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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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David Villa to end loan at Melbourne City after four A-league games

Oct 22 2014 3:46am CDT | Source: Football - The Guardian

Former Barcelona forward is on loan from New York City Villa leaving to fulfil marketing obligations in the US Striker scores on debut in draw with Sydney FC C ...
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Villa to return to NYFC after short A-League stint

Oct 21 2014 10:36pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MELBOURNE, Australia — Spanish striker David Villa’s loan deal with Melbourne City will be cut short after four matches, with apparently no guarantee he will return to Australia’s A-League. Melbourne City confirmed Wednesday that Villa will return to his New York City club in Major League Soccer. New York City and Melbourne City are affiliates of English Premier League club Manchester City. Melbourne coach John van ‘t Schip said whether he books a return flight to Melbourne i ...
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Villa to return to NYFC after short A-League stint

Oct 21 2014 10:36pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MELBOURNE, Australia — Spanish striker David Villa’s loan deal with Melbourne City will be cut short after four matches, with apparently no guarantee he will return to Australia’s A-League. Melbourne City confirmed Wednesday that Villa will return to his New York City club in Major League Soccer. New York City and Melbourne City are affiliates of English Premier League club Manchester City. Melbourne coach John van ‘t Schip said whether he books a return flight to Melbourne is the ...
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Melbourne City confirm Villa departure

Oct 21 2014 7:51pm CDT | Source: Soccer News

Melbourne City confirmed star David Villa will leave Australia after the fourth round of the A-League season, with a retur ...
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Melbourne City confirm Villa departure

Oct 21 2014 6:51pm CDT | Source: Soccerway

Melbourne City confirmed star David Villa will leave Australia after the fourth round of the A-League season, with a return date in doubt. ...
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Roar fans deprived of Villa visit

Oct 21 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

BRISBANE Roar fans have been robbed of the chance to see Spanish World Cup winner David Villa at Sun ...
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David Villa May End A-League Stint Early

Oct 21 2014 12:49am CDT | Source: crave online

Star Melbourne City recruit planning an early MLS return? The post David Villa May End A-League Stint Early appeared first on CraveOn ...
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City: tell us what’s going on with Villa

Oct 20 2014 9:36pm CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

MELBOURNE City need to come clean to their members and A-League fans on whether or not David Villa will see out the promised ...
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Live chat: fears Villa may not stay

Oct 20 2014 7:56pm CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

STUDS UP LIVE: there are fears that David Villa may not see out his 10 game loan stint in the A-League. Blog live ...
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(Image) David Villa In His New York City Kit

Oct 20 2014 7:34pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

David Villa will play for new MLS side New York City in the 2015 season. Whether or not the 32 year old still has the required talent to compete at the top level remains to be seen, but his arrival will be a huge boost for the New York side when they kick-off in 2015. SEE MORE Vancouver Champions League – The Whitecaps have qualified for the 2015 tournament as Canada’s entry. MLS Team of the Week – Did your team get any players in this week’s best ...
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