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Ronaldo ensures derby ends in stalemate

Reuters, MADRID

It was the Argentina forward’s 230th La Liga goal, putting him only four short of former Real Madrid forward Hugo Sanchez, second on the all-time list, and closer to record marksman Telmo Zarra on 251.

Barca dominated possession as usual, but one of their weaknesses this season has been defending set-pieces and Almeria pulled a goal back when Angel Trujillo headed in from a corner in the 26th minute.

Almeria did well to keep Barca at bay until seven minutes from time when Messi headed against the bar at a corner and captain Carles Puyol volleyed in the rebound. Xavi bent in a fourth in the 89th minute.

Villarreal and Real Sociedad both lost ground on Athletic Bilbao.

Villarreal drew 1-1 at home to bottom side Real Betis Balompie, while Sociedad lost 1-0 at Sevilla.

Valencia slipped to ninth after they were beaten 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid.

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