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Barça draw offers Madrid title hope

Published: Sunday 18 April 2010, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona's seven-game winning run in the Liga came to an end in a 0-0 draw with city rivals RCD Espanyol, giving Real Madrid CF the chance to reduce the champions' lead to one point.
Barça draw offers Madrid title hope
Carles Puyol (right) challenges Espanyol's Pablo Osvaldo ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 18 April 2010, 0.55CET

Barça draw offers Madrid title hope

FC Barcelona's seven-game winning run in the Liga came to an end in a 0-0 draw with city rivals RCD Espanyol, giving Real Madrid CF the chance to reduce the champions' lead to one point.

RCD Espanyol gave Real Madrid CF some encouragement in the Liga title race by holding leaders and city rivals FC Barcelona to a goalless draw on Saturday.

The champions have a four-point lead ahead of Madrid's home game against third-placed Valencia CF on Sunday. Pedro Rodríguez went close to giving Barcelona the lead early on at Cornellá-El Prat when his cross came back off Carlos Kameni's upright. At the other end, Pablo Osvaldo's centre met a similar fate as Víctor Valdés stretched to touch the ball onto the woodwork.

Barça played the final 28 minutes with ten men after Daniel Alves was shown a second yellow card, although there was some cheer ahead of the holders' UEFA Champions League semi-final opener against FC Internazionale Milano on Tuesday with the appearance of Zlatan Ibrahimović as a substitute following a calf injury.

Elsewhere, Sevilla FC moved into fourth – two points above RCD Mallorca ahead of their fixture against CA Osasuna on Monday – by beating nine-man Real Sporting de Gijón 3-0. Frédéric Kanouté (8) put the hosts in front before Mate Bilić (32) was sent off. José Ángel's dismissal (79) sandwiched further strikes from Luis Fabiano (53) and Cala (80).

Villarreal CF, meanwhile, are up to sixth courtesy of a 2-1 home win against UEFA Europa League semi-finalists Club Atlético de Madrid. Diego Godín and Giuseppe Rossi scored first-half goals for the Yellow Submarine, with Sergio Agüero (64) pulling one back for the visitors.

Last updated: 17/04/10 23.59CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/07/2011 06:00 CET

17/04/2011

EspanyolEspanyol2-2AtléticoAtlético

Osvaldo 38, 58

Koke 2, Agüero 49

Venue: Barcelona

17/04/2011

OsasunaOsasuna1-2AthleticAthletic

Kike Sola 51

Llorente 69, Muniain 90

Venue: Pamplona

17/04/2011

LevanteLevante2-1HérculesHércules

Rubén Suárez 5, Juanlu Gómez 43

Trezeguet 82

Venue: Valencia

17/04/2011

DeportivoDeportivo2-0RacingRacing

Lassad 45+2, Xisco 49

Venue: La Coruna

17/04/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Griezmann 32, 79

De las Cuevas 69

Venue: San Sebastian

16/04/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo 82 (p)

Messi 53 (p)

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

AlmeríaAlmería0-3ValenciaValencia

Soldado 51, Stankevičius 67, Jordi Alba 81

Venue: Almeria

16/04/2011

GetafeGetafe1-0SevillaSevilla

Miku 76

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

MálagaMálaga3-0MallorcaMallorca

Fernández 26, Baptista 40, 57

Venue: Malaga

Standings

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