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Valencia maintained their pursuit of Barcelona to remain four points off the La Liga leaders thanks to second-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Santi Mina to beat a luckless Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday.
With 11 games of the season already gone, things are starting to hot up in La Liga. Following the international break, all eyes will be on Real Madrid as onlookers try to decide if Gareth Bale's return from injury can help the misfiring Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo find form, with the duo having struggled badly in the Welshman's absence.
Lionel Messi is very much the man to beat when it comes to scoring goals in La Liga. So far this season the Argentine has plundered 12 goals in just 11 games leaving him top of the goalscoring charts. However, he doesn't dominate all the stats...
Valencia swept aside Leganes 3-0 on Saturday to continue their stunning form with an eighth straight win to close to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Italian triker Simone Zaza bagged a seven-minute hat-trick early in the second half as Valencia's impressive start under new coach Marcelino Garcia Toral continued with a 5-0 thrashing of Malaga on Tuesday.
The forward issued a stark warning to his team-mates as they lost for the fourth time in eight La Liga matches on Saturday to leave them in danger of relegation.
Lionel Messi's 500th career goal couldn't prevent Barcelona's incredible slump in form from continuing with a fourth defeat in five games 2-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday.