Dizzel’s La Liga Column: Barca show their class as Fabregas shines and Messi strikes again

Another weekend of La Liga action has passed and after 4 match-days it is Barcelona that is sitting on the top of the log with 12 points after winning every one of their 4 matches.

A lot has happened in this weeks matches and I will be doing a quick analysis of my top 4 matches of the weekend.

 

Malaga vs Levante

I thought of this as the possible best match of this weekend because of both teams final standings last season (Malaga 4th and Levante 7th) before the match started and the players did not disappoint.

Malaga opened the scoring with Saviola netting in the 27th minute on the end of some nice team play.

Herrero drew level in the 46th minute.

The scores only remained level for 12 minutes before Joaquin calmly finishing and in added time Portillo’s badly struck volley ended up in the net after bouncing over the ‘keeper and hitting both the post and bar.

On a sour note Sánchez received his second booking of the match in the 87th minute and was sent off.

 

Valencia vs Celta

Valencia headed into this match as overwhelming favorites but were shocked to go into half time 1-1.

They took the lead with the Algerian attacking midfielder Feghouli scoring. Celta’s signing of the Danish winger Krohn-Dehli who impressed at the Euros payed of when he scored his first goal for the club in his second match.

Valencia continued to produce a lot of chances and finally broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Cissokho scored a perfectly placed header from a free-kick.

The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Valencia.

 

Getafe vs Barcelona

The media was raving because of the shocking exclusion of Leo Messi from the starting 11.

Barcelona still proved their class even without their biggest star.

Adriano opened the scoring and David Villa also got on the score sheet for the second time since his return from injury, but he is still not guaranteed a starting position in Vilanova’s team.

Messi grabbed the headlines again because of his second half brace after coming on for Thiago. He scored a penalty in the 74th minute and tapped the ball in with his amazing precision in the 78th minute.

Fabregas set the pace for the whole match and was surely their best player.

Pablo Sarabia scored a consolation goal for Getafe, but it was too little too late.

The worst part of the match was when Spanish defender Carles Puyol sustained a knee injury that might keep him out of action for as long as 4 weeks.

 

Atletico Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

The highest scoring match of the weekend. Atletico started out all guns blazing and were ahead at half-time through a Mario Suarez goal in the 29th minute.

Shortly after half-time the young mid-fielder Koke doubled the lead. Turan also netted and the in-form striker Radamel Falcao scored just 4 minutes later.

Rayo almost completed a stunning comeback, but fell just short after scoring 3 goals in 7 minutes. The scorers were Baptistão and Delibasic with a brace.

 

Player of the weekend

The almost prestigious award of Dizzel’s La Liga player of the week goes to none other than the man that inspired the Catalans to a huge victory over Getafe – Cesc Fabregas.

He pulled the strings in a depleted midfield and was truly the most outstanding player of this matchday.

 

Written by Deon Beauzec

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