weekend for Real Madrid and what a great christmas they'll enjoy now!

You're welcome, Chris! Espanyol will also enjoy great chritsmas, 3rd in la liga, in champions league, 1 point behind city rivals Barcelona and Espanyol undefeated in la liga for the 13th consecutive match!   :cool:

Big drama for relegation for 12 teams, especially Levante! (from 9th Zaragoza to 19th Deportivo only 4 points)!!!!  :whistle:


2008 Action starts Jan 2 with Copa del Rey!  :)

La Liga - Real grind out Clasico win!  :cool:
 
A first-half Julio Baptista goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou in La Liga's final round of matches before the Christmas break.  :cool:

The Fabio Capello-esque, notably un-classic Clasico performance - where Barca dominated the possession but were constantly threatened by the compact and quick Real on the counter attack - put Real seven points clear of their second-placed rivals at the top of the Primera Division.

Real played the better football and deserved to win a nervy encounter, Barcelona looking sluggish and lacking the creativity that has become their trademark in recent seasons.

The match got off to a thunderous start and the visitors should have taken the lead when Ruud van Nistelrooy was sent clean through by a Raul flick, but the occasion even got to him as he fired wide with just Victor Valdes to beat in what would have been a controversial goal as the Dutchman was offside.

Defender Pepe then went close with a header, while Ronaldinho forced a quite brilliant stop from Iker Casillas just before the half hour.

Real took the lead soon afterwards, a swift counter-attacking move seeing Van Nistelrooy and Raul combine to release the late run of reborn midfielder Baptista, who sent a sweet finish into the top right.

Ronaldinho was restored to the starting eleven in what can only have been a psychological ploy by Frank Rijkaard as his form and fitness looked no better than it has been for almost two years now - poor.

His frustration at being unable to glide past Real defenders for fun or open their back four up with a killer pass was tangible, at one point uncharacteristically resorting to a dive when Fabio Cannavaro had stood off making the challenge.

The second-half saw the hosts exert more pressure on Real's goal, Samuel Eto'o and young substitutes Giovani and Bojan both going close with long range efforts and Yaya Toure sending a spinning volley just the wrong side of Iker Casillas' left hand post after Bernd Schuster's men failed to clear a corner with six minutes remaining.

But Barca lacked any real urgency to get a result and slumped to a disappointing defeat, their third in La Liga so far this season, leaving Real comfortable leaders and on course for a consecutive title.

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Espanyol move up to third in La Liga after win at Atletico!!!  :cool: (Espanyol unbeaten for 13 match in a row, since Sep 23)  :cool:

Second half goals from Raul Tamudo and Luis Garcia gave Espanyol a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday and helped the Barcelona-based side move up to third place in La Liga.  :cool:

Atletico created many of their own problems in the crucial match with their visitors to determine the closest challenger to the Spanish giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona, the neighbours of the two protagonists.  :cool:

Kun Aguero was sent off after 30 minutes to leave Atletico a man down, the Argentine striker retaliating to a crude tackle by Marc Torrejon.

Yet the hosts quickly bounced back from the blow with Simao Sabrosa putting Atletico ahead with a stunning free kick seven minutes later.

Espanyol made their numerical advantage tell in the second half.

Raul Tamudo put Espanyol back on level terms eight minutes after the break when he connected with a Luis Garcia corner.  :cool:

Atletico were reduced to nine men when Mariano Pernia picked up his second yellow card just before the hour.

After several near misses, Espanyol then got the winner from time when Luis Garcia hammered home an Ivan De La Pena cross  :cool:

Espanyol now have 33 points from their 17 games, one ahead of Villarreal who moved up to fourth despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Recreativo Huelva

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VILLARREAL 1 RECREATIVO HUELVA 1

Recre's Javier Camunas slotted away Florent Sinama-Pongolle's pass in the 37th but two minutes later Santi Cazorla released Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci to level with a low drive.

Villarreal twice hit the woodwork but were unable to secure the three points.  :whistle:

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ZARAGOZA 2 VALENCIA 2

Valencia came back from two goals down to snatch a dramatic late 2-2 draw at Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Saturday evening.  :)

Diego Milito put the home side ahead from the penalty spot early on and Valencia goalkeeper Juan Luis Mora scored a comical own goal on the half-hour mark to give the home side a two-goal advantage at the break.

But Valencia hit back late on through Nikola Zigic and David Silva to earn a point from this pulsating encounter.

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SEVILLA 4 RACING 1

Sevilla signed off for 2007 with a 4-1 beating of Racing Santander.  :)

Ezequiel Garay, who was later sent off, equalised Frederic Kanoute's early strike before goals from Ernesto Chevanton, Jesus Navas and Adriano sealed the win for the Andalusians

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OSASUNA 3 REAL MALLORCA 1

Hector Font took advantage of hesitant defending to fire Osasuna in front after nine minutes and Czech striker Jaroslav Plasil finished off a swift counter-attack in the 47th to double the lead.

Mallorca's Daniel Guiza pulled one back with a close range shot two minutes later but Portugal midfielder Hugo Viana sealed the points for the home side in the last minute. Mallorca's fourth game without a win continued their slide.

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ALMERIA 0 GETAFE 2

Getafe moved further up the table after they claimed a 2-0 victory over 10-men Almeria in a bad-tempered match at the Estadio del Mediterraneo.

Defender Lucas Licht put Michael Laudrup's side ahead with a close-range finish in the 37th minute and a header from striker Ruben De la Red five minutes from time wrapped up the points.

Almeria, who slip to 12th in the table, had midfielder Albert Crusat sent off in the 79th minute when he received a second yellow card.

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ATHLETIC BILBAO 1 REAL MURCIA 1

Bilbao were on course for only their second home win of the season when Koikili steered home the ball, after Pablo Orbaiz's penalty had been saved by Antonio Notario in the 45th minute.

But promoted Murcia's Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano levelled from a dubious penalty in the 54th. Bilbao finished with 10 men after defender Aitor Ocio was sent-off near the end.

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VALLADOLID 0 REAL BETIS 0

Valladolid peppered the visitors' goal with shots but new Betis coach Paco Chaparro made it seven points from a possible nine since he took over the ailing Andalucian club.

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LEVANTE 0 DEPORTIVO 1

Sergio scored from the penalty spot five minutes from time to give second-bottom Depor a 10 point lead over bottom club Levante and ease the pressure on their coach Miguel Angel Lotina.
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2007, 12:27:24 PM »
Week 17 Matches

Barcelona 0- 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1 - 2 Espanyol
Villarreal 1 - 1 Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla 4 - 1 Racing Santander
Zaragoza 2 - 2 Valencia
Osasuna 3 - 1 Mallorca
Almeria 0 - 2 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Murcia
Valladolid 0 - 0 Betis
Levante 0 - 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Standings :
1 Real Madrid  41  :first-place:
2 Barcelona  34   :second-place:
3 Espanyol  33   :third-place:
4 Villarreal  32   :applause:
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5 Atlético Madrid 31   :applause:
6 Racing  26 :applause:
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7 Valencia  26   :)
8 Sevilla  23  :)
9 Zaragoza  21   :whistle:
10 Mallorca  21   :whistle:
11 Getafe  21   :whistle:
12 Osasuna  20   :whistle:
13 Recreativo  20  :whistle:
14 Athletic Bilbao 19   :whistle:
15 Almería  19   :whistle:
16 Murcia 19  :whistle:
17 Valladolid  18  :whistle:
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18 Betis  18  :thumb-down:
19 Deportivo  17   :thumb-down:
20 Levante  7   :thumb-down:

Week 18, Jan 5, 6. Matches:
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza !!  :)
Mallorca vs Barcelona !!  :)
Espanyol vs Villareal (3rd vs 4th) !!  :)
Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid  :)
Racing vs Athletic Bilbao  :)
Valencia vs Levante -derby- !!  :)
Sevilla vs Betis -derby- !! :)
Getafe vs Valladolid  :whistle:
Murcia vs Osasuna  :whistle:
Recreativo vs Almeria   :whistle:

Thanks conchita, fantastic weekend for Real Madrid and what a great christmas they'll enjoy now!

You're welcome, Chris! Espanyol will also enjoy great chritsmas, 3rd in la liga, in champions league, 1 point behind city rivals Barcelona and Espanyol undefeated in la liga for the 13th consecutive match!   :cool:

Big drama for relegation for 12 teams, especially Levante! (from 9th Zaragoza to 19th Deportivo only 4 points)!!!!  :whistle:


2008 Action starts Jan 2 with Copa del Rey!  :)

La Liga - Real grind out Clasico win!  :cool:
 
A first-half Julio Baptista goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou in La Liga's final round of matches before the Christmas break.  :cool:

The Fabio Capello-esque, notably un-classic Clasico performance - where Barca dominated the possession but were constantly threatened by the compact and quick Real on the counter attack - put Real seven points clear of their second-placed rivals at the top of the Primera Division.

Real played the better football and deserved to win a nervy encounter, Barcelona looking sluggish and lacking the creativity that has become their trademark in recent seasons.

The match got off to a thunderous start and the visitors should have taken the lead when Ruud van Nistelrooy was sent clean through by a Raul flick, but the occasion even got to him as he fired wide with just Victor Valdes to beat in what would have been a controversial goal as the Dutchman was offside.

Defender Pepe then went close with a header, while Ronaldinho forced a quite brilliant stop from Iker Casillas just before the half hour.

Real took the lead soon afterwards, a swift counter-attacking move seeing Van Nistelrooy and Raul combine to release the late run of reborn midfielder Baptista, who sent a sweet finish into the top right.

Ronaldinho was restored to the starting eleven in what can only have been a psychological ploy by Frank Rijkaard as his form and fitness looked no better than it has been for almost two years now - poor.

His frustration at being unable to glide past Real defenders for fun or open their back four up with a killer pass was tangible, at one point uncharacteristically resorting to a dive when Fabio Cannavaro had stood off making the challenge.

The second-half saw the hosts exert more pressure on Real's goal, Samuel Eto'o and young substitutes Giovani and Bojan both going close with long range efforts and Yaya Toure sending a spinning volley just the wrong side of Iker Casillas' left hand post after Bernd Schuster's men failed to clear a corner with six minutes remaining.

But Barca lacked any real urgency to get a result and slumped to a disappointing defeat, their third in La Liga so far this season, leaving Real comfortable leaders and on course for a consecutive title.

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Espanyol move up to third in La Liga after win at Atletico!!!  :cool: (Espanyol unbeaten for 13 match in a row, since Sep 23)  :cool:

Second half goals from Raul Tamudo and Luis Garcia gave Espanyol a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday and helped the Barcelona-based side move up to third place in La Liga.  :cool:

Atletico created many of their own problems in the crucial match with their visitors to determine the closest challenger to the Spanish giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona, the neighbours of the two protagonists.  :cool:

Kun Aguero was sent off after 30 minutes to leave Atletico a man down, the Argentine striker retaliating to a crude tackle by Marc Torrejon.

Yet the hosts quickly bounced back from the blow with Simao Sabrosa putting Atletico ahead with a stunning free kick seven minutes later.

Espanyol made their numerical advantage tell in the second half.

Raul Tamudo put Espanyol back on level terms eight minutes after the break when he connected with a Luis Garcia corner.  :cool:

Atletico were reduced to nine men when Mariano Pernia picked up his second yellow card just before the hour.

After several near misses, Espanyol then got the winner from time when Luis Garcia hammered home an Ivan De La Pena cross  :cool:

Espanyol now have 33 points from their 17 games, one ahead of Villarreal who moved up to fourth despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Recreativo Huelva

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VILLARREAL 1 RECREATIVO HUELVA 1

Recre's Javier Camunas slotted away Florent Sinama-Pongolle's pass in the 37th but two minutes later Santi Cazorla released Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci to level with a low drive.

Villarreal twice hit the woodwork but were unable to secure the three points.  :whistle:

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ZARAGOZA 2 VALENCIA 2

Valencia came back from two goals down to snatch a dramatic late 2-2 draw at Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Saturday evening.  :)

Diego Milito put the home side ahead from the penalty spot early on and Valencia goalkeeper Juan Luis Mora scored a comical own goal on the half-hour mark to give the home side a two-goal advantage at the break.

But Valencia hit back late on through Nikola Zigic and David Silva to earn a point from this pulsating encounter.

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SEVILLA 4 RACING 1

Sevilla signed off for 2007 with a 4-1 beating of Racing Santander.  :)

Ezequiel Garay, who was later sent off, equalised Frederic Kanoute's early strike before goals from Ernesto Chevanton, Jesus Navas and Adriano sealed the win for the Andalusians

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OSASUNA 3 REAL MALLORCA 1

Hector Font took advantage of hesitant defending to fire Osasuna in front after nine minutes and Czech striker Jaroslav Plasil finished off a swift counter-attack in the 47th to double the lead.

Mallorca's Daniel Guiza pulled one back with a close range shot two minutes later but Portugal midfielder Hugo Viana sealed the points for the home side in the last minute. Mallorca's fourth game without a win continued their slide.

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ALMERIA 0 GETAFE 2

Getafe moved further up the table after they claimed a 2-0 victory over 10-men Almeria in a bad-tempered match at the Estadio del Mediterraneo.

Defender Lucas Licht put Michael Laudrup's side ahead with a close-range finish in the 37th minute and a header from striker Ruben De la Red five minutes from time wrapped up the points.

Almeria, who slip to 12th in the table, had midfielder Albert Crusat sent off in the 79th minute when he received a second yellow card.

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ATHLETIC BILBAO 1 REAL MURCIA 1

Bilbao were on course for only their second home win of the season when Koikili steered home the ball, after Pablo Orbaiz's penalty had been saved by Antonio Notario in the 45th minute.

But promoted Murcia's Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano levelled from a dubious penalty in the 54th. Bilbao finished with 10 men after defender Aitor Ocio was sent-off near the end.

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VALLADOLID 0 REAL BETIS 0

Valladolid peppered the visitors' goal with shots but new Betis coach Paco Chaparro made it seven points from a possible nine since he took over the ailing Andalucian club.

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LEVANTE 0 DEPORTIVO 1

Sergio scored from the penalty spot five minutes from time to give second-bottom Depor a 10 point lead over bottom club Levante and ease the pressure on their coach Miguel Angel Lotina.

Great reports and news from all the weekend games, thanks Conchita!
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Media take aim at Ronaldinho and Rijkaard!!!  :whistle:

Barcelona's Frank Rijkaard and Ronaldinho were in the media's crosshairs on Monday after Real Madrid's psychologically crushing 1-0 victory at the Nou Camp sent them seven points clear in the Primera Liga.

Brazilian international Julio Baptista scored the game's only goal after 36 minutes as the Spanish champions out-fought and out-thought a Barca side short on confidence and ideas.

"Real won through their tactics and physical condition, not because of their superior play," said Barcelona-based daily Sport on Monday, while El Pais talked of Barca being past their sell-by date.  :cool:

After keeping Ronaldinho on the bench for the 3-0 win at Valencia the previous weekend, Rijkaard surprised many by playing the Brazilian from the start.

A further change saw Deco, only recently returned from injury, preferred to Eidur Gudjohnsen in midfield despite impressive performances from the Icelander in recent games.

Rijkaard's reliance on two players who had helped the side to consecutive league titles in 2005 and 2006 regardless of form drew criticism as they failed to make an impact.  :whistle:

"Rijkaard's insistence on always turning to his big name players burdened Barca for the 'clasico'," said sports daily AS.  :whistle:

An out-of-shape Ronaldinho was reduced to throwing himself to the floor looking for dead-ball opportunities -- a far cry from the player who had the Bernabeu on their feet applauding when Barca hammered Real 3-0 there in 2005.  :whistle:

"This is the Ronaldinho of 2007 -- he wants to but he can't, he tries but it doesn't happen," Sport added.  :whistle:

The future of both Ronaldinho and Rijkaard has taken up acres of newspaper space recently, and will continue to do so after this reverse.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

For Real coach Bernd Schuster it was a relatively smooth first return to a club he represented as a player in charge of their arch-rivals.

His side were solid in defence, dominant in midfield and a constant threat on the counter attack as Barca tried to take the game to them.  :cool:

"This game has proved to us that the key is to hold our positions well on the pitch. We are doing phenomenal work in training and slowly getting into the way Schuster wants us to play," said goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

"I think it's a style we all enjoy."

Spanish media were full of festive references to a "white Christmas" for Real fans.  :cool:

Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo understandably went for the darker "nightmare before Christmas" with the outlook for their team in the title race looking distinctly bleak.   :whistle:
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2008, 01:23:27 AM »
That is perhaps more important than La Liga, it is the King's Cup (Copa del Rey) with the final considered the most beautiful match of the season in Spain:

Results 2nd Leg:                                         LAST 16
REAL MADRID 2 - 1 Alicante!!!  :)                   REAL MADRID
BARCELONA 2 - 2 Alcoyano!!!   :whistle:                 BARCELONA
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 1 - 2 ESPANYOL !!!! :) ESPANYOL
VILLAREAL 2 - 1 Las Palmas                           VILLARREAL
ATLETICO MADRID 1 - 1 Granada 74  !!!           ATLETICO MADRID
RACING SANTANDER 2 - 0 Malaga                   RACING SANTANDER
VALENCIA 3 - 0 Real Union Irun                      VALENCIA
SEVILLA 4 - 3 Denia !!!                                 SEVILLA
MALLORCA 4 - 0 OSASUNA !!!                        MALLORCA
GETAFE 4 - 1 Burgos                                    GETAFE
RECREATIVO HUELVA 1 - 1 Xerez   !!!!             RECREATIVO HUELVA
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 - 0 Hercules                    ATHLETIC BILBAO
MURCIA 2 - 3 VALLADOLID  !!!                       VALLADOLID
BETIS 3 - 0 Elche                                        BETIS

Today:
ZARAGOZA vs Pontevedra
ALMERIA vs LEVANTE
 
 

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2008, 01:25:47 AM »
That is perhaps more important than La Liga, it is the King's Cup (Copa del Rey) with the final considered the most beautiful match of the season in Spain:

Results 2nd Leg:                                         LAST 16
REAL MADRID 2 - 1 Alicante!!!  :)                   REAL MADRID
BARCELONA 2 - 2 Alcoyano!!!   :whistle:                 BARCELONA
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 1 - 2 ESPANYOL !!!! :) ESPANYOL
VILLAREAL 2 - 1 Las Palmas                           VILLARREAL
ATLETICO MADRID 1 - 1 Granada 74  !!!           ATLETICO MADRID
RACING SANTANDER 2 - 0 Malaga                   RACING SANTANDER
VALENCIA 3 - 0 Real Union Irun                      VALENCIA
SEVILLA 4 - 3 Denia !!!                                 SEVILLA
MALLORCA 4 - 0 OSASUNA !!!                        MALLORCA
GETAFE 4 - 1 Burgos                                    GETAFE
RECREATIVO HUELVA 1 - 1 Xerez   !!!!             RECREATIVO HUELVA
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 - 0 Hercules                    ATHLETIC BILBAO
MURCIA 2 - 3 VALLADOLID  !!!                       VALLADOLID
BETIS 3 - 0 Elche                                        BETIS

Today:
ZARAGOZA vs Pontevedra
ALMERIA vs LEVANTE
 
 



Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, the really big teams more often than not put 2nd string sides out in this competition in order to concentrate on their priorities of the Champions League and La Liga.
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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2008, 01:50:37 AM »
That is perhaps more important than La Liga, it is the King's Cup (Copa del Rey) with the final considered the most beautiful match of the season in Spain:

Results 2nd Leg:                                         LAST 16
REAL MADRID 2 - 1 Alicante!!!  :)                   REAL MADRID
BARCELONA 2 - 2 Alcoyano!!!   :whistle:                 BARCELONA
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 1 - 2 ESPANYOL !!!! :) ESPANYOL
VILLAREAL 2 - 1 Las Palmas                           VILLARREAL
ATLETICO MADRID 1 - 1 Granada 74  !!!           ATLETICO MADRID
RACING SANTANDER 2 - 0 Malaga                   RACING SANTANDER
VALENCIA 3 - 0 Real Union Irun                      VALENCIA
SEVILLA 4 - 3 Denia !!!                                 SEVILLA
MALLORCA 4 - 0 OSASUNA !!!                        MALLORCA
GETAFE 4 - 1 Burgos                                    GETAFE
RECREATIVO HUELVA 1 - 1 Xerez   !!!!             RECREATIVO HUELVA
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 - 0 Hercules                    ATHLETIC BILBAO
MURCIA 2 - 3 VALLADOLID  !!!                       VALLADOLID
BETIS 3 - 0 Elche                                        BETIS

Today:
ZARAGOZA vs Pontevedra
ALMERIA vs LEVANTE
 
 



Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, the really big teams more often than not put 2nd string sides out in this competition in order to concentrate on their priorities of the Champions League and La Liga.

At this stage of competiton for sure, Chris, but not in Last 16 or QFs, then they will play with all their stars.

As you see all 16 teams will be from Primera! Exciting!

That's a real good competition bc the smaller teams can defeat the 2 giants, and for the small teams that's the tournament to win!

Real Madrid last title was in 1993 (they had an unforgettable defeat in the final in 2002 celebrating 100 years at home against Deportivo La Coruna)!!!
Barcelona last title was in 1998 !!!

Let's say if the 2 giants can not win Liga or Champions League, they try to win at least the King's Cup.
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2008, 04:13:28 AM »
That is perhaps more important than La Liga, it is the King's Cup (Copa del Rey) with the final considered the most beautiful match of the season in Spain:

Results 2nd Leg:                                         LAST 16
REAL MADRID 2 - 1 Alicante!!!  :)                   REAL MADRID
BARCELONA 2 - 2 Alcoyano!!!   :whistle:                 BARCELONA
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 1 - 2 ESPANYOL !!!! :) ESPANYOL
VILLAREAL 2 - 1 Las Palmas                           VILLARREAL
ATLETICO MADRID 1 - 1 Granada 74  !!!           ATLETICO MADRID
RACING SANTANDER 2 - 0 Malaga                   RACING SANTANDER
VALENCIA 3 - 0 Real Union Irun                      VALENCIA
SEVILLA 4 - 3 Denia !!!                                 SEVILLA
MALLORCA 4 - 0 OSASUNA !!!                        MALLORCA
GETAFE 4 - 1 Burgos                                    GETAFE
RECREATIVO HUELVA 1 - 1 Xerez   !!!!             RECREATIVO HUELVA
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 - 0 Hercules                    ATHLETIC BILBAO
MURCIA 2 - 3 VALLADOLID  !!!                       VALLADOLID
BETIS 3 - 0 Elche                                        BETIS

Today:
ZARAGOZA vs Pontevedra
ALMERIA vs LEVANTE
 
 



Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, the really big teams more often than not put 2nd string sides out in this competition in order to concentrate on their priorities of the Champions League and La Liga.

At this stage of competiton for sure, Chris, but not in Last 16 or QFs, then they will play with all their stars.

As you see all 16 teams will be from Primera! Exciting!

That's a real good competition bc the smaller teams can defeat the 2 giants, and for the small teams that's the tournament to win!

Real Madrid last title was in 1993 (they had an unforgettable defeat in the final in 2002 celebrating 100 years at home against Deportivo La Coruna)!!!
Barcelona last title was in 1998 !!!


Let's say if the 2 giants can not win Liga or Champions League, they try to win at least the King's Cup.

thats the statistic that shows their priorities lie elsewhere. if they cant win the big 2 they'll go for it but this is very much the 3rd rate cup.
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2008, 04:46:16 AM »
yes, probably Chris!

2 years ago for example in Semifinals Real Madrid was beaten at Zaragoza 6-1 and then Real Madrid defeated sat home Zaragoza 4-0.
They try to win but the so called small clubs are very dangerous in Spain.

What is your fav. spanish club?
What do you think about the love affair between England and Spain in soccer with Benitez, Ramos, Reina or Almunia....?
Is Torres like a new Beckham in England?
I like a lot Arteta from Everton!
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