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Iniesta Equals Butragueno’s 50 Match Unbeaten Streak

Spanish giants FC Barcelona continued on their impressive form Saturday as they beat Sevilla 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium to momentarily reduce Madrid’s lead over them to 7 points.

Of course, Argentine wizard Lionel Messi was on the score sheet to edge closer to Ronaldo who leads the top scorer’s list with 32 goals, however, the night belonged to play maker Andres Iniesta who equaled Madrid legend Butragueno’s record of 50 unbeaten league matches.

Believe it or not, the last time Iniesta tasted defeat was when Barcelona lost 2-0 to Hercules close to two years ago. However, since then, Iniesta has won 42 of Barca’s last 50 games in La Liga with the remaining 8 fixtures ending in draws.

Following the win, Barca will be hoping that Malaga can do them a favour by getting a result when they visit Madrid at the Bernabeu later on today. Despite the gigantic 30 point difference between them and Madrid, 4th places Malaga have performed impressively well to see themselves sit in a Champions League qualifying spot.

Madrid who have in Ronaldo one of the world’s best strikers will be banking heavily on the Portuguese forward to lift them over a strong Malaga. Having scored 128 goals  in 128 appearances since joining Los Blancos close to 3 years ago, Madrid know just how important Ronaldo is to their success.

Ronaldo is not only responsible for their current lead at the top of the table, but also for Maadrid’s good run in the Champions League that almost saw them make it through the Groups stages without conceding a goal. With a handful of games remaining in the league, the title is definitely theirs to lose.

Speaking ahead of the match Madrid captain, Iker Casillas had this to say:

“I’ve never seen anybody like him. His statistics with Real Madrid are incredible, he’s surpassed players of the calibre of Ronaldo the Brazilian and I never thought that a player could assume that role so quickly,” Casillas said.

In spite of the Ronaldo factor, Malaga players still remain hopeful about causing a big upset at the Bernabeu.

“We are now in the Champions League spots and, without doubt, the team are in a very good moment. We’re full of hope, confidence and the desire to have a good game like in the cup and be able to take away the three points from the Bernabeu.” defender Nacho Monreal said.

Of course this is easier said than done as beating a side that have only lost once at home this whole season will not be an easy feat.

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