Barca destroy Atletico in an explosive first half; Villarreal comeback to beat Betis

Barcelona 6 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2008) Barca came flying out the traps against Atletico, scoring an incredible three goals in the first eight minutes. Marquez headed home Xavi’s corner after four minutes, Eto’o added a second from the spot after Messi was fouled in the box, and Messi took a brilliant quick free-kick to complete the astonishing opening with the third. But Atletico hit back immediately, Maxi Rodriguez flashed a stunning 20 yard shot past Valdes to make it 3-1 after just 13 minutes. And it didn’t stop there, Eto’o ran clean through after 17 minutes and slotted home the fourth for Barca. And the madness continued, Iniesta’s shot hit the post and Gudjohnsen was on hand to register the fifth. The second half was a far tighter affair, but Henry came off the bench to fire home a beautiful sixth after slick build-up play.

Villarreal 2 – Real Betis 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Villarreal fell behind at home to Real Betis when Damia connected with a left wing cross to steer the ball past Diego Lopez. Villarreal equalised just before in the 69th minute, Gonzalo looped a header into the far post from a free-kick. And just 60 seconds later Llorente turned the game on it’s head, sweeping home the second after Betis failed to clear a series of crosses.

Eibar 1 – Albacete 1 (Segunda Division, October 4, 2008)

Tenerife 3 – Alicante 1 (Segunda Division, October 4, 2008)

Sevilla Atletico 1 – Real Sociedad 0 (Segunda Division, October 4, 2008) Teemu Pukki scored a superb individual goal, finishing with a cracking 25-yarder into the top corner, to down Sociedad.