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Barça and Atlético maintain scorching pace

Published: Sunday 25 November 2012, 22.50CET
FC Barcelona kept up their relentless pace at the top by defeating Levante UD 4-0, but Club Atlético de Madrid matched them against Sevilla FC to remain three points behind.

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Published: Sunday 25 November 2012, 22.50CET

Barça and Atlético maintain scorching pace

FC Barcelona kept up their relentless pace at the top by defeating Levante UD 4-0, but Club Atlético de Madrid matched them against Sevilla FC to remain three points behind.

Lionel Messi struck twice for the fourth game running as FC Barcelona defeated Levante UD to maintain their three-point Liga lead over Club Atlético de Madrid, who matched the Catalan club's 4-0 scoreline against Sevilla FC.

Levante held the visitors at half-time, but an Andrés Iniesta masterclass in the second period helped Barça to power away. The midfielder set up Messi for his 18th and 19th goals of the Liga season, before drilling in off the crossbar and laying on for Cesc Fàbregas to tap in the fourth as the Azulgrana maintained their unbeaten record.

Atlético kept pace with a resounding win at home to Sevilla, who ended the match with nine men. Federico Fazio was dismissed after bringing down Koke in the area on 20 minutes, and that allowed Falcao to open the scoring from the spot. An Emir Spahić own goal and Koke volley then stretched the lead before the break, with Ivan Rakitić being shown a second yellow before Miranda tapped in the fourth.

Pedro León and Mané hit the target as Getafe CF defeated bottom-of-the-table RCD Espanyol 2-0 to move seventh, while Abel Aguilar's second-half effort earned a 1-1 draw for RC Deportivo La Coruña at Athletic Club.

Last updated: 04/12/13 18.59CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 29/01/2013 19:13 CET

25/11/2012

LevanteLevante0-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Messi 47, 52, Iniesta 57, Fàbregas 63

Venue: Valencia

25/11/2012

AtléticoAtlético4-0SevillaSevilla

Falcao 22 (P), Spahić 40 (o.g.), Koke 44, Miranda 90+2

Venue: Madrid

25/11/2012

AthleticAthletic1-1DeportivoDeportivo

De Marcos 23

Aguilar 52

Venue: Bilbao

25/11/2012

EspanyolEspanyol0-2GetafeGetafe

Pedro León 17, Mané 90

Venue: Barcelona

24/11/2012

BetisBetis1-0Real MadridReal Madrid

Beñat 17

Venue: Sevilla

24/11/2012

MálagaMálaga4-0ValenciaValencia

Portillo 8, Saviola 74, Santa Cruz 81, Isco 90+2

Venue: Malaga

24/11/2012

ValladolidValladolid1-0GranadaGranada

Manucho 63

Venue: Valladolid

24/11/2012

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-0MallorcaMallorca

Carrilho Baptistao 87, Delibašić 90

Venue: Madrid

23/11/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-0OsasunaOsasuna

Venue: San Sebastian

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