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Espanyol didn't have much chance of overturning a 3-1 first leg deficit when they hosted Sevilla in the cup, but referee Clos Gómez didn't help either when he sent off Javi López and awarded a penalty to the visitors midway through the first half. The locals complained that if it was a foul (which was in itself doubtful), it was outside of the area, but when the chips are down...

All eyes this weekend though were on the game between city rivals Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in the Bernabeu stadium, where many observers felt that Undiano Mallenco was a bit too lenient, especially in a first half which seemed more akin to a children's playground than a first division football field. There were tugs, pulls, dives, theatrics, spits and moans to the referee (sir, sir, he kicked me sir!), and it was a miracle that for example the belligerent Diego Costa came through the match without a single caution. That's a derby for you! (05.12.12)

Name Games played Yellow cards Red cards Total
Teixeira Vitienes, J.A. 10 69 7 76
Pérez Lasa 10 65 7 72
Alvarez Izquierdo 9 61 4 65
Pérez Montero 10 56 6 62
Teixeira Vitienes, F. 9 54 7 61
Del Cerro Grande 9 57 3 60
Gil Manzano 9 57 3 60
Iglesias Villanueva 8 52 7 59
Muñiz Fernández 8 52 7 59
Hernández Hernández 8 47 6 53