With its second straight loss, Real Madrid
finds itself near the bottom of the Spanish Primera Liga standings.
Coach Wanderley Luxembergo already was on the hot seat before the "Galacticos"
dropped a 1-0 contest at Espanyol on Sunday. Star-studded Real started
poorly last season and went through two coaching changes before finally
settling on Luxembergo.
After losing to Celta Vigo last Saturday, Real is in 15th place, which
certainly won't sit well with some of the most impatient fans in the
world. To make matters worse, Madrid was hammered by Lyon, 3-0, in a
UEFA Champions league match Tuesday.
Daniel Jarque provided the only scoring in the contest when he was able
to get his header past goalkeeper Iker Casillas after a free kick by
Ivan de la Pena in the 68th minute.
Getafe received two goals from Ivan Riki in a 4-3 victory over Alaves to
move into first place for the first time in the club's Primera Liga
Brazilian striker Nene, who scored all three goals for Alaves, got the
hosts on the board after just seven minutes, but David Belenguer evened
the contest just one minute later.
Nene struck again in the 13th minute, but Riki answered in the 26th and
38th to give Getafe the lead for good. Defender Mariano Pernia provided
the insurance goal in the 50th minute.
Barcelona was a 2-1 loser at Atletico Madrid. Samuel Eto'o scored his
third goal of the season for Barca, but tallies by Fernando Torres and
Mateja Kezman sank the defending champions.
Celta Vigo was knocked out of the top spot after dropping a 1-0 home
contest to Racing Santander on a goal by Francisco Casquero in the 60th
Other results included Malaga edging Athletic Bilbao, 2-1; Villareal and
Cadiz tying, 1-1; Osasuna topping Sevilla, 1-0; Real Betis and Real
Zaragoza playing to a 0-0 draw; Valencia and Deportivo la Coruna tying,
2-2; and Mallorca rolling past Real Sociedad, 5-2.