La Liga goals: Barca move three points clear; Villarreal held at Malaga

Recreativo Huelva 0 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Barcelona put together a clever free-kick to take the lead at Recre, Xavi slipped in Lionel Messi on the blindside of the wall and the Argentine smashed in a beauty in the 51st minute. Seydou Keita added a second five minutes from time.

Atletico Madrid 4 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) John Heitinga bundled home the opener for Atletico against Depor. Early in the second half Diego Forlan doubled the lead, picking up a loose ball before producing a clinical finish. Maxi found the third with Forlan wrapping up the game in the final stages. Filipe notched a consolation for Depor.

Espanyol 3 – Numancia 4 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Nagore put Numancia in front after a quarter of an hour, but Espanyol equalised through Hurtado 10 minutes before the break. Goiria then restored the visitors’ advantage seven minutes after the interval, but Jarque headed home from a corner to level the scores once again. Tamudo put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after 71 minutes but Numancia failed equalised through Jose Javier Barkero in the closing stages before Carlos Bellvis grabbed the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.

Malaga 2 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) For the second week running Rossi was on the scoresheet early doors to give Villarreal the lead at Malaga. Duda levelled with a stunning 35-yard free-kick that nestled in the top corner. But the Yellow Submarine retook the lead minutes into the second half with a goal from Llorente. Rosario earned Malaga a point with a last-gasp equaliser.

Almeria 2 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Almeria took the lead shortly before halftime when Alvaro Negredo picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and curled a fine shot over German Lux. Negredo stroked in a penalty for number two just after the hour and Alhassane Keita pulled one back in added time.

Real Betis 3 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Sergio Garcia put Betis ahead in the 27th minute with a clever volley from the edge of the box, before assisting Achile Emana to stroke home from close range. Garcia got the third when he intercepted a careless back pass, rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net. Pedro Munitis scored from long range with around five minutes left.

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Getafe 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Luis Fabiano gave Sevilla the lead as he raced on to Romaric’s pass and slotted the ball through the legs of Abbondanzieri. Abbondanzieri also let Sevilla’s second in between his legs, rushing out from goal after Tom de Mul burst clear on the left.

Athletic Bilbao 2 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, November 16, 2008) Osasuna’s horrific run continued, Joseba Garmendia putting Bilbao ahead in the first half with Llorente killing the game off two minutes from time.

Gimnastic 0 – Real Zaragoza 0 (Segunda Division, November 15, 2008)

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