Barcelona re-established their eight-point lead on top of La Liga with a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday.After Real Madrid thumped Sevilla 6-2 on Saturday and closed the gap to five points, Pep Guardiola’s team extended the margin back to eight points thanks to goals from Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique – putting Barcelona within touching distance of a third consecutive La Liga title.
It took 29 minutes for Iniesta to break the deadlock after he cut inside from the left and buried his shot into the bottom corner.
Pique doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half when he headed in a corner from Xavi at the near post.
Espanyol sit in eighth, four points from sixth-placed Atletico Madrid.
Osasuna scored three times in the last 30 minutes to move out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Real Zaragoza.
Camunas, Sergio and Kike Sola struck in the second half after Lafita had given Zaragoza a 15th-minute lead.
The win moved Osasuna into 14th, two points clear of relegation, while Real Zaragoza slipped to 17th, only out of the drop zone on goal difference.
In Sunday’s other game, Mallorca and Villarreal played out a 0-0 draw.
Villarreal remain fourth on the table with Mallorca sitting in 11th.