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Barça held as Madrid earn derby spoils

Published: Saturday 27 April 2013, 22.00CET
Lionel Messi's introduction changed the game, but FC Barcelona leaked a last-minute equaliser at Athletic Club, while Real Madrid CF came from behind to win the capital derby.
Barça held as Madrid earn derby spoils
Ángel Di María scored Madrid's derby winner ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 27 April 2013, 22.00CET

Barça held as Madrid earn derby spoils

Lionel Messi's introduction changed the game, but FC Barcelona leaked a last-minute equaliser at Athletic Club, while Real Madrid CF came from behind to win the capital derby.

Lionel Messi gave a stellar cameo, but Liga leaders FC Barcelona conceded a last-minute equaliser as Athletic Club, while Real Madrid CF came from behind to win the derby against Club Atlético de Madrid.  

Trailing at the break after Markel Susaeta's 20th-minute tap-in, Barcelona introduced Messi just before the hour and battled back. The substitute equalised with a sumptuous solo goal, dancing his way through three Athletic players before stroking into the bottom-left corner. Alexis Sánchez swiftly handed Barça the lead, but any thoughts of victory were dashed when Ander Herrera lashed in late on.

Coveted Colombian striker Falcao put the hosts in front early on at the Vicente Calderón with a trademark header, but Juanfran diverted Ángel di María's free-kick past his own keeper to quickly level matters. Di María needed no fortune in the second half, however, as he finished superbly across Thibaut Courtois to earn the Merengues the bragging rights.

Elsewhere, RC Celta de Vigo improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a slender win against mid-table Levante UD thanks to Augusto Fernandez's first-half effort. Real Zaragoza moved up to 18th with a late 3-2 victory against RCD Mallorca, while CA Osasuna also eased their relegation fears with a 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid on Friday night.

Last updated: 28/04/13 0.07CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:11 CET

27/04/2013

ZaragozaZaragoza3-2MallorcaMallorca

Montanes 28, Hélder Postiga 60, Rochina 88

Hemed 11, Arizmendi 82

Venue: Zaragoza

27/04/2013

AtléticoAtlético1-2Real MadridReal Madrid

Falcao 4

Juanfran 13 (o.g.), Di María 63

Venue: Madrid

27/04/2013

AthleticAthletic2-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Susaeta 27, Ander Herrera 90

Messi 67, Alexis Sánchez 69

Venue: Bilbao

27/04/2013

LevanteLevante0-1CeltaCelta

Fernandez 20

Venue: Valencia

26/04/2013

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-2OsasunaOsasuna

Delibašić 7, Piti 57

Loe 8, Arribas 13

Venue: Madrid

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