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Primera División

  • September 15, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
  • • Attendance: 36000

La Liga Round 4 Results: Atletico win seven-goal thriller and Malaga extend unbeaten run

La Liga Round 4 Results: Atletico win seven-goal thriller and Malaga extend unbeaten run

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Diego Simeone's men hold on despite Rayo fightback and Javier Saviola nets on his home debut as Manuel Pellegrini's outfit record another win

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Javier Saviola scored a goal in his first start for Malaga as Manuel Pellegrini’s men extended their unbeaten start to the new La Liga season with a 3-1 victory over Levante at La Rosaleda on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts look the most likely side to take the lead in the first period, and did so in the 26th minute when Saviola latched on to Isco’s neat pass through the middle to sweep the ball into the bottom left corner from the centre of the box.

Malaga were guilty of taking their foot off the gas after taking the lead, and paid for it one minute after half time when Michel made a bursting run through the middle of the pitch before lashing a strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

However, the home side upped the tempo of their game as the second half went on, and managed to restore their lead when Saviola turned provider to set up Joaquin inside the box, who tapped home.  The points were sealed in the last minute when Francisco Portillo found the corner with a bouncing volley following Duda’s cross.


Valencia recorded their first Spanish Primera Division victory of the season with a narrow 2-1 win over La Liga new boys Celta Vigo at the Mestalla on Saturday evening.

Things got off to the perfect start for the hosts when Sofiane Feghouli netted after just four minutes. The Algerian picked up a pass from Jonathan Viera inside the box and drilled a strike across Javi Varas into the bottom corner.

However, Valencia were pegged back in the 16th minute when Michael Krohn-Delhi showed excellent determination to get on the end of Augusto Fernandez’s cutback to the back post to smash home on the goal line.

The scoreline was tied going into the break, but the home side came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and managed to score the winning goal in the 50th minute when summer recruit Aly Cissokho got on the end of a Dani Parejo free kick to power a header home from 18 yards.

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Athletic Bilbao had to come back from behind twice to earn a point as they played out a 3-3 thriller against Espanyol at Cornelia El-Prat on Sunday morning in the Spanish Primera Division.

The first half went brilliantly for Espanyol as they managed to net twice through an excellent team move topped off with a neat Javi Lopez finish in the 18th minute and a close range tap in from Joan Verdu a minute before half time.

However, Marcelo Bielsa’s men rallied in the second period and clawed a goal back in the 56th minute when Aritz Aduriz powered home a header following Ibai Gomez’s cross into the centre.  Substitute Fernando Llorene equalised seconds after coming on when he lashed a shot into the bottom right corner from the left-hand side of the box.

The hosts managed to reclaim the lead 10 minutes before full time when Samuele Longo latched on to a Mubarak Wakaso through ball to slide the ball past Gorka Iraizoz into the bottom corner.

Just as Athletic’s good work in the second half looked to have been undone by Longo’s goal, Aduriz popped up in the 83rd minute to magnificently volley into the bottom right corner following Markel Susaeta’s cross to earn his second goal, and a point for the Basque side.


Deportivo extended their unbeaten run at the start of the new season to four games as they earned a 1-1 draw away to Granada at Los Carmenes on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides scored in opposite halves as a the stalemate played out, but it was the away side who struck first four minutes before half time when on-loan Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira latched on to some horribly hesitant defending at the back from Diego Mainz to steal the ball and avoid the challenge of goalkeeper Tono to pass the ball into the empty net.

It looked as if Deportivo were going to hold on for all three points, but the hosts found the equaliser nine minutes from time when Jaime Romero picked out Antonio Floro-Flores inside the area, and the on-loan Udinese man swivelled in the box and squeezed a shot under Daniel Arunzubia, ensuring the honours were even.


Tomer Hemed scored his fourth goal in as many La Liga games this season as Mallorca extended their unbeaten run at the start of the new campaign with a 1-1 draw at Reyno de Navarra against Osasuna.

A stale first half was brought to life 10 minutes before half time when Jose Nunes and Joseba Llorente were both sent off after an altercation on the edge of the box which saw both players hit the floor holding their faces. Referee Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez concluded that both players were guilty, and gave them their marching orders.

Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men struck first in the 69th minute when Roland Lamah picked out Kike Sola at the near post with an excellent deep cross, and the 26-year-old powered a header off the post and in past Dudu Aouate.

The Osasuna goal prompted the Islanders to up their game, and they managed to equalise in the 78th minute when Hemed got on the end of an Emiliano Nsue flick on to drift in at the back post and squeeze in a diving header to earn a point for his side.


Two goals in the second half from Real Sociedad ensured the hosts claimed all three points as Philippe Montanier’s men defeated Real Zaragoza 2-1 in La Liga on Sunday evening.

Both sides looked bereft of ideas for much of the first half, with Imanol Agirretxe coming closest to opening the scoring with a misjudged effort from 12 yards.

However, the deadlock was eventually broken 10 minutes into the second half when Inigo Martinez headed home Carlos Vela’s corner kick to make it 1-0. The Mexican completed the win for the home side when, after being brought down in the area by Javier Paredes, converted a penalty kick to claim the three points.

4 3 RAYO

A superb last ten minutes from Rayo almost saw Atletico Madrid blow a four-goal lead as the capital club narrowly came out 4-3 victors at Vicente Calderon in the Spanish Primera Division on Sunday.

The only goal of the first half came in the 30th minute when Diego Costa, who featured for Rayo on-loan last season, reversed a pass from the byline to Mario Suarez at the back post who slotted home.

Diego Simeone’s men came storming out of the blocks after half time and managed to bag three goals in 11 minutes. Costa was the provider again for the second as he squared a ball to the back post for Koke who nestled a shot into the net. This was swiftly followed by a carbon copy of the previous goal, only this time it was Juanfran who picked out Arda Turan in the centre for the Turk to slot home.

Radamel Falcao was not going to be left out of the rout, and registered his ninth of the season with a penalty straight down the middle, after Costa had been fouled inside the area by Javi Fuego.

However, the drama was far from over and the finale of the match will likely have had Atletico fans sweating. Rayo substitute Andrija Delibasic tapped home twice from central areas after getting on the end of a cross each from Alejandro Dominguez and Lass Bangoura to ensure a grandstand finish.

Rayo turned up the heat for the last couple of minutes when Leo smashed home from close range in the 88th minute, but Atletico managed to just hold on for the win.


A match that looked destined to be a draw ended in dramatic circumstances when Real Betis snatched the three points with a 1-0 away victory against Valladolid in the last La Liga match of the weekend on Monday night.

Despite having fewer shots on goal and surrendering the majority of possession to the hosts throughout the match, Pepe Mel’s found the winner just a minute before the final whistle.

Although the match lacked a significant amount of goalscoring chances, Valladolid looked to be in control, but Betis stole the victory in the dying minutes when Ruben Castro got on the end of Alex Martinez’s cross to guide the ball with a right-footed shot past Jaime Merlo.