Villa brace sends Barca through, Bayern open up gap in Bundesliga

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Updated: November 29, 2012

David Villa completed 300 career goals with a brace, sending Barcelona through to the last 16 of the Kings Cup, while in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich opened up a 10 point lead over Borussia Dortmund ahead of their top of the table clash on Saturday.

Defending champions, Barcelona eliminated third-tier Alaves 6-1 on aggregate, 3-1 on the night to qualify for the last 16 of the King’s Cup thanks to a brace of goals by David Villa. Barcelona now take on second division Cordoba in the next round.

Levante won 4-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate against Melilla, Atletico Madrid set up a last-16 meeting with city rivals Getafe when they beat third-tier Real Jaen 1-0 at the Calderon for a 4-0 aggregate success, Getafe, who won their first leg 4-0, progressed after a 0-0 draw with second division Ponferradina, Valencia will play Osasuna for a place in the quarterfinals thanks to their 3-1 victory at home to Llagostera, another third-tier side, which made it 5-1 on aggregate in favour of the La Liga side and Espanyol’s misery deepened when they had Javi Lopez sent off in the 25th minute and were thrashed 3-0 at home by Sevilla, the Andalusians progressing 6-1 on aggregate.

Second division Almeria have a 2-0 advantage over top-flight side Celta Vigo, Real Zaragoza are leading La Liga rivals Granada 1-0 and Real Mallorca and Deportivo La Coruna, both of the first division, are tied at 1-1 ahead of their second legs on Thursday.

Real Madrid, Malaga, Real Betis, Cordoba, Osasuna and Las Palmas all went through on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich opened a 10-point gap at the top of the German league on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory at Freiburg ahead of their key Bundesliga clash at home to champions Borussia Dortmund this weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen took Dortmund’s place in second spot after their 4-1 win at Werder Bremen to claim their fourth win in their last five league games.

Borussia Moenchengladbach are up to ninth after their 2-0 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg, VfB Stuttgart earned a 2-1 win at home to bottom side Augsburg and Hoffenheim’s woes continued as Markus Babbel’s team lost 4-2 at Nuremberg, their fifth defeat in nine games to stay in the bottom three.

In France, Bafetimbi Gomis scored a hat-trick as Olympique Lyon demolished Olympique Marseille 4-1 to move two points clear at the top of Ligue 1.