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Fàbregas strikes again as Barcelona halt Valencia

Published: Wednesday 21 September 2011, 23.59CET
Cesc Fàbregas maintained his record of scoring in every Liga game since joining FC Barcelona as the champions halted Valencia CF's perfect start to the campaign with a 2-2 Mestalla draw.
Fàbregas strikes again as Barcelona halt Valencia
Cesc Fàbregas is congratulated by his Barcelona team-mates after equalising at Mestalla ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 21 September 2011, 23.59CET

Fàbregas strikes again as Barcelona halt Valencia

Cesc Fàbregas maintained his record of scoring in every Liga game since joining FC Barcelona as the champions halted Valencia CF's perfect start to the campaign with a 2-2 Mestalla draw.

Cesc Fàbregas continued his free-scoring start to his FC Barcelona career with a second-half equaliser as the champions twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Valencia CF.

An Éric Abidal own goal edged the Liga leaders ahead but the visitors swiftly levelled when Pedro Rodríguez rifled in Lionel Messi's assist. Pablo Hernández's strike looked like it would extend Valencia's 100% opening to the campaign until Fàbregas (77) nonchalantly struck his fourth goal in as many top-flight games.

José Mourinho made six changes – including giving a Real Madrid CF debut to Raphael Varane – from the team that lost 1-0 at Levante UD on Sunday, but the Merengues were unable to breach Real Racing Club's defence in Santander. The 0-0 draw means Madrid have failed to score in successive Liga matches for the first time since January/February 2007.

Club Atlético de Madrid are having no such trouble. The Rojiblancos followed up Sunday's 4-0 defeat of Racing with a repeat scoreline against Real Sporting de Gijón in Madrid, with Falcao adding to his weekend hat-trick with a double.

Levante made it two victories in five days with a 2-1 triumph at Rayo Vallecano, while Santi Cazorla got the only goal against visiting Athletic Club as Málaga CF won for the third straight game without conceding.

Last updated: 22/09/11 11.55CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 22/11/2011 16:51 CET

21/09/2011

ValenciaValencia2-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Abidal 12 (o.g.), Pablo Hernández 23

Pedro Rodríguez 14, Fàbregas 77

Venue: Valencia

21/09/2011

RayoRayo1-2LevanteLevante

Tamudo 72

Valdo 10, Ballesteros 29

Venue: Madrid

21/09/2011

MálagaMálaga1-0AthleticAthletic

Santi Cazorla 62

Venue: Malaga

21/09/2011

RacingRacing0-0Real MadridReal Madrid

Venue: Santander

21/09/2011

AtléticoAtlético4-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Lora Ramos 28 (o.g.), Álvaro Domínguez 68, Falcao 72, 81

Venue: Madrid

20/09/2011

VillarrealVillarreal2-0MallorcaMallorca

Rossi 8, Nilmar 52

Venue: Castellon

20/09/2011

OsasunaOsasuna0-0SevillaSevilla

Venue: Pamplona

20/09/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-0GranadaGranada

Estrada 64

Venue: San Sebastian

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