Barcelona move within a point of Real Madrid

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Third-placed Barcelona are now just a point behind Real Madrid in the Primera Liga, after a 4-1 win over Espanyol.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Third-placed Barcelona are now just a point behind Real Madrid in the Primera Liga, after coming from a goal down to claim a sparkling 4-1 win over struggling Catalan neighbours Espanyol. Barcelona were aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 17 in the Primera Liga on Sunday against struggling Espanyol at the Nou Camp. A victory would move them to within a single point of second-placed Real Madrid in the table - but things didn't start too well for Barca when their Catalan neighbours were awarded a penalty just over 20 minutes in. Defender Oleguer was adjudged by referee Medina Cantalejo to have fouled Raul Tamudo in the penalty area. Tamudo stepped up himself, and calmly tucked away the spot-kick to give Espanyol an unlikely lead, firmly against the run of play. Ronaldinho's show But then the Ronaldinho show began. In the 35th minute the Brazilian equalised with a fine glancing header from Andres Iniesta's pin-point cross. And then, on the stroke of half-time, Ronaldinho provided an exquisite backheel to put through Javier Saviola. The Argentine coolly lifted the ball over the advancing Erwin Lemmens to put Barca ahead. Ten minutes into the second half Xavi and Ronaldinho combined again to devastating effect. Giovanni van Brockhorst was the beneficiary, latching on to Xavi's first-time ball to make it 3-1. And three minutes later Saviola completed an emphatic victory when he poked in at the far post after Erwin Lemmens had fumbled Michael Reiziger's cross. With 69 points, Barca are now just one point behind second-placed Real Madrid in the standings. Valencia lead with 74 points. (AP)

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