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Messi, Ronaldo strike twice in 2-2 ‘Clasico’ draw

STARS:Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in six ‘Clasicos’ in a row, while Lionel Messi is one goal short of emulating the top ‘Clasico’ marksman

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“I prefer to focus on that because it’s the true reflection of the game, well contested and without knowing until the last moment who was going to win,” the Portuguese manager said.

“The league is how it was, my team pleased me a great deal and the world is happy,” he said.

Radamel Falcao put Atletico ahead in the sixth minute at the Calderon with his eighth of the campaign, level with Messi and Ronaldo at the top of the La Liga scoring chart, before Roque Santa Cruz leveled for Malaga shortly before the break.

Colombian Falcao was involved in the winner in added-time, but the ball was adjudged to have gone in off defender Weligton to give Atletico their sixth win of the season.

pressure

A blistering Obafemi Martins volley secured a 1-0 victory for Levante UD against their more illustrious city neighbors Valencia earlier on Sunday, heaping more pressure on Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Pacy Nigeria forward Martins, who joined last month from Russian club Rubin Kazan, sped on to a long clearance from Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua in the 22nd minute at the Estadio Ciutat de Valencia.

The former Inter and Newcastle United forward controlled the bouncing ball on his chest before smashing a shot into the roof of the net past Vicente Guaita.

Valencia saw plenty of the ball, but were toothless in attack and slipped to a third defeat of the season, leaving them in 14th on eight points, two behind Levante who climbed to 11th.

The inexperienced Pellegrino, a former defender who played for Valencia and had a short stint at Liverpool, is in his first term in charge at the club after succeeding Unai Emery at the end of last season.

Under Pellegrino, Valencia lost their opening Champions League Group F match against last year’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich, but recovered to beat LOSC Lille Metropole 2-0 at home.

Athletic Bilbao survived late pressure to beat visiting CA Osasuna 1-0 for only their second victory of the campaign.

Aritz Aduriz netted the only goal of an entertaining game in the 12th minute to lift the Basque club to 16th on eight points.

RCD Mallorca and Granada both had a player sent off in their match in Palma as Granada ran out 2-1 winners to climb to 15th, also on eight, and Mallorca dropped down to sixth on 11 points.

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