Villarreal cancel Barcelona’s title celebrations with last gasp equaliser; Aguero & Forlan save Atletico

Barcelona 3 – Villarreal 3 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A wonderful left-footed drive from Seydou Keita on the angle, which arrowed into the top corner, gave Barca the lead over Villarreal 12 minutes in. The Yellow Submarine hit back, a slick attack was finished off by Joseba Llorente after Yaya Toure was robbed of the ball in midfield. Barca retook the lead in the 36th minute when the Catalans took a quick free-kick with Samuel Eto’o scoring. And it was soon three as Dani Alves cracked home a sweet free-kick on the stroke of halftime. For the second game running Eric Abidal was sent off, allowing Matias Fernandez to score a 78th minute penalty. And in a dramatic finish Joseba Llorente scored a brilliant solo last minute equaliser to claim a surprise point.

Atletico Madrid 3 – Espanyol 2 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The visitors led 2-nil at halftime thanks to a Nene penalty and a bundled effort from Daniel Jarque with the hosts further hindered by the 32nd minute dismissal of central defender Luis Perea. But a second half revival saw Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero drag Atletico level before Forlan netted again in stoppage time.

Getafe 3 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) An Esteban Granero penalty in the 26th minute gave Getafe the lead over Osasuna at home. An appalling flap by Osasuna keeper Roberto allowed Esteban Granero’s 20-yard shot to slip though his grasp and into his net. Ikechukwu Uche scored a third to wrap up the win.

Malaga 1 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Albert Luque’s 87th minute penalty earned Malaga the three points.

Recreativo Huelva 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Joan Verdu chipped the visitors into an 18th minute lead, with Adrian Colunga equalising in the 44th after racing on to Javi Fuego’s pass and firing home. Pablo Alvarez scored Deportivo’s winning goal from close range after receiving Filipe Luis’ pass in the 50th.

Almeria 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Gonzalez Carmelo put Sporting in front in the 16th minute, but Miguel Nieto (27) Kalu Uche (55) and substitute Pablo Piatti (90) completed the turn around.

Valladolid 0 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Numancia remain rock bottom and four points from safety after a draw at Valladolid.