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Torres and Dembélé shine in Barcelona’s landslide victory over Osasuna

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Ferran Torres scored twice and Ousmane Dembele assisted on two goals, as brilliant Barcelona beat Osasuna 4-0, recording their fourth consecutive win in the Spanish Football League.
The win raised Barcelona’s tally to 51 points, leveling fourth-placed Atletico Madrid five points behind Sevilla, who are second but have one more game to play.

Torres opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a penalty after covering Gabi from behind inside the area.

Seven minutes later, Torres doubled the score after receiving a great pass from Dembélé behind the defense before passing the ball to Osasuna.

Dembélé could not be stopped down the right flank and after five minutes the French player passed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score Barcelona’s third goal from close range.

Substitute Ricky Puig finished off the quartet when he scored from a rebound in the 75th minute.

“I am very happy to have won and we are moving forward. Our goal is to continue climbing the table and continue to improve game by game,” Torres told reporters.

Coach Xabi Hernández seemed satisfied with the result, but believes that winning the title is a long way off, with his team 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid.

“I don’t think it’s possible to win the league this season”, said Xavi when asked about the importance of next Sunday’s summit against the traditional rival from Madrid.

“We need to keep winning and they have to lose three or four games, which is not realistic.”

After falling to ninth place in November, the period in which manager Ronald Koeman was sacked, Barcelona moved closer to second-placed Sevilla, who squandered points in a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Competition for the top four places and qualification for the Champions League is intense, with just four points separating Barcelona from sixth-placed Real Sociedad.

Sevilla were the only team in the top seven not to win this matchday and the rival is now close to achieving it after drawing for the sixth time in the last eight league games.

Real Madrid, who lead the standings with 63 points from 27 games, will face lowly Real Mallorca on Monday.

Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Villarreal won, bringing them closer to Sevilla. Betis, fifth classified, has 49 points, Sociedad 47 and Villarreal 45.

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