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Barcelona continue to rewrite history books

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side made more history at the weekend when they equalled the record number of successive league wins held by arch rivals Real Madrid, fifa.com informs. A Lionel Messi brace and a Pedro Rodriguez strike sealed Saturday’s 3-0 win at Hercules – their 15th victory which drew them level with a 50-year-old record held by the great Real Madrid team, captained by Alfredo di Stefano, of the 1960/61 season. “It’s an immense honour to share this record with a team such as (Alfredo) Di Stefano’s Madrid,” Guar­dio­la said. “It’s stood for half a century and that just shows what a tough thing it is to achieve.” Barcelona, who hold a seven-point lead over Real Madrid at the league summit after Madrid’s 1-0 loss at Osasuna, can beat the record with victory at home to Atletico Madrid next weekend. “It was an important game (against Hercules), like all the others, but it was an especially important win for us,” said goalkeeper Victor Valdes. “It’s a proud honour to equal this number of wins on the trot. It’s important for us and let’s hope we continue the run.”

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