Fantastic four for Barca & Villarreal; Tchite’s hat-trick downs Valencia

Malaga 1 – Barcelona 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Xavi put Barca ahead with a terrific free-kick only for Duda to equalise. Lionel Messi then fired home and then second half goals from Xavi (another fine finish) and an og from Welligton, deflecting in an Alves free-kick, secured the win for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Valencia 2 – Racing Santander 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Mohammed Tchite gave Santander the lead, which was cancelled out by David Villa’s penalty. Back came Racing, Tchite netting his second of the game, only for Joaquin to fire the hosts level from a corner. But the visitors kept on pressing, and Tchite completed his hat-trick with a header before Albelda’s own goal sealed the away win.

Atletico Madrid 2 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, November 1, 2008) Aguero broke the deadlock on 14 minutes following Diego Forlan’s headed pass and the pair combined again on 28 minutes with the Uruguayan supplying Aguero with the chance to score from close range.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Villarreal 4 (La Liga, November 1, 2008)  Giuseppe Rossi put Villarreal ahead on 24 minutes only for Joseba Etxeberria to head home an equaliser five minutes later from David Lopez’s corner. Rossi and Robert Pires combined for the Frenchman to score on 53 minutes and Santi Cazorla notched the third on the hour mark. Jozy Altidore wrapped up the win with the fourth.