BARCELONA, España (AP) — Lionel Messi marcó su 26to tanto del campeonato en la liga española el sábado en la victoria por 3-1 del Barcelona sobre el Valladolid, y dejó en 91 su récord de goles en un año calendario.

El astro argentino anotó a los 59 minutos para añadir a la diana inicial de Xavi Hernández a los 43 y rubricar la novena victoria del Barsa en nueve partidos de visitante, recuperando la ventaja de nueve puntos en la cima sobre el Atlético de Madrid, segundo clasificado. Javi Guerra recortó a los 89 por el Valladolid, pero Cristian Tello cerró la cuenta en los descuentos.

Los azulgranas, que solo han cedido un empate en 17 fechas e hilvanaron su 10mo triunfo seguido, fueron dirigidos por Jordi Roura en sustitución de Tito Vilanova, operado de un tumor en Barcelona el jueves. Los jugadores lucieron camisetas de apoyo al timonel ausente al inicio del choque.

Real Madrid, tercero, juega a continuación en cancha del Málaga, y la jornada se completa con los cotejos Osasuna-Granada y Athletic de Bilbao-Zaragoza.

En partido anterior, el Mallorca puso fin a una racha de 11 partidos sin conocer la victoria, al imponerse por 2-1 en cancha del Betis.

El último triunfo del equipo bermellón se remontaba al 23 de septiembre contra el Valencia, pero el Betis no supo aprovechar su temprana ventaja, permitiendo que el Mallorca se llevara los tres puntos y tome aire en la clasificación, manteniéndose fuera de las plazas del descenso.

El Betis, que sigue quinto con 28 unidades, se adelantó con un gol de Beñat Etxeberría a los cinco minutos, pero el Mallorca dio la vuelta al resultado con tantos de Victor Casadesús a los 30 y Javi Márquez de penal a los 47.

El Valladolid se propuso jugarle de tú a tú al Barcelona y, por momentos, pareció que la táctica le funcionaría, pues apenas se inquietó en la primera media hora, salvando un centro de Dani Alves al que no llegó el chileno Alexis Sánchez.

Pero los locales tampoco se prodigaron en ataque y la figura de Messi creció conforme se acercaba el descanso. Primero con un cabezazo a manos de Dani Hernández, luego con un tiro libre directo al poste y, finalmente, con balón adelantado para la llegada por la izquierda de Jordi Alba, quien sirvió en bandeja a Xavi el 1-0.

El Barsa no levantó el pie de acelerador y, al poco de la reanudación, impactó de nuevo en la madera con un cabezazo de Pedro Rodríguez a servicio de Alves.

El Valladolid no conseguía hilvanar su fútbol de precisión ante la atenta defensa azulgrana y la labor destructora de Sergio Busquets, quien ató en corto al organizado Oscar González, desconectando así al ariete Manucho.

La gran baza ofensiva siguió siendo Messi, quien desaprovechó la pelea de Sánchez con un derechazo desviado pero se redimió en la siguiente jugada, cuando batió al arquero con un zurdazo ajustado tras un túnel a Henrique Sereno.

Guerra le puso emoción a los últimos instantes al cabecear a manos de Víctor Valdés y remachar su propio rechace, pero el Valladolid no consiguió evitar que Tello anotara el tercero al final.

El Betis pudo sentenciar en la primera mitad, pero tan solo consiguió un gol, gracias a un tiro libre de Etxeberría que no acertó a atajar Dudu Aouate, molestado por Mario Alvarez en la jugada.

El costarricense Joel Campbell y Jorge Molina malograron ocasiones sucesivas, y el Mallorca no perdonó en el momento de nivelar por vía de Casadesús, de poderoso cabezazo al segundo poste.

El descanso sentó bien al equipo de Joaquín Caparrós, que volteó el resultado a las primeras de cambio gracias a un riguroso penal de Alvarez, que pareció hacer falta a Casadesús fuera del área. Márquez transformó la pena máxima y cerró el año con alegría para el Mallorca.

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  • Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria (L) celebrates with Real Madrid's forward Alvaro Morata after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's players celebrate their second score during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's players celebrate their second score during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao controls the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's midfielder Mario Suarez (L) vies with Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Kaka during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's goalkeeper Diego Lopez (L) catches the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid - La Liga

    MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Pepe (R) of Real Madrid vies for the ball against Radamel Falcao (L) of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at estadio Vincente Calderon on April 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (R) vies with Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke (L) and Atletico Madrid's midfielder Mario Suarez during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis (L) vies with Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (R) during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (4th L) scores during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's midfielder Raul Garcia (L) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe celebrates his team's first score during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)