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Ramos keeps Madrid ahead of the pack

Published: Saturday 4 February 2012, 23.01CET
Liga leaders Real Madrid CF ground out a valuable three points at city rivals Getafe CF to keep José Mourinho's charges seven points clear of FC Barcelona, who also earned a win.

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Published: Saturday 4 February 2012, 23.01CET

Ramos keeps Madrid ahead of the pack

Liga leaders Real Madrid CF ground out a valuable three points at city rivals Getafe CF to keep José Mourinho's charges seven points clear of FC Barcelona, who also earned a win.

A solitary Sergio Ramos strike gave Real Madrid CF a slender 1-0 win against city rivals Getafe CF to maintain their seven-point lead over title rivals FC Barcelona at the top of the Spanish Liga.

The visitors dominated possession but created few clear-cut opportunities and the match was eventually settled by Ramos's 18th-minute goal, the Spanish international defender meeting Mesut Özil's corner with a flying header that powered into the top right coner.

Barcelona looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory against Real Sociedad de Fútbol at Camp Nou. Debutant forward Cristian Tello gave Josep Guardiola's men a ninth-minute lead, latching on to Lionel Messi's defence-splitting pass, and slotting an angled shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.

But it took until the 72nd minute for the hosts to extend their lead, Messi volleying in Daniel Alves's back-post cross. Carlos Vela responded just two minutes later to make for a tense finale but the Azulgrana held on, crucially matching Madrid to stay in contention at the top.

In the league's other games, RCD Mallorca were the only side to earn all three points, defeating Real Betis Balompié 1-0 at Son Moix, Levante UD maintained their position in fourth with a 1-1 home stalemate with struggling Real Racing Club and Athletic Club and RCD Espanyol played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.14CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 06/02/2012 18:57 CET

04/02/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona2-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Tello 9, Messi 72

Vela 74

Venue: Barcelona

04/02/2012

GetafeGetafe0-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Sergio Ramos 18

Venue: Madrid

04/02/2012

MallorcaMallorca1-0BetisBetis

Gonzalo Castro 24

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

04/02/2012

AthleticAthletic3-3EspanyolEspanyol

De Marcos 26, Llorente 58, Javi Martínez 65

Romaric 33, Weiss 48, Albín 90+2

Venue: Bilbao

04/02/2012

LevanteLevante1-1RacingRacing

Koné 23

Arana 61

Venue: Valencia

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