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Alexis inspires Barcelona back to top

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 21.55CET
FC Barcelona defeated Elche CF 4-0 with an Alexis Sánchez hat-trick to wipe out Club Atlético de Madrid's three-point Liga advantage ahead of their top-of-the-table clash next Saturday.
Alexis inspires Barcelona back to top
Alexis Sánchez celebrates one of his three goals ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 21.55CET

Alexis inspires Barcelona back to top

FC Barcelona defeated Elche CF 4-0 with an Alexis Sánchez hat-trick to wipe out Club Atlético de Madrid's three-point Liga advantage ahead of their top-of-the-table clash next Saturday.

FC Barcelona have started 2014 where they left off last year as they beat Elche CF 4-0 with an Alexis Sánchez hat-trick to wipe out Club Atlético de Madrid's three-point Liga advantage ahead of their top-of-the-table meeting next Saturday.

Barcelona ended 2013 with a 5-2 win at Getafe CF but fell three points behind yesterday when Atlético, who host the champions next weekend, opened the year by edging Málaga CF 1-0. However, within 16 minutes at Camp Nou, Barcelona were two up as Alexis turned in a Jordi Alba cross and Pedro Rodríguez finished coolly after being sent through by Cesc Fàbregas.

Xavi Hernández missed a penalty following a foul on Fàbregas early in the second half but Alexis soon removed all doubt, set up unselfishly by Pedro to tap in Barcelona's third, then completing his treble with a superb free-kick.

Real Sociedad de Fútbol moved to within a point of fourth-placed Athletic Club by beating their Basque rivals 2-0 in San Sebastian with goals from Antoine Griezmann and, at the death, Rubén Pardo. Sevilla FC are three points behind La Real following their 3-0 success over Getafe while CA Osasuna escaped the relegation zone by overcoming RCD Espanyol 1-0.

Last updated: 06/01/14 12.11CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 05/01/2014 21:53 CET

05/01/2014

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-0AthleticAthletic

Griezmann 43, Pardo 90+3

Venue: San Sebastian

05/01/2014

OsasunaOsasuna1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Cejudo 33

Venue: Pamplona

05/01/2014

BarcelonaBarcelona4-0ElcheElche

Alexis Sánchez 7, 63, 69, Pedro Rodríguez 16

Venue: Barcelona

05/01/2014

SevillaSevilla3-0GetafeGetafe

Vitolo 34, Bacca 55, Rakitić 77

Venue: Sevilla

04/01/2014

AlmeríaAlmería3-0GranadaGranada

Dubarbier 14, Verza 28 (P), Vidal Parreu 79

Venue: Almeria

04/01/2014

ValenciaValencia2-0LevanteLevante

Piatti 42, Feghouli 73

Venue: Valencia

04/01/2014

ValladolidValladolid0-0BetisBetis

Venue: Valladolid

04/01/2014

MálagaMálaga0-1AtléticoAtlético

Koke 70

Venue: Malaga

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