MADRID: Barcelona took another big stride towards a second-straight La Liga triumph when top-scorer Lionel Messi struck twice in a 4-1 home win over relegation threatened Tenerife on Tuesday.

With two matches left, Barca has a La Liga record 93 points, four clear of second-placed Real Madrid, which had a game in hand as of Tuesday.

Valencia sealed a place in the Champions League qualifying round after coming from behind to defeat bottom side Xerez 3-1.

The results: Getafe 1 (Soldado 47) drew with Sporting Gijon 1 (De las Cuevas 17), Barcelona 4 (Messi 17, 90, Bojan 63, Pedro 77) bt Tenerife 1 (Roman 39), Almeria 4 (Crusat 14, Uche 28, 42, Piatti 90) bt Villarreal 2 (Marcano 53, Ibagaza 66), Valencia 3 (Mata 45, 57, Silva 67) bt Xerez 1 (Armenteros 37) . — Agencies

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