Barça fire rude response to Real Madrid
Like a date with La Liga Loca, BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs encounter with Sevilla was only fun for two minutes. But at least the fans didnÃ¢ÂÂt walk off promising to call the next day.
Two minutes was how long it took for PepÃ¢ÂÂs Dream Boys to post their single-finger response to Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs fist-waving fury from the previous night.
Two minutes was how long it took for BarÃÂ§aÃ¢ÂÂs hero of the hour, AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta, to smack a shot past the hapless Javi Varas in the Sevilla goal.
Two minutes was how long it took for everyone in Spain to switch over to watch Desperate Housewives. Or, for those treasonous types, Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs Premier League clash with Portsmouth.
On Wednesday night, Sevilla showed just how truly average and uninspiring they have become under Manolo JimÃÂ©nez, the man who took over the clubÃ¢ÂÂs reins from Juande Ramos.
Getafe had an excuse or two for barely having a touch in their Coliseum clash on Saturday night: theyhÃ¢ÂÂre not very good and are being managed by Victor MuÃÂ±oz.
But Sevilla have no such fallback position for the four goals conceded, or the two shots in response that was their wonderful nightÃ¢ÂÂs work.
JimÃÂ©nez admitted that Ã¢ÂÂwe were infinitely inferior to themÃ¢ÂÂ and bleated that Ã¢ÂÂyou have to be perfect to beat them.Ã¢ÂÂ
You have to at least try to beat them, huffs La Liga Loca to a manager who waved the white flag from the off by leaving Freddie KanoutÃÂ© on the bench.
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SportÃ¢ÂÂs headline notes that Ã¢ÂÂWho laughs last laughs longer,Ã¢ÂÂ while the considerably less literate Mundo Deportivo - the paper that communicates in grunts and clicks - yells Ã¢ÂÂSuperstar!Ã¢ÂÂ at Iniesta.
Ã¢ÂÂBarcelona are unstoppable,Ã¢ÂÂ opines SportÃ¢ÂÂs Josep Maria Casanovas. Ã¢ÂÂLa Liga will not be lost, despite certain referees.Ã¢ÂÂ
And Josep is probably correct in his assumption, considering there are just six games to go and Madrid have to face Sevilla in the SÃÂ¡nchez PizjuÃÂ¡n without Pepe, Sneijder, Robben and HiguaÃÂn (pending an appeal).
Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Osasuna found themselves suffering at the hands of a life-risking referee in Pamplona in their clash against MÃÂ¡laga.
The relegation-battling Basques were punished with the softest of penalties in the opening minutes before losing three more players and their manager in a game where the man in the middle seemed to quite enjoy himself Ã¢ÂÂ unlike the furious white-hankie/plastic bag-waving fraternity who watched their team crash to a 2-3 home defeat.
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Elsewhere, David Villa struck twice to beat Betis 2-1 at home in a match where Unai Emery claimed Ã¢ÂÂthe second half was oursÃ¢ÂÂ but where opposition coach JosÃÂ© Maria NogÃÂºes felt that Ã¢ÂÂthe second half was more open.Ã¢ÂÂ
And Deportivo beat AlmerÃÂa.
Thursday night sees what uncharitable types would describe as the runt of la LigaÃ¢ÂÂs midweek fixtures. In the 10pm kick-off against Valladolid, Mallorca are hoping to see their crowd reach double figures.
Ã¢ÂÂThe other day, Arsenal's Alex Song told me that we are the only league you watch in bed when you go to sleep,Ã¢ÂÂ joked Mallorca striker Pierre Webo on the preposterous start time.
Meanwhile, two bald men fight over a comb in GÃÂjon as Sporting take on Espanyol. AtlÃÂ©tico are set for another dazzling away day defeat, this time against Racing Santander, while Villarreal will continue to show indifference to la Liga with a narrow, scrapping win over Recreativo.