Rafa Benitez booed by Chelsea fans in 1st game

Associated Press Modified: November 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012

With his 11th multigoal game this season, Messi moved within three of the world record for goals in a year, set by Gerd Mueller for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

Barcelona (12-0-1) matched Real Madrid's record for best La Liga start, set in 1991-92, and maintained a three-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid (11-1-1), which routed visiting Sevilla 4-0. Real Madrid (8-3-2), which lost Saturday at Real Betis, is third. No team has ever won La Liga after trailing by 11 points.

Barcelona, which had 77 percent possession, started 10 homegrown players. The exception, right back Daniel Alves, left with a leg injury in the 14th minute and was replaced by another homegrown player, Martin Montoya.

Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes saved Jose Barkero's penalty kick in the 87th.


MILAN (AP) — Robinho converted a penalty kick in the 31st minute for his first goal of the season, giving AC Milan a 1-0 victory over Serie A leader Juventus.

Milan was given the penalty kick by referee Nicola Rizzoli, who ruled Mauricio Isla handled Robinho's header in the penalty area. Replays appeared to show the ball struck Isla's side, under his armpit.

Juventus (10-2-2), which lost for only the second time in 53 league games, has 32 points and is four ahead of second-place Fiorentina (8-2-4), which rallied twice for a 2-2 tie at Torino. Milan (5-6-3) moved up to eighth place with 18 points.

Roma won 1-0 at struggling Pescara on Mattia Destro's goal in the fifth minute as coach Zdenek Zeman to the club he guided to promotion as Serie B winners last season.


BERLIN (AP) — American midfielder Fabian Johnson scored his third Bundesliga goal of the season in Hoffenheim's 2-1 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Goals by Lars Bender in the 15th minute and Daniel Carvajal in the 38th built a 2-0 lead for the visitors before Johnson scored on a shot that deflected off Bernd Leno.

Hoffenheim (3-7-3) is 16th in the 18-team league, while Leverkusen (7-3-3) is fifth.

Augsburg squandered a lead against Borussia Moenchengladbach in a 1-1 draw that leaves it bottom. Freiburg beat local rival Stuttgart 3-0.


PARIS (AP) — Bordeaux missed a chance to take the French league lead, losing 1-0 at defending champion Montpellier as Remy Cabella scored in the 68th minute.

Marseille (8-3-2) won 1-0 at home against Lille on Andre Ayew's goal in the 46th minute, has 26 points and trails first-place Paris Saint-Germain (7-2-5) on goal difference.

Bordeaux (6-2-6) is fifth with 24 points, one behind Saint-Etienne (7-3-4) and Lyon (7-2-4).

Montpellier (4-5-5) moved three points above the relegation zone.

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