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Sunday's La Liga Round Up: Barcelona produce another footballing lesson

Another busy day of La Liga action on Sunday saw Atletico Madrid cement second place, whilst league leaders Barcelona gave Malaga a footballing lesson to remember.

The action began in Seville where Real Betis hosted Levante in a game that pitted two of La Liga's most impressive sides this season against each other and it was the hosts who proved to be too strong for Juan Ignacio Martinez's side.

Ruben Castro has been in fine form this season and his goal, coupled with Joel Campbell's opener saw Betis claim fourth place and close the gap on third placed Real Madrid to just three points.

Over in Basque country it was Real Sociedad who hosted a somewhat rejuvenated Deportivo La Coruna who have improved under new coach Domingos Paciencia.

Carlos Vela and Pizzi on the scoresheet for either side to share the points but the away side had chances to win this one.

It was then over to the capital as Atletico Madrid hosted Real Zaragoza and Diego Simeone's side proved to strong for their 13th place visitors.

Tiago opened the scoring with Radamel Falcao scoring a penalty to keep the hosts well ahead of Real Madrid in second place.

Finally, the last game of Sunday's La Liga action was in Malaga as Manuel Pellegrini's came up against Tito Vilanova's record breaking Barcelona.

The Catalans started the game in a rather relaxed fashion but it wasn't long before Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets produced one of the best footballing lessons you will ever see.

All 11 players of Barcelona were on song as they ran out 3-1 winners with Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago scoring the goals, whilst Diego Buonanotte scored late on for Malaga.

The win puts Vilanova's side 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 18 points clear of Real Madrid. Title over?

We move on to more Copa del Rey action in midweek, so look out for a round-up of all the action.

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