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The 9th match-day of the 2012-2013 Liga BBVA has been completed and it has been another terrific week packed with outstanding goals. Currently Barcelona and Atletico both have 25 points from 9 games, but Barcelona have a superior points-difference and thus top the league.

Lionel Messi leads the race for the Pichichi with 13 goals followed closely by Ronaldo and Falcao on 11 and 10 goals respectively. Willy Caballero of Malaga has statistically been the best goalkeeper so far conceding only 5 goals in 9 matches.

I will as usual run down the 5 best matches of the weekend as well as providing my Team Of The Week and Player Of The Week.


1) Levante vs Granada

Levante were overwhelming favorites heading into this fixture being 9 places above their rivals on the log before kick-off. Levante replaced arguably their best player of last season Kone with the Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins and it seems that this was some excellent business. Martins has been class for Levante and will help them in their attempt to gain Champions League Football next season.

Martins scored twice on his 28th birthday this weekend. His first came in the 12 minute and he doubled the lead with his second in the 61st minute. Winger Pedro Ríos scored the third for Levante in the 73rd minute. Granada got a consolation goal through El Arabi near the end of the match.

Levante dominated the match and were very deserving winners.

Final score: Levante 3-1 Granada.


2) Real Zaragoza vs Sevilla

Sevilla have lost their third game of the season and maybe they should be worrying. Their form over their past 5 games is nothing to brag about and with the players that they have they should be getting much better results. I take nothing away from Zaragoza who on the day were a better side.

Zaragoza have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the league so far with 5 wins, 4 losses and no draws. Zaragoza definitely have a very good striker in the Portuguese Hélder Postiga. Their first goal came after he rounded the ‘keeper on the end of a very well executed solo run in the (insert) minute. Zaragoza doubled their lead when the defender Săpunaru scored a well placed header from a free-kick in the 45th minute.

Sevilla started a comeback in the 70th minute when Medel scored, they just unfortunately couldn’t complete the comeback and the match ended: Zaragoza 2-1 Sevilla.


3) Atletico Madrid vs Osasuna

Atletico have started their season phenomenally being unbeaten so far and some people believe that they are serious title contenders this season. You can’t deny that they are a very formidable team and with El Tigre leading their line they score loads of goals. Osasuna have not had as great a start to their season, but only a fool would underestimate them.

Atletico definitely played true to form and opened the scoring in the 31st minute through the Brazilian centre-back Miranda. They doubled the lead 4 minutes later when Raul Garcia guided the ball into the back of the net.

One of Osasuna’s best players so far, Lamah scored just before half-time to bring the deficit back to just one goal. The in-form striker in world football, Radamel Falcao, scored again in the 73rd minute and is making his worth to Atletico higher each time he gets a goal.

This result just shows that Atletico have the ambition and skill to go all the way. They just have to survive the January transfer window.

Final result: Atletico 3-1 Osasuna


4) Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona have started their campaign brilliantly. They are undefeated and have only drawn one match. Tito Vilanova is beginning to get the best out of his players. The best example is Cesc Fabregas who was average for them last season, but has recently playing terrific football getting himself 7 assists.

It took longer than expected, but Barcelona opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Spanish striker David Villa netted. Messi lived up to reputation and scored the second in the 48th minute. After a couple of missed opportunities and a lot of passes Xavi scored Barca’s third in the 78th minute.

Two minutes later Cesc got his name on the score-sheet and the phenomenal little Argentine got his brace in the 89th minute to finish Rayo off.

This was an easy enough outcome to predict and it will take something special to stop this current Blaugrana team.

Final score: Barcelona 5-0 Rayo Vallecano


5) Real Madrid vs Mallorca

Real Madrid have definitely gotten their league effort back on track. After a shaky start Los Blancos look as impressive as ever and determined to decrease the gap that separates them from Barcelona and their local rivals Atletico.

Mallorca started very well, but it seems they are getting ready for a mid-table season. Their biggest problem has been discipline, the have received three straight red cards in their 9 games. Meaning they get a red every three games which is very worrying.

Real Madrid looked the better team from kick-off and kept running right through the Mallorca defense. Higuain opened the scoring with a well taken volley in the 8th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the second in the 22nd minute after some calm passing on the edge of the Mallorca box.

Higuain got his second in the 70th minute and Ronaldo would not be bested getting his brace three minutes later. Substitute Jose Callejon scored the 5th on the 90 minute mark.

Real Madrid were impressive, but it was a terrible display by the entire Mallorca team.

Final score: Real Madrid 5-0 Mallorca


Team Of The Week:


GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

The Madrid captain had a good game and earned his clean-sheet. He made a couple of good saves that destroyed any hope of a Mallorca comeback.


LB: Juanfran Garcia (Levante)

Levante were more defensive than you would expect from a team that scored 3 goals and their solid back was mostly due to veteran left-back Juanfran Garcia who was very solid overall.


CB: Miranda (Atletico Madrid)

The Brazilian centre-back was very impressive in his sides win against Osasuna. His goal gave Atletico the confidence they needed to dominate the game.


CB: Varane (Real Madrid)

The young French received a rare starting position in the Madrid XI and surely took his chance he was sublime and will be an amazing defender in the future.


RB: Sapunaru (Real Zaragoza)

Sapunaru was safe in defense, but what caught the eyes of the fans was his constant forward runs. He looked motivated and also scored his first goal for Zaragoza in just his sixth appearance for them.


CM: Xavi (Barcelona)

Xavi presented another passing master-class this match-day. He barely misplaced a pass and pulled the strings, as we are so used to seeing him do, in one of the best mid-fields in the world. He scored a well taken goal that some would blame on the defense, but he definitely deserved it.


CM: Fabregas (Barcelona)

Provided a good opposite to Xavi’s calm passing by going forward more and presenting the ball to the outstanding forwards that they have. Also got himself a goal.


LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano scored in his 8th consecutive match this weekend. He just keeps getting better and better. He has started the season terrifically and will be striking terror into goalkeepers every single week.


RW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The La Liga top scorer added to his tally with two goals against Rayo Vallecano. He has been exceptional as always and no one can dispute him as one of the best players of this week.


ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)

Higuain has been Madrids in-form striker over the last couple of matches and repaid Mourinho’s faith in him with two great goals. He has taken his starting chances while Benzema has been very unimpressive.


ST: Obafemi Martins (Levante)

The Nigerian striker bagged a brace against Granada and has been a revelation for Levante ever since they signed him. He has certainly more than equaled his predecessor Kone.


Dizzels Player Of The Week Match-Day 9: Obafemi Martins

He was spectacular and deserves the award for his terrific brace on his birth-day. He will surely be a huge part of their team this season.


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Dizzel’s La Liga Column: Ronaldo and Messi steal the show in El Clasico

The 7th match-day of the 2012/2013 La Liga season has been played and currently it is Barcelona and Atletico that top the log with 19 points from a possible 21 each. Falcao, Messi and Cristiano are tied as the top goal scorers with 8 goals each.

I will do my usual rundown of the 5 best matches of the weekend as well as my personal team of the week and awarding the Dizzels Player Of The Week award to the best player of this match-day.


1) Celta Vigo vs Sevilla

The biggest upset of match-day 7. Sevilla were raring to go and get three points after their humiliating loss to Barcelona last week. Neither team could make use of one of their opportunities to score in the first half and they were dead even at 0-0. Sevilla seemed to start the second half better with a flurry of attacks.

Navas was productive on the right side, but no player could get on the end of his balls into the box. Celta shocked the Sevilla team when they received a penalty in the 60th minute. Aspas calmly converted it. Sevilla tried with everything they had to get back in the match, but it was to no avail as De Lucas doubled Celta’s lead in the 85th minute.

This was a great result for Celta Vigo, while Sevilla will have to improve very rapidly if they want to finish in the Champions League places.


2) Valladolid vs Espanyol

Espanyol got only their second point of the season and will be very disappointed that they couldn’t win this match. They had most of the possession in the first half and enjoyed a lot of time on the ball.

All of that changed when Victor Alvarez received a red card in the 43rd minute for a deliberate hand-ball. Espanyol were rattled and changed their tactics at half time, to such an extent that they played completely different. It did work out for them when Verdu opened the scoring for Espanyol in the 69th minute with a well taken penalty.

They tried hard with a man down, but could not keep out the Valladolid attack. Oscar scored his fourth goal of the season in the 81st minute to equalize and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.


3) Mallorca vs Granada

Mallorca were overwhelming favorites going into this match. They have started the season excellently mainly due to their strong defensive play. However Granada got the result. Mallorcas great defense kept it even in the first half and they also threatened to score before the half-time whistle.

It took a whole 64 minutes for Granada to beat Dudu Aouate when Emilio Nsue conceded a penalty and El Arabi converted it. In the 76th minute Torje slotted home the second for Granada.

Mallorca tried to mount a comeback, but failed as they could only score one goal through Hemed in the 86th minute.


4) Atletico Madrid vs Malaga

This was touted to be more important than the Clasico by some football pundits. The second and third placed teams going into the match-day facing each other. The players to watch would be Falcao and youngster Isco. Both of them definitely delivered and had excellent performances.

Falcao claimed before the season started that he could score as many goals as Ronaldo and Messi and he is certainly backing himself up. Falcao opened the scoring in the 6th minute to give Atletico the lead in this crucial match. The former Manchester City Striker Santa Cruz then leveled a half-hour later.

Both teams created a lot of chances including one stinging shot from Isco that went just over the bar. The deadlock was finally broken in the worst of ways in the 89th minute when Weligton got credited or rather blamed for the own goal.

Atletico got the 3 points and now share the top of the log position.


5) El Clasico: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

With millions of viewers from all over the world El Clasico certainly lived up to its reputation of the best match in the world. It is a great match for neutrals, but a real emotional roller coaster for Madrid and Barca fans. Both sets of supporters had their hearts in their mouths every time the rival team approached their goal.

The first clear chance came to Benzema from a Ronaldo cross. He fluffed the volley horribly when he had the time to take a touch. Minutes later Sergio Ramos had an unchallenged header over the miniature Barca defense, but sent it just wide. Real would not keep missing and Barca’s makeshift defense got beat by Ronaldo who then shot past Valdes at the near post with his left boot in the 23rd minute. Benzema missed another clear chance when he hit the post when he really should have buried it.

Madrid paid for their sloppy finishing in the 31st minute. A defensive error by Pepe gave Messi a great chance and he kept calm and easily beat Casillas from less than 8 yards. Madrid were by far the better team in the first half.

In the 61st minute the whole game got turned on its head when Messi scored the perfect free-kick. The roof almost went flying off of the Camp Nou as the Blaugrana celebrated their little magicians best trick. The joy however only lasted 5 minutes until Ronaldo leveled the scores again just after he injured his shoulder when attempting a bicycle-kick. Ozil played the perfect pass and Ronaldo did what is expected when he is one-on-one with a ‘keeper.

The closest anyone came to getting the winner was when Montoya (the RB that replaced Alves) hit the post with a magnificent strike. The worrying fact for Barcelona will be that they are depending to heavily on Messi. The two solo efforts he scored were all that kept Barca in a match that they were obviously the weaker team.

The match ended as a 2-2 draw and meant that Real Madrid are still trailing Barcelona by 8 points.


Team Of The Week: Match-day 7


GK: Sergio Álvarez Conde (Celta Vigo)

This ‘keeper was truly thrown straight into the deep-end this week. His first start of the season was against the devastating attack of Sevilla. He still managed to keep a clean-sheet so he earns his position.


LB: Paulao (Real Betis)

I broke the rules a bit by picking a centre-back as my LB. He was just to good in his teams victory to leave out. He was a giant in defense and even got on the score-sheet himself.


CB: Pepe (Real Madrid)

Although he made an error that led to a goal, Pepe was still very solid in defense throughout the whole match. He cleared a lot of balls and even once went on a marauding run forward that almost worked out.


CB: Mascherano (Barcelona)

Mascherano has become accustomed to playing at centre-back for Barca since Puyol and Pique are both prone to injuries. He was caught out a few times, but he was a much better centre-back than he was a couple of months ago. He looked comfortable in the position and did really well overall.


RB: Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao)

Iraola was exceptional going forward in Bilbao’s 1-0 victory. He has an immense amount of skill and pace and looked like a track athlete at times. He did seem a little tired sometimes when defending, but he still did enough to help keep the clean-sheet.


MID: Enrique de Lucas (Celta Vigo)

De Lucas scored his 20th goal for Celta. His goal secured a win over tough rivals Sevilla. He had a really good game overall.


MID: Oscar de Marcos (Athletic Bilbao)

De Marcos finally started playing really well in this game. He picked the right match to step up his game. He assisted Aduriz in the only goal of the match. If he can keep playing like this Athletics season may be back on track.


LM: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

CR7 scored a brace against Barcelona this match-day and that should already be enough to get him on this list. He also tracked back to keep out Barca a lot. He dominated the Barcelona defense and even kept on playing after he injured himself.


RM: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Messi had an exceptional game yet again. He was not on his best in the open play, but when the game got fragmented he pounced on the opportunities and scored a magnificent brace against one of the best ‘keepers in the world. He carried a Barcelona team that played way below par.


ST: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

The Colombian forward did what he does best, scoring goals. He scored once and had a big influence on the Weligton own-goal. He certainly is living up to his reputation. He sure put on a show for Roberto Mancini who was at the match to watch him personally according so some accounts.


Dizzels La Liga Player Of The Week: The recipient of this weeks award was certainly the hardest to decide. After amazing performances by the two best players in the world I decided to award the Dizzels Player Of The Week to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. I believe there can be no dispute that they both deserve it.


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Dizzels La Liga Column: Match-day 6- Madrid reborn while Barca escape, but Cesc brings shame

The 6th round of La Liga has just been completed and at the moment Barcelona still sit at the top of the log with 18 points. They are closely followed by Malaga and Atletico.

Falcao leads the race for the Pichichi with 7 goals while Caballero leads the race for the Zamora trophy with only 2 goals conceded in 6 games (4 clean-sheets).

I will be doing my usual rundown of the action-packed best 5 matches of the weekend. I will also be naming my team of the week as well as Dizzels Player Of The Week.


1) Málaga vs Betis

Málaga have been superb early in the season. They are playing well together and are at the moment a real joy to watch.

From the start it was obvious that Málaga would dominate this match. The first goal was a penalty that Joaquín scored in the 13th minute. After the departure of Cazorla in the summer, Joaquín has really stepped up and is playing excellently.

They doubled their lead in the 28th minute through Saviola. Any hopes of a comeback were destroyed after Amaya put the ball into his own net after 72 minutes.

Only 2 minutes later Málaga’s best player this season: Isco made it 4-0. A great performance by Málaga.


2) Sevilla vs Barcelona

This was a match that no Sevilla fan will want to watch again. They were storming ahead after Trochowski scored the opener in the 26th minute. Sevilla seemed to be on their way to another great upset when Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo doubled the lead in the 48th minute.

Barcelona started their comeback 5 minutes later when Cesc Fabregas netted his first of the match. Then a disgusting insult to the game of football occurred when Fabregas got Sevilla player Gary Medel sent off with some shocking play-acting.

With Sevilla now a player down Messi assisted Fabregas’ second goal after Thiago handled the ball before passing it to him. In added time Messi got his second assist of the match as David Villa scored the winner.

You still have to ask whether or not the victory was worth it.


3) Valladolid vs Rayo Vallecano

Valladolid got their third win of the season in emphatic style. The highest winning margin this season couldn’t have come from a more shocking team. They played excellently on the day and surely did not ease up second half.

Valladolid were behind after 5 minutes when Dominguez scored for Rayo. The Rayo lead didn’t last long. Bueno opened Valladolids account in the 10th minute. Manucho scored just three minutes later. Oscar scored his first in the 21st minute. Rukavina scored the last of the first half.

Oscar got his second in the 56th minute and Manucho finished his brace 4 minutes from time.

This was a very impressive match from Valladolid and next week we will see if they can do it again when they face bottom of the log Espanyol.


4) Osasuna vs Levante

Osasuna finally got their first win of the season when they beat a strong Levante side this past week. The match went into halftime as a scoreless draw. It was a fairly even match. Armanteros gave Osasuna the lead in the 55th minute.

The floodgates opened when Lamah scored in the 82nd minute. Timor converted a penalty 6 minutes later and Nino added another before the match was over. Levante were shocking and will need to step up their game when they face Valencia in match-day 7.


5) Real Madrid vs Deportivo

Los Blancos are back. Real got back to winning ways with a very impressive display. They got shocked when Riki scored in the 16th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 22nd minute to level the scores after Di Maria was taken out on the line. Di Maria scored a header in the 38th minute and Ronaldo also used his head to take Madrid to a 3-1 half-time lead.

Xabi Alonso was spectacular when he came on and assisted Pepe’s 66th minute header from a free-kick. Ronaldo scored his second penalty of the night in the 84th minute to complete his hat-trick.


Other results:

Valencia 2-0 Zaragoza; Sociedad 2-0 Athletic; Granada 2-1 Celta Vigo; Espanyol 0- 1 Atletico; Getafe 1-0 Mallorca.


Team Of The Week Match-day 6:


GK: Wilfredo Caballero (Malaga)

Caballero kept his 4th clean sheet of the season against Betis. He made a couple of impressive saves and his positioning was the best of any ‘keeper this week.


LB: Juanfran (Atletico)

I picked Juanfran at left-back even though he played at right-back this weekend. Juanfran had a very solid game for Atletico. He had a huge influence going forward. He made a couple of excellent fast overlapping runs down the side. He was one of the main reasons why Atletico managed to keep a clean-sheet.


CB: Pepe (Real Madrid)

Pepe had another outstanding game for Madrid. He was very strong in tackles and secure with possession. He made a lot of clearing header from his own box and should be praised for scoring a well taken header.


CB: Manuel Ortiz Toribi (Osasuna)

The best centre back this match-day. He played a near perfect game defensively. He kept Levante’s dangerous attackers at bay and frustrated them for the whole 90 minutes.


RB: Rukavina (Valladolid)

Rukavina got on the scoresheet in Valladolids thumping of Rayo. He got his first goal for the side he joined this past summer. It was just his sixth match for Valladolid. His movement down the wing and link up play was phenomenal.
MID: Fabregas (Barcelona)

I was going to leave Fabregas out because of his negative actions, but he did score two important goals for Barcelona. He has had a good couple of games and if he can clean up his act he could be a vital player for the Blaugrana this season.


MID: Óscar (Valladolid)

Óscar scored a brace in Valladolids amazing 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano. The 29 year old Spaniard had a great game.


LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 16th hat-trick in his career. He is now equal second top-scorer along with Messi. He scored two penalties and a powerful header and was tormenting defenders for the whole match.


CAM: Piotr Trochowski (Sevilla)

Piotr Trochowski scored the opener against Barcelona. He also scored against Real Madrid earlier this season. He is a real big game player and was good against Barca until they went a man down.


RW: Di Maria (Real Madrid)

Even though he faded slightly in the second half, Di Maria played very well against Deportivo. He worked hard to get his goal and was running circles around defenders. He played much better while he was playing on the left-hand side and was less active on the right.


ST: Manucho (Valladolid)

Manucho had what was probably his best game for Valladolid so far. He not only contributed heavily in attack he also tracked back to help out the mid-field. He scored a brace to help his team to victory.


Dizzels La Liga Player Of The Week:

The player of the week award has to go to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid winger was the best player this match-day because of his overall performance as well as scoring 3 goals.


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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.


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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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