27 Feb 2011

Barcelona increase their lead at the top of La Liga

1:51 pm on 27 February 2011

Barcelona have moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga after Lionel Messi inspired the leaders to a 3-nil win at Real Mallorca while Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw at Deportivo Coruna.

World Player of the Year Messi conjured a magical headed goal, his 26th strike this season, to set depleted Barca on their way to victory while their second-placed rivals were denied by a post and some resolute defending in La Coruna.

Barcelona now have 68 points from 25 matches while Jose Mourinho's Real side are on 61. Valencia, who play at Athletic Bilbao tomorrow, are adrift in third with 48.