Soccer HighLights

Real Madrid 6 - 1 Deportivo La Coruña | Sunday October 3 2010
A simple conversion for Gonzalo Higuain and a Ze Castro own goal in the second half added to goals before the break from Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria.

At 5-0, a consolation from Juan Rodriguez failed to spoil the Madrid party and it was left to Ronaldo to cap off proceedings with his second in the dying moments of the game.

The home side dominated from the moment the referee blew his first whistle and looked determined to improve their goal difference with wave after wave of threatening attacks.

Deportivo set up with a narrow defensive formation in an attempt to stifle the inevitable onslaught but any hope of a shut-out was blasted away after just five minutes.

Ozil delivered a teasing corner kick into the six yard area allowing Ronaldo to open the scoring with a well-timed header.

Seemingly not content with their early one goal lead, Real continued to pile on the pressure with unrelenting ferocity against a startled Deportivo side.

Di Maria had a chance to double the advantage after he was teed up by compatriot Higuain but could only fire his shot straight at a grateful Manu in the Deportivo goal.

Without a sign of anything resembling an attacking threat of their own, Deportivo were forced into a constant show of containment but were unsuccessful as Madrid wrenched open the first half floodgates.

Just before the half hour mark Ozil looked to have missed his chance to get on the scoresheet when he failed to take on a shot.

Instead the German playmaker turned on to his favoured left side and guided the ball beyond Manu and into the far corner for his first goal in Madrid colours.

The lively Di Maria was next to join the goalscoring party with Madrid's third after latching on to Higuain's pinpoint cross to beat Manu at the near post with a powerful header.

A new half but Deportivo decided against regrouping and they were quickly punished for not making the most of their first chance of the match.

Having failed to beat Iker Casillas when through on goal, Lassad could only watch in despair as Higuain gave him a demonstration of how it should be done with a clinical finish at the other end just minutes later.

Jose Mourinho's men were beginning to carve out a reputation for being shy in front of goal this season with only seven goals from their five games and they looked determined to brush off such a tag by capitalising on the opportunity presented to them by the ineptitude of their opponents.

And Deportivo's Ze Castro was only too keen to assist by slicing the ball into his own net from six yards under pressure from the charging Marcelo.

Madrid were robbed of their clean sheet as Rodriguez was rewarded for daring to venture into Casillas's penalty area and nod home at the far post ahead of Marcelo.

But Ronaldo ensured that his side had the final say with a well taken solo effort for Madrid's sixth minutes before the referee's final whistle brought Deportivo’s miserable night to its conclusion.

Team Line up :

Real Madrid
Lineup [4-2-3-1]
1 I. Casillas | 4 S. Ramos | 3 Pepe | 2 R. Carvalho | 12 Marcelo | 14 X. Alonso | 24 S. Khedira | 7 Cristiano Ronaldo | 23 M. Ozil | 22 A. Di Maria | 20 G. Higuain

Lineup [4-2-3-1]
13 Manu | 2 M. Pablo | 7 A. Lopo | 5 Z. Castro | 3 C. Morel | 16 A. Tomas | 4 R. Perez | 22 J. Rodriguez
12 Saul | 18 A. Guardado | 8 Lassad
Levante came away from Osasuna with a barely deserved point after being outclassed by their hosts for much of the 1-1 draw at Estadio Reyno de Navarra.

After spurning a glut of chances, Osasuna finally went ahead through Walter Pandiani 18 minutes from time only for Levante to level through Sergio Gonzalez seven minutes later with their first shot on target.

Juanfran might have snatched all the points for the hosts late on but Levante goalkeeper Manuel Reina, as he did for much of the afternoon, stood up to the chance.

The point does little for either side in their bid to climb the standings, with both still flirting with the relegation zone after six games.

Osasuna bossed proceedings from the outset and fired the first warning shot after five minutes when Pandiani worked some space in the area but shanked his effort wide.

Reina was in for a busy afternoon in the Levante goal and was first called into action on 24 minutes, saving from Javier Camunas' drilled effort from the left side of the area.

Eight minutes later the visiting keeper was equal to Fernando Soriano's long-range drive while five minutes before the break he enjoyed his best moment of the half with an instinctive block from Juanfran's powerful effort.

Pandiani might have done better than head over from just six yards after 62 minutes, while Juanfran was again denied by Reina as the game entered its final quarter.

The relief in the stadium was palpable when the ball finally wound up in the Levante net on 72 minutes as Pandiani picked the ball up just outside the area and sent a low shot into the left corner.

But the joy was short-lived for the home supporters, who saw their team pegged back 11 minutes from time when Xisco centred from the right and Sergio took aim from distance with a superb effort beyond Ricardo.

Juanfran carved out one more chance for the hosts to snatch all the points two minutes from full-time but again Reina made the stop as Levante clinched a lucky point on their travels.

Team Line up
CA Osasuna

Lineup [4-4-2]
1 Ricardo | 24 Damia | 14 Josetxo | 4 Miguel Flano | 3 N. Monreal | 12 Juanfran | 20 F. Soriano | 10 F. Punal |  17 J. Camuñas | 7 C. Aranda

Levante UD
Lineup [4-2-3-1]
1 M. Reina | 17 Javi Venta | 18 S. Ballesteros | 3 Nano | 15 A. Del Horno | 16 Sergio | 14 X. Torres | 23 Valdo
| 21 R. Suarez | 19 Xisco | 9 R. Jorda
Kalu Uche's missed penalty proved crucial as Almeria missed the chance to pick up just their second Primera Division win of the season against 10-man Malaga, with the game ending 1-1.

Malaga, who entered the game with two wins from two on the road, had seen Pereira Eliseu sent off in the 40th minute for violent conduct after he reacted to a heavy challenge by Juanma Ortiz.

But the visitors made light of their numerical disadvantage to take the lead through Quincy Owusu-Abeyie four minutes after the interval.

Uche then had a chance to level matters but Ruben Martinez saved his penalty, although the striker did go on to grab his side's equaliser with 14 minutes remaining.

The hosts had started positively and came within inches of taking the lead when Pablo Piatti's close-range shot hit a post, although Malaga experienced similar frustration when Salomon Rondon's effort did likewise.

Uche also hit the woodwork with his low right-footed effort before the visitors saw Eliseu dismissed for his angry reaction to a robust tackle from Ortiz, which also saw the Almeria man booked.

The woodwork denied the home side when Corona's 20-yard curler came back of an upright, and Malaga rubbed salt into their wounds by claiming the opening goal.

Antonio Apono's pass found Owusu-Abeyie and the former Portsmouth man slotted the ball beyond Diego Alves into the bottom right-hand corner.

Ortiz blazed wildly over the crossbar as Almeria sought an equaliser and they looked set to do so when Patrick Mtiliga fouled Piatti, but Martinez guessed the right way to tip Uche's 63rd minute spot-kick round the post.

Martinez also kept out a fine effort from Piatti but Almeria's pressure eventually told as Uche tapped home from Hernan Bernardello's ball across the area.

The hosts pushed for a winner but Leonardo Ulloa and Ortiz failed to finish presentable chances in the dying moments.

Team Line Up

Lineup [4-3-3]
1 Diego Alves | 16 Michel | 21 C. Garcia | 18 S. Acasiete | 17 Juanma Ortiz | 19 M. M'Bami | 25 H. Bernardello | 15 Corona | 11 P. Piatti | 5 K. Uche | 8 A. Crusat

Malaga CF
Lineup [4-3-3]
25 Ruben | 2 J. Gamez | 12 K. Stadsgaard | 3 Weligton | 19 P. Mtiliga | 8 Fernando | 24 Juanito | 10 Apono
Villarreal continued their excellent start to the season by beating Racing Santander 2-0 to stay in second place after six rounds of Primera Division matches.

The Yellow Submarine had hoped to go top of the table for the first time in their history, but those hopes were scuppered yesterday as leaders Valencia beat Athletic Bilbao to hold on to first place.

Nevertheless, a win to keep them within a point of their regional rivals never looked in doubt after the home side scored twice within 13 minutes.

Nilmar opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season after eight minutes and Giuseppe Rossi doubled the hosts' lead five minutes later.

And those goals proved enough for Villarreal to seal their fifth straight Primera Division success since losing at Real Sociedad on the opening weekend.

Nilmar smashed home the opener to give the home side the lead after Rossi's shot was saved by Tono.

Racing had started well and the goal came as a big blow to the Cantabrians.

And there was worse to come as Rossi made it two five minutes later, when he latched on to Santi Cazorla's pass and clipped the ball over Tono.

Nilmar, the league's top scorer, hit the post later in the first half and missed a host of chances to add to his tally in the second period.

Racing offered little and, apart from Ivan Bolado's late effort, the visitors never looked likely to get back in it.

Villarreal stay second with 15 points, while Racing still have only four and sit third from bottom.

Team Line up:
Villarreal CF

Lineup [4-4-2]
13 D. Lopez | 6 Angel | 4 M. Musacchio | 5 C. Marchena | 11 J. Capdevila | 20 B. Valero | 19 M. Senna |
21 Bruno | 8 S. Cazorla | 22 G. Rossi | 7 Nilmar

Racing Santander
Lineup [4-4-2]

13 Tono | 14 P. Pinillos | 24 W. Ponce | 19 M. Torrejon | 6 D. Cisma | 16 Kennedy | 20 A. Tziolis | 21 P. Diop | 5 M. Lacen | 10 P. Munitis | 22 Ariel

Getafe picked up their third Primera Division victory of the season after comfortably seeing off promoted Hercules.

First-half goals from Dani Parejo and Manu del Moral set Getafe on their way and substitute Miku added a third late on to seal a convincing win for Michel's side, who also hit the woodwork twice.
Hercules, who have caused two huge upsets this season with wins over Barcelona and Sevilla, could have no complaints about the result and a disappointing afternoon for them was complete when they had Abel Aguilar sent off in the 89th minute.

Getafe were soundly beaten by Malaga in their previous home match but the Azulones were on top from the first minute onwards today.

Captain Manu drew a good save from Juan Calatayud in the second minute and soon after that impressive Parejo clipped the crossbar with a rising shot.

It was no surprise, therefore, to see Getafe take the lead in the 21st minute, Parejo stealing into the six-yard box unchecked to head home Victor Sanchez's floated cross.

Getafe striker Adrian Colunga drove another opening into the side-netting before the hosts doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when Parejo played in Manu, who drilled in a low shot.
The second half continued with Getafe looking much the more dangerous side and Parejo and Sanchez were both denied by good saves from Calatayud.

Hercules became more of a threat later on following the introduction of fit-again striker Nelson Valdez, but they could find no way through and Getafe sealed the points in the 82nd minute with a breakaway goal.

Team Line Up:

Getafe CF
Lineup [4-2-3-1]
13 J. Codina | 24 M. Torres | 2 Cata Diaz | 23 I. Marcano | 3 Mane | 18 D. Boateng | 17 V. Sanchez |
16 P. Rios | 11 D. Parejo | 14 Manu | 9 A. Colunga

Hercules CF
Lineup [4-2-3-1]
1 J. Calatayud | 21 D. Cortes | 5 A. Paz | 23 N. Pamarot | 16 F. Pena | 14 A. Aguilar | 18 M. Fritzler | 15 Kiko | 24 T. Gomes | 12 R. Drenthe | 17 D. Trezeguet