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A good start for Real Madrid in their quarter final Champions League tie, Benzema getting two and Kaká one in between in a 0-3 victory at APOEL Nicosia. The following day Barcelona failed to score for the first time in 30 Champions League games, although a 0-0 draw at Italian league leaders AC Milan set them up well for next week's return leg. The dream of a final between the two Spanish giants is still on the cards! On Thursday Athletic Bilbao produced another epic result in the Europa League, following up the elimination of Manchester United with a 2-4 win at Schalke '04. Llorente scored two of the goals, but not before the mythical Raúl had given them a bit of a fright with two himself. The other two Spanish sides still have work to do though, Falcao and Salvio getting the goals for Atlético Madrid in a 2-1 win over Hannover '96, and Topal scoring an important away goal as Valencia lost 2-1 at AZ Alkmaar.

Real Madrid and Barcelona (and Ronaldo and Messi) kept up the push at the top of the table this weekend, with Madrid netting five for the second week in a row against Osasuna in the difficult Reyno de Navarra stadium. Benzema started things off with an imitation of Van Basten's best, and there were two each for Higuaín and of course Ronaldo as Mourinho's side took their tally for the season to 100 goals. With eight games still to go, they are only seven short of their own record set under John Toshack in the 1989/90 season. Barça responded though with a 2-0 win over a depleted Athletic Bilbao, who left several of their stars on the bench in a game which kicked off less than 48 hours after their match against Schalke. Iniesta got the first, surprisingly only his second in the league this season, and Messi converted a penalty for the second.

Valencia faltered once again though, committing the cardinal sin of only drawing against their upstart neighbours Levante. Jonas put Emery's side ahead, but Koné equalised to leave the Valencia coach's job hanging by a thread. The Ches stay in third spot however as fourth placed Málaga were surprisingly beaten by Betis, with talisman Rubén Castro opening the scoring for Pepe Mel's team. With Osasuna and Espanyol failing to win as well, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla closed up on the European spots with respective victories against Getafe and Mallorca, Falcao for the former and Manu for the latter amongst the scorers. Elsewhere Real Sociedad recovered from their thrashing last week in the Bernabeu with a 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, Agirretxe the first name on the scoresheet. (03.04.12)

Pichichi League Cup Europe Total (Penalties)
Messi (Barcelona) 36 5 15 56 (5)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 37 4 6 47 (11)
Benzema (Real Madrid) 17 4 7 28 (0)
Falcao (Atlético) 20 0 7 27 (6)
Soldado (Valencia) 16 3 7 26 (3)
Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) 14 5 6 25 (2)
Higuaín (Real Madrid) 20 1 3 24 (0)
Michu (Rayo Vallecano) 13 2 0 15 (0)
Fàbregas (Barcelona) 9 3 3 15 (0)
Adrián (Atlético) 6 1 8 15 (0)
Xavi (Barcelona) 10 2 2 14 (0)
Koné (Levante) 11 2 0 13 (0)
Stuani (Racing) 8 4 0 12 (5)
Jonas (Valencia) 4 4 4 12 (0)
Rubén Castro (Betis) 11 0 0 11 (0)
Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) 9 2 0 11 (0)
Alexis (Barcelona) 8 1 2 11 (0)
Callejón (Real Madrid) 4 3 4 11 (0)
Manu del Moral (Sevilla) 10 0 0 10 (0)
Rubén Suárez (Levante) 8 2 0 10 (4)
Susaeta (Athletic Bilbao) 5 2 3 10 (0)