Weekend La Liga round-up

Atletico continue their fine run in La Liga this season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Getafe
Atletico continue their fine run in La Liga this season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Getafe

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all recorded victories on Sunday to maintain the status quo at the top of the Primera Liga table.

Lionel Messi inspired La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 4-2 victory over Real Mallorca after the home side had threatened prevent Tito Vilanova’s men from winning their 10th game of the season.

Barcelona were in full control at 3-0 up at half-time courtesy of strikes from Xavi, Messi and Cristian Tello.

However, Mallorca hit back twice in four second-half minutes with goals from Michael Pereira and Victor Casadesus to give the home side hope.

But Messi showed his class once more and fired another goal for Barca, ensuring they took all three points.

Atletico Madrid stay within three points of Barcelona at the summit of La Liga after cruising to a 2-0 victory over Getafe.

Adrian Lopez opened the scoring with his first league goal of the season, and Atletico doubled their lead just before half-time as Arda Turan ran through on goal and calmly shot past Miguel Angel Moya, despite a strong call for handball in the build up.

Getafe had chances of their own but offered a lacklustre performance, meaning they suffered their second defeat in a week, leaving them in the bottom half of the table.

Real Madrid scored late to secure victory at Levante. Substitute Alvaro Morata nodded home the winning goal six minutes from time,  just moments after Jose Mourinho sent him into the fray.

The match was played on an almost unplayable surface and in the pouring rain, and it was a damp start to the match for Cristiano Ronaldo who was left bleeding from a cut above his eye after being elbowed by David Navarro.

But the Madrid star was able to continue and scored a brilliant volley to put his side into a commanding position, before Angel’s clever finish brought the game level in the 62nd minute.

Valencia secured their first away point for five league games after their 1-1 draw at Valladolid.

Aly Cissokho had put the visitors in front after just 15 minutes, but the French defender went from hero to zero in the second half when he chopped down Omar Ramos to concede a penalty and was subsequently sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Victor Perez slotted away the penalty to extend Valladolid’s unbeaten run to four games, leaving both teams on 15 points having played 11 matches.

Goals in the first half from Oscar de Marcos and Markel Susaeta saw Athletic Bilbao beat Sevilla a 2-1 as the home side withstood a late onslaught to take all three points.

De Marcos put the hosts one up at San Mames with a tidy side-footed shot from Jon Aurtenetxe’s cross after 27 minutes, and Susaeta made it two on the verge of half-time as Andres Palop could do nothing about the powerful drive into the net.

However, an exciting finish was ensured when Athletic were reduced to 10 men after Ander Herrera’s second yellow card with 14 minutes remaining, and just two minutes later Alvaro Negredo reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

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