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Pedro puts Barcelona back on top

Published: Sunday 22 December 2013, 17.33CET
Pedro Rodríguez's hat-trick helped FC Barcelona recover from 2-0 down to beat Getafe CF 5-2 and return top of the Liga ahead of the winter break, while Real Madrid CF won as well.

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Published: Sunday 22 December 2013, 17.33CET

Pedro puts Barcelona back on top

Pedro Rodríguez's hat-trick helped FC Barcelona recover from 2-0 down to beat Getafe CF 5-2 and return top of the Liga ahead of the winter break, while Real Madrid CF won as well.

FC Barcelona returned to the top of the Liga table ahead of Spain's winter break with a 5-2 comeback success at Getafe CF, Pedro Rodríguez weighing in with a nine-minute hat-trick.

With Lionel Messi still injured and Neymar suspended, Pedro was tasked with filling in up front for Barcelona, who were stunned by goals from Sergio Escudero and Lisandro López inside the opening 14 minutes. Pedro turned the match around before the break, however, collecting a Cesc Fàbregas pass to score his first in the 34th minute and adding two more in quick succession.

Fàbregas then latched onto a Pedro cross to send Barça two goals clear and the former Arsenal FC midfielder converted a penalty after Pedro had been fouled by Borja Fernández. The victory lifted Gerardo Martino's side back to the summit on goal difference ahead of Club Atlético de Madrid, whom they visit on 11 January.

Five points back, third-placed Real Madrid CF required an 82nd-minute strike from substitute Jesé to win 3-2 at Valencia CF. Ángel Di María had put the visitors in front close to the half-hour, but Pablo Piatti responded and Jérémy Mathieu then cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's goal before Jesé made the difference.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Athletic Club beat Real Valladolid CF 2-1, Christian Stuani struck twice as RCD Espanyol defeated Real Valladolid CF 4-2, and the match between RC Celta de Vigo and CA Osasuna ended 1-1.

Last updated: 23/12/13 9.14CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
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Last updated: 22/12/2013 22:52 CET

22/12/2013

CeltaCelta1-1OsasunaOsasuna

Lolo 34 (og)

Armenteros 17

Venue: Pontevedra

22/12/2013

ValenciaValencia2-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Piatti 34, Mathieu 62

Di María 28, Ronaldo 40, Jesé 82

Venue: Valencia

22/12/2013

AthleticAthletic2-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

San José 32, Mikel Rico 66

Alberto Bueno 61

Venue: Bilbao

22/12/2013

GetafeGetafe2-5BarcelonaBarcelona

Escudero 10, López 14

Pedro Rodríguez 34, 41, 43, Fàbregas 68, 72 (P)

Venue: Madrid

22/12/2013

EspanyolEspanyol4-2ValladolidValladolid

Sergio García 5 (P), Stuani 37, 70, Víctor Sánchez 68

Guerra 75, Víctor Pérez 89

Venue: Barcelona

21/12/2013

GranadaGranada1-3Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Piti 37

Vela 29, 64, Griezmann 42

Venue: Granada

21/12/2013

AtléticoAtlético3-2LevanteLevante

Godín 30, Diego Costa 47, 77 (P)

Ivanschitz 1, Ríos 56

Venue: Madrid

21/12/2013

BetisBetis0-1AlmeríaAlmería

Azeez 4

Venue: Sevilla

21/12/2013

VillarrealVillarreal1-2SevillaSevilla

Perbet 88 (P)

Cala 24, Bacca 71

Venue: Castellon

20/12/2013

ElcheElche0-1MálagaMálaga

Camacho 6

Venue: Elche

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