Below-par Barca march on
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bojan Krkic came to the rescue of Barcelona, scoring late goals in a laboured 2-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga last night.
The champions moved on to 71 points from 28 games, three clear of Real Madrid, who visit local rivals Getafe tonight.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi has stolen the limelight at Barcelona in recent games, scoring 11 in the last five matches, but he had a quiet game at the Nou Camp.
The visitors held an out-of-sorts Barca at bay until the 72nd minute when Maxwell crossed low for Ibrahimovic to tap in his second goal in as many games.
Substitute Krkic struck near the end after a trademark passing move from the hosts, as Osasuna's defence finally succumbed to the relentless pressure.
"We didn't play our best game today but we got the three points and that's all that counts," Ibrahimovic said.
In Italy, two goals from Samuel Eto'o stretched Inter Milan's lead at the top of Serie A as they overcame Livorno 3-0 at the San Siro.
The Cameroon striker struck 12 minutes before half-time and then again six minutes after the break to put Jose Mourinho's team in command.
Brazilian defender Maicon struck for the third just after the hour to give Inter a 3-0 victory which stretches their lead to four points after city rivals and second-placed AC Milan lost 1-0 to a late Parma goal.