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Barcelona streak further clear after derby win

Published: Sunday 6 January 2013, 22.15CET
Liga leaders FC Barcelona made a convincing start to 2013 by overcoming Catalan rivals RCD Espanyol 4-0 to move 11 points clear of Club Atlético de Madrid, who drew with RCD Mallorca.

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Published: Sunday 6 January 2013, 22.15CET

Barcelona streak further clear after derby win

Liga leaders FC Barcelona made a convincing start to 2013 by overcoming Catalan rivals RCD Espanyol 4-0 to move 11 points clear of Club Atlético de Madrid, who drew with RCD Mallorca.

Liga leaders FC Barcelona picked up where they left off last year by subjecting Catalan derby rivals RCD Espanyol to a 4-0 reverse and moving 11 points clear of Club Atlético de Madrid at the summit.

Barcelona dropped just two points before the winter break and duly collected their 17th success from 18 league outings after Xavi Hernández lit the way on ten minutes, slotting in an Andrés Iniesta pass. Lionel Messi set up Pedro Rodríguez to register the second and Pedro also added the third, before Messi capped a scintillating first-half display by converting a 29th-minute penalty following a foul on Cesc Fàbregas.

The victory lifted Barça further clear at the top as Atlético could only draw 1-1 at RCD Mallorca. Raúl García put the second-placed side in front on 72 minutes, but Kevin García Martínez denied them the win with three minutes remaining. Atlético are nonetheless five points ahead of Real Madrid CF, who beat Real Sociedad de Fútbol 4-3 despite the sixth-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Antonio Adán, chosen ahead of Iker Casillas once again.

Adán was sent off for impeding Carlos Vela, and that allowed Xabier Prieto to step up to the spot and cancel out Karim Benzema's early opener. Prieto went on to post a hat-trick, equalising after Sami Khedira had restored Madrid's lead on 35 minutes and responding to a pair of Cristiano Ronaldo strikes in the second half. The visitors were unable to pull level again, though, and were reduced to ten men themselves when Daniel Estrada was shown a second yellow card.

In Sunday's other encounter, RC Celta de Vigo saw off visitors Real Valladolid CF 3-1.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.35CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
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Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:10 CET

06/01/2013

MallorcaMallorca1-1AtléticoAtlético

García Martínez 87

Raúl García 72

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

06/01/2013

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0EspanyolEspanyol

Xavi Hernández 10, Pedro Rodríguez 15, 27, Messi 29 (P)

Venue: Barcelona

06/01/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid4-3Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Benzema 2, Khedira 35, Ronaldo 68, 70

Xabier Prieto 9 (P), 40, 76

Venue: Madrid

06/01/2013

CeltaCelta3-1ValladolidValladolid

Aspas 9, 30 (P), López Sánchez 52

Alberto Bueno 12 (P)

Venue: Pontevedra

05/01/2013

SevillaSevilla1-0OsasunaOsasuna

Spahić 83

Venue: Sevilla

05/01/2013

DeportivoDeportivo1-0MálagaMálaga

Pizzi 57

Venue: La Coruna

05/01/2013

GranadaGranada1-2ValenciaValencia

Angulo 50

Jonas 59, Piatti 82

Venue: Granada

05/01/2013

LevanteLevante3-1AthleticAthletic

Lell 26, Iborra 45, El Zhar 69

Aritz Aduriz 6

Venue: Valencia

04/01/2013

ZaragozaZaragoza1-2BetisBetis

Montanes 78

Rubén 44, Molina 58

Venue: Zaragoza

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