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Top two forge ahead in Spain

Published: Sunday 13 December 2009
Real Madrid CF edged a thrilling match against Valencia CF to remain within five points of FC Barcelona after the champions equalled the club record of 15 unbeaten games with a derby win.
Top two forge ahead in Spain
Gonzalo Higuaín scored twice for Madrid ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 13 December 2009

Top two forge ahead in Spain

Real Madrid CF edged a thrilling match against Valencia CF to remain within five points of FC Barcelona after the champions equalled the club record of 15 unbeaten games with a derby win.

Real Madrid CF edged a thrilling match against Valencia CF to remain within five points of FC Barcelona after the champions had defeated city rivals RCD Espanyol earlier on Saturday.

Ibrahimović winner
Barça were without Lionel Messi, who injured an ankle in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League victory at FC Dynamo Kyiv, but the Argentina forward was at Camp Nou to show the Ballon d'Or award he won earlier this month off to the fans. Zlatan Ibrahimović scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the 39th minute, after José Raúl Baena had impeded Xavi Hernández, to make it eleven goals in 13 league outings since his summer transfer.

Garay winner
Only David Villa has scored more than the Swede in the Liga this season, although the Spanish international's 12th of the campaign was not enough to earn Valencia a point against Real Madrid, for whom Gonzalo Higuaín struck twice. Joaquín scored an 80th-minute leveller for the home team, who were beaten by a neat header from Madrid substitute Ezequiel Garay three minutes later.

Record run
Pep Guardiola's Barça side, who equalled the club record of 15 consecutive matches undefeated set under Terry Venables at the start of the 1984/85 season, have played a game more than Madrid. Elsewhere, teenage striker Iker Muniain came off the bench to inspire Athletic Club to a 2-1 win at Real Zaragoza earlier on Saturday. The Bilbao club are up to seventh.

Last updated: 13/12/09 0.20CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 30/11/2012 13:22 CET

09/12/2012

BetisBetis21:00BarcelonaBarcelona
Venue: Sevilla

09/12/2012

AtléticoAtlético19:00DeportivoDeportivo
Venue: Madrid

09/12/2012

AthleticAthletic17:00CeltaCelta
Venue: Bilbao

09/12/2012

LevanteLevante12:00MallorcaMallorca
Venue: Valencia

08/12/2012

OsasunaOsasuna22:00ValenciaValencia
Venue: Pamplona

08/12/2012

ValladolidValladolid20:00Real MadridReal Madrid
Venue: Valladolid

08/12/2012

MálagaMálaga18:00GranadaGranada
Venue: Malaga

08/12/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad16:00GetafeGetafe
Venue: San Sebastian

07/12/2012

EspanyolEspanyol21:30SevillaSevilla
Venue: Barcelona

Standings

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