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Barcelona close in on La Liga title
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Barcelona close in on La Liga title

May 6 2013, 12:55am CDT | by

Madrid, May 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Madrid, May 6 — FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis. Lionel Messi came off the bench with 35 minutes remaining to decide an...

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Barcelona close in on La Liga title

May 6 2013, 12:55am CDT | by

Madrid, May 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Madrid, May 6 — FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Lionel Messi came off the bench with 35 minutes remaining to decide an entertaining game in which Betis had twice taken the lead thanks to goals from Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Garcia Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Alexis Sanchez and David Villa, who had missed several chances in the first half, pulled Barca back level and once Messi had scored a trademark free kick, the game swung decisively in Barca's way. Messi sealed the win with a tap-in following a magnificent move involving Andres Ineista and Alexis.

Real Madrid's 4-3 home win over Valladolid, which came with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo Saturday, had meant that Barcelona could not celebrate the league title this weekend whatever the result at Camp Nou.

Meanwhile the Madrid game also served to confirm the divorce between Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and the fans in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he was booed at several moments in the game.

A Marc Valiente own goal and a strike from Kaka sealed Madrid's win while Ronaldo's second was his 200th in a Real Madrid shirt.

Atletico Madrid were again below their best as they drew 0-0 away to Deportivo la Coruna to slip to eight points behind their neighbours. But at least the point served to assure their place in next season's Champions League.

With fourth placed Real Sociedad not playing until Monday, Valencia recovered some ground in the battle for the final Champions League place with a thumping 4-0 thrashing over relegation threatened Osasuna. Roberto Soldado, Ricardo Costa, Ever Banega and Jonas completed the rout against an Osasuna that ended the game with just nine men after David Timor and Alejandro Arribas were sent off.

Sevilla still have a chance of European football after Unai Emery's side got off to a flying start in their home game against Espanyol. A Joan Capdevila own goal opened the scoring before Coke and Alvaro Negredo had wrapped up the 3-0 win before the midway point of first half.

At the wrong end of the table, Zaragoza and Granada took important wins. A dreadful refereeing decision opened the door for Zaragoza after referee Teixeira Vitienes gave the home side a spot kick for handball after 26 minutes at home to Rayo Vallecano when the ball was not even close to the arm of Rayo defender Jordi Figueras.

Apono had no complaints as he fired Zaragoza ahead and the result was beyond doubt when Rodri added a second just after halftime and Apono's second goal in injury time put the icing on the cake.

Meanwhile Odion Ighalo's solitary goal gave Granada a win in their derby at home to a disappointing Malaga.

Mallorca are still stuck on the bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw at home to Levante. Tomar Hemed scored an early goal for Mallorca but Robert Acquafresca's second goal of the campaign assured the points were shared in a hard-fought match.

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Man City want to sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard! [Independent + Mail on Sunday]

Nov 1 2014 5:38pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

If you thought seeing Frank Lampard in a Manchester City shirt, wait until Steven Gerrard moves to the Etihad!Such a suggestion seems ludicrous but two of the Sunday papers run with this story following comments by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.Steven Gerrard is out of contract at Liverpool in January, which is now just two months away.After Liverpool’s defeat at Newcastle on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the Merseyside giants want to k ...
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Adelaide United go top in the A-League

Nov 1 2014 4:41pm CDT | Source: Stuff.co.nz

Adelaide United beat Melbourne City 2-1 to top Australian football's A-League at the start of its fourth round and to leave City's Spanish star David Villa withou ...
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No tricks nor treats as City fall to another loss

Oct 31 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Stuff.co.nz

Spanish superstar David Villa did everything but score in what could be his final appearance for Melbourne City, but even his heroics could not prevent his team sliding to a home loss  to Adelaide City in a Halloween h ...
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Melbourne City 1 Adelaide United 2: Villa bows out with defeat

Oct 31 2014 6:32am CDT | Source: Soccerway

Melbourne City let a lead slip to go down 2-1 to Adelaide United in the A-League in what is set to be David Villa's last game for the club. ...
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Adelaide triumph to spoil Villa’s farewell

Oct 31 2014 5:55am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

ADELAIDE ensure David Villa’s A-League stint ends on a sour note, defeating Melbourne City at AAMI Park. Watch the goals in our Match Centre. ...
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Adelaide triumph to spoil Villa’s farewell

Oct 31 2014 5:43am CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

ADELAIDE ensure David Villa’s A-League tenure - for now - ends on a losing note, beating Melbourne City at AAMI Park. Watch the goals in our ...
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Live: Melbourne City v Adelaide United

Oct 31 2014 2:59am CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

DAVID Villa bids farewell to the A-League as Melbourne City hosts Adelaide United. Follow the clash - with video highligh ...
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Spanish star who’s sticking around

Oct 30 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

SERGIO Cirio used to share cabs with Cesc Fabregas and played at Barcelona when David Villa was at a small club named UP L ...
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Melbourne City v Adelaide United Live Streaming Guide & A-League Preview

Oct 30 2014 1:03am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Get all of the latest information and watch every minute of the game here live. Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne When: Friday October 31 - 8.40am (BST) Click here to watch using with an A-League live stream pass! SEE ALSO: AUSTRALIAN SPORTS NEWS 2015 AFL Fixture: See your club's matches here! 2014 AFL Draft: Check out the finalised draft order here Best AFL players: We rate the 40 best players of the 2014 season This match looms as David Villa's last in the A-League, with the Spa ...
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Apprentice looks to turn tables on master

Oct 29 2014 6:52pm CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

THE master and the apprentice meet when Sydney FC play the Mariners, while David Villa bids farewell to the A-League. John A ...
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