Ronaldo on target as Real sneak past Sevilla into top spot; Messi double as Barca are held at Almeria; Depor beat Tenerife

Real Madrid 3 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Sevilla stunned the Bernabeu after 10 minutes in a move involving both their speedy wingers Navas and Capel, the latter fizzed a cross across goal and Xabi Alonso powered in an og under pressure from Negredo. Sevilla doubled their lead early in the second half when a free-kick from Ivica Dragutinovic evaded everyone including a leaden-footed Casillas. On the hour Cristiano Ronaldo halved the arrears with a left footed strike from inside the box. Four minutes later Sergio Ramos headed home the equaliser from a corner just seconds after Guti had hit the bar. After a sustained spell of pressure, Real Madrid finally made the breakthrough in injury time, Rafael van der Vaart forcing the ball over the line after Palop had saved from Higuain.

Almeria 2 – Barcelona 2 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) Barcelona fell behind after 12 minutes at Almeria as Domingo Cisma headed the hosts in front beating Puyol in the air from a corner. Five minutes from the break Barca won a hugely questionable free-kick on the edge of the Almeria box, but Leo Messi didn’t care as he chipped home a sweet set-play to equalise. In the 57th minute Almeria retook the lead as Carlos Puyol, in attempting to cut out a cross, diverted the ball into his own net. And Barca’s problems worsened when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Cisma. But Barca didn’t wilt, and in the 66th minute Pedro floated in a cross from the left that eventually dropped to Leo Messi to crash in his second equaliser of the match.

Deportivo La Coruna 3 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, March 6, 2010) A slick attack from Tenerife in the 17th minute cut through the Depor backline and Juanlu fired a fine arrowed strike into the far corner. The Galicians pulled level just after the half hour when Juan Rodriguez powered home a header following a free-kick, and early in the second half Depor took control as Andres Guardado and Diego Colotto fired the hosts into a 3-1 lead.