Madrid stumble leaves Barça at top

October 5, 2009

The question this season has been, who was going to stumble first; FC Barcelona or Real Madrid?

While on paper Barcelona should have walked all over Almeria on Saturday night – last season they beat them 5-0 at the Nou Camp – they managed to break down the attack though fair means and foul, preventing Barça’s from getting through for the first half an hour. Xavi came close twenty minutes in, but it wasn’t until minute 31 that Pedro shot from inside the box to put Barcelona one goal up.

From then on the match continued pretty much as it had been, with Almeria’s heavy tactical fouling breaking up Barcelona’s fluency. After the break Almeria attempted to pick up the game and break into the Barcelona defence. However, they were unsuccessful, allowing the Catalans to keep the three points.

While Barça came close to stumbling, Madrid did for sure. Facing third placed Sevilla on Sunday night, it was always going to be a tough match. In the end Sevilla beat Real Madrid 2-1, leaving both teams on 15 points and Madrid in second place in the league thanks to the goal average.

1-0, Pedro (min 31)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
6
6
0
0
17
3
18
2
Real Madrid
6
5
0
1
17
4
15
3
Sevilla
6
5
0
1
14
4
15
4
Deportivo
6
4
0
2
10
6
12
5
Valencia
6
3
2
1
12
7
11
6
Mallorca
6
3
1
2
11
7
10
7
Athletic Bilbao
6
3
1
2
7
9
10
8
Getafe
6
3
0
3
9
9
9
9
Sporting Gijón
6
2
2
2
8
8
8
10
Espanyol
6
2
2
2
5
7
8
11
Zaragoza
6
2
1
3
8
9
7
12
Osasuna
6
2
1
3
6
8
7
13
Almería
6
1
3
2
5
6
6
14
Atlético Madrid
6
1
3
2
9
14
6
15
Tenerife
6
2
0
4
3
10
6
16
Valladolid
6
1
2
3
7
12
5
17
Racing Santander
6
1
2
3
7
13
5
18
Málaga
6
1
1
4
6
8
4
19
Villarreal
6
0
3
3
4
8
3
20
Xerez
6
0
2
4
1
12
2

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