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La Liga: Barca hammer Atletico, Espanyol win

September 19, 2009

Champions Barcelona turned on the style to hammer Atletico Madrid 5-2 and consolidate their position at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

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The visitors, who were thumped 6-1 in the same fixture last season, have had a poor start to the campaign and came out with an ambitious attacking lineup.

But they were quickly on the back foot as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Daniel Alves and Seydou Keita put Barca 4-1 up halftime.

Atletico's Sergio Aguero pulled one back just before the break and Diego Forlan bagged another goal near the end, before Messi cracked home his second of the night.

Barca maintained their 100% record to stay top with nine points ahead of Real Mallorca.

Sevilla beat Osasuna 2-0 with goals from Alvaro Negredo and Frederic Kanoute in La Liga on Saturday to follow up their midweek Champions League win.

Adriano Correia set up the opener after 37 minutes when he spun clear of his marker and crossed for Negredo to score from close range.

Mali striker Kanoute scored from outside the area, shortly after coming on as a substitute, in the 71st minute and Osasuna's threat faded with a late red card for Sergio Fernandez.

Sevilla, who beat Romanian side Unirea Urziceni 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, have taken six points from three games in La Liga and Osasuna just one.

Real Mallorca, who have seven points, continued their good start with a 4-0 hammering of nine-man Tenerife while Espanyol dragged themselves off the foot of the table with 3-2 win at Deportivo Coruna.

Mario Suarez gave Mallorca a first-half lead at the Ono Estadi before Aritz Aduriz, Julio Alvarez and Pierre Webo netted after the break, the latter from the penalty spot.

Tenerife had Ezequiel Luna and Marc Bertran sent off in the last 15 minutes.

Espanyol's Jose Callejon opened the scoring for the visitors at the Riazor in the 19th minute only for Depor's Adrian Lopez to level eight minutes later.

Argentine defender Juan Forlin headed Espanyol back in front before the break and Joan Verdu extended the lead after a well-worked move early in the second half.

French striker Lassad scrambled Depor's second in the 75th minute.