Pedro’s 40-yarder helps Barca thump Depor; Atletico Madrid humbled by Xerez; Racing chalk up rare win over Espanyol

Barcelona 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Deportivo lasted just ten minutes at the Nou Camp before conceding, Bojan Krkic collected a slick ball into the box and fired Barca ahead. The champions-elect then almost scored one of the goals of the season when a 20-pass moved ended up with Dani Alves controlling the ball in the box with his back to goal and trying an acrobatic overhead-kick that hit the woodwork. Barcelona went 2-up in the 69th minute with an absolute stunner from Pedro Rodriguez, the starlet collecting a loose clearance just inside the Depor half and curling a 40-yard lob into the top corner. Yaya Toure killed the match minutes later when he cracked home a loose ball from a corner.

Atletico Madrid 1 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Xerez’s unlikely quest for survival continued after nine minutes at Atletico Madrid when Mario Bermejo looped a fine header across goal. But Atleti equalised soon after when Diego Forlan whacked a thunderbolt into the top corner. Amazingly Xerez retook the lead in the 72nd minute when Emiliano Armenteros powered home a free-kick for the relegation strugglers.

Osasuna 2 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Walter Pandiani got the hosts off to a 10th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Felipe Caicedo’s tap-in for the Manchester City loanee’s second goal in as many games. Walter Pandiani got the second half off to an indentical start as the first restoring Osasuna’s advantage but Malaga replied again when Nabil Baha followed up his own header to equalise.

Zaragoza 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Ruben gave Mallorca an early lead but Humberto Suazo quickly made it 1-all for Zaragoza and earn the hosts a point.

Racing Santander 3 – Espanyol 1 (La Liga, April 14, 2010) Racing Santander moved out of danger by beating Espanyol 3-1 with Mohamed Tchite scoring two penalties. Manuel Arana Rodriguez wrapped up the victory in injury time, and handed Miguel Angel Portugal and his men a vital victory in the battle against relegation.