Barça loses top spot to Madrid

March 8, 2010

While it looked like Barcelona should have won easily against Almeria on Saturday night, a 2-2 draw meant that Real Madrid ended the weekend at the top of the Spanish League.

With 62 points apiece, it is Real Madrid that sits in the top position after keep their 100% home record in an exciting match against Sevilla – the final score was 3-2.

Things got off to a bad but not insurmountable start when Cisma scored for Almeria  in minute 11. With Barcelona dominating possession it came as little surprise when Leo Messi scored at the end of the first half off a free kick.

However, after the break came disaster; Puyol challenged an attack from Almeria and sent the ball into his own net, not something he’ll be happy with. And then a few minutes later Ibrahimovic received his marching orders from the ref after contact with Cisma.

With one man down, the odds were now against Barcelona. However, some luck was with them as Leo Messi scored his second equaliser of the night, although he was unable to make it a hat trick and keep Barcelona at the top of the table.

Next Saturday’s match will be important for Barça; third place Valencia visits the Nou Camp in a match that could easily see Barcelona drop more points.

1-0 Cisma (min 11)
1-1 Messi (min 42)
2-1 Puyol (min 56, own goal)
2-2 Messi (min 66)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Real Madrid
25
20
2
3
67
19
62
2
Barcelona
25
19
5
1
61
16
62
3
Valencia
24
13
7
4
42
24
46
4
Sevilla
25
13
4
8
38
28
43
5
Mallorca
25
13
4
8
41
28
43
6
Deportivo
25
12
5
8
29
27
41
7
Athletic Bilbao
25
12
4
9
34
30
40
8
Villarreal
25
9
6
10
36
37
33
9
Getafe
25
10
3
12
31
32
33
10
Atlético Madrid
25
8
7
10
38
38
31
11
Osasuna
25
8
7
10
24
26
31
12
Sporting Gijón
25
8
7
10
28
32
31
13
Almería
25
7
9
9
29
35
30
14
Espanyol
25
7
7
11
18
32
28
15
Málaga
25
6
9
10
31
33
27
16
Racing Santander
24
6
7
11
24
37
25
17
Zaragoza
25
6
7
12
30
48
25
18
Valladolid
25
3
11
11
27
44
20
19
Tenerife
25
5
5
15
21
52
20
20
Xerez
25
3
6
17
18
46
15

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1-0 Cisma (min 11)
1-1 Messi (min 42)
2-1 Puyol en p.p. (min 56)
2-2 Messi (min 66)

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