Barcelona back on top in Spain

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007


Goals from Javier Saviola, Ronaldinho and substitute Ludovic Giuly gave the Spanish champions a hard-earned 3-1 victory which sees them stay one point clear of Sevilla.

Nene pulled a goal back for Celta from the spot midway through the second period but it was not enough to prevent a fourth straight Primera Liga defeat.

Sevilla recorded a thrilling victory against lowly Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia to briefly go top before Barcelona’s win.

Frederic Kanoute fired the visitors into the lead before Alexander Kerzhakov and a Damiano Tommasi own goal put them in the driving seat.

But the hosts rallied through Frederic Dehu and Gustavo Reggi before Alejandro Alfaro secured the win.

A brace from Robert helped Real Betis move out of the Primera Liga relegation zone and bring Valencia’s run of six straight wins to an end.

David Villa had put Valencia into an early lead only for Robert to equalise shortly after, and the Brazilian rounded off an impressive display by thumping home a penalty midway through the second half to seal all three points.

Basement club Gimnastic defied their league position to thrash Catalan rivals Espanyol at Nou Estadi.

Javier Portillo opened the scoring and the former Real Madrid striker was at the heart of things once again when he was brought down for a penalty by Jesus Lacruz, which was converted by Alejandro Campano.

Antonio Pinilla made it 3-0 and then Cesar headed home a Campano corner to send the home supporters into ecstasy.

First-half goals from Sergio Ballesteros and Jose Carlos Nunes helped 10-man Mallorca edge past Recreativo Huelva at the ONO Estadi.

Ballesteros, who was later sent off after picking up a second booking, put the home side ahead before Nunes doubled their advantage.

Gomez Juanma pulled one back for the visitors four minutes after the break, but Mallorca managed to hold on for all three points.

A first-half brace from Daniel Guiza was enough to see Getafe cruise past Osasuna at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

The former Mallorca striker powered home his first after 28 minutes and he sealed the three points a minute before the break with a classy second.

Andoni Iraola was the derby hero as Athletic Bilbao heaped yet more misery on relegation-threatened Basque rivals Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.

Iraola scored a goal in each half to consign Sociedad to their third consecutive Primera Liga defeat which leaves them six points adrift of safety, but it could have been a different story had Xabier Prieto converted a first-half penalty.

Diego Milito’s 79th-minute penalty was enough to spare Real Zaragoza’s blushes in the draw with strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.

Sebastian Taborda had given the visitors a surprise lead in the 21st minute, but 11 minutes from time Taborda turned villain when he hacked down Sergio Garcia inside the box and Milito salvaged a point.

On Saturday, Marcos’ solitary goal was enough to see Villarreal defeat Real Madrid, while Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander played out a 1-1 draw.


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