After the latest round of La Liga fixture’s there is once again only one name on everyone’s lips, Lionel Messi, after the Argentinian broke yet another record.
A brace in the 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday, saw Lionel Messi take his yearly goal total to 86, breaking Gerd Mullers record of 85, and with four possible games left to play, he might make it impossible to beat. Barcelona saw off the plucky side from Seville, who pulled a goal back from Ruben Castro, and went close to a equaliser on several occasions, hitting the bar more than once.
The win kept Tito Vilanova’s side six points clear of Atletico Madrid, who also won on Sunday, with Falcao becoming the first player to score five goals in a game for the club, as they beat bottom side Deportivo 6-0.
The Colombian has been on terrific form so far this year, and after strike partner Diego Costa gave the home side the lead, Falcao wowed the crowd, with a striking masterclass, to further his reputation as the best no9 in the world.
Bottom side Deportivo amazingly had more possession of the ball but never threatened their opponents, and its starting to look ominous for the club, as they look favourites for a return to the Segunda.
Another newly promoted club, Valladolid twice took the lead at home to Real Madrid through Manucho, but an Mesut Ozil double, and a Benzema strike saw the champions run out 3-2 winners.
It was a crucial three points for Jose Mourinho’s side, as it kept them five points behind Atletico, but still eleven off the top spot, and the chances of regaining their title seem to be fading.
Malaga reclaimed fourth spot, after a 4-0 win over Granada in the Andalusian derby, thanks to goals from Joaquin, Javier Saviola, Ignacio Camacho, and Roque Santa Cruz.
The win saw the club leapfrog Betis in the table into fourth on goal difference, while Granada stay in 18th heaping a lot of pressure on manager Juan Antonio Anquela.
Levante kept themselves in contention for a Champions league spot, after a 4-0 crushing of Mallorca, who have now gone 10 league matches without a win.
Goals from a resurgent Obafemi martins, David Novarro, Ruben, and Iborra saw the club jump to 6th, and only a point away from fourth.
The first game in charge of Valencia for Ernesto Valverde, ended in a 1-0 win over Osasuna, thanks to a second half Roberto Soldado strike.
A late equaliser by Carlos Martinez saw Real Sociedad earn a 1-1 draw at home to Getafe, who took the lead through Lafita in the 87th minute.
An entertaining Friday night game saw Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol draw 2-2 with Sevilla, despite the away side spending most of the match with 10 men after Jose Reyes was sent off.
Two penalties started it all with Verdu netting the first for the home side, before Rakitic equalised, but after Reyes was sent off Espanyol controlled matters, and took the lead again through a Simao header.
However it wasn’t to be for Espanyol, and Alvaro Negredo popped up in the 90th minute to earn his side a point, and condemn their opponent to 19th place.
Elsewhere struggling Athletic Bilbao earned a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo thanks to an Aduriz header, and the Monday night match saw Zaragoza beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 away from home, with Zucilini, and Apono netting.
Player of the week:
There is only one winner this week, and its the Colombian Falcao who was on mesmeric form to score 5 goals in Atletico’s 6-0 win over Deportivo, overshadowing the record breaking Lionel Messi.
Goal of the week
This one goes to Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz. A chipped ball into the box by Diego Buonanotte was controlled on the chest by Santa Cruz before the Paraguayan volleyed into the net.