Barcelona routed Espanyol 5-1 Saturday behind two goals each from Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa to win its 10th straight league game and move five points ahead of second-place Real Madrid in the Spanish league.
Espanyol had conceded only two goals in its seven victories at El Prat-Cornella Stadium, but Barcelona needed just 30 minutes to double that number and beat the league's best home team.
Xavi Hernandez also scored for Barcelona, in the 30th minute. Osvaldo had the lone goal for Espanyol in the 62nd minute. Since halftime of Barcelona's match against Villarreal on Nov. 13, the champions had scored 31 goals without reply.
Real Madrid hosts Sevilla on Sunday.
Also Saturday, New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored one goal and set up another to lead Villarreal to a 3-1 win over Mallorca. Rossi flicked on a cross for Santiago Cazorla to open the scoring in the 11th. After Jonathan de Guzman drew Mallorca even in the 28th, he made it 2-1 from the penalty spot.
Villarreal moved within five points of second-place Real Madrid. Mallorca remained 10th after its third straight loss.
Enraged Panathinaikos fans threw projectiles at the players as they ran to the locker room. The fans also attacked the VIP stands, causing widespread damage.
Panathinaikos fans had already been restive following last Sunday's 0-0 draw at Asteras. Before the game they had put up a banner that read "We are jobless and you wallow in luxury. ... Ppatience is running thin." Booing by the 20,000 attending fans started early in the second half and intensified after Volos' goal.
Cherundolo gave Nuremberg its first goal in the 28th minute when Ilkay Guendogan's rebound deflected off his foot into his own net. Andreas Wolf added another from close range.
Two goals from Andre Schuerrle helped Mainz move back into second place in the Bundesliga with a 4-2 win at St. Pauli. Mainz is 10 points behind Borussia Dortmund, which lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ricardo Clark made his first start of the season for Eintracht Frankfurt, which Borussia Dortmund 1-0. The American twice came close scoring in the first half.
A goal by Junior Stanislas of West Ham offset Ryan Nelsen's scrappy goal for Blackburn. The result will do little to secure the fduture of either manager
The Rennes defender headed in a corner kick from Fabien Lemoine in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Lille tops the standings with 31 points from 17 games and faces Nancy on Sunday.
Inverness hasn't lost on the road since November 2009. It went in front on Grant Munro's 17th-minute header. Kevin Kyle equalized from the penalty spot in the 25th. Hearts missed the chance to move even with Celtic, which is second in the standings. Inverness is fourth, six points behind Hearts.
Source: AP News