Rampaging Barca rout Valladolid


Xavi, Daniel Alves and Lionel Messi scored to round off a positive week for the champions, in which coach Pep Guardiola ended speculation over his future by agreeing to a one-year contract extension.

Barca have 49 points from 19 games. Second-placed Real Madrid can cut their lead back to five when they host Malaga at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

In the late game, Deportivo Coruna overcame Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at home to climb to fourth on 34 points.

Earlier, Sevilla beat Almeria 1-0 with an Alvaro Negredo to go sixth with 33 points.

United on top
Champions Manchester United, meanwhile, went top of the Premier League for the first time since October after a four-goal blitz by Wayne Rooney earned a 4-0 home victory over Hull City.

United moved above Chelsea and Arsenal with 50 points from 23 games. Arsenal have 48 from 22 matches while Chelsea are also on 48, having played two games fewer than United.

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