Messi brace saves shaky Barca at Mallorca

Atletico Madrid kept pace with the leaders three points back in second with a 2-0 success at home to Getafe, while third-placed Real Madrid were indebted to goals from a wounded Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Alvaro Morata in a 2-1 win in almost unplayable conditions at waterlogged Levante.

Deployed at centre-forward in the absence of injured strikers Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, Ronaldo sustained a nasty cut above his left eye when he was caught by David Navarro's elbow in the opening minutes of the match in Valencia.

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