Osasuna shock Barca with a home defeat; Forlan’s hat-trick leads Atletico over Bilbao

Barcelona 0 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Walter Pandiani headed Osasuna into a surprise 25th minute lead at Barcelona. The result saw Osasuna climb out of the relegation zone, while a poor night for Pep Guardiola’s side was compounded nine minutes from the end when Marc Muniesa was given his marching orders. Despite the defeat, Barca celebrated winning the La Liga title after the game, celebrations can be seen here.

Almeria 0 – Espanyol 3 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) Daniel Ivan Alonso finished off a breakaway goal for Espanyol as they took lead at Almeria. Ivan Alsono bagged a second in 72nd minute, Ferran Corominas was also on target as he struck in injury-time.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Atletico Madrid 4 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) Raul Garcia (62) fired the capital giants in front just past the hour-mark, before Xabier Etxeita levelled matters five minutes later. Diego Forlan then bagged a quick-fire brace (73 & 77) to all but wrap up the points for Abel Resino’s men. There was, still time for Forlan to complete his hat-trick as he made no mistake from the penalty spot with three minutes left on the clock.

Malaga 1 – Real Betis 1 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) Malaga failed to clear their lines after a period of Real Betis pressure minutes before the breaking ending off in Luis Edu cracking home the opener from the edge of the box. Albert Luque snatched an equaliser seven minutes from the end.

Villarreal 3 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) Joseba Llorente received a right wing cross in the Valencia box on 15 minutes, the striker spinning on a sixpence before finding the back of the net. Soon Llorente doubled both his Villarreal’s lead with a back post header on the half hour. David Villa pulled the visitors back into the game with a close range finish minutes before the interval. Cani sealed the win with the Yellow Submarine’s third after the break.

Sevilla 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) A last minute header from Diego Perotti earned Sevilla all three points.

Getafe 1 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) An excellent move from Getafe that saw the ball travel from back to front ended with a fine finish from Roberto Soldado on the hour mark.

Recreativo Huelva 0 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, May 23, 2009) A close range strike from Nikola Zigic proved enough for Racing and condemned Recre to the drop.

Valladolid 1 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, May 23, 2009)


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