Six-star Barcelona enjoy all-day 'party'

    Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring Barcelona's opening goal against Getafe on Sunday.

    Story highlights

    • Atletico Madrid's defeat to Vallecano gives Barcelona a 12-point lead in Spain
    • Catalan side thrashed Getafe 6-1 in midday kickoff as six different players score
    • Mario Balotelli's AC Milan surrender fourth place in Italy to city rivals Internazionale
    • Lyon's defeat gives PSG a six-point lead in the French title race
    Barcelona's Sunday celebrations started early with a 6-1 romp over Getafe, and ended late with a slip-up by second-placed Atletico Madrid which has all but ended the Spanish title race.
    Atletico's 2-1 defeat at Rayo Vallecano gave Barca a commanding 12-point lead with 15 matches to play, as third-placed champions Real Madrid languish another four points adrift.
    "It was an unusual time to play but we had a party in the stadium," the Catalan side's assistant coach Jordi Roura said after the midday kickoff at the Camp Nou, where more than 85,000 fans turned up.
    "The players were at an extraordinary level. They were intense from the first minute," added Roura, who is running the team while Tito Vilanova is receiving cancer treatment in New York
    Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his first league goal this season before Lionel Messi netted for a record-extending 13th successive La Liga game before quarter of an hour had been played -- his 35th in the competition from 23 appearances.