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How uttery shocking to see some ‘polemica’ inflcit the Mini-clasico but that’s exactly what happened in Barca B’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid Castilla. But before we get to that, a quick thought. Over the weekend I read an interview with Carlos Barnils, the man who started the ‘Barca’ magazine decades ago. Sadly, Barnils died in December, but in the article he talked about his lament for the fact that nobody goes to the Barca B matches. “They’re free for kids… Why don’t people show up? Where are the supporters?” It’s a fair question and has long been a beef of mine about the Segunda. Spain is in crisis, no question about that, so why don’t teams lower prices to lure in all fans? Anyhow, for the first time probably ever the Mini Estadi was just about filled to see the Mini Clasico. The main point of controversey was Alex’s red card for Castilla in the 55th. With Madrid winning 0-1 the referee showed Alex a red card for a shove to the face and ten minutes later Araujo scored the equalizer and added another four minutes after that. The hosts capped things off with a penalty kick via Deulofeu. All in all, a very entertaining match and it sets the table nicely for Wednesday’s Copa first leg.

 

Speaking of two teams who hate each other, Elche swept the derbi alicantino with a 2-0 win over Hercules. The visitors had improved of late but it was simply not up the standard that Elche have set. Federico Macheda is not Martinez Valero bound but perhaps they don’t even need him. As long as there is no huge drop-off, the Ilicitanos are Primera bound. Almost fitting that their best player this season, Xumetra, scored the first and their best addition this seaosn, Coro, scored the second. By the way, check out Phil Ball’s column on Elche this week on ESPNFC.com. Great read.

 

Good to see Villarreal back to winning with a 3-0 victory over Sabadell in the Friday nighter. An early goal after a Sabadell defensive error certainly helped and with many new arrivals coming to El Madrigal, including former Cruz Azul man Javier Aquino, things are looking up in Submarino land.

 

Well I’ll be doggone. Mirandes did it again. They won a match for the second time in a row in what I believe is for the first time this season. 2-1 the final over Recreativo who seem to hav too much of an overeliance on Chuli. The locals scored twice in the first ten minutes and they held on after that.

 

It was just one of those matches for Huesca who won when you least expect them to. 1-2 the final at the Pajaritos in Soria as Jorge D’Alessandro’s club downed Numancia. Too many midfield errors from Numancia that enabled Huesca to slip in a pair of goals and frankly they should have had more.

 

Alcorcon just needed some home comfort to return to their winning ways as they grabbed a 1-0 win over Alcorcon. Nagore’s goal was enough to get the job done in the second half. Nine victories and two draws this season at home for Alcorcon. Only Elche have been able to beat them at the Santo Domingo.

 

When your team finishes with only eight players, that’s not a good sign. Unfortunately for Racing that’s what happened in their 1-3 loss to Cordoba. Former Villarreal pup Marcos Gullon put the locals ahead but it was all downhill after that. All three expulsions coming in the second half. Kinda funny to see Carlos Bocanegra trying to argue with the referee in defense of Juanmi. Has Carlos improved his Spanish that much? Maybe so. It would take a miracle to prevent Racing from going down to the Segunda B.

 

Referee decisions also stained the outcome of Murcia’s 1-1 draw versus Sporting. Murcia, whose luck has been awful at best of late, had two players sent off and Sporting was finally able to take advantage and net a late equaliser. Indignant doesn’t begin to describe the reactions from the Murcia players afterwards.

 

The goal of the year is still up for grabs (Deulofeu’s versus Racing the leader in the clubhouse), but the save of the year is done. Lock it up. Party’s over and your winner is Yoel. Lugo’s netminder saved a shot that had no business not entering the net in the Galicians’ 3-1 win over Las Palmas. The ironic thing is that Yoel had committed a massive error earlier that led to Thievey’s goal that out the Pio Pio ahead. Just minutes after Oscar Diaz put the hosts ahead, a Thievy cross was destined for another Vitolo goal only to see Yoel dive and block the shot. Incredible.

 

Businesslike. That’s probably the best way to describe Almeria’s 0-2 win at Almeria. They were patient and found their opportunities just two minutes apart with goals via Corona and Charles. Side note – cool to see former Almeria striker Leo Ulloa score for Brighton in the FA Cup versus Arsenal.

 

We conclude with Girona getting back on the winning track with a late victory over Guadalajara. The manchegos hung in there but this was Girona’s game to win from the start. They controlled the tempo wand had the bulk of the chances. Deserved winner.

 

 

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