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Poll Question: Who do you think will win the liga this time?
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Not a Liga games, but still big news coming out from Spain. Madrid was eliminated in the earliest rounds of La Copa del Rey by lowly Second Division B (the third tier down) team Alcorcón. After a 4-0 drubbing in Alcorcón, Madrid, with a full complement of Galácticos, only managed to score one of the four goals they needed to stay afloat. Some disciplined defending, and a stellar performance by goalkeeper Juanma, handed Madrid quite possibly the most humiliating defeat in their storied history. Alcorcón didn't park all eleven men in the penalty area either - they did attack as best they could, which is all the more embarrassing for Real Madrid.

Across town, Atletico de Madrid thumped their hapless opponent 6-0, with Maxi Rodriguez netting four goals.

The other game broadcast in my area was the FC Barcelona vs. Cultural Leonesa. Barça's canteranos (youth team products) dominated the first half of the game, although they were unable to score any goals. That all changed in the second half. In the 50th minute, Bojan Krkic scored a pair of goals within five minutes, and the floodgates opened. In the 60th minute, Messi entered the game, and shortly there after Pedro scored, and Messi scored a golazo off of some nice footwork, and a well placed upper right corner shot. In the 65th minute, Xavi entered the game for Iniesta, and promptly headed in a nice cross, to take the tally to five goals to none. Messi had the opportunity to score a hat trick within the first five minutes of his playing time, but some skilled goaltending and anticipation denied Messi. Good game all around, and this should help build Barcelona's confidence for the upcoming games.
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Certainly an interesting round of Copa del Rey! A few very high scoring games, with the rest quite the opposite.

Not much to say about Real's departure. Just full credit to Alcorcon on progressing - I believe they won't make it past the next challenge though Wink. Rodriguez's performance was inspiring, giving a glint of hope back to Atletico supporters. Hopefully they can follow up this form in La Liga.

And onto the Barca--Leonesa game. Unfortunately Spanish football is not played on free-to-air television in Australia, I pretty much never actually get to watch matches live. Thankfully though, I finally found a live streaming site for free, which was fantastic in spite of being a bit laggy. I do love watching them play. First half as you said Kaysaar, was littered with opportunities for the young guns, and it was a shame that no one converted; but still a good effort. Then the second half - wow! Bojanx2, Pedro and Messi all within about 10 minutes - superb! Then Xavi to cap of the five. I look forward to seeing Barca face off against Alcorcon (am I right in saying this?) in January.

Again, not really La Liga related, but for Barca, it's now all dependent upon the upcoming champs league game with Inter. Time to take them down.


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A great weekend of La Liga football coming up. Here are the fixtures, with my tips included for fun Smile:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nov 21 17:00 UK     Deportivo La Coruña      vs      Atlético Madrid     Estadio Riazor
Nov 21 17:00 UK     Tenerife      vs      Sevilla FC     Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez
Nov 21 19:00 UK     Real Madrid      vs      Racing Santander     Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Nov 21 21:00 UK     Athletic Bilbao      vs      Barcelona     Estadio San Mamés

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nov 22 16:00 UK     Espanyol      vs      Getafe     Cornellà - El Prat
Nov 22 16:00 UK     Mallorca      vs      Almeria     Estadio Son Moix
Nov 22 16:00 UK     Villarreal      vs      Valladolid     Estadio El Madrigal
Nov 22 16:00 UK     Xerez      vs      Sporting Gijon     Estadio Municipal de Chapín
Nov 22 18:00 UK     Málaga      vs      Real Zaragoza     Estadio La Romareda
Nov 22 20:00 UK     Osasuna      vs      Valencia     Estadio Reyno de Navarra

Just as a side note, if you have facebook and want to do tipping with myself and other AE members, let me know.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gharanai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Nov 2009 at 07:50
Another sad week for Barca fans who say their side only managing to equalize with Bilbao and losing the first position of the league to their rivals.
And to get things worse after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Marquez(injury), Yaya Toure and Eric Abidal (swine flu) now they will miss Messi (Bilbao game injury) in their confrontation with Inter as well as the rivals Real.
 
So right now we could only hope for the best and a performance from Bojan and Henry (for sure he could hand in a goal or two here too Wink) and all the wieght are now on shoulders of Xavi and Iniesta to get the job done.


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It was indeed sad to see Barca lose top spot. Thankfully Marquez only had suspected swine flu and should now be fine to play against Inter and in El Clasico. Toure and Abidal won't be in either, I don't think. I am really hoping Messi and Ibra will be fit for the Inter clash, especially Ibra, because I want to see him score the winning goal against his old team!

Personally, I think winning the Inter match is much more important than El Clasico in the long term. It is an all or nothing match where, if they lose, they are essentially out of the Champions League.

This would be my ideal lineup to face Inter/Madrid:

Henry, Ibra, Messi
Iniesta, Keita, Xavi
Marquez, Pique, Puyol, Alves
Valdes

with Bojan, Busquets and Pedro as the main substitutes. But I guess we'll see...

Sorry to go on about UEFA in the La Liga thread - maybe me or someone should make a Champs League thread?
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Not the best Barça performance I've seen yet, but it's still very early in the season, with 27 games left - We'll be just fine. What worries me most about this game is that Bilbao didn't park the bus in their penalty area and solely defend. Bilbao played the way Barça loves opponents to play - attacking football. They played our game, and we should have punished them for it, as we usually do. Messi played well enough in the first half, attacking strongly and chasing down loose balls, but failed to convert on a gimme attempt that he should have had. Scary moment when he ran headlong into a defenders cleats. Pedro showed sparks of the massive upside that he has, but also disappeared for long stretches. We held the ball for long stretches of time, but aside from a few good chances, we either made silly mistakes or over passed. Bilbao had a solid number of opportunities of their own, and they earned their draw.

EDIT - we need a Madrid fan in this thread - too much agreeing TongueWink

2nd EDIT - I did start a Champion's League thread when the first games started


Edited by Kaysaar - 23 Nov 2009 at 18:24
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