Tag Archive: La Liga


Lionel Messi scored his 49th and 50th goals of the season to lead Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Racing Santander in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Four days after scoring a Champions League-record five goals in Barcelona’s 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen, Messi reached the 50-goal mark for the second straight season and closed to within five of matching Cesar Rodriguez’s all-time club record of 235.

Barcelona’ fourth straight victory kept it 10 points behind runaway leader Real Madrid, but with 12 rounds to play the defending champions’ chances of catching their fierce rival are dwindling. Continue reading

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Barcelona remained eight points clear of Real Madrid in La Liga as the two rivals drew in the first of four games they will play in just over two weeks.

A Lionel Messi penalty gave Barca an early second-half lead after Raul Albiol hauled David Villa to the ground with a challenge that saw him sent off.

Real’s equaliser was also provided by a penalty when Daniel Alves brought down fellow Brazilian Marcelo. Cristiano Ronaldo, who had earlier hit the post, fired home the spot-kick. Continue reading

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and set up another for Kaka as Real Madrid twice fought back from deficits to defeat Villarreal in an entertaining encounter at the Bernabeu.Villarreal led through goals from Cani and Marco Ruben during a hugely impressive first-half display, but they were pegged back each time by strikes from Ronaldo.The second half belonged almost entirely to Madrid and Ronaldo gave the home side the lead they deserved with his third of the match 10 minutes from time, and two minutes later he provided the pass for the fit-again Kaka to score his first goal of the season. Continue reading

Real Madrid 3-2 Getafe: La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to take his goal tally to 19 as Real Madrid survived late pressure to win 3-2 at their city rivals Getafe and trim the gap to Barcelona, the league leaders, to two points.The champions Barça had stretched their lead to five points with Sunday’s 2-1 home win over promoted Levante before Ronaldo scored in each half either side of a Mesut Ozil strike to keep Real on their tail. Continue reading