Pique red card fails to stall Barca charge
BARCELONA kept the pressure on Spanish league leaders Real Madrid with a 3-1 away win over Getafe last night.
Josep Guardiola's men maintained their perfect away record despite Gerard Pique's sending-off. Leo Messi continued his magnificent scoring run with the opening goal, with David Villa and Pedro adding to the lead before Manu pulled one back from the penalty spot after Pique was dismissed.
The leaders responded by sweeping Atletico aside in the Madrid derby thanks to first half strikes from Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Ozil.
Villareal kept pace with the leaders thanks to a 4-1 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao with Nilmar, Santi Cazorla, Giuseppe Rossi and Jefferson Montero hitting the net. Javi Marquez's early strike fired Espanyol to a 1-0 win over Malaga saw the Catalans move into fourth.
Serie A leaders Lazio paid the penalty in the Rome derby as Marco Borriello and Mirko Vucinic both scored from the spot to give Roma the bragging rights.
The game saw Lazio suffer their first defeat since August 29 and brought their five-match winning streak to an end, allowing AC Milan to close the gap at the top to two points.
Goals from Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini and Pato saw the Rossoneri past Bari with a 3-2 win, while Alessandro del Piero scored again as Juventus came from behind to beat Cesena 3-1. Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Brecia.
Bayern Munich's domestic woes continued as they could only draw 3-3 with Borussia Monchengladbach with Bastien Schweinsteiger missing a first half penalty.
Surprise package Mainz slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Freiburg as Borussia Dortmund extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points with a 4-0 win at Hannover. Werder Bremen crashed to a 6-0 defeat to Stuttgart for whom Caucau scored a hat-trick.