Messi on target as Barcelona win at Sevilla; Real Madrid hit Bilbao for five; Xerez’s survival bid continues; Villarreal down Valencia

Sevilla 2 – Barcelona 3 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Lionel Messi produced the goods again after just five minutes of Barcelona’s difficult looking match at Sevilla, chesting down a Maxwell pass and finishing with aplomb. Bojan Krkic doubled Barca’s lead just before the half hour. After Konko had been sent off for the home side, Pedro grabbed the third for Barcelona with a fine effort from the edge of the box. Sevilla though refused to concede defeat and two goals in two minutes from Fredi Kanoute and Luis Fabiano brought the home side back into the match.

Real Madrid 5 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) On twenty minutes Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead at home to Athletic Bilbao from the penalty spot. The ten men of Athletic Bilbao hit back just before the break, Fran Yeste danced through the home defence and beat Casillas for a fine individual goal. In the 72nd minute a quick free-kick freed Gonzalo Higuain to put Real Madrid in front again. Goals in quick succession from Sergio Ramos (80) and Karim Benzema (81) racked up another win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Marcelo added a fifth late on.

Valladolid 2 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Christian headed Racing Santander into the lead at Valladolid. Nauzet’s successful penalty clinched the points, although both teams finished the game a man light after both Fernandez Borja and Jose Moraton were sent off.

Xerez 3 -  Real Zaragoza 2 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Xerez kept alive their brave bid to avoid relegation after a 3-2 win edged out Real Zaragoza, who are now safe from the drop despite this loss. The home side held a half-time lead thanks to Francis Perez’s 23rd-minute goal, and although Zaragoza equalised in the 67th minute through Ander Herrera, Xerez restored their advantage almost immediately when Michel netted. Carlos Calvo made it 3-1 five minutes later, and even though Zaragoza quickly reduced the deficit when Gabi netted it was not enough to save the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men when Matteo Contini was sent off for a second booking late on.

Villarreal 2 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Giuseppe Rossi and Joseba Llorente were the goalscorers as they secured a deserved win over the visitors, and despite the latter’s red card near the end, the result was never in doubt.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Ibrahima Balde’s 72nd-minute effort cancelled out Miguel de las Cuevas’s second-half opener.

Espanyol 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Espanyol have climbed above Osasuna in the table after coming from behind to seal a 2-1 win. Quick-fire goals from Juan Forlin and Pablo Osvaldo turned the game on its head.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Real Mallorca missed the chance to leapfrog Sevilla into fourth after losing 1-0 at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to Riki’s second-half goal.

Getafe 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Malaga lost 2-1 with barely a whimper at Getafe. The Andalucians barely put up a fight as the Madrid club strolled to victory with goals by Roberto Soldado and Pedro Leon rendering Fernando’s late header a mere consolation.

Tenerife 2 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, May 8, 2010) Marc Bertran fired Tenerife in front after 15 minutes, but the visitors equalised within three minutes through Pablo Piatti. Albert Crusat appeared to have won it for Almeria with the visitors’ second after 82 minutes, but Nino popped up with the leveller in the third minute of stoppage time.