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Messi the match-winner as Barcelona edge Valencia

Published: Wednesday 2 March 2011, 23.56CET
Lionel Messi was once again the inspiration for FC Barcelona, scoring his 27th top-flight goal of the campaign as the Azulgrana strode ten points clear courtesy of a 1-0 win at Valencia CF.
Messi the match-winner as Barcelona edge Valencia
Lionel Messi is hidden among a throng of jubilant team-mates after his second-half goal ©AFP
Published: Wednesday 2 March 2011, 23.56CET

Messi the match-winner as Barcelona edge Valencia

Lionel Messi was once again the inspiration for FC Barcelona, scoring his 27th top-flight goal of the campaign as the Azulgrana strode ten points clear courtesy of a 1-0 win at Valencia CF.

A solitary goal from Lionel Messi 13 minutes from time was enough for FC Barcelona to defeat Valencia CF and stretch their lead at the top to ten points.

Messi was denied on at least two occasions in the first half, while Vicente Guaita produced a fine reaction save to thwart David Villa on his first return to Mestalla. Valencia also played their part in an open game but eventually succumbed to Messi's 27th league goal of the campaign, the No10 turning in Adriano's cut-back despite the best efforts of Guaita to keep it out.

One place below Valencia, Villarreal CF consolidated their grip on fourth spot with a 1-0 home win against Hércules CF, Giuseppe Rossi scoring midway through the first half. Elsewhere, Athletic Club were prevented from leapfrogging RCD Espanyol into fifth by a 2-1 loss at Real Zaragoza, who move out of the relegation zone and into 15th as a result.

The other three matches, meanwhile, ended in draws. Getafe CF against Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Sociedad de Fútbol versus Levante UD finished 1-1, while there was no score between CA Osasuna and RC Deportivo La Coruña.

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Last updated: 03/03/11 10.21CET

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Spanish Liga 2010/11

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Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

02/03/2011

ValenciaValencia0-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Messi 77

Venue: Valencia

02/03/2011

VillarrealVillarreal1-0HérculesHércules

Rossi 22

Venue: Castellon

02/03/2011

OsasunaOsasuna0-0DeportivoDeportivo

Venue: Pamplona

02/03/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza2-1AthleticAthletic

Jarošík 49, Uche 55

Llorente 18

Venue: Zaragoza

02/03/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1LevanteLevante

Zurutuza 53

Del Horno 77

Venue: San Sebastian

02/03/2011

GetafeGetafe1-1AtléticoAtlético

Manu 3

Mendes Trindade 81

Venue: Madrid

01/03/2011

SevillaSevilla3-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Luís Fabiano 28 (p), Perotti 35, Negredo 65

Venue: Sevilla

01/03/2011

EspanyolEspanyol1-2MallorcaMallorca

Álvaro Vázquez 19

Webó 63, Nsue 83

Venue: Barcelona

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