Barca, Real both win in Spanish La Liga

MADRID – FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi scored a second half hat-trick to give his side a 3-0 win at home to Valencia.

Barca, Real both win in Spanish La Liga

Valencia’s goalkeeper Cesar (R) blocks the ball against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona March 14, 2010. [Agencies] 

The home side then wasted several chances before Escudero added the second in the last minute. Xerez remains rock bottom with just 15 points all season.

Almeria is now unbeaten in seven games following a 1-0 win against Malaga. Soriano scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half.

Meanwhile Racing Santander and Zaragoza played out a tedious 0-0 draw in the El Sardinero Stadium.

Saturday saw Sevilla remain in fourth place after a 1-1 draw against Deportivo la Coruna.

Fazio, for the home side, and Adrian scored goals within four minutes of each other midway through the first half and from that moment, Sevilla was unable to break down a well organized Deportivo defense.

Mallorca wasted a chance to move ahead of Sevilla, losing 3-0 away to Getafe. Dani Parejo, Miku and Manu del Moral scored for Getafe.

Athletic Bilbao missed a penalty for the fourth time this season in the 0-0 draw away to Sporting Gijon. A win would have lifted Athletic into within one point of a place in the top four.

Atletico Madrid entertain Osasuna on Monday.

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