Weekend La Liga Recap August 17-19, 2012
Over the weekend La Liga followers saw several dominating victories and some close calls. We’ve put together a short recap for this weekend’s games.
Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad
A 5-1 victory for Barca was punctuated by David Villa’s triumphant return from a long recovery due to a broken leg as he scored along with two in net from Lionel Messi. Carlos Puyol returned after a knee injury to deliver a header past the Sociedad keeper only four minutes in. Gonzalo Castro delivered a devastating counter shortly after Puyol to get his team on the board, but RS couldn’t keep up the intensity versus an eager Barca squad.
Atlético Madrid vs. Levante
The match ended in a 1-1 tie for La Liga teams AM and Levante. Radamel Falcao made it clear that he was in the running for this year’s Pichichi trophy, but he’s going to have to get the better of Messi and Ronaldo to do it. The match lost steam by halftime and fans grew disinterested as the game went on past midnight. Levante took a defensive approach after Nabil El Zhar found the net first in the match after a corner. However, AM brought it to a tie nearly 15min later. With no more action following the match things finished up at 1-1.
Real Madrid vs. Valencia
Another match that ended in a 1-1 draw, Real Madrid was held off from victory in their first La Liga match of the season by Valencia. Gonzalo Higuain had the first and only goal of the match for Real Madrid that came after a series of deflections from Valencia’s keeper. Jonas found the back of the net from 40’ to tie things up and steady pressure, solid defense from both sides, kept the game at a stalemate until the final whistle.