Valencia delay Barca party

Madrid, May 1:

Ruben Baraja, Pablo Aimar and David Villa all scored to give Valencia a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday, delaying FC Barcelona’s Spanish league title celebrations a little longer.

The victory postponed Barcelona’s coronation until at least for Wednesday, when it can claim a second straight title with a victory against Celta Vigo.

Barcelona leads with 76 points from 34 games, while Valencia has 68 from 35. Real Madrid is third with 63.

In other games on Sunday, it was: Getafe 1, Villarreal 1; Real Sociedad 1, Sevilla 2; Zaragoza 1, Espanyol 1; and Atletico Madrid 0, Mallorca 1.

Valencia’s Baraja opened the scoring against Alaves in the 24th minute and Aimar doubled the lead nine minutes later when he steered home a low pass across goal by Emiliano Moretti. Villa added a third by converting a 50th-minute penalty.

Malaga became the first team to be relegated this season when it lost 3-2 at Racing Santander.

Villarreal allowed Getafe midfielder Jaime Gavilan to score 24 seconds after kickoff but the

visitors equalized two minutes later by striker Guillermo Franco. For Sevilla Jesus Navas scored in the 58th minute and Jose Luis Marti added another 11 minutes later from a penalty. Sevilla gave one back with an 86th-minute own-goal by Jordi Lopez.

Ewerthon put Zaragoza ahead in the ninth minute before Espanyol defender Daniel Jarque equalized in the 67th. Mallorca midfielder Jonas Gutierrez’s 80th-minute goal earned his team a 1-0 victory at Atletico and eased its relegation fears.

Italian Serie A

ROME: Juventus let their football do the talking with a resounding 3-0 win at Siena on Sunday which moved them a step closer to back-to-back Serie A titles.

Three goals in the first eight minutes sealed victory for the reigning champions and maintained their three-point lead over AC Milan, 2-0 winners against Livorno. Juve’s precious win in Tuscany — clinched by early goals from Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet and Adrian Mutu — calmed their jangling nerves after a run of five consecutive draws that has allowed AC Milan reopen a title race that had looked done and dusted.