Messi on target as Barca win at Valladolid; Sevilla squeeze past Almeria; Depor thump Bilbao

Valladolid 0 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Xavi acrobatically put Barcelona in front and Dani Alves quickly doubled the lead. Pep Guardiola’s side completed another win when Zlatan teed up Lionel Messi for his 102nd goal for the Catalan giants.

Sevilla 1 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Almeria paid the price for trying to play football in defence on a water-logged pitch as the ball got stuck in a puddle, allowing Alvaro Negardo the simplest of jobs to roll the ball in the empty net to give Sevilla the lead.

Deportivo La Coruna 3 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, January 23, 2010) Felipe gave the Galicians the lead in acrobatic style, but fell awkwardly and suffered a nasty twist to the ankle which left him in excruciating pain and will leave him sidelined for several months at least. Juca doubled Depor’s lead 10 minutes later, and although Athletic were given hope by Diego Colotto’s own-goal, Pablo Alvarez rounded off what was a deserved win for the home side with the third in the closing stages.