Monday, January 31, 2011

Barca Wins, Madrid Loses

From Reuters news service:

(Reuters) - Barcelona made it a record-equalling 15 league wins in a row and stretched seven points clear of Real Madrid, 1-0 losers at Osasuna.

Leaders Barcelona pulled seven points clear at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at Hercules on Saturday then Real Madrid slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday.

Pedro opened the scoring for Barca and Lionel Messi netted twice late on after Hercules had been reduced to 10 men. Their 15th consecutive league win matched the league record set by Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season.

Real fell to a second-half goal from Javier Camanus and the entry of new signing Emmanuel Adebayor failed to help turn the game.

Barca have 58 points from 21 games, Real are second with 51 and Villarreal are third with 45 after a Giuseppe Rossi cracker gave them a 1-0 win at Espanyol."

In related news, Barca legend Johan Cruyff has warned that despite Real Madrid's shocking loss on Sunday to relegation-endangered Osasuna, Barca fans should not yet count out Jose Mourinho's squad just yet.

"Seven points and the goal average are a lot, because Barca is not planning to give anything away.  But beware, no one should bury Madrid," he added.

"But they have a problem, and its called Barcelona," Cruyff added.