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· Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
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27 Abr Tenerife Tenerife x Valladolid
27 Abr Zaragoza Zaragoza x Celta
27 Abr La Coruna Deportivo L.C. x Málaga
27 Abr Valencia Valencia x Espanyol
27 Abr San Sebastián Real Sociedad x Real Madrid
27 Abr Sevilla Sevilla x Alavés
27 Abr Barcelona Barcelona x Villareal
27 Abr Madrid Rayo Vallecano x Athletic de B.
27 Abr Palma de Mallorca Mallorca x Betis
27 Abr Pamplona Osasuna x Las Palmas


· Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Colo Colo
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
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MADRID, April 26 (www.DailySoccer.com)

Talk of the title race has been overshadowed by Barcelona's Champions League clash with Real Madrid, and it has to be said, the match didn't disappoint.

Barcelona, though, were effectively robbed. They played with so much more imagination and flair than their guests but were undone by swift Real forays up field that will ultimately prove decisive over the two legs. Lets he honest., Barca are never going to beat Real by two clear goals at the Bernabeu. The Merengues will be able to set their stall out not to concede next week, and as the Catalans push forward, gaps will inevitably open up at the back. Gaps which the likes of Luis Figo (back from suspension, Santi Solari (magnificent in the first leg) and Zinedine Zidane will be able to exploit.

This weekend Real face a tricky trip to the Basque country where they will face Real Sociedad. Last weekend they brushed aside Tenerife 4-1 at the Bernabeu and rarely got out of third gear while doing so. The hosts just had nothing to hurt them, and although Javi Venta briefly brought the teams level with a fine lob, it was always just a matter of time until Real surged ahead again.

Valencia play host to Espanyol this weekend on the back of that fine 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna last week. The scoreline really flattered Depor as the Ches, led by Pablo Aimar, were much the better side throughout and could have scored a couple more. It was surely a boost for Rafa Benitez to have Roberto Ayala back from injury, and the Argentine marked his return with one of his typically crude challenges from behind, for which he was booked.

It was generally agreed that Deportivo's title hopes went up in smoke with last week's Mestella defeat. Five points off the pace with just three games to go is surely too big a bridge to gap. This weekend they return to the rather more friendly surrounds of the Riazor where they face Joaquin Peiro's Malaga. The islanders really haven't got the praise they've deserved this season. They currently sit in seventh place and have lost just ten games- as many as Barcelona and Deportivo. Defensively they are sound, while in the centre- of the park they have one of the most under-rated players in the league in Marcelo Romero. The strike partnership of Dely Valades and Dario Silva continues to impress and it would be no surprise to see them playing in the Uefa Cup next season, either through the league or the Intertoto. This clash is a possible banana skin for Depor.

Barcelona are now involved in a three-way fight for that fourth Champions League place with Celta Vigo and Real Betis. They should keep on the coattails of Celta with a win against Villarreal for whom Martin Palermo has returned after all these months out through injury.

Celta know they are going to have a fight on their hands to keep that fourth placed spot as they travel to relegation threatened Real Zaragoza. The Galicians, one sense, deserve something out of this season for the way they have once again entertained on a consistent basis. The Russian duo of Alexander Mostovoi and Valeri Karpin remain a joy to watch and it would be a shame if the latter was to leave the Liga shores for one of the lesser Premiership clubs that are said to be interested in him. Bolton and Blackburn have both been linked and although they are two well-run clubs, surely the former Valencia player deserves a more high profile side in which to showcase his talents.

One wonders just whether Celta will be able to keep hold of all their stars through to next season. Peter Luccin has been a real success story in the middle of the park and it's hard to avoid the thought that one of La Liga's 'elite four' wouldn't be tempted by a move for the Frenchman. The likes of Vagner, Jesuli and Edu have also had superb seasons and wouldn't look out of place at a bigger club.

Elsewhere, Betis travel to Mallorca, while Sevilla host Alaves.


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Tenerife's troubles double after defeat by Valladolid

MADRID, April 28 (AFP)

The tense battle to avoid relegation from the Spanish first division became a little clearer on Sunday as Rayo Vallecano and Osasuna both won, to ease themselves clear of trouble, while Las Palmas, Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza and Tenerife all lost.
At the top of the table, Deportivo's slim chance of lifting the title evaporated when they were held 2-2 by visiting Malaga.
Bottom club Tenerife were the biggest losers crashing 5-1 at home to Valladolid.
Valladolid striker Fernando Sales set the tone for the game after 13 minutes, going past a pack of the Canary islander team's defenders before slotting the ball home with his left foot.
His second goal, five minutes from time, was arguably the best on the night, finding the net from just inside the area.
The loss leaves Tenerife, who were promoted last season, propping up the bottom of the table with 35 points from 36 games, with just two games to go and three to go down.
Zaragoza remain one point and one place above Tenerife following their 1-0 defeat at home to Celta Vigo and face the prospect of playing in the Spanish second division for the first time since 1978.
Celta striker Jesuli Mora extended Zaragoza's winless streak to 10 games with a long-range strike after 56 minutes.
By contrast, the victory takes the Galicians back into fourth place and in line for a place in European Champions League next season.
Las Palmas and Real Mallorca appear to be contesting the final relegation spot, in 17th and 18th place respectively, with both clubs having 39 points.
Mallorca were given a torrid time by visitors Real Betis, who went ahead from Benjamin Zarandona after just eight minutes.
Benjamin hit the headlines in another fashion this week by appearing nearly nude in a Spanish women's magazine but made the news in a more customary fashion with a stunning individual effort, running through the Mallorca defence, finishing off the move with his left foot.
Betis strikers Joao Tomas and Gabriel Amato added further goals in the second half before Alberto Luque got a consolation goal in injury time for the home side.
The Seville-based side remain in contention for the Champions League next season, staying in sixth palce with 59 points, having lost only once in their last 17 games.
Las Palmas may just avoid possibly being the second Canary island club to be relegated if they continue to play the way they did at Osasuna, despite the 3-2 loss in Pamplona.
However, next week they play host to local rivals Tenerife, an always bitter derby but with even more at stake than usual.
In sharp relief to the teams trying to avoid the drop, Valencia moved a step closer to their first Spanish championship in 31 years after they beat Espanyol 2-1 on Saturday.
Valencia put themselves in the position of being able to clinch the league title at Malaga next weekend after Real Madrid were defeated 3-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday
Valencia now lead the table with 69 points from 36 games while Madrid stay in second place but are now four points adrift.
However, Valencia won the hard way going a goal down and then having a man sent-off before two second half goals from their World Cup-bound Spanish international playmaker Ruben Baraja.
In the wake of Real Madrid's emphatic mid-week 2-0 Champions League victory over Barcelona, Real Sociedad were supposed to be easy meat for the visitors to San Sebastian, but the defending champions bit off more than they could chew.
Sociedad took the lead 12 minutes into the second half through a Darko Kovacevic penalty after Ivan Helguera had fouled Agustin Aranzabal.
Two goals in the last six minutes from Dimitri Khokhlov and Oscar De Paula continued Sociedad's four game home unbeaten streak since coach Roberto Olabe took over last month from the sacked John Toshack.
The victory almost ensures Sociedad's survival after spending much of the season mired in the relegation zone.
Deportivo remain in third place with 62 points after their 2-2 draw with Malaga but are now unable to overtake Valencia and will concentrate their energies on the final game of the season, when they play host to Real Madrid.
The game may decide whether the Galicans get seeded directly into next season's Champions League group stage.
Barcelona bounced back from their crushing mid-week defeat to fire four second half goals in 16 minutes past Villarreal on Saturday to beat them 4-1, but the Catalans stay fifth following Celta's victory.


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Mallorca sack Kresic two games from season end

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) -

Sergio Kresic has been sacked as coach of relegation-threatened Real Mallorca, the Spanish first division club have announced.

The Croatian is to be replaced by youth team coach Tomeu Llompart who will take control of the club for the last two games of the season.

"I know it is an unusual decision and it something that under normal circumstances I would not have liked to do," Mallorca president Mateo Alemany told Radio Marca on Monday night.

"But after reflecting on the team's recent performances the board reached the conclusion that the only option open to us was to change the coach and hope for a reaction from the players."

Kresic's sacking came after a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Real Betis on Sunday saw the team drop back into the relegation zone.

Last season Mallorca were guided into third place in the first division and a Champions League place by coach Luis Aragones.

But the departure of the inspirational 63-year-old to take charge at his old club Atletico Madrid coincided with a change in fortunes for the Balearic island club.

After a poor start to the season new coach Bernd Krauss was sacked after just eight games, with the team in 18th place in the table.

Kresic took over from the German, but exit from the Champions League and then the UEFA Cup followed, while the team's league form failed to improve enough to end their relegation worries.

The Croatian has held posts at Valladolid, Real Betis and Las Palmas among other clubs in his 16-year coaching career in Spain.

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