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Barça and Madrid take it all the way

Published: Sunday 9 May 2010
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF both won and remain separated by a point with one game left after a thrilling evening when Barça at one stage looked champions but then only just stayed top.
Barça and Madrid take it all the way
Bojan Krkić (right) celebrates putting Barcelona 2-0 up at Sevilla ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 9 May 2010

Barça and Madrid take it all the way

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF both won and remain separated by a point with one game left after a thrilling evening when Barça at one stage looked champions but then only just stayed top.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF remain split by just a point with one Liga game to go after both secured victories on a night of more twists in their already dramatic title race.

Barcelona won 3-2 at Sevilla FC despite a late fightback, while Madrid scored four late goals to beat Athletic Club 5-1. Next Sunday both play sides in relegation peril, Barcelona welcoming Real Valladolid CF and their rivals visiting Málaga CF.

Five minutes in at Sevilla, Lionel Messi claimed his 45th goal this season, latching on to Maxwell's clever ball and beating Andrés Palop. Before the half-hour, Daniel Alves and Xavi Hernández combined for Bojan Krkić to double the lead and Pedro Rodríguez made it three on 62 minutes. However, Frédéric Kanouté and Luis Fabiano reduced the arrears in quick succession and news from Madrid confirmed that the title was not secure.

Madrid led Athletic on 22 minutes when Fernando Amorebieta handled a Cristiano Ronaldo shot in the box, earning a red card and a penalty which was subsequently converted by the Portuguese international. However, Athletic levelled four minutes before half-time with a fine run and shot from Francisco Yeste. Madrid were being frustrated but the home fans sparked into life when news of Sevilla's fightback filtered through and Gonzalo Higuaín headed in with 17 minutes left before Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzama and Marceloa added further gloss.

While Valencia CF were assured of third place before today's 2-0 derby loss at nine-man Villarreal CF, Spain's fourth UEFA Champions League berth is still up for grabs as RCD Mallorca lost 1-0 to RC Deportivo La Coruña and remain a point behind Sevilla. Getafe CF overcame Málaga 2-1 to remain ahead of Villarreal on head to head in the race for sixth and UEFA Europa League entry, with Athletic now out of contention.

At the bottom, any three of five teams can still go down. Bottom club Xerez CD could escape after a thrilling 3-2 win against Real Zaragoza put them on 33 points and three behind four sides. CD Tenerife are one of that quartet after drawing 2-2 with UD Almería; Valladolid beat Real Racing Club 2-1 and both are also on 36, as are Málaga. In mid-table, RCD Espanyol beat CA Osasuna 2-1 and ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final, Club Atlético de Madrid drew 1-1 with Real Sporting de Gijón.

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Spanish Liga 2009/10

Last updated: 02/07/2011 04:32 CET



Lafita 14

Camunas 62, Sergio Fernández 70, Kike Sola 80

Venue: Zaragoza



Iniesta 29, Piqué 47

Venue: Barcelona



Venue: Palma de Mallorca


SevillaSevilla2-6Real MadridReal Madrid

Negredo 61, 84

Sergio Ramos 21, Kaká 42, Cristiano Ronaldo 31, 65, 70, 75

Venue: Sevilla



Rondón 29, Baptista 35, Maresca 84

Venue: Madrid



Sendoa 40, Tiago Gomes 43

Dos Santos 14, 41, Henrique 45+1

Venue: Alicante


ValenciaValencia3-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Jonas 25, Soldado 16, 37

Venue: Valencia



Adrián Colunga 5, Ríos 52

Venue: Madrid


Sporting GijónSporting Gijón2-2DeportivoDeportivo

Ayoze 35 (p), Barral 90+6 (p)

Adrián López 9, 40

Venue: Gijon



Toquero 30, David López 47 (p), Llorente 63

Stuani 77, Nano 85

Venue: Bilbao