Awesome Barca batter Sevilla; David Villa leads Valencia again; Malaga edge Osasuna in a bad-tempered thriller

Barcelona 4 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After 3 minutes at the Nou Camp Andres Iniesta picked up the ball 20-yards out and, after no-one came to close down, the number 8 curled a beauty into the top left corner. After 17 minutes it was two, Samuel Eto’o slotting home the second after a one-two between Iniesta and Xavi. Barca toyed with their opponents after the break as Xavi Hernandez hit the third, and the Catalans soon chalked up a fourth as Thierry Henry got on the scoresheet.

Real Betis 1 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Serial-goalscorer David Villa benefited from great work from David Silva and Mata to fired Valencia ahead at Real Betis. David Villa then grabbed his second of the game before Ricardo Oliveira netted a consolation three minutes from time.

Osasuna 2 – Malaga 3 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Malaga took an early lead at Osasuna after Antonio Apono slotted away a fourth minute penalty. But the hosts soon drew level, working a move down the left which released Jaroslav Plasil, who finished through the keeper’s legs. On the half hour Osasuna took the lead, Javad Nekounam curled a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. Osasuna then had Patxi Punal and Josetxo sent off, while Malaga had Jesus Gamez dismissed, before the vistors levelled through Lolo’s back post header in the 72nd minute. Five minutes later Salva Ballesta headed home the winner for Champions League chasers Malaga.

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Deportivo won at home thanks to second half goals from Joan Verdu and Lassad to stay eighth, level on points with Atletico and Villarreal.