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Álvaro stuns Barcelona with late Espanyol leveller

Published: Sunday 8 January 2012, 23.30CET
FC Barcelona trail Real Madrid CF by five points at the Liga summit after being denied victory against RCD Espanyol, Álvaro Vázquez salvaging a 1-1 draw for his side with four minutes left.

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Published: Sunday 8 January 2012, 23.30CET

Álvaro stuns Barcelona with late Espanyol leveller

FC Barcelona trail Real Madrid CF by five points at the Liga summit after being denied victory against RCD Espanyol, Álvaro Vázquez salvaging a 1-1 draw for his side with four minutes left.

Álvaro Vázquez headed in an 86th-minute equaliser for RCD Espanyol against city rivals FC Barcelona to leave Josep Guardiola's side trailing Liga leaders Real Madrid CF by five points.

Cesc Fàbregas gave the visitors a 16th-minute lead when he timed his run perfectly to head in a right-wing delivery from Daniel Alves. The goal, Fàbregas's seventh in his last six outings in all competitions, looked like being decisive until Álvaro met Raúl Rodríguez's cross, flicked on at the near post by Thievy Bifouma. Gerard Piqué struck the crossbar in added time as Barcelona desperately pushed for the winner.

Valencia CF failed to make up ground on the top two following a 2-2 draw with neighbours Villarreal CF in which they found themselves two goals down inside 18 minutes. Aritz Aduriz denied the Yellow Submarine a vital win in José Molina's first game since succeeding Juan Carlos Garrido.

The team below third-bottom Villarreal, Real Sporting de Gijón, finished their 2-0 loss to Real Betis Balompié with nine men after red cards for Lora (43) and Carmelo (90), while Rayo Vallecano de Madrid are three points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Sevilla FC. The game between Getafe CF and Athletic Club finished goalless.

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Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
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Last updated: 12/01/2012 12:41 CET

08/01/2012

EspanyolEspanyol1-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Álvaro Vázquez 86

Fàbregas 16

Venue: Barcelona

08/01/2012

BetisBetis2-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Santa Cruz 23, Molina 90+2

Venue: Sevilla

08/01/2012

VillarrealVillarreal2-2ValenciaValencia

Marco Ruben 14, Gonzalo Rodríguez 18

Feghouli 41, Aduriz 87

Venue: Castellon

08/01/2012

GetafeGetafe0-0AthleticAthletic

Venue: Madrid

08/01/2012

RayoRayo2-1SevillaSevilla

Pérez Cuesta 45+1, Tamudo 51

Escudé 62

Venue: Madrid

07/01/2012

MálagaMálaga0-0AtléticoAtlético

Venue: Malaga

07/01/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid5-1GranadaGranada

Benzema 19, 50, Sergio Ramos 34, Higuaín 47, Cristiano Ronaldo 89

Mikel Rico 22

Venue: Madrid

07/01/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-0OsasunaOsasuna

Venue: San Sebastian

07/01/2012

RacingRacing1-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Espinosa 45+1

Venue: Santander

07/01/2012

LevanteLevante0-0MallorcaMallorca

Venue: Valencia

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