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Two relegation places were decided, Real Madrid and Barcelona lost again and Sevilla secured third spot, on the penultimate weekend of La Primera...

Formation: 4-3-3

GOALKEEPER

Daniel Aranzubia (Deportivo La Coruna)

The fact that Sevilla did not break Depor down until the 90th minute on Saturday evening was thanks, almost exclusively, to Aranzubia, who put in a superb display between the sticks. Certainly Luis Fabiano will be glad to see the back of him after he saved plenty of his efforts and so to will Renato and Jesus Navas, amongst others.

DEFENDERS

Javi Venta (Villarreal)

The Villarreal defender gave Alexis a torrid time down the right flank at El Madrigal and as well as providing the assists for the first two goals scored by Llorente, he put in a good all round display.

Daniel Jarque (Espanyol)


Has been one of the star defenders for the Catalans this year and his strength and power helped him to deal expertly with the likes of Alvaro Negredo at the weekend.

Cesar Cruchaga (Osasuna)


Barcelona might not have put out their full team against Osasuna on Saturday but with Samuel Eto'o up front they still looked dangerous on paper. Nevertheless, Cruchaga stuck to the Cameroonian all night and insured that he did not get a sniff of goal, nor much time in space.

Fernando Navarro (Sevilla)

Navarro has been a consistently good performer for Sevilla this season and against Depor he was at his best; getting forward down the flanks to help the attacks and also defending well.

MIDFIELDERS

Cosmin Contra (Getafe)

The experienced Romanian was shifted into midfield due to other important absences for Getafe and what a job he did for his coach. Whilst he might have missed a last minute penalty to put the game beyond doubt, he set-up the crucial winner for Soldado to score from and was the biggest threat for Geta for much of the match.

Cleber Santana (Real Mallorca)

Hugely impressive display from the on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder who dominated in the middle of the pitch and scored a wonderful solo goal to put Mallorca ahead.

Albert Luque (Malaga)

The former Newcastle United man has been one of the star players for Malaga this season and against Real Betis he bid farewell in fitting style. Not only did he score a brilliant goal to grab a point for his team but he was dangerous throughout and probably the best player for the home team.

FORWARDS

Ivan Alonso (Espanyol)

With Luis Garcia and Raul Tamudo seemingly unable to find the net anymore, Espanyol might not be in the position they are in were it not for the arrival of Alonso at Christmas. The striker has been vital in their revival and yet again this weekend proved his worth by scoring two goals in the win that has secured the Catalan's safety.

Joseba Llorente (Villarreal)

Villarreal desperately needed to win against Valencia at the weekend and they got off to a flying start thanks to Llorente. The Basque might have missed a good chance early on but he soon atoned by finding the net twice in fifteen minutes as his team kept their Champions League hopes alive.

Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)


What a season it has been for Forlan who, after scoring three times against Athletic Bilbao, is two goals clear of Samuel Eto'o in the race for the Pichichi. So many times he has saved Atletico from either a draw or defeat this year and yet again he rescued them at the weekend as he scored two clinical goals and a penalty to put them a point away from the Champions League.

SUBS

Tono (Racing Santander)

Cata Diaz (Getafe)

Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid)

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna)

Walter Pandiani (Osasuna)


James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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