Messi double leads Barca past Tenerife; Soldado cracker earns Getafe a point; Mata stars for Valencia; Almeria sink Yellow Submarine

Barcelona 4 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Lionel Messi broke the deadlock at home against Tenerife when the mercurial Argentine tapped home Zlatan’s headed after 16 minutes. Carles Puyol was guilty of handed Tenerife an equaliser on a silver platter, the Barca captain gave the ball away at the back and after a few passes Roman Martinez was played through on goal and he finished. Barca retook the lead just after the hour with a superb team move that was clinically finished off by in-form Bojan Krkic. Barca killed the match in the 76th minute, Leo Messi was the architect with a slick pass through to Pedro Rodriguez and the young striker made no mistake in the driving rain. Barca wrapped up the win with a brilliant fourth, Dani Alves floated a beauty over the top for Leo Messi who expertly controlled and finished.

Getafe 1 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Miguel de las Cuevas gave Gijon an early lead, only for Roberto Soldado to level for Getafe with a spectacular overhead kick.

Almeria 4 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Albert Crusat fired Almeria in front before Mateo Mussachio was dismissed for Villarreal in just the 16th minute, with Kalu Uche and Modeste M’Bami putting the home side firmly in control before the break. The visitors threatened a stirring comeback in the second period courtesy of goals from Ivan Marcano and Ariel Ibagaza either side of Chico’s red card, but Pablo Piatti had the final say in added time.

Valencia 3 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Rock-bottom Xerez showed their battling spirit when Armenteros opened after 37 minutes, but Juan Mata drew Los Che levelled with a picture-perfect free-kick on the stroke of halftime. Mata gave Valencia the lead in the 58th minute with a low drive, and Mata turned provider in the 68th minute when he teed up David Silva for number three.