Confident Real sees off Espanyol; Messi on target as Barca beat Getafe; Valladolid fall at Valencia

Real Madrid 3 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, February 6, 2010) Sergio Ramos headed home a Granero free-kick to put Los Blancos ahead against Espanyol. Kaka doubled Real’s lead on the half hour when the Brazilian followed up Granero’s effort on goal. An injury time third from Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win.

Barcelona 2 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, February 6, 2010) Leo Messi scored yet another wonder-goal for Barca against Getafe, the pocket-sized dynamo curling home a 25-yard to put the Catalans into a sixth minute lead. Midway through the first half, Gerard Pique received a red card for a high tackle. Xavi claimed Barca’s second in the second half following a great run by Messi. Late on Rafa Marquez was sent off and Soldado dispatched a late penalty.

Valencia 2 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, February 6, 2010) Valladolid fell behind after eight minutes in Valencia when home enforcer Ever Banega intercepted possession on the edge of the visitors’ box before making them pay with a thunderous drive into the top corner. Benaga then turned provider as the Argentine whipped in a delicious cross that David Villa converted with a diving header.