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Barcelona cut the gap, Málaga go fourth

Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 22.00CET
Despite being reduced to ten men FC Barcelona closed the gap at the top with a 3-1 victory against struggling Real Sporting de Gijón while Málaga CF beat Getafe CF to go fourth.

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Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 22.00CET

Barcelona cut the gap, Málaga go fourth

Despite being reduced to ten men FC Barcelona closed the gap at the top with a 3-1 victory against struggling Real Sporting de Gijón while Málaga CF beat Getafe CF to go fourth.

Ten-man FC Barcelona overcame Real Sporting de Gijón to cut Real Madrid CF's lead at the top to seven points, with Los Merengues in action on Sunday against RCD Espanyol.

Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta grabbed his first league goal of the season to open the scoring three minutes before the break. However, Gerard Piqué saw red early in the second half (46) and the visitors looked to be in the ascendancy when David Barral equalised (49) shortly afterwards. Sporting Gijón failed to make the most of their numerical advantage, though, and they were punished as Seydou Keita (79) and Xavi Hernández (87) earned Josep Guardiola's side maximum points.

Málaga CF are up to fourth place, three points behind Valencia CF, after coming from behind to beat Getafe CF by the same scoreline. Second-half strikes by Eliseu (57), Jérémy Toulalan (82) and Santiago Cazorla (90+2) sealed the win. Rayo Vallecano de Madrid were even further behind against Real Racing Club, but cancelled out their two-goal deficit with a Michu double (45, 64) and efforts by Raûl Tamudo (67) and Piti (72). RCD Mallorca and CA Osasuna, meanwhile, shared a 1-1 draw as did Club Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla FC in the day's late game.

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Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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SevillaSevilla1-1AtléticoAtlético

Baba Diawara 53

Salvio 9

Venue: Sevilla

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BarcelonaBarcelona3-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Iniesta 42, Keita 79, Xavi Hernández 87

Barral 49

Venue: Barcelona

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RayoRayo4-2RacingRacing

Pérez Cuesta 45, 64, Tamudo 67, Pit 72

Torrejón 9, Colsa 28

Venue: Madrid

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GetafeGetafe1-3MálagaMálaga

Diego Castro 42

Eliseu 57, Toulalan 82, Santi Cazorla 90+2

Venue: Madrid

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MallorcaMallorca1-1OsasunaOsasuna

Nsue 71

Cejudo 45+1

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

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