Real Madrid 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Pepe had the first chance for Real Madrid against Villarreal, and Robben was unlucky to see a 25-yard shot strike the bar. Real’s pressure paid off when Arjen Robben cut in from the right, strode across the pitch and left rip with a beauty into the top corner. Casillas saved a Pires shot as the Yellow Submarine looked to level while at the other end Klaas Jan Huntelaar came close to scoring on his debut. (First half highlights here.) In the second half Casillas had to work a little harder to turn Llorente’s shot behind, and then Iker produced a brilliant stop to deny Rossi’s header.
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) A near post header from Hurtado Moises gave Espanyol the lead at Bilbao. But with time running out in the second half, the hosts refused to let Espanyol clear their lines from a corner and Andoni Iraola popped up to score an overhead-kick to equalise.
Getafe 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Depor striker Rodolfo Bodipo opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Manu del Moral brought Getafe level with an unstoppable effort, sending a left-footed volley into the far bottom corner of the net. But a late Sergio penalty kept up Depor’s recent good form to send them sixth.
Almeria 1 – Betis 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Corona scored the game’s only goal in the 36th minute. The match was marred some what by red cards handed out to Almeria’s Kalu Uche and Sergio Garcia of Betis late on.
Malaga 1 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, January 4, 2009) Malaga move up to eighth thanks to Lolo’s strike in the 34th minute.
Tenerife 2 – Sevilla Atletico 1 (Segunda Division, January 4, 2009)