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Barça fail to capitalise on Real defeat
thinkSPAIN , Monday, March 17, 2008

Barcelona's inconsistent league form continued yesterday as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Almería after twice taking the lead.

Bojan opened the scoring at the Meditarranean stadium for the visitors with his fifth goal of the season in the 18th minute when he reacted first after Iniesta's initial shot had been parried.

However, Almería were back on level terms a quarter of an hour later when former Real Madrid man Pulido rose unmarked at the far post to convert a corner.

Samuel Eto'o was the beneficiary of some fine build-up play by substitute Thierry Henry as Barcelona re-took the lead in the 57th minute, but they were forced to re-organise at the back after Diego Milito (photo) was dismissed for a second yellow card fifteen minutes from time and conceded an agonisingly late equaliser when substitute Kala Uche rose to head home a corner in a carbon-copy of Almería's first goal.

The result leaves Spain's sole Champions League survivors still seven points behind Real Madrid and now just two points clear of Villarreal, who beat Real Zaragoza 2-0 at home.

For their part, Atletico Madrid regained fourth place with a 3-0 victory against bottom-of-the-table Levante that was secured with a brace either side of the interval from Diego Forlán after Simao's 24th minute opener.

Sunday, 16th March
Villarreal 2-0 Real Zaragoza
Valladolid 0-0 Osasuna
Espanyol 2-1 Mallorca
Almeria 2-2 Barcelona
Getafe 2-1 Racing Santander
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Levante

Saturday, 15th March
Recreativo Huelva 4-2 Murcia
Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Real Madrid
Valencia 1-2 Sevilla
Real Betis 1-2 Athletic Bilbao (abandoned, 68th minute)

Liga table after 28 games
1  Real Madrid  62
2  Barcelona  55
3  Villarreal  53
4  Atletico Madrid  47
5  Sevilla  45
6  Espanyol  45
7  Racing Santander  44
8  Getafe  39
9  Almeria  38
10 Valencia  36
11 Real Mallorca  34
12 Osasuna  34
13 Deportivo La Coruna  34
14 Athletic Bilbao  33*
15 Real Betis  32*
16 Real Zaragoza  32
17 Real Valladolid  32
18 Recreativo Huelva  32
19 Murcia  23
20 Levante  19
*not including Saturday's abandoned game

Saturday, 22nd March
Mallorca vs Recreativo Huelva
Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid

Sunday, 23rd March
Barcelona vs Valladolid
Levante vs Villarreal
Murcia vs Espanyol
Osasuna vs Real Betis
Racing Santander vs Recreativo Huelva
Real Zaragoza vs Almeria
Real Madrid vs Valencia
Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe

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