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Madrid stretch lead as Barça stutter at Villarreal

Published: Saturday 28 January 2012, 23.25CET
Real Madrid CF moved seven points clear at the top of the Liga after their 3-1 success against Real Zaragoza was followed by a rare goalless draw involving FC Barcelona at Villarreal CF.

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Published: Saturday 28 January 2012, 23.25CET

Madrid stretch lead as Barça stutter at Villarreal

Real Madrid CF moved seven points clear at the top of the Liga after their 3-1 success against Real Zaragoza was followed by a rare goalless draw involving FC Barcelona at Villarreal CF.

Real Madrid CF moved seven points clear at the top of the Liga after their 3-1 success against Real Zaragoza was followed by an unexpected stalemate involving FC Barcelona at Villarreal CF.

Madrid must have feared that a bad week, in which they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, was about to get worse when they fell behind to an 11th-minute strike by Ángel Lafita at the Santiago Bernabéu. However, José Mourinho's pacesetters rallied from a goal down for the third league match running as Kaká levelled terms on 32 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo snaffled his 31st goal for the club in all competitions this season (49). Mezut Özil then rounded off the scoring seven minutes later.

Barcelona needed a victory at El Madrigal to keep their rivals from pulling further clear at the top but Josep Guardiola's side failed to break down a resolute Villarreal side. Lionel Messi squandered the best opportunity on 17 minutes when he raced clear only to send his lob over Diego López wide, while Cesc Fàbregas crashed a shot against the bar on 72 minutes.

Earlier in the day RCD Espanyol moved level on points with fourth-placed Levante UD thanks to a 1-0 victory against RCD Mallorca, while Athletic Club are just a place back after Fernando Llorente's hat-trick edged a 3-2 success at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.21CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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Last updated: 01/02/2012 16:43 CET

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VillarrealVillarreal0-0BarcelonaBarcelona

Venue: Castellon

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Real MadridReal Madrid3-1ZaragozaZaragoza

Kaká 32, Cristiano Ronaldo 49, Özil 56

Lafita 11

Venue: Madrid

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EspanyolEspanyol1-0MallorcaMallorca

Weiss 18

Venue: Barcelona

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RayoRayo2-3AthleticAthletic

Pérez Cuesta 11, Arribas 26

Llorente 16, 23, 68

Venue: Madrid

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