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Madrid master Sevilla, Barcelona hit seven

Published: Sunday 29 April 2012, 23.30CET
Karim Benzema struck twice in the space of four second-half minutes to help Real Madrid CF beat Sevilla FC 3-0 and maintain their seven-point lead over FC Barcelona at the Liga summit.
Madrid master Sevilla, Barcelona hit seven
Madrid's Karim Benzema scores a diving header against Sevilla ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 29 April 2012, 23.30CET

Madrid master Sevilla, Barcelona hit seven

Karim Benzema struck twice in the space of four second-half minutes to help Real Madrid CF beat Sevilla FC 3-0 and maintain their seven-point lead over FC Barcelona at the Liga summit.

Real Madrid CF continue to lead FC Barcelona by seven points at the Liga summit after claiming a 3-0 win against Sevilla CF courtesy of two goals in four minutes from Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman started the day as provider, playing in Cristiano Ronaldo after 19 minutes to open the scoring with a clinical finish. In space, the Portugal forward feigned to shoot with his left foot before cutting inside past a sliding challenge and curling into the bottom-right corner with his right.

Ronaldo then hit a post with a free-kick, with Benzema taking over three minutes after the restart as he knocked in Ángel Di María's back-post cross unmarked. Shortly afterwards, he met Sergio Ramos's deep delivery with a diving header to complete the win.

Had FC Barcelona lost at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid tonight, José Mourinho's men would have been crowned champions. As it was, Pedro Rodríguez and Lionel Messi each fired in a double as the Catalan side trounced their hosts 7-0.

Elsewhere, Málaga CF beat Valencia CF to go level with their third-placed opponents on 55 points, Real Zaragoza stayed within four points of safety with a win against UEFA Europa League finalists Athletic Club, while Falcao's 94th-minute equaliser earned Athletic's opponents in the 9 May showpiece, Club Atlético de Madrid, a draw at Real Betis Balompié.

Last updated: 29/04/12 23.55CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

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Last updated: 30/04/2012 21:02 CET

29/04/2012

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-7BarcelonaBarcelona

Messi 16, 90, Alexis Sánchez 26, Keita 38, Pedro Rodríguez 47, 87, Thiago Alcántara 77

Venue: Madrid

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BetisBetis2-2AtléticoAtlético

Álex Pozuelo 86, Jonathan Pereira 88

Koke 63, Falcao 90+4

Venue: Sevilla

29/04/2012

MálagaMálaga1-0ValenciaValencia

Camacho 27

Venue: Malaga

29/04/2012

ZaragozaZaragoza2-0AthleticAthletic

Oriol 28, Apoño 51

Venue: Zaragoza

29/04/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid3-0SevillaSevilla

Cristiano Ronaldo 19, Benzema 48, 52

Venue: Madrid

28/04/2012

VillarrealVillarreal1-1OsasunaOsasuna

Bruno Soriano 44

Raúl García 72

Venue: Castellon

28/04/2012

GetafeGetafe1-3MallorcaMallorca

Alexis 90+2

Victor Casadesus 30, Alfaro 68, Hemed 78

Venue: Madrid

28/04/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad3-0RacingRacing

Griezmann 47, 70, Agirretxe 83

Venue: San Sebastian

28/04/2012

EspanyolEspanyol0-3Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Adrián Colunga 48, Trejo 70, Bilić 80

Venue: Barcelona

28/04/2012

LevanteLevante3-1GranadaGranada

Koné 46, Xavi Torres 73, Valdo 84

Ighalo 67

Venue: Valencia

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