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La Liga Update & Results - Champions League Manchester United v Real Madrid 

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have pulled away at the top of the pack in the Spanish La Liga battle for league cup silverware in 2013. Barcelona have earned 68 points in 26 games, A Madrid 56 in 25 games, and R Madrid are one point behind with 55 in 55 games. Madrid remains 13 points behind Barcelona in the league, however second-place Atletico Madrid may cut the deficit to nine points on Sunday at Malaga.

Surprisingly, Real Madrid beat fierce rival Barcelona for the second time in four days in back-to-back El Clasicos - gaining a place in the Copa del Rey Final. Winning 2-1 over Barca on Saturday did little to prevent FC Barcelona from reclaiming the Spanish league title in 2013 from holders R Madridm however

Portugese winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Barcelona at Camp Nou. And the double wins surely boosted Jose Mourinho's squad ahead of traveling to Old Trafford to fight another critical battle - this time against Premiership titans, Manchester United in a highly anticipated Champions League fixture.

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The much anticipated El Clasico match was at a 1-1 draw after goals from Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema. Sergio Ramos netted the second-leg El Clasico winner in the 82nd minute when headed in Luka Modric's corner to give Madrid its first home league victory over Barcelona since 2008.

In the second leg of El Clasico, Messi equalized in the 18th minute to cancel out Karim Benzema's sixth-minute opener. El Caliente has reached the 50-goal mark for the third straight season, and leads the Spanish League by earning 39 goals in 26 games.

''We deserved to win. The team has been strengthened by these clasico matches,'' Ramos said. ''We are going to Manchester convinced - but with respect for our opponent.''

Madrid did without CR7 for much of the match, as Mourinho rested superstar Cristiano Ronaldo until the final half hour with the crucial match against Manchester United on Tuesday in mind.

Here are results from recent Spanish La Liga matches:

  • Getafe 2-0 Zaragoza
  • Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona
  • Deportivo 0-0 Rayo Vallecano
  • Osasuna 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
  • Valencia 2-2 Levante

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