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Barcelona restore lead as Madrid lose to Málaga

Published: Saturday 22 December 2012, 22.10CET
FC Barcelona beat Real Valladolid CF 3-1 to restore their nine-point cushion over Club Atlético de Madrid at the summit, while Real Madrid CF suffered a fourth Liga defeat this term.

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Published: Saturday 22 December 2012, 22.10CET

Barcelona restore lead as Madrid lose to Málaga

FC Barcelona beat Real Valladolid CF 3-1 to restore their nine-point cushion over Club Atlético de Madrid at the summit, while Real Madrid CF suffered a fourth Liga defeat this term.

FC Barcelona will head into 2013 with a nine-point lead at the top of the Liga following a 3-1 triumph over Real Valladolid CF.

Club Atlético de Madrid pulled to within six points of the summit with a 1-0 win against RC Celta de Vigo on Friday but Barcelona responded in kind in Valladolid. Xavi Hernández gave the Azulgrana the lead just prior to half-time and Lionel Messi made it 2-0 on 59 minutes with his 91st goal of the calendar year. Though Javi Guerra's effort briefly made Barça sweat late on, Christian Tello rubber-stamped the victory in added time.

Real Madrid CF are seven points shy of city rivals Atlético following a 3-2 loss at Málaga CF. Isco gave the hosts the lead soon after the interval and though a Sergio Sánchez own goal drew the Merengues level, Roque Santa Cruz scored twice to put Málaga 3-1 ahead. Karim Benzema's 82nd-minute effort proved inconsequential.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Real Betis Balompié lost 2-1 at home to RCD Mallorca and Granada CF won by the same scoreline at struggling CA Osasuna. Real Zaragoza won 2-0 at Athletic Club in the late game.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.36CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:09 CET

22/12/2012

AthleticAthletic0-2ZaragozaZaragoza

Apoño 31 (P), Hélder Postiga 42

Venue: Bilbao

22/12/2012

MálagaMálaga3-2Real MadridReal Madrid

Isco 49, Santa Cruz 72, 76

Sergio Sánchez 66 (o.g.), Benzema 82

Venue: Malaga

22/12/2012

OsasunaOsasuna1-2GranadaGranada

Nino 7

Mainz Garcia 41, Dani 48

Venue: Pamplona

22/12/2012

ValladolidValladolid1-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Guerra 89

Xavi Hernández 43, Messi 59, Tello 90+4

Venue: Valladolid

22/12/2012

BetisBetis1-2MallorcaMallorca

Beñat 5

Victor Casadesus 30, Márquez 47 (P)

Venue: Sevilla

21/12/2012

AtléticoAtlético1-0CeltaCelta

Adrián López 77

Venue: Madrid

21/12/2012

ValenciaValencia4-2GetafeGetafe

Soldado 1, Jonas 7, Ricardo Costa 30, Valdez 90+4

Álvaro Vázquez 13, Alexis 59

Venue: Valencia

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