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La Liga’s Greatest Showdowns Ever!

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La Liga’s Greatest Showdowns Ever!

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La Liga’s Greatest Showdowns Ever!

There have been many amazing matches in Spain’s top-flight. Let’s check out three of the best ever!

Villareal 4 – 4 Barcelona – 08/04/2001

Season 2000/01 was only Villarreal’s second campaign in La Liga. To put things in perspective, they’d been in the 4th tier only a decade earlier! This is one of the matches where their identity as a new force to be reckoned with in Spanish football was created. The quality of the footage isn’t perfect, but watch out for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola providing assists at both ends of the pitch. Future Villarreal boss Javi Calleja also found the net in this game.

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Barcelona 3 – 2 Valencia – 17/06/2001

This was almost certainly the best individual performance in a decade when almost all of the world’s superstars plied their trade in Spain at some time or another. It’s not just the quality of the goals from Rivaldo but the context of the game that they came in. This is the final match-day of the season and effectively it’s a play-off between Barcelona and Valencia for the only remaining Champions League place. The visitors only need a draw and they appear to be on track until Brazilian legend Rivaldo scores from an incredible bicycle kick in the dying moments of the match and of the season!

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Athletico Bilbao 4 – 4 Real Betis -13/02/2009

We head to a rain-drenched Bilbao and the old San Mames Stadium for the next one. A Betis side, who were in the middle of one of their best ever seasons, fly into a 3-0 lead, with a youthful Joaquin amongst the scorers. Ernesto Valverde, in the first of two spells as Athletic boss, looks totally miserable on the touchline, but his mood is soon improved by one hell of a comeback from his Basque outfit!

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