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Madrid stay top after five-goal thriller in Valencia

Published: Sunday 20 November 2011, 0.22CET
Real Madrid CF retained their three-point lead in La Liga after overcoming Valencia CF in a five-goal thriller at Mestalla after FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF also triumphed.

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Published: Sunday 20 November 2011, 0.22CET

Madrid stay top after five-goal thriller in Valencia

Real Madrid CF retained their three-point lead in La Liga after overcoming Valencia CF in a five-goal thriller at Mestalla after FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF also triumphed.

Real Madrid CF remain three points clear at the top of the Spanish standings after getting the better of Valencia CF in a five-goal thriller at Mestalla.

Madrid continue to reign in Spain but they were made to work hard for their victory against a Valencia side who refused to lie down. Karim Benzema's opening goal set the ball rolling for the visitors (20), who doubled their advantage through Sergio Ramos (72) and although Roberto Soldado twice hit back (75, 83) for the hosts, Cristiano Ronaldo's 14th league goal (79) proved the difference between the two sides.

FC Barcelona had briefly drawn level at the top earlier in the evening following a routine 4-0 success against Real Zaragoza, which was graced by strikes from two defenders. Gerard Piqué (18) and captain Carles Puyol (54) were both on target for the first time this season, while Leo Messi's effort – his 15th in the Liga – was pointedly more familiar. David Villa (75) rounded off the scoring. Elsewhere, Villarreal CF rediscovered winning ways with only their third league success of the campaign, a 1-0 defeat of Real Betis Balompié achieved by Borja Valero's winner (21).

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Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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Last updated: 20/06/2012 12:51 CET

20/11/2011

AtléticoAtlético3-2LevanteLevante

Pizzi 68, Adrián López 74, Diego 83

Xavi Torres 72, Rubén Suárez 90+3

Venue: Madrid

20/11/2011

SevillaSevilla1-2AthleticAthletic

Jesús Navas 14

Iraola 6, De Marcos 71

Venue: Sevilla

20/11/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón2-1GetafeGetafe

Trejo 45+6, Novo 89

Miku 35

Venue: Gijon

20/11/2011

OsasunaOsasuna0-0Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Venue: Pamplona

20/11/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-0EspanyolEspanyol

Venue: San Sebastian

19/11/2011

ValenciaValencia2-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Soldado 75, 83

Benzema 20, Sergio Ramos 72, Cristiano Ronaldo 79

Venue: Valencia

19/11/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Piqué 18, Messi 43, Puyol 54, Villa 75

Venue: Barcelona

19/11/2011

VillarrealVillarreal1-0BetisBetis

Borja Valero 21

Venue: Castellon

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