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Madrid respond to Messi treble for Barcelona

Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET
Real Madrid CF had to come back from behind once again to down Athletic Club 4-1 and protect their five-point Liga lead after Lionel Messi had struck a hat-trick for FC Barcelona.

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Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET

Madrid respond to Messi treble for Barcelona

Real Madrid CF had to come back from behind once again to down Athletic Club 4-1 and protect their five-point Liga lead after Lionel Messi had struck a hat-trick for FC Barcelona.

Liga leaders Real Madrid CF fought their way back from behind for the second consecutive weekend to dispatch Athletic Club 4-1 and keep champions FC Barcelona five points off the pace.

Having struggled to defeat RCD Mallorca last time out, Madrid fell behind at the Santiago Bernabéu when Fernando Llorente volleyed in a 13th-minute opener. Marcelo's left-footed effort soon restored parity, however, and a pair of second-half Cristiano Ronaldo penalties put the hosts in front, the latter following the dismissal of Athletic's Óscar de Marcos. José Callejón completed the scoring late on.

It was a special day for Iker Casillas, who made his 600th appearance for the club. "My very first game for Madrid also came against Athletic Club [on 12 September 1999] and I never dreamed then that I'd reach such a figure," he said. "There have been so many memories and emotions [over the years] which bring me a lot of happiness."

The win maintained Madrid's advantage at the top after Barcelona had applied pressure via their 4-1 success at Málaga CF earlier on Sunday, Lionel Messi contributing a superb hat-trick to the cause. The most emphatic win of the round was engineered by Club Atlético de Madrid, though, as they climbed to eighth by prevailing 4-0 at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Falcao notching a treble of his own.

Elsewhere, third-placed Valencia CF drew 1-1 at CA Osasuna and Levante UD, who sit fourth, recorded a goalless stalemate with bottom side Real Zaragoza. The derby between Real Betis Balompié and ten-man Sevilla FC ended 1-1 while RCD Espanyol, Getafe CF and Mallorca all won their matches.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.25CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
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Last updated: 24/01/2012 22:28 CET

23/01/2012

VillarrealVillarreal3-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Marco Ruben 57, Borja Valero 58, Bruno Soriano 90+1

Venue: Castellon

22/01/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid4-1AthleticAthletic

Marcelo 25, Cristiano Ronaldo 47 (penalty), 67 (penalty), José Callejón 85

Llorente 13

Venue: Madrid

22/01/2012

LevanteLevante0-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Venue: Valencia

22/01/2012

MálagaMálaga1-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Rondón 85

Messi 33, 51, 81, Alexis Sánchez 48

Venue: Malaga

22/01/2012

RayoRayo0-1MallorcaMallorca

Ramis 57

Venue: Madrid

22/01/2012

OsasunaOsasuna1-1ValenciaValencia

Lolo 90+2

Soldado 85

Venue: Pamplona

21/01/2012

BetisBetis1-1SevillaSevilla

Beñat 26

Negredo 41

Venue: Sevilla

21/01/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-4AtléticoAtlético

Falcao 3 (penalty), 83, 90+1, Adrián López 47

Venue: San Sebastian

21/01/2012

RacingRacing1-2GetafeGetafe

Stuani 14

Gavilán 26, Miku 83

Venue: Santander

21/01/2012

EspanyolEspanyol3-0GranadaGranada

Baena 26, Verdú 45+1 (penalty), Fonte 80

Venue: Barcelona

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