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Barcelona drop crucial points after drawing with Espanyol

FC Barcelona dropped five points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga following a 1-1 draw with Espanyol on Sunday.

sports Updated: Jan 09, 2012 23:36 IST

FC Barcelona dropped five points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga following a 1-1 draw with Espanyol on Sunday.

Barca could only draw away to neighbours Espanyol in a thrilling and controversial game. Against an inspired and motivated home side, Barca took the first half lead through a Cesc Fabregas header, which was their 100th goal in all competitions this season. However, Espanyol regrouped in the second half and Barca never looked comfortable. Alvaro Vazquez scored a header five minutes from time to make it 1-1.

Sunday's matches kicked off with Rayo Vallecano winning 2-1 at home against Sevilla. Athletic Bilbao drew goalless with Getafe while Aritz Aduriz scored a late equaliser to give Valencia a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal. Betis chalked up their third consecutive win with a 2-0 triumph over Sporting Gijon.

Milan maintain lead
Rome:
AC Milan held on to their lead in the Italian Serie A football with a 2-0 away win over Atalanta on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng scored to keep AC Milan at the Serie A summit, where they were pressured by Juventus, the most consistent team with an unbeaten record so far this season.

Alessandro Matri came off the bench to score the sole goal to help Juventus beat bottom side Lecce 1-0 and keep neck and neck with Milan.

In the other fixtures of the day, Udinese put the pressure on with a convincing 4-1 win over struggling Cesena while Francesco Totti struck twice from the penalty spot to end his goal scoring drought, firing Roma to a 2-0 victory over Chievo.