La Liga’s Good Day, Bad Day - Round 30

GOOD DAY

Vladimir Stojkovic

Having gone through more goalkeepers than a Seaman-obsessed old slapper, Getafe finally found the right man for the job on Sunday evening.

Vlad the Impaler was between the posts in the Sánchez Pizjuán and helped the visitors to their first clean sheet in 22 league games with some fine saves and even finer arm-waving and boggle-eyed staring.

Having previously worked their way through Ustari (too injured), Pato (too peculiar) and Jacobo (too meeeehhhh) they finally settled on the Serbian currently on-loan from Sporting Lisbon.

Combined with a tough-tackle and splendid run from Jaime Gavilán on the left, Getafe won just their second game in 10 to send coach Victor Muñoz more than a little doolally on the opposition bench.

David Villa

There is nothing as poignant as the player who pointedly refuses to celebrate a goal against a former team. That slumped posture of depression, so reminiscent of some poor soul being ordered to watch Real Madrid’s last three games all over again.

This was the brace position adopted by David Villa on Sunday on converting a penalty against his old stomping ground and big love, Sporting.

It was against the club that made him a big banner to welcome him home and even tried bribing him with a celebratory plaque before the game. But it was to no avail, as Villa’s first half strike was to prove.


Villa: All out of goal celebration ideas

Cleber Santana

The Mallorca midfielder has appeared one or two times in the blog’s past - usually with the word ‘why?’ and ‘!!!’ next to his name.

This is a player who is so awful that Atlético even put a clause in his contract forcing the on-loan player to play against them, rather than be left out. (This may not technically be true).

But for now, those jokes are (temporarily) suspended after Cleber’s Hugo Sánchez-esque overhead kick which put Mallorca ahead in their 2-0 win over Almería.

Osasuna

The 2-1 victory over Athletic, the side’s third win in a row, lifts Osasuna to the heady heights of 11th.

It also makes them - or so La Liga Loca heard - the third best team in Spain in the second round of matches with just one defeat in 11. Manager, José Antonio Camacho is perhaps one Madridista that the fans won’t lob lighters at it in El Sadar.

Kun Agüero

Or ‘Kum Agüero’ as one caption writer for TVE1 put, opening a whole different career path to Sunday’s goalscorer, should he give up football one day.

It was almost a very familiar but entertaining story for Atlético in Riazor. Decent work by the strikers let down by the side’s failure to play the final three minutes of the match with a late goal conceded.

“But this time, there was to be no circus (just)” wrote Iñako Díaz Guerra in AS. “We did well for the rest of the game,” noted Abel Resino coming to his team’s defence.

Emana

After a very sprightly first third to the season, Betis’ marvellous midfielder seemed to be stuck in the same plug hole of despair as the rest of his team-mates.

But the Cameroonian footballer finally clambered out to ‘sink’ 10-man Racing Santander with two goals to give new manager José María Nogúes a winning start to his no doubt short Betis career.

Málaga

Took advantage of a Villarreal side who looked like they were playing on jam rather than grass to restart their European push with a 2-0 win to keep them level with sixth-placed Atleti on goal difference.


Malaga stay on course for a Europa League spot

Barcelona, Real Madrid

The same reaction in the Spanish press to two more victories for both teams in a weekend that was sadly similar to the last round of matches.

Marca claim referees are helping Barça and complain they are winning the league ‘by decree’. Sport and co say that Madrid are spawny jamsters doing the bare minimum to hang onto Pep's Dream Boys’ brilliant coat tails.

Meanwhile, the Bernabeu correspondent for El País appears to be on the point of blowing their brains out with the headline that Madrid ‘win as much as they bore’.

BAD DAY

Cáceres, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Bojan, Hleb...

Over the next few weeks, Barcelona’s first-teamers are going to be busier than a one-legged tap dancer, but the less-than-super subs do not appear to be aware of this.

Like Maniche, they are unable to pull their weight and are contributing very little to the culé cause.

Although the 2-0 win over Recre can be seen as a battling performance in the middle of a big Champions League week, it’s nothing to what the Catalan club will face when the likes of Sevilla, Valencia, Chelsea and Villarreal come a callin’ over the next month.

If the Barcelona backroom boys can barely overcome a side that are in the bottom three, it doesn’t bode well for the immediate future of the league leaders.

Sergio Ramos

Replaces Guti in the Real Madrid naughty corner after leaving the ground at half-time (he was suspended, the game wasn’t that bad) to go and watch some bullfighting.


"I love a bit of bullfighting me"

Sporting

Have now equalled the record for number of matches played without achieving a draw - 30. And this sees Sporting slipping towards the relegation zone.

10 of the promoted club’s 19 defeats have been by the odd goal, a touch more pragmatism in some of those matches could have seen Sporting already safe for another season instead of one place above the trap door.

Sevilla

Have scored less goals than Real Betis this season. Which is not very good really.

Espanyol

Like an over-botoxed Barbie Girl, Paul from Barcelona has had a stiff upper lip for a good fortnight now... let’s see how it is holding this week.

“A five-and-half-hour drive through the jungle, desert actually, only to see us stitched up yet again. Three clear penalties (one for Numancia) not given and a perfectly good goal disallowed. The horror! THE HORROR!. Welcome to Espanyol's world.

"Over 1,800 made the trip and about 700 of them couldn't get in as it was sold out. Numancia decided that a point would be good enough so they didn't go for the win, whereas Espanyol did but came up against Supergoalie and Supermoron.

"By far the better team, Espanyol created loads of chances and should have had a penalty when Tamudo had a shot and what looked like a clear handball stopped it going in.

"A couple of minutes later a nod down from Moises was volleyed home by Sergio Sanchez. Disallowed because..........????????

"The ref was garbage. Both sets of fans agreed on this. In the final minutes Espanyol could have scored five or six times but Juan Pablo, Numancia's keeper, had the game of his life.
 
"So, results went against us and we are now seven off safety. How much do I hate Sevilla? Probably more than Barça at this moment in time. Not quite over yet. Three of the next four at home and our away match is against Sporting.

"Nice friendly people in Soria but no reason to visit them.”

Paul, Barcelona

Deportivo

A team that has gone into depression ever since securing safety for another season, say AS on a side that has picked up just one point from 12.


Getafe stall Sevilla

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