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Real Madrid Thrash Espanyol

Real Madrid re-established their ten-point Liga lead in emphatic fashion thanks to a 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol.

Looking to respond to FC Barcelona’s 3-1 win against Real Sporting de Gijón on Saturday, Madrid took the lead after 23 minutes thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 30th league goal of the season, the Portugal forward slotting in from the left after being set up by Gonzalo Higuaín. Sami Khedira made it 2-0 a quarter of an hour later and Higuaín quickly added the third after the restart, going on to double his tally following a Kaká strike on 66 minutes.

The win was the Real Madrid’s tenth consecutive Liga win this season and maintained their comfortable advantage in the title race.

Fourteen points behind Barcelona in third are Valencia who had Sofiane Feghouli to thank for their 1-0 victory at struggling Granada. Athletic Bilbao is ahead of upstart Malaga for the fourth and final Champions League place.

One point above the relegation zone is Villarreal, whose miserable season continues as they lost 2-1 at bottom club Real Zaragoza. Villarreal are three points ahead of Racing Santander and every week I expect them to start playing like the big club they are, and every week they continue to shock and disappoint.

 2011-12 Table
 Team GP W D L Pts GF GA GD
 Real Madrid 25 22 1 2 67 85 21 64
 Barcelona 25 17 6 2 57 73 19 54
 Valencia 25 12 7 6 43 38 29 9
 Athletic Bilbao 25 9 10 6 37 41 32 9
 Málaga 25 11 4 10 37 36 37 -1
 Levante 24 10 5 9 35 34 35 -1
 Osasuna 25 8 11 6 35 29 39 -10
 Rayo Vallecano 25 10 4 11 34 36 38 -2
 Atlético Madrid 25 8 9 8 33 34 31 3
 Sevilla 25 8 9 8 33 27 28 -1
 Espanyol Barcelona 25 9 6 10 33 27 34 -7
 Real Betis 24 9 3 12 30 28 32 -4
 Real Sociedad 25 8 6 11 30 27 36 -9
 Mallorca 25 7 8 10 29 24 30 -6
 Getafe 25 7 8 10 29 25 34 -9
 Granada 25 8 4 13 28 22 35 -13
 Villarreal 25 6 9 10 27 26 38 -12
 Racing Santander 25 4 12 9 24 21 35 -14
 Sporting de Gijón 25 5 6 14 21 23 48 -25
 Zaragoza 25 4 6 15 18 21 46 -25

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  • Nweke Ndubuisi March 7, 2012, 9:42 pm

    My prayers is that Real madrid should go all the way and lift the throphy,Barca dominance is becoming badly unbearable. Honestly i feel very bad any time Real loose to Barca. God help us.

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