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Disappointment for Spain's big two in the Champions League this week, as both were dumped out of the competition at the semi-final stage. Despite having ten shots to Chelsea's one, Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by the Premier League side, old nemesis Fernando Torres striking the killer blow right at the end after goals from Busquets and Iniesta had given them hope. And the following day Real Madrid lost in the penalty shoot out to Bayern Munich, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring both goals as the second leg ended 2-1, an identical result as the first leg. One of those goals was from the penalty spot, but then Ronaldo missed one in the shoot out, as did Kaká and Ramos, to allow the German side through. Curiously Messi had also missed a spot kick the day before, causing the statisticians to trawl the history books for the last time (if ever) that both had failed in the same week! Some joy for La Liga sides in the Europa League though, with another all Spanish final to light up the end of the season. Adrián got the only goal as Atlético Madrid won for the second time in a week against Valencia, and Susaeta, Ibai Gómez and Llorente were the scorers as Athletic Bilbao beat Sporting Lisbon to overturn the first leg defeat.

Another big scoring weekend, with Ronaldo and Messi extending the all time record even further after both moved on to 43 goals for the league season. Ronaldo got the opener for Real Madrid against Sevilla, with Benzema adding two more to take the league leaders within sight of the league title. They were unable to celebrate this Sunday though as Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 0-7 later in the evening, the first and last from Messi and two from Pedro in between. Elsewhere Agirretxe scored for Real Sociedad in a 3-0 win over Racing Santander which sent the Cantabrians down, and Falcao headed an injury time equaliser for Atlético at Betis to take his team up to sixth. Koné also got one of Levante's goals in a 3-1 win over Granada to take his total for the campaign to seventeen, and he now has a serious dilemma. According to his contract with Sevilla, if he scores eighteen or more for the season during his loan spell at the Valencia based side, he will be obliged to extend his deal with the Andalusians for another year. However he has no intention of returning to the Sánchez Pizjuán after a disappointing few years there, and has already provisionally agreed terms as to stay at Levante, assuming he would be a free agent. Last weekend he forced a fifth yellow card to sit out the midweek games, but after that he has two more matches "not" to score a goal. With a place in Europe at stake, can Juan Ignacio Martínez afford to leave him out? (30.04.12)

Pichichi League Cup Europe Total (Penalties)
Messi (Barcelona) 43 5 17 65 (9)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 43 4 10 57 (13)
Falcao (Atlético) 23 0 10 33 (6)
Benzema (Real Madrid) 20 4 7 31 (0)
Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) 17 5 7 29 (2)
Soldado (Valencia) 17 3 7 27 (3)
Higuaín (Real Madrid) 21 1 3 25 (0)
Adrián (Atlético) 6 1 11 18 (0)
Koné (Levante) 15 2 0 17 (0)
Michu (Rayo Vallecano) 15 2 0 17 (0)
Jonas (Valencia) 7 4 5 16 (1)
Fàbregas (Barcelona) 9 3 3 15 (0)
Rubén Castro (Betis) 14 0 0 14 (0)
Alexis (Barcelona) 11 1 2 14 (0)
Xavi (Barcelona) 10 2 2 14 (0)
Susaeta (Athletic Bilbao) 6 2 5 13 (0)
Callejón (Real Madrid) 5 3 5 13 (0)
Negredo (Sevilla) 12 0 0 12 (1)
Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) 10 2 0 12 (0)
Stuani (Racing) 8 4 0 12 (5)
Miku (Getafe) 11 0 0 11 (1)
Vela (Real Sociedad) 11 0 0 11 (0)
Pedro (Barcelona) 5 2 4 11 (2)