Barça hangs on to 2 point lead

March 1, 2010

Barcelona retained their 2 point lead over real Madrid on Saturday night as both teams won their respective matches. Madrid paid a visit to Tenerife who they thrashed 5-1, while Barça played hosts to Malaga for an entertaining match which wasn’t won quite so convincingly.

It was good to see Dani Alves back in the starting lineup after being off thanks to injury but while Barcelona dominated possession of the ball they found it difficult to actually do anything with it and time and time again throughout the match the ball went wide.

Although the first half was goalless it was at least exciting, but the 0-0 result at the break was hardly deserved. After the break though, Barcelona’s fortunes changed, with a goal from Pedro in the 68th minute. Malaga still had fight in them and continued to cause problems for Barça; and so it was in the 80th minute that Valdo put the equaliser  into the net for the visitors.

Barça’s downturn in fortune didn’t last long though. Just three minutes later Messi scored for Barcelona, thereby sealing three important points for FC Barcelona. It appeared that Ibra scored afterwards to make it 3-1, but the goal was denied, although it is hard to see why.

1-0, Pedro (min 68)
1-1, Valdo (min 80)
2-1, Messi (min 83)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
24
19
4
1
59
14
61
2
Real Madrid
24
19
2
3
64
17
59
3
Valencia
24
13
7
4
42
24
46
4
Sevilla
24
13
4
7
36
25
43
5
Mallorca
24
12
4
8
38
28
40
6
Deportivo
24
11
5
8
26
26
38
7
Athletic Bilbao
24
11
4
9
32
30
37
8
Villarreal
24
9
5
10
36
37
32
9
Getafe
24
10
2
12
31
32
32
10
Sporting Gijón
24
8
7
9
28
29
31
11
Atlético Madrid
24
8
6
10
37
37
30
12
Osasuna
24
8
6
10
24
26
30
13
Almería
24
7
8
9
27
33
29
14
Málaga
24
6
9
9
29
29
27
15
Espanyol
24
7
6
11
18
32
27
16
Racing Santander
24
6
7
11
24
37
25
17
Zaragoza
24
6
6
12
29
47
24
18
Valladolid
24
3
11
10
27
42
20
19
Tenerife
24
5
5
14
20
49
20
20
Xerez
24
2
6
17
14
44
12

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