Spanish La Liga Roundup, Apr. 14

Barcelona opened up a six-point gap at the Primera Division summit

this evening with another impressive victory – 3-0 over Deportivo

La Coruna at the Nou Camp.

Bojan Krkic opened the scoring after 16 minutes and Pedro

Rodriguez doubled their advantage with a stunning curling effort

from 45 yards midway through the second period with Depor

goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia out of position.

Yaya Toure sealed the rout with a third goal 18 minutes from

time to stretch Barca’s advantage over nearest challengers Real

Madrid, who can narrow the gap back to three points by winning at

Almeria tomorrow night.

Real Mallorca climbed back up to fourth spot despite failing

yet again to pick up a three-point haul on their travels, playing

out a 1-1 draw at relegation-battling Real Zaragoza.

With Sevilla surprisingly losing at lowly Real Valladolid

last night, Mallorca had the chance to take a big stride forward in

the race for the final Champions League spot.

Ruben Gonzalez headed them in front after 12 minutes, but

that advantage lasted just 10 minutes before in-form striker

Humberto Suazo drew Zaragoza level.

Xerez moved another step closer to what would be a miraculous

escape from the drop after stunning Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the

Vicente Calderon tonight.

The visitors took the lead early on through Mario Bermejo

and, although Atletico levelled almost immediately thanks to Diego

Forlan’s piledriver, Xerez claimed the spoils when Emiliano

Armenteros netted 18 minutes from time.

The victory did not lift Xerez off the foot of the table –

the position they have occupied since November – but they are now

just six points behind 17th-placed Malaga.

Malaga also boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a

spirited performance which saw them twice come from behind to draw

2-2 at Osasuna.

A brace from Walter Pandiani, either side of Felipe Caicedo’s

goal for Malaga had seemingly given Osasuna a deserved victory.

But Nabil Baha levelled in the 76th minute to snatch a share

of the spoils for the visitors, who are now three points above the

drop zone.

Espanyol’s miserable away record continued as the

Barcelona-based side went down 3-1 at struggling Racing Santander.

Things looked good for the Catalans as they took the lead

after 32 minutes through Ivan Alonso, but Racing hit back virtually

straight away as Mohamed Tchite levelled from the spot.

Racing won another penalty shortly into the second half and

Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni was sent off for bringing down Pedro

Munitis.

Tchite scored again and Manuel Arana wrapped up a deserved

victory in the last minute to boost Racing’s survival hopes.