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Real Madrid loss,as Barca and Atletico win



Real Madrid’s title challenge unravelled on Wednesday night as they
suffered back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 loss at Sevilla. Bittersweet victory
Fresh from their clasico beating by Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti’s men
still held the upper hand in the title race ahead of this game.
But another loss, coupled with wins elsewhere for Barca and
Atletico Madrid, means they are now three points off the pace with
their destiny out of their hands.
Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi meant Barcelona kept the
pressure on title rivals Atletico and Real Madrid with a comfortable
3-0 win over Celta Vigo but the evening turned sour when Victor
Valdes was carried off with a serious knee injury that could end his
Barca career and rule him out of the World Cup.
The goalkeeper struggled to hold on to a free-kick from Fabian
Orellana midway through the first half and landed on his right knee
as he gathered the ball, and was seen crying as he was taken off the
pitch, replaced by Sergio Pinto.
It could be Valdes’ last appearance for the club, with the player set to
depart Barcelona in the summer when his contract runs out.
Diego Costa’s solitary goal lifted Atletico Madrid back to the top of
the Primera Division standings as they claimed a 1-0 win over
Costa headed Jose Sosa’s cross past Granada keeper Roberto to
ensure Atletico moved one point clear of Barcelona, who slipped to
second, and three clear of capital city rivals Real Madrid.
A late penalty from Joaquin Larrivey condemned Osasuna to a fifth
straight defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano,
who gave themselves a cushion to the relegation zone in a 1-0 win.
A drab match with little quality on display seemed destined to finish
goalless until Abella Damia felled Jose Fernandez in the area and
Larrivey stepped up to place his spot-kick in the bottom left-hand
corner of the net.
The result will see Rayo climb several places in the congested lower
reaches of the table, while Osasuna hover just above the drop zone,
knowing they will drop into it if either Getafe or Real Valladolid
can pick up a result on Thuesday.

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