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twice to help Barcelona beat Vil-
larreal 2-1 and take advantage
of Real Madrid s slip as it
opened up a five-point lead over
its fierce rival at the top of the
Spanish league yesterday.
Third-place Madrid fell behind
and settled for a 2-2 draw earlier
at Osasuna in a match both sides
finished with ten men, and
Barcelona didn t let the chance
Barcelona, still without the
injured Lionel Messi, again turned
to Neymar after his hat trick
against Celtic in the Champions
League on Wednesday to convert
a penalty on the half-hour mark
and restore the lead in the 68th
after Villarreal leveled.
Barcelona s eighth win in as
many league games at Camp Nou
provisionally lifted it three points
clear of Atletico Madrid before
it hosts Valencia on Sunday.
Other than Alex Song s shot
off the upright from a corner
kick six minutes in, the first half
was a rather monotonous display
of "tiki-taka" passing by
But all of Villarreal s discipline
in defense was undone when
right-back Mario Perez used his
arm to block Jordi Alba s pass,
letting Neymar step up and
stroke in the spot kick.
Villarreal didn t muster a shot
on goal until defender Mateo
Musacchio outmanoeuvred Marc
Bartra to thump in a corner kick
three minutes after halftime to
unexpectedly even the score.
The pace picked up with Gio-
vani Dos Santos going close for
the visitors before Neymar put
Barcelona back in charge when
he tapped in Alexis Sanchez s
short pass following his control
of Cesc Fabregas lobbed
Besides missing Messi as he
heals his hurt hamstring,
Barcelona will be without Ney-
mar for next Sunday s game at
Getafe after he received his fifth
yellow card of the season, mean-
ing he must serve a one-game
Osasuna s Oriol Riera headed
in goals in the 16th and 39th
before Madrid s woes deepened
when Sergio Ramos received his
second yellow card in the 44th.
With Cristiano Ronaldo unable
to extend his eight-game scoring
run for club and country, mid-
fielder Isco Alarcon pulled one
back before halftime and passed
for Pepe to head home the 80th-
minute equaliser seconds after
Osasuna s Francisco Silva also
earned his second booking.
Madrid s five-game winning
run in the league ended at Reyno
de Navarra Stadium, where it has
only one victory in its last six
Osasuna, which sits just two
points above the relegation zone,
has held both Barcelona and
Madrid to draws there this sea-
After Ronaldo missed two
chances, Osasuna struck first
when right-back Marc Bertran
dribbled by his marker and
swung a cross to the far post
where Riera was left unmarked
to redirect the ball into the net.
Madrid momentarily lost both
its verve in attack and composure
in defense, and both centre backs
Pepe and Sergio Ramos got yel-
Riera was left free to head in
the second after Damia Abella s
header from a corner kick that
goalkeeper Diego Lopez sprung
to palm off his line. And Ramos
soon saw his second yellow card
on a questionable decision when
Osasuna s Roberto Torres fell
after colliding with his arm.
Elsewhere, Granada moved
into the upper half of the stand-
ings by prevailing 2-0 at 10-man
Rayo Vallecano in an error-
plagued match, which included
Granada s Youssef El Arabi wast-
ing a golden chance, Rayo letting
Fran Rico s harmless cross bounce
into its net, and Igancio Martinez
drawing a second yellow for div-
ing in the box.
Malaga topped Getafe, 1-0 in
the late match. (AP)
Barca beats Villarreal
...Madrid draws at Osasuna
Barcelona's Neymar from Brazil, right, fights for the ball against Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio from
Argentina during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou
stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. Neymar scored a double to guide Barcelona to a 2-1 victory.
Munich defeated visiting Ham-
burger SV 3-1 for the Bundesli-
ga s unofficial title of "autumn
champion" yesterday, while
Borussia Dortmund could only
draw 2-2 at Hoffenheim.
Goals from Mario Mandzukic
in the 42nd minute and Mario
Goetze ten minutes later put
Bayern in a comfortable position
before Hamburg striker Pierre-
Michel Lasogga scored with
three minutes remaining.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored in
injury time to ensure Bayern
won its 950th Bundesliga game
and its last of the year. The side
will next appear in the Club
World Club semifinals in Moroc-
co.Dortmund came from two
goals down at Hoffenheim, but
missed a host of chances as it
fell 12 points off the pace.
Also, Hannover came from
three goals down to draw 3-3
with Nuremberg, Augsburg
defeated Eintracht Braunschweig
Moenchengladbach s six-game
winning streak came to an end
in a 0-0 draw at Mainz.
Wolfsburg defeated Stuttgart
3-1 at home in the late match,
the latest Bundesliga game to
feature a goal-line incident.
With the game still scoreless,
Stuttgart s Timo Werner was
denied a goal when Robin
Knoche cleared off the line. TV
replays appeared to show the
ball crossing the line but, despite
Stuttgart s furious protests, it
wasn t given.
Wolfsburg went 2-0 up
through free kicks from Ricardo
Rodriguez and Diego in the 38th
and 53rd, respectively, four min-
utes before Werner pulled one
back with a powerful volley.
Ivan Perisic effectively dashed
Stuttgart s hopes in the 78th
when he scored at the second
attempt after Ulreich saved his
Bayern is the first Bundesliga
side to rack up 44 points from
its first 16 games, while its
unbeaten run of 41 games is a
Hamburg, which had conced-
ed 20 goals in its previous three
league visits to Munich, made
the better start before Bayern
gradually assumed control.
Toni Kroos unlocked the
Hamburg defense with a brilliant
ball over the top for Rafinha to
cross for Mandzukic, who scored
with a helpful shove on Jonathan
Bayern tops Hamburg 3-1, Dortmund held to draw
PARIS---Paris Saint-Germain bounced back
from a poor run of form by defeating Rennes
3-1 in the French league yesterday to keep a
two-point lead over Monaco, which won 2-0
Thiago Motta curled a shot into the bottom
corner to open the scoring in the 19th minute
and Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his 14th league goal
by converting a penalty in the 52nd.
Rennes winger Romain Alessandrini replied
with a powerful free kick in the 67th but Edinson
Cavani sealed the win by finishing off a coun-
terattack in stoppage time.
"It looks easy but we still have to win our
matches," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "When
we re a bit below par, the opponents can create
problems for us."
PSG was under pressure after losing two of
its three previous matches in all competitions.
Also, Toulouse beat Nantes 2-1, Reims scored
in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw with Evian,
Lorient won a fifth straight match beating Ajaccio
2-1, and Nice ended a seven-game losing streak
edging Sochaux 1-0.
PSG converted its first scoring chance when
Motta stole the ball from Alessandrini to fire
home a low drive from the edge of the box.
Rennes threatened only from corners in the
first half with wide efforts from Jean-Armel
Kana-Biyik in the 32nd and the 43rd.
Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil stopped a
point-blank shot from Argentina winger Ezequiel
Lavezzi in the 51st but his team gave away a
penalty in the next minute when Cedric Houn-
tondji tripped PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
Ibrahimovic scored from the spot by sending
Costil the wrong way.
The hosts cut PSG s lead with a 25-yard free
kick from Alessandrini that goalkeeper Salvatore
Sirigu could only palm into his net.
Rennes came close to equalising in the 71st
when Alessandrini fed Anders Konradsen, but
Sirigu saved the Norway international s effort
from a tight angle.
Cavani put the result beyond doubt in the first
minute of stoppage time, taking a pass from
Marco Verratti to cut inside Hountondji and send
the ball into the bottom corner.
Today, Bordeaux hosts Valenciennes, Lille faces
Bastia and Marseille visits Lyon. (AP)
PSG ends poor
CATANIA---Hellas Verona held bottom club
Catania to a goalless draw in the Serie A yes-
terday, thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper
Verona s Brazilian shot-stopper pulled off sev-
eral saves, notably to deny Sebastian-Leto from
point-blank range in the 19th minute. Gino
Peruzzi fired the rebound wide of the right
Rafael made another close-range save to keep
out Pablo Alvarez s header from Pablo Barrientos
Verona s only real chance came on the strike
of halftime when Juanito Gomez collected a deft
backheel from Luca Toni and rolled across for
Romulo, who shot wide of an open goal.
Catania, which remains bottom, snapped a
run of three successive defeats and is four points
off safety ahead of the rest of the weekend fix-
tures. Verona remains sixth. (AP)
0-0 at bottom
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