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Messi scores 2 as Barcelona
finishes run of draws in Spain
BARCELONA, Spain Lionel Messi
scored twice in the second half
to lead Barcelona past Osasuna
3-0, ending a run of three con-
secutive draws for the defend-
ing Spanish league champions
Barcelona's first win in four
rounds came a week after it drew
at home with league leader Real
Second-placed Barcelona was
within three points of Madrid before
the pacesetter hosted Deportivo La
Messi unlocked the hosts' defense
in the 59th minute by threading a
pass between four defenders to meet
Jordi Alba's run into the area. The
left back squared the ball for Luis
Suarez to tap home.
In similar fashion, Alba set up
Messi to side-foot in his first goal
in the 73rd after substitute Denis
Suarez played Alba clear.
Messi got his second goal in stop-
page time, when he took on three
defenders, picked his spot and rifled
home a left-footed strike.
Messi went to the top of the
league scoring table with 11. Su-
arez pulled level with Real Madrid
forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 10.
"We knew that once we scored the
first goal the match would open up
for us, and thankfully the goal came
soon enough," Suarez said.
Promoted Osasuna remained
bottom and winless at home since
its return to the top tier.
REAL SOCIEDAD 3,
In-form Real Sociedad climbed
into fourth place and the Champi-
ons League positions after striker
Willian Jose scored two early head-
ers to take his tally to nine goals on
After Dani Parejo pulled one back
for Valencia from the spot in the
36th, Valencia goalkeeper Diego
Alves saved Carlos Vela's penalty.
The Brazilian goalie has saved 20 of
43 penalties he has faced in league
The only drawback for Sociedad
was Willian Jose leaving injured
shortly after halftime, but his re-
placement Juan Jimenez added a
third goal in injury time after Va-
lencia lost Joao Cancelo to a second
Valencia substitute Zakari Bakkali
scored a solo goal in the final mo-
ments. Cesare Prandelli's Valencia
remained winless in the last seven
rounds and just above the relegation
zone.(AP) (See Page A35)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi,
celebrates scoring a goal during the
Spanish La Liga soccer match
between FC Barcelona and Osasuna,
at El Sadar stadium, in Pamplona,
northern Spain, yesterday.
Vardy ends drought with treble
as Leicester blasts Man City 4-2
LONDON—Jamie Vardy and
Leicester embarrassed Man-
chester City to rediscover the
look of champions.
City's defense disintegrated as
Vardy's hat trick powered Leices-
ter to a 4-2 win that delivered an
emphatic response to the team's
critics yesterday in the English
With his first treble since his
days playing for Fleetwood in the
fifth tier in 2012, Vardy ended a
17-game goal drought in all club
"We just wanted to make sure
you saw the team fight for the
cause," Vardy saw. "We have defi-
nitely done that."
The striker took only three min-
utes to rediscover his scoring touch
against Pep Guardiola's side and
Leicester was on target again inside
two minutes through Andy King.
Both of City's goals only came once
Vardy had eased Leicester into a
four-goal lead, with Aleksandar
Kolarov and Nolito scoring in the
last eight minutes.
On a weekend when Leicester
faced the possibility of dropping
into the relegation zone of the
league it won in May, Claudio
Ranieri's team halted a five-game
winless run and moved four points
clear of danger.
City remains four points behind
leader Arsenal in fourth place but
has collected only 12 points from a
possible 27 in its last nine games.
There wasn't only a feast of goals
at the King Power Stadium. It was
the first time in 23 years that six
home teams scored three goals on
a single day in the league, according
to stats company Opta.
ARSENAL 3, STOKE 1
Arsenal nudged ahead of Chel-
sea into top spot on goal difference,
ahead of its London rival's game
against West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal kept its nerve after con-
ceding Charlie Adam's 29th-min-
ute penalty. Theo Walcott leveled
before halftime, Mesut Ozil's loop-
ing header put Arsene Wenger's side
in front, and Alex Iwobi slotted in
SWANSEA 3, SUNDERLAND 0
Swansea is out of the relegation
zone after Bob Bradley won for only
the second time in eight matches
in charge. All the goals came in the
second half, with Gylfi Sigurds-
son netting from a penalty before
a double from Fernando Llorente.
Although Sunderland is bottom,
Swansea is only a point ahead in
HULL 3, CRYSTAL PALACE 3
Unlike its previous away game
at Swansea, Palace profited from
a late goal this time. Substitute
Fraizer Campbell scored the last of
five second-half goals in the 89th
minute to grab a point for Alan
Hull led through a penalty in the
first half from Robert Snodgrass
that was canceled out by another
spot kick from Christian Benteke
before Wilfried Zaha put Palace
in front. The game swung back in
Hull's favor when Adama Dioman-
de and Jake Livermore scored but
former Hull striker Campbell had
the final say.
BURNLEY 3, BOURNEMOUTH 2
As Hull's Mike Phelan and Pal-
ace's Alan Pardew saw their sides
produce a thriller, the league's other
two English managers also faced off.
Sean Dyche got the better of Eddie
Howe, who managed Burnley dur-
ing a spell away from the Bourne-
mouth dugout in 2011 and 2012.
Jeff Hendrick's dipping volley
and Stephen Ward's strike saw
Burnley race in front in the open-
ing 16 minutes. George Boyd net-
ted Burnley's third in the second
half either side of goals from Benik
Afobe and Charlie Daniels.
Bournemouth is a point ahead
of Burnley in 11th place.
WATFORD 3, EVERTON 2
With one win in 10 league
games, Everton manager Ronald
Koeman's problems are mounting.
Watford leapfrogged Everton into
seventh place thanks to Stefano
Okaka's double and Sebastian
Prodl's header. Watford held on
after Romelu Lukaku, who opened
the scoring, netted a late second.
Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring his second and his side
third goal against Manchester City during the English Premier League
soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester City at the King
Power Stadium in Leicester, England, yesterday. (AP PHOTOS)
on top in
BERLIN —Bayern Munich routed
Wolfsburg 5-0 and took advantage
of Leipzig's first defeat to replace
the promoted side at the top of the
Leipzig's record 13-game unbeaten
start was finally ended in a 1-0 loss
at coach Ralph Hasenhuettl's former
side Ingolstadt, which had been bot-
tom but climbed one place.
"Defeats always hurt, regardless
against whom," said Hasenhuettl,
who led Ingolstadt to promotion in
Midfielder Roger's early header was
enough to end Leipzig's eight-game
winning run and give Ingolstadt its
second win in four games under new
coach Maik Walpurgis.
The game ended on a turbulent
note when Emil Forsberg missed a
great chance to equalize and players
on both sides received yellow cards
after a melee. Ingolstadt's Mathew
Leckie was sent off in injury time.
"A wonderful match day," said
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rum-
menigge, whose rivals all dropped
points. "Ingolstadt will get a truck-
load of white sausage and wheat-beer
In Munich, Thomas Mueller scored
his first league goal since April as Bay-
ern returned to the top with a com-
fortable win over crisis-hit Wolfsburg.
"Now we're leaders and that will
certainly do our Christmas party this
evening good," said Mueller, who had
gone 999 minutes without scoring.
"It's nice the goal drought is now over.
It wasn't so important to me but I
know others made a big deal of it."
Arjen Robben opened the scoring
with a curling effort inside the far
post from a difficult angle in the 18th
minute and Robert Lewandowski dou-
bled the lead from close range three
"It's brutal, it's depressing when it
starts like that," former Bayern striker
Mario Gomez said of his return.
Lewandowski grabbed his second
goal early in the second half when he
deflect Mueller's shot inside the left
Mueller, who scored 32 goals across
all competitions for Bayern last sea-
son, then ended his goal drought by
deflecting Robben's effort past the
helpless Diego Benaglio, and Douglas
Costa completed the Wolfsburg goal-
keeper's miserable afternoon with a
fine strike in the final minutes.
After 14 games, Bayern leads on goal
difference from Leipzig. Only goal
difference was separating Wolfsburg
from the relegation zone. (AP)
1. COLOGNE 1, BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1
2. HERTHA BERLIN 0, WERDER BREMEN 1
3. HAMBURGER SV 1, AUGSBURG 0
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