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Messi at the double as Barcelona sink Zaragoza

Published: Saturday 7 April 2012, 21.55CET
FC Barcelona cut Real Madrid CF's lead to three points by winning 4-1 at ten-man Real Zaragoza, Lionel Messi taking his tally to 60 in all competitions this season with a double.
Messi at the double as Barcelona sink Zaragoza
Lionel Messi celebrates the first of his two goals at La Romareda ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 7 April 2012, 21.55CET

Messi at the double as Barcelona sink Zaragoza

FC Barcelona cut Real Madrid CF's lead to three points by winning 4-1 at ten-man Real Zaragoza, Lionel Messi taking his tally to 60 in all competitions this season with a double.

FC Barcelona recovered from a goal down to win 4-1 at in-form Real Zaragoza and halve Real Madrid CF's Liga advantage to three points.

Zaragoza had climbed off the foot of the table in recent weeks thanks to three successive wins and hopes of a surprise fourth were raised when Carlos Aranda (30) bundled in the opener, not long after he had been denied from the spot by Víctor Valdés.

The Azulgrana were not behind for long, though, with Carles Puyol (36) touching in the equaliser. Lionel Messi completed the turnaround three minutes later with a strike into the roof of the net.

The dismissal of Abraham (45) capped a disappointing end to the half for the hosts, who are four points shy of fourth-bottom Villarreal CF. A penalty from Messi (86), his 60th goal in all competitions this term, made certain of victory before Pedro Rodríguez added number four.

Elsewhere, Getafe CF moved into what is becoming an increasingly congested top half of the table after a 2-0 defeat of Real Sporting de Gijón, while Carlos Vela's early double for Real Sociedad de Fútbol was ultimately in vain as RCD Espanyol came back to draw. Ten-man Villarreal lost 3-1 at Real Betis Balompié, but the result of the day was recorded by Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, who put six without reply past sixth-placed CA Osasuna.

Last updated: 07/04/12 23.54CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 25/04/2012 15:57 CET

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BetisBetis3-1VillarrealVillarreal

Santa Cruz 35, Rubén 38, Beñat 59

Marco Ruben 90+4 (P)

Venue: Sevilla

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ZaragozaZaragoza1-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Aranda 30

Puyol 36, Messi 39, 86 (P), Pedro Rodríguez 90+2

Venue: Zaragoza

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Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano6-0OsasunaOsasuna

Movilla 5, Pérez Cuesta 17, 28, Diego Costa 36, Armenteros 57, Román Triguero 79

Venue: Madrid

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EspanyolEspanyol2-2Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Demidov 45+1 (o.g.), Uche 47

Vela 12, 15

Venue: Barcelona

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GetafeGetafe2-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Miku 22, Diego Castro 47

Venue: Madrid

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