La Liga Roundup, Feb. 20

BY foxsports • February 20, 2010

Barcelona strolled to an easy 4-0 victory over Racing Santander on a night of firsts at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Despite missing several key players through injury and losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic just before the match, Pep Guardiola's side brushed aside a disappointing Racing outfit with ease, on the back of a fine first-half performance.

Andres Iniesta gave the Catalans the lead with his first goal of the season following poor defending by Racing after just seven minutes.

Thierry Henry, handed a rare start by Guardiola after being frozen out in recent weeks, scored the second goal from a free-kick with his first of 2010, and Rafael Marquez added a brilliant third with his first of the campaign from another set-piece 11 minutes before half-time.

Youngster Thiago Alcantara then added a fourth with his first career goal in the closing stages.

All of that leaves Barca very much in first as well, with the onus on Real Madrid to close the gap back to two points when they host Villarreal on Sunday

Elsewhere, two goals in the first seven minutes were enough to give Deportivo La Coruna a 2-1 win against Xerez.

It was a first win in four matches for Deportivo in the Primera Division, but the Galicians endured some nervy moments as bottom side Xerez threw men forward in search of a late equaliser.

Andres Guardado gave Deportivo the lead from the penalty spot with just three minutes gone after Vicente Moreno had held back Diego Colotto.

And the locals looked to be well on their way to an easy victory when Riki added a second four minutes later.

But Xerez pulled a goal back seven minutes before the break through Mario Bermejo and Deportivo were forced to hold on in the end as the Andalusians gave everything in an attempt to secure a vital point which never materialised.


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