Easy win for Barcelona

A review of the weekend's action in Spain's Primera Liga, including a routine victory for Barcelona.

Last Updated: 14/04/13 at 22:55 Post Comment

Tello celebrates against Real Zaragoza

Tello celebrates against Real Zaragoza

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Cristian Tello bagged a brace while Thiago was also on target as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 victory over Real Zaragoza at La Romareda.

Zaragoza came into the match having taken just 27 points from 30 matches and occupying 18th place. And their performance replicated their standing as Tito Vilanova's team dominated from the off.

Radamel Falcao scored twice as Atletico Madrid continued their bid for a top-two finish in the Primera Division with a 5-0 home win over Granada.

Falcao, who was the centre of more transfer speculation this week with Manchester United mooted as a possible destination this summer, struck in the 27th and 47th minutes to take his tally to 30 in all competitions this season.

Diego Costa, Raul Garcia and Filipe Luis were also on the scoresheet as Diego Simeone's men made it 14 wins from 16 league matches at the Vicente Calderon this season while also keeping up the pressure on second-placed Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid coasted to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Ronaldo struck with a fine free-kick in the second minute before heading a second after 69 minutes.

Gonzalo Higuain scored a third as Jose Mourinho's side closed the gap to leaders Barcelona back up to 13 points. Defeat left Bilbao eight points above the relegation zone.

Real Sociedad continued their outstanding run of form with a convincing 2-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano.

Two goals by Imanol Agirretxe in the opening 14 minutes set the Basque side on their way to victory and although they took their foot off the gas somewhat in the second half, they were always in control of the game.

This was Sociedad's fifth win in seven games and means they maintain their grip on fourth spot in the table, staying four points clear of Malaga and moving four points ahead of Valencia.

On Saturday, Valladolid staged a second-half turnaround to overcome 10-man Getafe 2-1 and record their first home win since January.

Paco Alcacer gave Luis Garcia's side an undeserved lead moments before half-time but goals by Oscar Ramos and Javi Guerra in quick succession turned the match around, before Alexis Ruano was sent off for Getafe.

The hosts dominated both halves but took their time in making their superiority count.

Deportivo La Coruna took another big step towards survival after making it four wins on the trot with an impressive 4-0 victory at Levante.

The game was as good as over inside the opening half-hour as Depor struck three times through Juan Carlos Valeron, Luis Pizzi and Nelson Oliveira.

Levante pushed but could find no way back after that and Bruno Gama put the icing on Depor's cake with a fourth goal late on as the in-form Galicians claimed their biggest win since 2011.

It is also a victory that provisionally lifts them out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

A last-gasp goal by Sergio Garcia rescued a point for Espanyol in a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Valencia.

Mubarak Wakaso opened the scoring for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, but Sergio Canales levelled shortly after the re-start.

Joan Verdu then put Espanyol ahead again late on but his effort was cancelled out by Jonas, before Roberto Soldado gave Valencia the lead for the first time in the game, during injury time.

However, there was still time for more drama, and Garcia scored in the 94th minute to snatch the draw.

Malaga's week to forget ended on a high as Julio Baptista gave them something to smile about with an injury-time winner against Osasuna.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday thanks to Borussia Dortmund's injury-time heroics, and the fall-out was unpleasant.

The club's president complained that their exit was based on racism and, added to the death of Pellegrini's father, there has been little to cheer at La Rosaleda.

With the club banned from Europe next season they could have been forgiven for throwing the towel in all together this season, but thanks to Baptista's goal they are now up to fifth.

On Friday night, substitute Nosa Igiebor struck in the 90th minute as Real Betis came from three goals down to earn a share of the spoils against local rivals Sevilla, who played most of the second half with 10 men.

The hosts, who lost 5-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, must have been fearing the worst when Ivan Rakitic's brace and Alvaro Negredo's goal put the visitors on course for another memorable win just after the half-hour.

But Dorlan Pabon reduced the deficit before half-time and their cause was helped by Ruben Castro netting from the penalty spot in the 54th minute before Gary Medel was given a straight red card almost straight after.

It was not until the 90th minute that they levelled, however, Igiebor heading home to complete a memorable comeback.


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