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MADRID (AP) _ Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 37th and 70th minutes after setting up Karim Benzema’s spectacular opener in the seventh as Spanish league leader Real Madrid routed Osasuna 5-1.

Lionel Messi responded with his 56th goal of the season to keep Barcelona within six points with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Ronaldo, whose long cross was volleyed in by Benzema, raised his league goals total to 37, one ahead of Messi, and 47 overall. Gonzalo Higuain also scored twice for Madrid.

The crowd at Barcelona’s Camp Nou paid tribute to Messi before the game by unveiling an enormous banner for his becoming the club’s career scoring leader, and Messi followed Andres Iniesta’s 40th-minute goal with by converting a penalty kick in the 58th.

Messi has 56 goals in all competitions, the most for a player in a major European league since Gerd Mueller scored 67 for Bayern Munich in 1972-73.


MILAN (AP) _ Serie A leader AC Milan was held to a 1-1 tie at Catania, giving second-place Juventus a boost.

Robinho put Milan ahead in the 34th minute, but Nicolas Spolli tied it in the 57th. A second-half shot by Robinho appeared to have crossed the goal line before it was cleared, but no goal was given.

Juventus, which trails by five points, hosts Napoli on Sunday.

Sergio Floccari, on loan from third-place Lazio, scored twice against his parent club to help Parma to a 3-1 victory.


BERLIN (AP) _ Arjen Robben scored in the 69th minute to earn a labored 1-0 win for Bayern Munich over Nuremberg in the 184th Bavarian derby, moving his team within three points of Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund.

Last-place Kaiserslautern lost 1-0 at home Hamburg on Marcell Jansen’s 29th-minute goal. Cologne slipped into the relegation zone with a 2-1 defeat at Augsburg, Freiburg won 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen, and Mainz won 3-0 at Werder Bremen. Wolsburg won 4-1 at Hertha Berlin.


PARIS (AP) _ Second-place Paris Saint-Germain lost 2-1 at Nancy, which got goals from Bakaye Traore in the 18th and Yohan Mollo in the 89th. Mohamed Sissoko had tied the score in the 50th.

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