Video: Saturday's Action In La Liga And Serie A

A weakened Real Madrid team ran Valencia ragged with a devastating four-goal blast before the break at the Mestalla and went on to win 6-3 after a hat-trick by Gonzalo Higuain in La Liga. Karim Benzema opened the scoring, Kaka grabbed himself a double and Higuain rattled in three goals as Valencia were torn apart by the pace of Real's counter-attacks. Home striker Roberto Soldado had made it 5-1 after an hour, and, as Real eased up, Valencia's Jonas and Jordi Alba grabbed late goals to make the scoreline slightly more respectable.



Lionel Messi scored his 50th goal of the season while David Villa ended his scoring drought as a second-string Barcelona side beat Osasuna 2-0 at the Camp Nou in La Liga. Villa slid in the opener from close range before half-time, his first goal since February, while Messi came off the bench to finish inside the box and continue an astonishing season of football for the Argentine. The win maintains the gap at the top of La Liga to eight points.



Palermo dealt Napoli's Serie A title hopes a hammer blow as they came from behind to win 2-1 in a pulsating game at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. The win for Delio Rossi's side means Napoli will need a miracle to overhaul AC Milan at the summit of Serie A and are also in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification altogether. Federico Balzaretti's thundering volley and Cesare Bovo's penalty meant Palermo are just six points from European football next season.



Inter Milan came back from a goal and a man down to defeat Lazio 2-1 at the San Siro and go second eight points behind Serie A leaders AC Milan. Inter were reduced to 10 men after 22 minutes when Julio Cesar was sent off for bringing down Mauro Zarate who scored from the resulting penalty. Wesley Sneijder equalised with a free kick five minutes before halftime and Samuel Eto'o scored the winner on 53 minutes. Lazio also finished the match with 10 men after skipper Stefano Mauri was sent off in the 66th minute.



Simone Perrotta's fourth minute goal was enough for Roma to win 1-0 as they completely dominated Chievo in the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A. The win keeps Vincenzo Montella's side in sixth place but narrows the gap to Lazio in fourth - and the final Champions League spot - to four points. The home side only had Perrotta's goal to show for their efforts after 90 minutes but if it were not for wasteful finishing there would have been more goals.

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