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one: Pow! Ronaldo can strike a ball. Obviously. His fifteenth Real Madrid hat trick, his seventh of the season. And all in an El Derbi where Atleti began to believe. When Falcao headed in a second half equaliser the Vicente Calderon was electric. They believed Jose would be bettered by Diego. Cristiano had other ideas; a marvellous free kick, a magnificent second, a penalty and an assist for Callejon mean the ‘red and whites’ are still without a win over their city rivals this century.
Also at the top Barcelona strolled to a 4-0 win at home to Getafe, meaning the gap is still four points.
two: Jonas two, Valencia third. If Rayo demonstrated how they love to score at the weekend they demonstrated how they love to concede in midweek. Valencia’s 4-1 win means they move back into third place and with a Europa semi to come things are slightly, only slightly, rosier at the Mestalla again. Two more for Jonas, one for Alba and one for Pablo Hernandez more than answered another strike from the in form Diego Costa.
three: Villarreal late show a nightmare for Zara. With ten minutes left at El Madrigal it looked as if Zaragoza would be granted the opportunity to move within one point of safety. Then, Malaga’s keeper Kameni saw red, Senna scored a penalty and a late, late, late Perez goal won the ‘submarines’ three points. At futbolgrande we find it hard to believe news of this result did not affect Jimenez’s side. Kicking off immediately after they succumbed to a 3-0 loss to a Sevilla side who, in fairness, are finding some form at a good time. Unfortunately it means safety for Zaragoza is now seven points away. Anyone hoping for drama at the bottom needs to pray a bit more.
four: Sporting’s heroics possess little meaning. A few weeks ago a turnaround like this would have had futbolgrande reaching for the little book of cliches and superlatives. But, coupled with Sportings poor form and Villarreal’s win it’s hard to imagine Gijon surviving. Two late(ish) goals produced a 3-2 win over Levante which went someway to quietening the crowd’s jeers towards Clemente if not the impending likelihood of relegation. Talking of relegation who would like to make a case for Racing’s survival? A 3-0 reverse at home to Mallorca leaves them not only ten points from safety but clutching at a lot of straws.
five: Raul Garcia blossoms once more. It didn’t quite work out at Atleti for whatever reason. Football Manager had led us to believe that Raul Garcia was the next humungous thing. However, we think that now he’s back home, back with Osasuna we are seeing the second coming of the man. He scored two goals- the second a tidy lob- as Osasuna got back on track with a 2-0 win against Espanyol. Elsewhere in round 32 it was draws for the Basque sides. Athletic 2-2, from 2-0 down, with Granada and Sociedad one-a-piece with Betis.
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