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Madrid close in on Liga pacesetters

Published: Sunday 12 January 2014, 20.29CET
Pepe headed the only goal of the game as Real Madrid CF moved within three points of Spain's leading duo courtesy of a slender 1-0 victory at RCD Espanyol.

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Published: Sunday 12 January 2014, 20.29CET

Madrid close in on Liga pacesetters

Pepe headed the only goal of the game as Real Madrid CF moved within three points of Spain's leading duo courtesy of a slender 1-0 victory at RCD Espanyol.

Real Madrid CF closed within three points of leading Liga duo FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid courtesy of a 1-0 victory at RCD Espanyol.

Saturday's goalless stalemate between the top two had handed Madrid the chance to boost their own title prospects and they duly seized it in Barcelona. Carlo Ancelotti's men could not find a route to goal in the opening half, but they made their domination count ten minutes after the interval when Pepe headed in from the excellent Luka Modrić's free-kick. That proved to be the only strike of the game as the Merengues moved on to 47 points.

Also on Sunday, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid bolstered their survival hopes with a 1-0 win at Getafe CF, Alberto Bueno registering on 29 minutes to move the second-bottom side within two points of safety. Elsewhere, CA Osasuna climbed up to 12th via a 2-1 success at bottom club Real Betis Balompié, despite losing goalkeeper Andrés Fernández to a red card on the hour. In the late game, Levante UD overcame Málaga CF 1-0.

Last updated: 13/01/14 0.48CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 12/01/2014 22:51 CET

12/01/2014

LevanteLevante1-0MálagaMálaga

Barral 19

Venue: Valencia

12/01/2014

EspanyolEspanyol0-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Pepe 55

Venue: Barcelona

12/01/2014

BetisBetis1-2OsasunaOsasuna

Molina 80

Torres 2, Jordi 57 (og)

Venue: Sevilla

12/01/2014

GetafeGetafe0-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Alberto Bueno 29

Venue: Madrid

11/01/2014

ElcheElche1-1SevillaSevilla

Herrera 82

Daniel Carriço 89

Venue: Elche

11/01/2014

AtléticoAtlético0-0BarcelonaBarcelona

Venue: Madrid

11/01/2014

CeltaCelta2-1ValenciaValencia

Dias de Oliveira 50, 78

Parejo 23

Venue: Pontevedra

11/01/2014

AthleticAthletic6-1AlmeríaAlmería

Rico Moreno 6, Ander Herrera 10, Laporte 30, Aritz Aduriz 52, Ibai Gómez 68, 86 (P)

Hélder Barbosa 34

Venue: Bilbao

10/01/2014

GranadaGranada4-0ValladolidValladolid

Murillo 12, Recio 22, 54, El Arabi 78

Venue: Granada

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