30 Jan 2011

Barca win 15th straight match

2:38 pm on 30 January 2011

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat Hercules 3-nil to clinch a record-equalling 15th consecutive Spanish league win as the champions moved seven points clear of Real Madrid.

The Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he's honoured to match the long-standing record of the great 1960-1961 Real Madrid side which was captained by Alfredo di Stefano.

Barcelona can claim a record 16th win in a row if they defeat Atletico Madrid at home next weekend.

The victory keeps the pressure on Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side who need to win at Osasuna tomorrow to close the gap back to four points.