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Barcelona drop points as Real open gap at top





Barcelona slipped four points behind Primera Division leaders Real Madrid after drawing a blank on a damp and luckless afternoon at Getafe.

Luis Enrique's side could even have lost the game in the final seconds of stoppage time as substitute Alvaro Vazquez muscled his way towards goal, but the final whistle was blown before the striker could get his shot away, with the game ending 0-0. The closest the Catalans came to scoring was from a Lionel Messi (above) free-kick that hit the woodwork. The result means Real Madrid are guaranteed to be top of the table at Christmas, while Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go level on points with Barca after their home defeat to Villarreal.

It was a better day for fifth-placed Valencia, who returned to winning ways in style by producing a blistering first-half performance to see off Rayo Vallecano 3-0 at the Mestalla.

Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Nuno's side after 13 minutes and then struck again from close range on 35 minutes, with Pablo Piatti hitting the third immediately after.

Malaga remained a point behind Valencia after beating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home, Samu netting the winner with a first-half header, while in Saturday's other match Cordoba and Levante - two of the lowest scoring teams in the Primera Division - shared a 0-0 draw at the Nuevo Arcangel.