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Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: Barca outmanoeuvred early on, but stage second half fightback

October 19, 2010
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: Barca outmanoeuvred early on, but stage second half fightback

Unai Emery’s tactics worked a treat, but pure quality shone through and Barcelona were rampant in the second half.
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Barcelona 0-2 Hercules: Valdez beats Valdes twice to give Hercules shock victory

September 14, 2010
Barcelona 0-2 Hercules: Valdez beats Valdes twice to give Hercules shock victory

Barcelona were defeated by a two-goal margin in La Liga for the first time under Pep Guardiola, at the hands of newly-promoted Hercules.
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Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna: Özil stars in narrow victory on Mourinho’s home debut

September 13, 2010
Real Madrid 1-0 Osasuna: Özil stars in narrow victory on Mourinho’s home debut

The Jose Mourinho effect: Real Madrid averaged exactly three goals per game at home last season – here, they began with just one, but it was enough to get the three points.
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Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

May 9, 2010
Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona: Barca on the brink

Pep Guardiola’s side are almost there: a win at home to Valladolid next Sunday will secure their second consecutive La Liga title. This game ended up closer than it should have been, after Barca went 3-0 up, and Sevilla had a man sent-off. Nevertheless, the three points are in the bag.
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Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

April 18, 2010
Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real win the midfield battle

In the end, this was a routine win for Real, and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect their dominance.  As if the gap between Spain’s top two and the rest needed to be outlined any further, the difference between Real (2nd) and Valencia (3rd) is now an incredible 24 points.
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