Joaquín and Saviola in the first half and Camacho and Santa Cruz after the break gave Málaga a comfortable 4-0 win over Granada and they move back, at least temporarily, into fourth place in La Liga.
Twice Málaga were pegged back by Anderlecht in the final group match in the Champions League, the game ending 2-2. Málaga were through anyway and won their group, a great debut in the Champions League.
CD Nerja were once again on the wrong end of a 6-0 scoreline, this time against Carlinda. That’s a total of 14 games played, 14 games lost and 67 goals conceded. It is going to need a change of fortune in the second half of the season to catch the leaders. If it is any consolation, UK Premier League side …
Two goals from Lionel Messi, one from Iniesta and one from Cesc Fabregas gave Barcelona a 0-4 victory over Levante, maintaining their three point lead over Atlético at the top of La Liga and increasing their lead over reigning champions Real Madrid to 11 points.
An early goal by Portillo and three more in the last fifteen minutes by Saviola, Santa Cruz and Isco saw Málaga dole out a bit of a thrashing to Valencia at La Rosaleda. The visitors had to play the last six or so minutes with only ten men after Rami was booked for a second time and sent back to …
Levante and Atlético Madrid are both safely through to the next round of the Europa League, Atlético beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 1-0 and Levante defeating Helsingborg 1-3.
All four Spanish clubs are now through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, Real Madrid picking up the necessary one point they needed after a 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Regardless of the outcome of the final round of matches, Real will finish second in the group behind Borussia Dortmund.
Two goals in the first ten minutes from Buonanotte and Fernandez gave Málaga a great start against Zenit St Petersburg, but a second half revival and goals from Danny and Faizulin levelled the match and it ended 2-2. Málaga, however, have won the group regardless of the outcome of the final matches.
A dogged performance by Valencia saw them draw 1-1 with Bayern Munich, despite being reduced to ten men in the first half when Barragán was ordered from the field after an horrendous tackle.
Barcelona have booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comfortable 0-3 win against Spartak Moscow, with two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Dani Alves. That’s four wins and one loss, against Celtic, for Barcelona so far.