Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Cristiano Ronaldo had a fabulous chance to fired Real into a 19th minute lead at Barca but Valdez got down low to turn the shot aside. Iker Casillas had to be on his toes to save Theirry Henry’s effort into the near post, while Henry was later found pleading fair play after tangling with Madrid centre-half Pepe. In the second half Guardiola replaced an ineffective Henry with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and within a couple of minutes of his introduction the Swede cracked in a volley from a delicious Dani Alves cross. Barca then found themselves down to ten men as Sergio Busquets picked up a needless second yellow card. Eric Abidal wasted a chance to extended Barca’s lead when he found himself in space in the inside left channel.
Almeria 1 – Athletic Bilbao 4 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Bilbao led Almeria after first-half goals from Javier Martinez and Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora. Fernando Llorente and Oscar de Marcos scored after the break before Kalu Uche cut the deficit with a late goal for the hosts.
Valladolid 3 – Tenerife 3 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) The Pucela had appeared to be on their way to a convincing victoryÂ when two goals from Diego Costa and a penalty by Fabian Canobbio saw them ease into a 3-0 lead with 27 minutes to go. However, two goals in eight minutes from Francisco Nino and Rodriguez Angel set up a nervy finish for Valladolid and Garcia Ayoze pounced four minutes from time to stun the hosts.
Racing Santander 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Depor moved level on points with Valencia in fourth thanks to a 1-0 win at Racing Santander. Marco Lopo scored the decisive goal on 76 minutes to down Racing who have still not won at home this season and lie third from bottom of the table.
Atletico Madrid 4 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Much-coveted striker Sergio Aguero was the star of the show, scoring two and making two – for strike partner Diego Forlan and Maxi Rodriguez – as the hosts claimed just their second win of an underwhelming season so far.
Getafe 5 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, November 29, 2009) Aythami surprisingly fired Xerez in front after 33 minutes, only for Roberto Soldado to equalise in the 44th minute. The turning point then came just before half-time when David Prieto was sent off for a foul and Soldado slotted home the resulting penalty. Soldado completed his hat-trick after the interval as Getafe made the most of their extra man, with Daniel Parejo and Javier Casquero also finding the target.