La Liga: Coutinho nets in win; Valencia cruise

A Lionel Messi-less Barcelona coasted past 10-man Malaga 2-0 to sojourn absolutely atop La Liga on Saturday.

Messi had progressing pulled out of a patrol due to a birth of his third child, Ciro. However, his Barca teammates picked adult a tardy and simply degraded a bottom-table side during Estadio La Rosaleda.

Luis Suarez put Ernesto Valverde’s group in front after 15 mins when he absolutely nodded home an inch-perfect low cranky from Jordi Alba on a left.

Philippe Coutinho combined his idea dual mins before Samu was sent off — a Brazil general sensationally back-heeling Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back and withdrawal a stretched Roberto no possibility in goal.

The win extends Barca’s joining lead to 11 points over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will play on Sunday.

Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid continued their upswing in form with a 2-1 win during Eibar.

Following on from a Champions League feat over Paris St Germain, another success for Zinedine Zidane’s side means they have won 8 of their final 9 matches opposite all competitions.

The La Liga pretension appears out of reach, however, exclusive a thespian fall from leaders Barcelona.

Eibar combined several early chances during a Estadio Municipal de Ipurua though fell behind when Ronaldo latched on to a pass from Luka Modric.

Ivan Ramis headed in a dilemma to equalize after 50 minutes, though with only 6 mins remaining Ronaldo doubled his total after formerly being denied by dual shining saves from Marko Dmitrovic.

Rodrigo scored both goals as Valencia increased their top-four hopes with a 2-0 win over Sevilla during a Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The visitors went brazen after 25 mins when Rodrigo was played into a right side of a chastisement area by Geoffrey Kondogbia and got brazen of his pen before distinguished with a low shot.

Sevilla went tighten to an equaliser before half-time when Pablo Sarabia’s header was saved by Neto and Luis Muriel saw a shot come behind off a crossbar.

Rodrigo was denied by a excellent stop from Sergio Rico, though a Sevilla goalkeeper could do small to forestall a brazen doubling Valencia’s lead only before a hour.

Frenchman Kondogbia was again a creator, his through-ball bursting a home counterclaim as Rodrigo sprinted transparent to container past Rico.

The win saw Valencia extend their advantage over fifth-placed Sevilla to 11 points, while remaining only one behind Real Madrid.

Levante increased their presence hopes with a 1-0 win during Getafe, where they had surrogate goalkeeper Jorge Ruiz Ojeda sent off from a dais late on.

Getafe brazen Jorge Molina saw an early bid come behind off a post before after stabbing a good possibility wide.

After Molina had been denied by a excellent save from Oier during a second half, a compare looked to be streamer towards a goalless pull before Levante defender Coke headed in from a dilemma with 11 mins left.

Ojeda was shown a red label on 83 mins after arbitrate Daniel Trujillo Suarez approached a divided bench.

The win moves Levante 4 points transparent of 18th-placed Las Palmas, who have a compare in hand.

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