Bagging the Braces

Holy crap! That's about the only reaction you can have to yesterday's events in the Spanish top flight. Barcelona looked to be on the fast track to defending their title as they held a late 2-1 lead while rivals Real Madrid were on the wrong side of the same scoreline.

But in the waning moments of their match with Zaragoza, Ruud van Nistelrooy wove his predator's wand and smuggled his second into the Zara net, drawing Madrid level. Within minutes, Espanyol's Tamudo broke through the Barca back line to claim his own brace in the Catalan Derby.

Tamudo's strike was only the strong arm of galactic justice, the righteous right boot of the Karma Police slamming into Barca's collective cojones, the fitting response of the universe to Messi's "Mano de Dios" opener. It was really a shame that the little Argentine had to ruin what was otherwise a spectacular display with a bit of chicanery.

Regardless, with the top three all drawing, it goes down to the final weekend to decide the title race. Madrid are in the pole position as they can claim the crown by winning next Sunday. If they draw or lose, it's all up for grabs in what should prove a thrilling finale to an exciting season. I have to say that Real really look like a "team of destiny" - pulling out fantastic comebacks, gutsy draws, and having the results of other matches fortuitously fall their way. If they win this thing, they ought to give van Nistelrooy a statue in Madrid to go along with his Pichichi.

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