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Records tumble as Madrid and Barcelona win

Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 0.24CET
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both eclipsed the record for goals in a Liga season, 40, as Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona posted comeback victories.

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Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 0.24CET

Records tumble as Madrid and Barcelona win

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both eclipsed the record for goals in a Liga season, 40, as Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona posted comeback victories.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck for a record 41st time this league season as Real Madrid CF eased past Real Sporting de Gijón 3-1, before Lionel Messi equalled the remarkable feat as FC Barcelona eked out a 2-1 success at Levante UD.

José Mourinho's side did not make life easy for themselves, falling behind on the half-hour mark when Sergio Ramos conceded a penalty which Miguel de las Cuevas converted. Madrid regrouped and levelled eight minutes before the break, Gonzalo Higuaín heading beyond Juan Pablo.

The pressure from Madrid was relentless and Sporting's second-half resilience broke when Ronaldo glanced Angel Di María's deft delivery into the far corner for his 41st Liga goal in 33 appearances. Karim Benzema drilled in Madrid's third, equalling their club record for the most goals in a single Liga season (107), set in 1989/90, before Roberto Canella was sent off.

Despite their territorial supremacy, Barcelona failed to prise open the Levante defence. They were made to pay when Sergio Busquets handled in the area and José Barkero scored from the spot. Barça rallied in the second half, Messi equalising with a sublime finish before shattering another record with a penalty. Josep Guardiola's side are four points behind Madrid, whom they host next weekend.

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Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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Last updated: 16/04/2012 22:45 CET

15/04/2012

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-1AtléticoAtlético

Falcao 64

Venue: Madrid

15/04/2012

AthleticAthletic1-0MallorcaMallorca

Llorente 13

Venue: Bilbao

15/04/2012

BetisBetis1-0OsasunaOsasuna

Rubén 33

Venue: Sevilla

15/04/2012

MálagaMálaga1-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Isco 19

Xabier Prieto 49

Venue: Malaga

15/04/2012

VillarrealVillarreal1-1RacingRacing

Peréz 46

Acosta 90+4

Venue: Castellon

15/04/2012

ZaragozaZaragoza1-0GranadaGranada

Dujmović 6

Venue: Zaragoza

15/04/2012

EspanyolEspanyol4-0ValenciaValencia

Gómez García 26, Verdú 30, Álvaro Vázquez 58, Uche 80

Venue: Barcelona

14/04/2012

LevanteLevante1-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Barkero 23 (P)

Messi 64, 72 (P)

Venue: Valencia

14/04/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid3-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Higuaín 37, Cristiano Ronaldo 74, Benzema 82

De las Cuevas 30 (P)

Venue: Madrid

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