39 goals in 9 games: La Liga goalfest dazzles
Alex Dunham/The Local/AFP · 25 Nov 2013, 10:09
Published: 25 Nov 2013 10:09 GMT+01:00
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Barça were first to showcase their class by netting four past middle-table Granada at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
The Catalan tiki-taka masters (the short passing and quick style of play they are characterized by) cruised past their opposition without the help of their star player Messi, who will be out for several weeks due a tear to his femoral biceps on his left leg.
First-half penalties from Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas put the Catalansin command at the break.
Granada were then left to play the final quarter of the game with 10 men asManuel Iturra was shown a second yellow card.
Alexis Sanchez added a third soon after from Neymar's pass before Pedro Rodriguez rounded off the scoring a minute from time.
Next to run riot against their opposition were Real Madrid.
It took Ronaldo less than three minutes to register his 14th goal in his last seven games for club and country as he flicked home Isco's cross to give Madrid the lead.
However, he then had to be replaced by Jesé Rodriguez just six minutes into the second-half as he hobbled off down the tunnel.
Despite losing their star man, Madrid were rampant in the final half houras Karim Benzema made the game safe before Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata rounded off the scoring.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Ronaldo's injury will not keep him sidelined for a significant period of time.
On-form Atlético were by no means prepared to let Spain’s big two leave them lagging behind, as they hammered city rivals Getafe 7-0 at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.
Raul Garcia and a Lopo own goal put the hosts 2-0 up before the break.
And after Juan Valera's red card had seen the visitors reduced to 10 men, David Villa bundled home from close range before Garcia headed home his second of the evening.
Diego Simeone then introduced Diego Costa on his return from injury and he took just eight minutes to produce a stunning overhead kick into the top corner for Atletico's fifth.
Villa then tapped home his second before Adrian Lopez completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Other goal flurries seen this weekend include Real Sociedad’s 4-3 home win over Celta de Vigo, with all four goals by the Basques scored by Mexican striker Carlos Vela.
Then on Sunday the Seville derby saw Betis lose 4-0 to their arch-rivals Sevilla and Barcelona side Espanyol won 4-1 against Rayo Vallecano.
All in all, it was a weekend to remember as a total of 39 goals were scored in 9 games.
Who said Spanish football was all about passing?