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Barcelona and Atlético win again

Published: Sunday 26 January 2014, 22.58CET
FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid recorded comfortable wins on Sunday to maintain the pace in the Liga title race, both jumping a point ahead of Real Madrid CF.

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Published: Sunday 26 January 2014, 22.58CET

Barcelona and Atlético win again

FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid recorded comfortable wins on Sunday to maintain the pace in the Liga title race, both jumping a point ahead of Real Madrid CF.

There was no quarter given at the top of the Spanish Liga as FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid both registered wins to stay locked together at the head of the table.

The pressure was on after Real Madrid CF had edged the duo off the summit on Saturday, but Barcelona ended the weekend where they started it – in pole position on goal difference. After a pair of league draws, the Camp Nou side returned to winning ways by seeing off Málaga CF 3-0, Gerard Piqué driving them in front from inside the area before the break. Pedro Rodríguez doubled the advantage on 55 minutes and Alexis Sánchez wrapped up the points six minutes later.

Earlier in the evening, Atlético had gone briefly top with a 4-2 win at second-bottom Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. David Villa put the visitors ahead eight minutes in, but the hosts spurned the chance to level when Jonathan Viera missed from the penalty spot four minutes later. Arda Turan struck twice ahead of the interval, either side of Viera's 40th-minute response, and Diego Costa turned in a Filipe Luís cross with 16 minutes remaining, before Joaquin Larrivey hit a second for the capital side.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Athletic Club recorded a commanding 5-1 win at CA Osasuna, who lost Alejandro Arribas to a 76th-minute red card. A pair of Aritz Aduriz goals had helped the visitors into a 3-1 lead, before Ibai Gómez and Kike Sola completed the scoring. Lastly, UD Almería moved up to 15th courtesy of a 1-0 success against Getafe CF.

Last updated: 26/01/14 23.24CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 26/01/2014 22:55 CET

26/01/2014

BarcelonaBarcelona3-0MálagaMálaga

Piqué 40, Pedro Rodríguez 55, Alexis Sánchez 61

Venue: Barcelona

26/01/2014

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano2-4AtléticoAtlético

Viera 40, Larrivey 76

Villa 8, Arda Turan 30, 44, Saúl Ñiguez 74 (og)

Venue: Madrid

26/01/2014

OsasunaOsasuna1-5AthleticAthletic

Armenteros 10

Susaeta 3, Aritz Aduriz 16, 62, Ibai Gómez 84, Kike Sola 88

Venue: Pamplona

26/01/2014

AlmeríaAlmería1-0GetafeGetafe

Sundy Zongo 49

Venue: Almeria

25/01/2014

SevillaSevilla2-3LevanteLevante

Coke 25, Rakitić 68

Barral 30 (P), Vyntra 71, Simão 75

Venue: Sevilla

25/01/2014

ValenciaValencia2-2EspanyolEspanyol

Paco Alcácer 7, Jonas 32

Córdoba 3, Sergio García 45 (P)

Venue: Valencia

25/01/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-0VillarrealVillarreal

Rueda 40

Venue: Valladolid

25/01/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid2-0GranadaGranada

Ronaldo 56, Benzema 74

Venue: Madrid

24/01/2014

CeltaCelta4-2BetisBetis

Orellana 22, 39, Dias de Oliveira 31, Nolito 73

Rubén Castro 17, 78

Venue: Pontevedra

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