Spanish La Liga Team of the Week

Real Madrid's winning run continued as they downed Deportivo La Coruna at home, while Barcelona were made to work for three points away at Sevilla.

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Under pressure to keep pace with title rivals Barca, Real trounced Deportivo La Coruna 5-1. Meanwhile, the Catalans continue to lead the table after overcoming a two-goal deficit to defeat Sevilla 3-2.

There were goals galore in the other fixtures as well, with Real Valladolid slotting six past Rayo Vallencano, in addition to four-goal victories for both Osasuna and Malaga.

The players in this edition of the team of the week are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation.

GK:  Miguel Angel Moya (Getafe)

Welcoming Real Mallorca to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez was a momentous occasion for Moya, who had spent five years starring for Los Bermellones. The goalkeeper put in a memorable performance in the game against his former side, denying Tomer Hemed and Anderson Conceicao. His clean sheet boosted Getafe up to 11th place, and put paid to Mallorca's hopes of sharing third spot with Malaga.

RB: Antonio Rukavina (Real Valladolid)

One of the four Valladolid players to get on the score-sheet against Vallecano, Rukavina's strike marked his first goal since his move from 1860 Munchen over the summer. The right-back displayed all the grace and composure of a forward when he was found in space by team-mate Omar Ramos, drilling the ball into the back of Ruben's net.  

LB: Guilherme Siqueira (Granada)


The Brazilian was one of Granada's star performers as his team scrapped past Celta Vigo with a 2-1 win at the Los Carmenes. Stepping up to put away a penalty after team-mate Gabriel Torje was brought down by Carlos Bellvis, Siqueira returned the favour six minutes later when he flew down the left flank to send in a cross for the Romanian to score his first goal in Granada colours.

CB: Pepe (Real Madrid)

Iker Casillas was hardly tested by Deportivo, thanks in part to a commanding performance by Pepe. The Portuguese patrolled the Los Blancos penalty box industriously, although he was helpless when Riki skipped past Rafael Varane for the opposition's opening strike. Pepe was also the only defender to get on the score-sheet during the game, when he rose to head home Xabi Alonso's free kick. 

CB: Alvaro (Real Zaragoza)

Putting his body on the line several times during his team's 2-0 defeat to Valencia, Alvaro deserved better than to end up on the losing side. The Spaniard rose to the challenge presented by a sharp Los Che attack, preventing what could have possibly been a much heavier defeat for Zaragoza. 

CM: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)

Regardless of whether one loved or hated Fabregas' actions in the run-up to Gary Mendel's sending off, there can be little doubt that the midfielder was vital in Barcelona's comeback at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The Catalan side were uncharacteristically poor for much of the game, allowing Piotr Trochowski and Alvaro Negredo to find the back of Victor Valdes' net before Fabregas pulled one back early in the second half. The former Arsenal player's first goal seemed to spur his team-mates to life, as they rained shots down on Andres Palop's goalmouth soon after.

The sending-off that followed might have been uncalled for, with the build-up to Fabregas' second-strike also highly contentious, but the Spaniard's contributions certainly sewed up three highly controversial points for Tito Vilanova.

CM: Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid)

The Atletico Madrid presence is usually taken up by striker Falcao, but it was Raul Garcia who stole the headlines for Diego Simeone's men in their 1-0 win over Espanyol.

Atletico struggled to carve out chances against their opposition before Garcia eased the fears of Los Colchoneros fans when he glided in unchecked to meet Juanfran's cross from the right flank on the half-hour mark.

AM: Oscar (Real Valladolid)


Tormenting Vallecano's defence at will, Oscar was at the heart of every Valladolid attack during his team's 6-1 mauling of the side from Madrid.

After scoring just four goals in the last five games, no one was expecting Miroslav Dukic's side to hammer six past their opposition. However, Oscar's cheeky flick-on to find Alberto Bueno for Valladolid's opener hinted that the team were in the mood to put their poor attacking record behind them. The Pucela playmaker linked up beautifully with team-mate Manucho for his team's second, before putting two past a helpless Ruben himself.

RW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)


Although Jose Mourinho's team allowed Deportivo to score the first goal, they secured three points easily with Ronaldo's hat-trick. The former Manchester United player hit the back of the net in between strikes from Angel Di Maria and Pepe.

He could have increased his tally had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping from opposition custodian Daniel Aranzubia. Exposing the porousness of the Deportivo defence, Ronaldo ran circles round the experienced pairing of Carlos Marchena and Manuel Pablo, with the latter treated to an especially torrid time from the Portuguese international.

 LW: Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)

The Frenchman was Sociedad's biggest threat by far in their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilabo, tested opposition goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz fequently. Griezmann was rewarded for his sprightly performance when he finally broke the deadlock after latching on to Imanol Agirretxe's pass at the hour mark.

ST: Manucho (Real Valladolid)

The former Manchester United frontman left the Vallecano defence in his wake as he danced round them in a great show of individual skill. Teaming up twice with fellow Valladolid starlet Oscar, Manucho opened his account this season with a beautiful far post header, before setting up his Spanish squad-mate for the team's third and fifth goal.



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