Good DaySevillaAfter a couple of depressing days spent in the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n and Coliseum watching Atleti and Getafe, the Sevilla vs Real Madrid clash was a powerful pick-me-up against the La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs blues that prevented it from popping into its usual post-Deportivo drugs den. Irrespective of the result, this sensational game was a huge boost for the Spanish league and a banishment of the blogÃ¢ÂÂs grumpy claims that la Liga was divided into A and B divisions.Sevilla were magnificent on Sunday night, while Real Madrid were not as bad as MondayÃ¢ÂÂs papers are complaining, but could not match their Flamenco-fuelled opponents for pace or power.
It was the result most neutrals - including this particular organ - was praying for. And it will be supporting Valencia just as hard against Barcelona in a fortnightÃ¢ÂÂs time.
NEWS: Ronaldo-less Real sunk by SevillaJesus NavasDespite the Spanish squad for the World Cup now being fixed - aside from injuries and any changes, according to a double-speaking Vicente Del Bosque - Jesus Navas may, just may force his way onto the roster if he can keep battling away at his psychological demons that prevent him from leaving the city of Seville for more than a few days at a time. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm taking steps to be with them,Ã¢ÂÂ claimed Navas on Sunday night after a magnificent display against Madrid.Up close and personal, Navas is a frail, delicate-looking figure with a whisper of a voice.
But on the pitch, heÃ¢ÂÂs as hard-as-nails, as strong-as-an-ox and as devastating as a... er... devastating thing.
NEWS: Nervy Navas stakes claim for Spain selectionSaint Iker CasillasProduced the seasonÃ¢ÂÂs first Ã¢ÂÂDid he just do that?Ã¢ÂÂ moment, with that second half save against Diego Perotti.
The best goalkeeper in the world and La Liga Loca will arm wrestle anyone who says anything different.
DoesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean that a rather puny blog will necessarily win, though. DeportivoÃ¢ÂÂValencia, Villarreal, AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid! Gather round.
"No, no, that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt go in your ear Atleti. Just put it down and come here.
"Now, DeportivoÃ¢ÂÂs 1-0 win over Tenerife has put them into fourth place. Yes, thatÃ¢ÂÂs right. Fourth. Deportivo.
"Now how does that make you feel? Mmm? Yes. I thought so. Now go back to your corners.Ã¢ÂÂ
NEWS: Colotto headers seals Depor successBarcelonaLa Liga Loca had got down to the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n on Saturday night nice and early to catch the preceding clash between Barcelona and AlmerÃÂa. But seeing as neither the stadium bar, nor any bars around it had GolTV, the platform the game was broadcast on, it cannot contribute anything to the Catalan cause today, aside from saying that it enjoyed the images of Chica trailing Xavi around the pitch and current blog hero PedroÃ¢ÂÂs stunning strike. But La Liga Loca is welcoming any outside interventions or ramblings on the Camp Nou clash. And a free card, holder, and subscription from GolTv, too.
NEWS: Pedro piledriver preserves perfect Barca startIker MuniaÃÂnThe Athletic playerÃ¢ÂÂs equalising strike against Valladolid on Sunday makes him the youngest scorer in la Liga at the age of just 16 years and 290 days.
SpainÃ¢ÂÂs Jason Dozzell is surely among us.
NEWS: Muniain named youngest la Liga scorerDavid De GeaThe 18-year-old keeper who made his league debut for AtlÃÂ©tico on Saturday night is the definite hero of the hour for the rojiblancos - there arenÃ¢ÂÂt many other contenders, to be fair - after a solid display against Racing in a 2-1 win - a display that included a penalty save.
Although he did give the spot-kick away in the first place, mind. The good news for the shot-stopping youngster is that he can now enjoy the love and adulation from the Atleti support, at least until Sergio Asenjo comes home from Spain duty. The bad news is that Marca and AS have already started poking into his private life with MondayÃ¢ÂÂs editions featuring him pootling about his Ã¢ÂÂpuebloÃ¢ÂÂ and having a bash on his Playstation. Pedro LeÃÂ³nPretty much the only player who showed any signs of life for Getafe in a horribly sleepy encounter at the Coliseum was Pedro LeÃÂ³n.
The former Valladolid midfielder who dazzled the locals with a stunning free-kick against Valencia two rounds ago was back at his best again with a cracking chipped lob thing to put Getafe into a 2-1 lead against Osasuna - a lead which they hung on to. XerezA goal! An actual goal! A crappy two yard poke from Emiliano Armenteros that may well have come from a handball, but a goal nonetheless!
And a point as well, against a worryingly bad MÃÂ¡laga.
NEWS: Xerez finally score first goal of seasonSportingNot only did the Asturian side put high-flying Mallorca in their place with a 4-1 win, but Sporting nestled themselves into ninth with a second victory of the season. Nikola ZigicItÃ¢ÂÂs always fun to see some strikers return to their old clubs and perform the Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm not celebratingÃ¢ÂÂ trudge back to the half-way line after grabbing a goal. The Serbian Yeti did just that on Sunday evening after his winner against his beloved Racing - a match that will see David Villa out of the Spanish side next week after a muscle knack. Bad DayMarceloSkinned, smoked and hung up to dry by Jesus Navas. Made Royston Drenthe look good. Oh yes. That bad. Carlos Aranda Arizmendi and Riki had better watch their step, cosÃ¢ÂÂ thereÃ¢ÂÂs a new sheriff of shoddy sharp shooting in town. That man is OsasunaÃ¢ÂÂs Aranda. The former Numancia forward first made a name for himself last week with a stunning headed miss against Sporting.
But the baldy, slow one surpassed this effort on Sunday with two laughably lousy attempts to score a goal using his bonce. The Osasuna forward nearly fluffed his eventual effort by directing the ball straight at Cata DÃÂaz on the goalline, but fortunately for careless Carlos he was not able to clear the danger. Ã¢ÂÂYou can only miss chances if you take them,Ã¢ÂÂ said an understanding JosÃÂ© Antonio Camacho after the game, after a journalist more-or-less told the Osasuna manager that his striker was completely sh*t. NivaldoAnd for a second week in succession, itÃ¢ÂÂs a warm welcome to the Bad Day section for Valladolid defender, Nivaldo.
Last time round, the Pucela centre-back put in a staggering performance of utter ineptitude in a defeat at Mallorca. This week, the Brazilian put Fernando Llorente in hospital with a horrendous headed challenge before getting himself sent off later on in the game - his second red card in five games.
Good work. VillarrealWell, La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs weekend prediction of a double figure scoreline for Villarreal against Espanyol didnÃ¢ÂÂt quite come off.
In fact, thereÃ¢ÂÂs wasnÃ¢ÂÂt any scoreline at all. HereÃ¢ÂÂs Paul from Barcelona who travelled south to watch SundayÃ¢ÂÂs goalless draw. Ã¢ÂÂRegular readers may remember me explaining that a trip to Villarreal isn't the most exciting. Well nothing's changed."It's still three or four hours away from Barcelona and there's still nothing to do when you get there. And they still have a high percentage of Argentinean and Scottish supporters. (Anyone know why?)1) Forlin's red card was softer than that Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Song (ask your dad). Try YouTube for both.2) Kameni had a great game, but he still is a microsecond away from some howler.3) Villarreal are missing an edge. They try to play football and play it wide but the end product is poor. (ClichÃÂ© alert)4) Espanyol defended well but the expected onslaught from Villarreal didn't really come. For the most part, Espanyol were comfortable for the 70 odd minutes where they only had 10 men.Ã¢ÂÂPaul, Barcelona
MÃÂ¡lagaCurrently a side wishing they could play AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid every week, as that has been their only win of the current campaign back in the opening round. *And you can hear more of La Liga Loca's thoughts on the weekend's action in 3D and Smellovision on RMTV's gabfest, Extra Time, all this week.
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