After being eliminated from the Champions
League, FC Barcelona showed the ability to recover, beating Athletic de
Bilbao and increasing the pressure on Real Madrid.
For the Basque side, disaster struck in the 21st minute when Prieto
scored an own goal in Barcelona's favour. The Frenchman Ludovic Giuly
got the second, and as it turned out, decisive goal in the 38th minute,
In an Andalucian derby, Real Betis defeated Malaga 1-2. Juanito and Edu
scored for the team from Sevilla in the 4th and 17th minutes
respectively, while Baiano got one back for Malage in the 26th.
On Sunday, Real Madrid visit Getafe, Espanyol travel to Villarreal and
Atletico de Madrid will be hosting Valencia.