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Barcelona and Madrid cruise to victories

Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 0.11CET
Lionel Messi continued his fine form as Liga leaders FC Barcelona won 3-1 against Real Zaragoza, while Karim Benzema hit a double to help Real Madrid CF overpower Athletic Club.
Barcelona and Madrid cruise to victories
Lionel Messi celebrates after opening the scoring against Zaragoza ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 0.11CET

Barcelona and Madrid cruise to victories

Lionel Messi continued his fine form as Liga leaders FC Barcelona won 3-1 against Real Zaragoza, while Karim Benzema hit a double to help Real Madrid CF overpower Athletic Club.

Lionel Messi continued his exceptional form as unbeaten FC Barcelona secured their 11th win in 12 Liga matches this term with a 3-1 triumph over Real Zaragoza.

Messi broke the deadlock in the 16th minute after a neat one-two with Jordi Alba. Barcelona had conceded 14 league goals before this contest, however, and Francisco Montañés exploited that defensive frailty to equalise shortly after.

The Azulgrana regained control through Alex Song, before Messi completed the scoring when he curled in a shot midway through the second half – his 27th goal of the season in all competitions for club and country.

Real Madrid CF remain eight points behind their rivals after dispatching Athletic Club 5-1 at home. Three goals in the first 32 minutes blew the visitors away, with a Sergio Ramos strike sandwiched between two excellent Karim Benzema finishes. Ibai Gomez reduced the deficit on the verge of half-time, but Mesut Özil put the Merengues out of sight before compatriot Sami Khedira added gloss.

Elsewhere, CA Osasuna held Málaga CF to a goalless draw, while a last-gasp Roberto Soldado penalty helped Valencia CF beat RCD Espanyol 2-1 after Periquitos pair Sergio García and Héctor Moreno were sent off late on.

Last updated: 18/11/12 18.10CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 30/01/2013 19:34 CET

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SevillaSevilla5-1BetisBetis

Reyes 1, 32, Fazio 5, 43, Rakitić 90+1

Rubén 66

Venue: Sevilla

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GranadaGranada0-1AtléticoAtlético

Arda Turan 61

Venue: Granada

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GetafeGetafe2-1ValladolidValladolid

Alexis 74, Lafita 78

Óscar González 45

Venue: Madrid

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CeltaCelta1-1MallorcaMallorca

Park Ju-Young 56

Hemed 22

Venue: Pontevedra

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DeportivoDeportivo0-2LevanteLevante

Martins 40, Barkero 82

Venue: La Coruna

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Real MadridReal Madrid5-1AthleticAthletic

Aurtenetxe 12 (o.g.), Ramos 30, Benzema 32, Özil 56, Khedira 72

Ibai Gómez 42

Venue: Madrid

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BarcelonaBarcelona3-1ZaragozaZaragoza

Messi 16, 60, Song 28

Montanes 24

Venue: Barcelona

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ValenciaValencia2-1EspanyolEspanyol

Viera 16, Soldado 89 (P)

Longo 31

Venue: Valencia

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OsasunaOsasuna0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Pamplona

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