La Liga Team of the Week: Round 23 - Messi returns for Barcelona, Alhassane Bangoura makes his debut

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La Liga

Team Of The Week:

Round 23


Table/Results


GOALKEEPER

Juan PABLO
Sporting Gijon
TOTW Apps: 2

Sporting Gijon held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at home and goalkeeper Juan Pablo was the best player on the pitch at El Molinon. Tthe shot-stopper made a number of saves especially in the second half, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Eduardo Salvio denied.
DEFENDERS

Mikel SAN JOSE
Athletic Bilbao
TOTW Apps: 1


Inigo LOPEZ
 Granada
  TOTW Apps: 2


NUNES
Real Mallorca
TOTW Apps: 1

Centre-back Mikel San Jose played a huge role in Athletic Bilbao’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Malaga at San Mames, as he looked confident in defence and headed in his side’s second goal. Inigo Lopez was another outstanding performer at the back, scoring the opening goal in Granada’s 4-1 triumph over Real Sociedad at home. Nunes too found his name on the scoresheet as the Mallorca central defender played his role in the Islanders’ 4-0 battering of Villarreal.

MIDFIELDERS

Jesus NAVAS
Sevilla
TOTW Apps: 2


KAKA
Real Madrid
TOTW Apps: 1


Andres INIESTA
Barcelona
TOTW Apps: 5


Chori CASTRO
Real Mallorca
TOTW Apps: 1

Sevilla eked out their first league win of 2012 as they defeated Osasuna 2-0 in a hard-fought encounter, and Jesus Navas was the star of the show. The Spanish winger was active throughout and went close on a couple of occasions, before creating his team’s second and all-important goal by providing the cross for Piotr Trochowski to scoop home.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona recorded impressive victories this weekend and their creative midfielders were at the heart of their respective symphonies. While Kaka was involved in most of Madrid’s attacks and crafted the opening goal in their 4-0 win against Racing Santander, Andres Iniesta pulled the strings from midfield in Barca’s 5-1 destruction of Valencia at Camp Nou. Chori Castro was the spark for Mallorca in the creative department as he bagged three assists in their defeat of Villarreal.

FORWARDS

Lionel MESSI
Barcelona
TOTW Apps: 8


Alhassane BANGOURA
Rayo Vallecano
TOTW Apps: 1


Gaizka TOQUERO
Athletic Bilbao
TOTW Apps: 2

Gaizka Toquero was the star of Athletic’s victory over Malaga at home as he had a hand in all of the three goals Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored in Bilbao. It was his corners that Fernando Amorebieta and San Jose turned in for the opening goals and then he volleyed home his team’s third of the day.

Rayo Vallecano played out an eight-goal thriller at Levante, with teenage forward Alhassane Bangoura scoring twice and providing an assist in their 5-3 away win. Similarly, Lionel Messi starred at Camp Nou as he found the target four times against Valencia, including one from a brilliant chip.