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Fábregas scores three as Barcelona follow Madrid

Published: Saturday 6 April 2013, 23.59CET
Cesc Fábregas scored a hat-trick as FC Barcelona put five goals past RCD Mallorca, matching Real Madrid CF's return against Levante UD to keep their 13-point lead intact.
Fábregas scores three as Barcelona follow Madrid
Cesc Fàbregas celebrates scoring a hat-trick Barcelona ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 6 April 2013, 23.59CET

Fábregas scores three as Barcelona follow Madrid

Cesc Fábregas scored a hat-trick as FC Barcelona put five goals past RCD Mallorca, matching Real Madrid CF's return against Levante UD to keep their 13-point lead intact.

Liga leaders FC Barcelona remain 13 points clear after they recorded a 5-0 defeat of RCD Mallorca, Real Madrid CF having dispatched Levante UD 5-1 earlier in the day.

Cesc Fábregas and Alexis Sánchez were involved in all five goals of a breathless contest as the Azulgrana tore into their visitors. Fábregas's one-two with Alexis gave Barça the lead, doubled 99 seconds later when the Chilean international buried the rebound from Fábregas's saved shot.

A near carbon copy of the opening goal brought Fábregas's second, before the ex-Arsenal FC man turned provider, chipping forward for Alexis to complete his own double. Fábregas's hat-trick goal was well-received in the second half, but the night's standing ovation was reserved for Éric Abidal, enjoying his first outing since a liver transplant this time last year. 

Earlier, Madrid scored five for the second home Liga game in succession, but only after going behind to Míchel's goal. Gonzalo Higuaín restored parity with an acrobatic volley, with Kaká quickly putting the Merengues ahead from the spot. Three goals in the last six minutes, one from Cristiano Ronaldo and a quick-fire Mesut Özil double, made the scoreline more resounding.

Elsewhere, RC Deportivo La Coruña boosted their survival prospects, leaping two places to 18th, a point behind Real Zaragoza, after sinking Manuel Jiménez's men 3-2. In fourth place, Real Sociedad de Fútbol have a four-point cushion over Málaga CF after beating them 4-2.

Last updated: 07/04/13 0.09CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:11 CET

06/04/2013

BarcelonaBarcelona5-0MallorcaMallorca

Fàbregas 20, 37, 46, Alexis Sánchez 22, 38

Venue: Barcelona

06/04/2013

DeportivoDeportivo3-2ZaragozaZaragoza

Bruno Gama 11, Marchena 40, Minero Fernández 55 (o.g.)

Hélder Postiga 16 (P), Montanes 35

Venue: La Coruna

06/04/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid5-1LevanteLevante

Higuaín 36, Kaká 39 (P), Ronaldo 84, Özil 87, 90+1

Míchel 31

Venue: Madrid

06/04/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad4-2MálagaMálaga

Vela 21, De La Bella 24, Griezmann 30, Iñigo Martínez 51

Morales 43, Santa Cruz 70

Venue: San Sebastian

05/04/2013

GranadaGranada1-5BetisBetis

Aranda 72

Rubén 30, 32, López 34 (o.g.), Pabón 53, Ángel López 85

Venue: Granada

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