Dizzels La Liga Column: Match-day 5 – Xavi saves Barca’s blushes

The 5th match-day of the 2012/13 Spanish League has been completed and it is Barcelona that sit on the top of the log with 15 points.

I will be doing my usual rundown of the 5 best matches of the weekend as well as introducing my team of the week and giving the second Dizzel’s Player of the Week award.


1) Real Zaragoza vs Osasuna

The match started off with a bang when Portuguese forward H. Postiga opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Osasuna equalised in the 29th minute through an Armenteros goal.

The level score would be short lived as V. Rodríguez scored in the 45th minute and Apoño made it 3-1 by slotting a penalty 20 minutes from time.

Zaragoza was really impressive in this match and I consider them as favorites for their next league match against Valencia.


2) Celta Vigo vs Getafe

Celta Vigo were very unlucky to lose 2-1 the previous match-day against Valencia, but they made their own luck and turned around their fortunes around. The match was a tight contest until the end.

The first goal was scored by Fernández in the 57th minute, but Barrada equalised just two minutes later. It took the debut appearance of Park Chu Young to make the difference.

The Arsenal flop started his Celta campaign greatly with a goal from his first shot for them. His goal also made him the first Korean player to score in the Spanish league.

The stand-out performer was Krohn-Deli yet again. He assisted both goals and had an overall excellent game.


3)Barcelona vs Granada

Barcelona were expected to easily win this match, but Granada definitely came to the party. It took a whole 87 minutes for Barcelona to take the lead through a wonderful Xavi strike from the edge of the box.

The Granada defenders were playing well on the night, but the eye-catcher of the game was Granada ‘keeper Toño who strung together a lot of outstanding saves to deny the Catalans. He had the best game of his career and he provided a goalkeeping masterclass.

In just his 4th game for Granada after signing from relegated Racing Santander he proved a great buy for the club.

Barcelona still proved too much of a task for Granada and the Blaugrana doubled their lead with Messi crossing the ball in after which a Granada player accidentally turned the ball into his own net.


4) Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano

This match was delayed after wires were cut at Rayo’s stadium that led to the floodlights not working. There are a lot of accusations going around, the main suspects being the Rayo fans that were protesting against the club.

Real Madrid started that match in 17th place and Rayo started six places above them in 11th place. Los Blancos finally got back to winning ways by winning 2-0.

The first goal came after a sublime run by Di Maria who then played the ball sweetly to Benzema, who in turn, slotted calmly from inside 6 yards.

The second goal was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo from the penalty spot.

The Whites were not at their best again, but they are gaining momentum and will surely mount a title challenge again.


5) Atlético Madrid vs Valladolid

This was a match that saw the men from Madrid have less of the ball and just proved it’s what you do with the possession that counts.

Atlético had an astounding 32 crosses in the match , 20 more than Valladolid, but failed to transfer these balls into genuine chances most of the match.

Atlético finally took the lead in the 33rd minute when Diego Godín scored a great goal.

Falcao saw his brilliant start to the campaign continue with his penalty in the 44th minute.

Valladolid got one back in the 55th minute through Bueno, but it failed to genuinely change the game.

The match came to a dissapointing end and after the third goal seemed to fizzle out.


La Liga Team Of The Week:


GK: Toño (Granada)

His outstanding game against Barcelona was exemplary and he was surely the best goalkeeper of the weekend.


LB: Nacho Monreal (Malaga)

One of the few highlights of a match that ended in a scoreless draw. He provided a lot of speed down the left and was also impressive when defending.


CB: Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)

He was surely one of the best CBs this match-day and topped his terrific defending off with a goal that any striker would be proud of.


CB: Paulao (Real Betis)

Another goal scoring Centre Back in the line up. He scored the winning goal against Espanyol and also contributed to the clean-sheet.


RB: Allan-Roméo Nyom (Granada)

Another player from Granada. He had a solid game and kept David Villa far away from the goal. He made a lot of excellent tackles, but it is his positioning that set him apart.


MID: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)

Xabi is arguably one of Madrid’s most important players. He controlled the whole flow of the game and his long-balls once again left everyone open mouthed.


MID: Xavi (Barcelona)

It has became regular for Xavi to dominate the midfield with his amazingly accurate passes, but this week he also showed off his good shooting skills. He had a couple of impressive shots and his goal was surely the goal of the week.


LW: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Even if CR7 has not been on his scorching best he has still been better than any of the other wingers in my opinion. He still scored a goal and terrorized the defenders.


RW: Michael Krohn-Deli (Celta Vigo)

Krohn-Deli has been a revelation since joining Celta. He makes dangerous runs every few minutes, links up everywhere on the pitch and generally just lifts up the teams whole performance. 2 assists get him in the team.


ST: Park Chu Young (Celta Vigo)

The type of debut that a player can only dream of – Coming on and scoring immediately. He also became the first Korean to ever score in La Liga.


ST: Obafemi Martins (Levante)

The Nigerian scored the winning goal against Real Sociedad. He also had one goal ruled offside. It was his first game since joining from Rubin Kazan.

He has played for a lot of teams, but maybe Levante will be the one club that he can stay at for a while.


Dizzels La Liga Player of the Week:

I would have loved to give the second Dizzels La Liga Player of the Week to Toño for his great display, but he did concede two goals. So the award goes to Michael Krohn-Deli of Celta Vigo.

He has been Celta Vigo’s best player and I am tipping him to have a great season with them.


Written by Deon Beauzec

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