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Messi helps Barça tidy up

Published: Saturday 6 February 2010, 17.00CET
Nine-man FC Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of the Liga with a 2-1 win against Getafe CF, though victories for Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF preserved the staus quo in Spain.
Messi helps Barça tidy up
Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Getafe ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 6 February 2010, 17.00CET

Messi helps Barça tidy up

Nine-man FC Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of the Liga with a 2-1 win against Getafe CF, though victories for Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF preserved the staus quo in Spain.

FC Barcelona scored a goal and had a man sent off in both halves of their 2-1 win against Getafe CF, but maintained their position at the top of the Spanish table, with Real Madrid CF beating RCD Espanyol comfortably in Saturday's late game.

The Spanish champions were ahead after eight minutes, with Yaya Touré teeing up Lionel Messi to curl the ball home through a crowd of players, but they were brought back down to earth on 26 minutes as Gerard Piqué saw red for a late challenge. However, Barcelona doubled their lead after the break, Messi going on a rampaging run before laying on a simple finish for Xavi Hernández.

That looked like game over for Getafe, but there was to be drama before the final whistle, with Rafael Márquez being shown a straight red for a challenge on Kepa Blanco inside the penalty area. Roberto Soldado stepped up to finish from the spot with the final whistle being blown seconds later. The result maintained Josep Guardiola's position at the head of the table, where they still lead Madrid by five points.

The writing was on the wall in the late game after Sergio Ramos headed Madrid into a fourth-minute lead at the Santiago Bernabéu, and a rout looked to be on the cards when Kaká made it 2-0 after Carlos Kameni could not hold Raúl González's shot. Espanyol did not buckle, but they could not stop Gonzalo Higuaín making it 3-0 with a classy individual effort at the death.

Earlier, Valencia CF secured a routine 2-0 victory against Real Valladolid CF as they looked to close the gap on Spain's leading pair. An early injury for David Navarro was forgotten after Éver Banega put Unai Emery's side ahead after eight minutes, and it was all over before the half-hour mark as David Villa slotted home a second.

 

Last updated: 07/02/10 12.22CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2011 03:45 CET

05/02/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona3-0AtléticoAtlético

Messi 17, 28, 79

Venue: Barcelona

05/02/2011

VillarrealVillarreal0-1LevanteLevante

Valdo 48

Venue: Castellon

05/02/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza1-1RacingRacing

Boutahar 40

Christian Fernández 14

Venue: Zaragoza

05/02/2011

AlmeríaAlmería3-2EspanyolEspanyol

Silva 5, Uche 7, Bernardello 18

Verdú 34, Álvaro Vázquez 49

Venue: Almeria

05/02/2011

AthleticAthletic3-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

David López 16 (p), Toquero 27, Llorente 74

Venue: Bilbao

05/02/2011

GetafeGetafe4-1DeportivoDeportivo

Adrián Colunga 19, 26, Miku 44, Ríos 57

Riki 68 (p)

Venue: Madrid

05/02/2011

OsasunaOsasuna1-1MallorcaMallorca

Miguel Flaño 8

Gonzalo Castro 37

Venue: Pamplona

Standings

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