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La Liga: Barcelona 3-1 Sporting Gijón

[Sunday, March 04, 2012 ]

Barcelona lurched to a much-needed 3-1 win over lowly Sporting Gijón at the Camp Nou despite the absence of suspended star Lionel Messi.

Andrés Iniesta appeared to put Barcelona in firm control with his goal a minute before halftime, but Gerard Piqué's red card early in the second half led to Sporting leveling through David Barral's 49th-minute goal.

Despite being at a numerical disadvantage, Seydou Keita fired Barcelona ahead in the 79th minute before Xavi capped the victory three minutes from time.

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