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Madrid and Barcelona maintain established order

Published: Saturday 3 December 2011, 21.51CET
The top two in Spain warmed up for next weekend's Clásico with routine victories, Real Madrid CF overcoming Real Sporting de Gijón 3-0 and FC Barcelona humbling Levante UD 5-0.

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Published: Saturday 3 December 2011, 21.51CET

Madrid and Barcelona maintain established order

The top two in Spain warmed up for next weekend's Clásico with routine victories, Real Madrid CF overcoming Real Sporting de Gijón 3-0 and FC Barcelona humbling Levante UD 5-0.

The top two in Spain warmed up for next weekend's Clásico with comfortable victories as Real Madrid CF overcame Real Sporting de Gijón 3-0 and FC Barcelona humbled Levante UD 5-0, while Valencia CF won and Villarreal CF suffered a third successive defeat at lowly Real Racing Club.

Madrid continued their impressive form with their 14th consecutive victory in all competitions. Real Sporting de Gijón were the latest victims as goals by Ángel Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo – his 17th league goal of the campaign – and Marcelo sealed the result.

Barcelona needed to win to remain within three points of their great rivals and they did so comfortably, with a five-goal dismantling of Levante. Cesc Fàbregas's first-half double and a composed finish by 20-year-old winger Isaac Cuenca was added to after the break by Alexis Sánchez and Lionel Messi – who also now boasts 17 Liga strikes.

Third-placed Valencia remain four points behind Barça after edging out RCD Espanyol 2-1, the visitors succumbing to Roberto Soldado's late winner after Héctor Moreno had cancelled out Tono Costa's sixth-minute penalty. Meanwhile, Villlarreal slumped to their seventh reverse in ten competitive matches as Christian Stuani earned Racing Club, who parted company with coach Héctor Cúper on Tuesday, only their second league win of the season.

Last updated: 06/12/13 5.31CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
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Last updated: 10/01/2012 17:14 CET

03/12/2011

ValenciaValencia2-1EspanyolEspanyol

Costa 6 (penalty), Soldado 80

Moreno 69

Venue: Valencia

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BarcelonaBarcelona5-0LevanteLevante

Fàbregas 4, 33, Isaac Cuenca 37, Messi 55, Alexis Sánchez 61

Venue: Barcelona

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RacingRacing1-0VillarrealVillarreal

Stuani 27

Venue: Santander

03/12/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón0-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Di María 34, Cristiano Ronaldo 64, Marcelo 90+2

Venue: Gijon

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