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Four-goal Barcelona pile the pressure on Madrid

Published: Tuesday 10 April 2012, 23.55CET
FC Barcelona defeated Getafe CF to make it ten Liga victories on the trot and move to within a point of Real Madrid CF, on a night when CA Osasuna overcame RCD Espanyol.
Four-goal Barcelona pile the pressure on Madrid
Alexis Sánchez is mobbed by his Barcelona team-mates after scoring the opener ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 10 April 2012, 23.55CET

Four-goal Barcelona pile the pressure on Madrid

FC Barcelona defeated Getafe CF to make it ten Liga victories on the trot and move to within a point of Real Madrid CF, on a night when CA Osasuna overcame RCD Espanyol.

FC Barcelona moved to within one point of leaders Real Madrid CF at the Liga summit after a comprehensive home victory against Getafe CF.

The champions, who a month ago lay ten points behind José Mourinho's charges, put the pressure on the pacesetters by completing their tenth consecutive league victory in style.

Alexis Sánchez broke the deadlock with a curling shot (13) after latching on to Lionel Messi's chested lay-off and the Argentinian international scored his 39th league goal of the campaign with a rasping shot just before half-time following a one-two with Andrés Iniesta. Second-half headers by Alexis and Pedro Rodríguez completed the scoring.

Madrid can restore their four-point advantage by winning the capital derby on Wednesday, though Club Atlético de Madrid need a home victory in order to close the gap on sixth-placed CA Osasuna, who defeated RCD Espanyol 2-0. Raúl García's second-half double put paid to the Barcelona-based side, who had both Coutinho and Juan Forlín sent off after the interval.

Elsewhere, Real Betis Balompié salvaged a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad de Fútbol after Rubén Castro (70) cancelled out Carlos Vela's fourth goal in three Liga matches.

Last updated: 02/06/12 2.00CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/04/2012 17:16 CET

10/04/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0GetafeGetafe

Alexis Sánchez 13, 73, Messi 44, Pedro Rodríguez 75

Venue: Barcelona

10/04/2012

OsasunaOsasuna2-0EspanyolEspanyol

Raúl García 53, 69

Venue: Pamplona

10/04/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1BetisBetis

Vela 56

Rubén 70

Venue: San Sebastian

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