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Barcelona stretch advantage as Atlético slip up

Published: Sunday 10 November 2013, 22.51CET
Club Atlético de Madrid drew 1-1 at Villarreal CF to allow FC Barcelona to open up a three-point gap at the top in Spain following a 4-1 win at Real Betis Balompié.

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Published: Sunday 10 November 2013, 22.51CET

Barcelona stretch advantage as Atlético slip up

Club Atlético de Madrid drew 1-1 at Villarreal CF to allow FC Barcelona to open up a three-point gap at the top in Spain following a 4-1 win at Real Betis Balompié.

Club Atlético de Madrid dropped points for just the second time this season, allowing FC Barcelona to put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack at the top of the Spanish Liga.

With just a point separating the country's two leading sides at the start of the day, second-placed Atlético failed to put pressure on Barça as they were held 1-1 by Villarreal CF. Mario Gaspar turned into his own goal to put the Rojiblancos ahead in the second minute, but the same fate befell Atlético defender Juanfran 11 minutes from time as Diego Simeone's men lost momentum.

That allowed Barcelona to stretch their advantage to three points in the weekend's final game, Neymar and Pedro Rodríguez putting the Blaugrana 2-0 up at the interval at Real Betis Balompié, despite the loss of Lionel Messi to injury in the 22nd minute. Markus Steinhöfer struck the post for the hosts after half-time, but a Cesc Fàbregas double made the game safe and sealed a 4-1 win, with Jorge Molina hitting an added-time penalty for the home side.

Also on Sunday, Sevilla FC overtook RCD Espanyol in the standings as Federico Fazio, Víctor Machín and Carlos Bacca registered in a 3-1 win against Javier Aguirre's side, who had Víctor Sánchez dismissed, while Valencia CF twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home against Real Valladolid CF.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.43CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 10/11/2013 22:51 CET

10/11/2013

BetisBetis1-4BarcelonaBarcelona

Molina 90+2 (P)

Neymar 35, Pedro Rodríguez 37, Fàbregas 63, 79

Venue: Sevilla

10/11/2013

VillarrealVillarreal1-1AtléticoAtlético

Juanfran 79 (og)

Mario Gaspar 2 (og)

Venue: Castellon

10/11/2013

ValenciaValencia2-2ValladolidValladolid

Pabón 29, Feghouli 76

Guerra 9, García 50

Venue: Valencia

10/11/2013

EspanyolEspanyol1-3SevillaSevilla

Sergio García 23

Fazio 3, Machín 10, Bacca 58

Venue: Barcelona

09/11/2013

CeltaCelta0-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Viera 24, Larrivey 72

Venue: Pontevedra

09/11/2013

AthleticAthletic2-1LevanteLevante

Rico Moreno 72, Aritz Aduriz 84

Barral 33

Venue: Bilbao

09/11/2013

GetafeGetafe1-1ElcheElche

Pedro León 18

Boakye 61

Venue: Madrid

09/11/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid5-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Ronaldo 12, 26 (P), 76, Benzema 18, Khedira 36

Griezmann 61

Venue: Madrid

08/11/2013

GranadaGranada3-1MálagaMálaga

El Arabi 48, 59, 77

Juanmi 54

Venue: Granada

08/11/2013

OsasunaOsasuna0-1AlmeríaAlmería

Rodri 18

Venue: Pamplona

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