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Football: New president, same old Barcelona back on top

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:31 AM
 
Barcelona's new president Josep Maria Bartomeu leaves after a press conference in Barcelona on Jan 24, 2014. Barcelona put a stressful week off the field after the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell behind them to move back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona put a stressful week off the field after the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell behind them to move back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014.

With new president Josep Maria Bartomeu watching on from the directors' box, Gerard Pique swept home the opener from Xavi's corner five minutes before half-time.

Pedro Rodriguez then made the game safe with a neat turn and finish from Lionel Messi's pass 10 minutes after the restart.

Alexis Sanchez slotted home the third moments later from Pedro's cross for his 12th goal of the season.

 
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