La Liga Round-Up
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona extended their Liga lead following a gritty 1-0 win over Depor.Barcelona extended their Liga lead to 14 points following a gritty 1-0 success over Deportivo La Coruna.
The leaders netted early through Ludovic Giuly, but were forced to keep things tight in the second half after being reduced to ten men.
Frank Rijkaard's men weathered the early storm before Giuly latched onto Sylvinho's low shot to stab the visitors ahead.
Their hopes of a three point haul were hindered when Rafael Marquez collected his second booking shortly after half time.
Substitute Andreas Iniesta almost added a second late as on Barca looked to hit Depor on the break.
Despite playing for almost half the game a man down Barca collected yet another win and now looking primed to land the Liga title.
Real Betis moved third in the Liga table after a 2-1 success over lowly Albacete.
David Rivas opened the scoring after 17 minutes, but the home side took their time before doubling their advantage.
Marcos Assuncao's goal just before the hour mark secured the points although the home fans were given a nail-biting finish.
Mark Gonzalez pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes remaining, however it would prove nothing more than a consolation.
A brace of penalties was not enough to lift Espanyol over Real Sociedad.
Darko Kovacevic fired the visitors ahead after 23 minutes, but Tamudo's first levelled matters before the break.
The Catalans took the lead just before the hour mark, although Oscar De Paula's late goal salvaged a 2-2 draw.
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