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September 23, 2021

Barcelona, Real Madrid register comfortable victories

Saturday saw no change atop the Spanish Liga as Barcelona won 3-0 at Osasuna, despite a chaotic journey, and Real Madrid beat 10-man Valencia 2-0 at home. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barca, while Cristiano Ronaldo hit two for Real. Ronaldo is top of the scorers chart with 17 goals, followed by Messi with 15. Barca now has 37 points from 14 games while Real is two points adrift. The kick-off in snowy Pamplona was delayed for 45 minutes because Barca had to make the 500-kilometre trip by train and coach, due to air travel chaos caused by a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers. The Catalans finally drove in to Pamplona exactly at kick-off time, but the start was delayed while they got changed and warmed up. Later on Saturday, Real needed two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo to overcome a solid but limited Valencia, who had veteran anchorman David Albelda controversially sent off for a non-existent handball.

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