La Liga round-up
Barcelona swept aside Recreativo but Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Murcia.
Last Updated: 24/11/07 10:57pm
Barcelona maintained their immaculate record at Camp Nou with a comprehensive win over Recreativo.
Barca laid siege to the visitors' goal in the first period but were unable to find a breakthrough.
That all changed after the interval when Gabriel Milito climbed to head home Xavi's corner on 64 minutes.
Two minutes later Thierry Henry combined with Bojan Krkic, the youngster wrong-footing the keeper with a sublime finish.
The superb Lionel Messi then put the icing on the cake by placing home a penalty after he himself was fouled in the box 10 minutes from time.
Real Madrid remain top of La Liga but were made to fight hard for a point at Murcia.
The champions took an early lead through Robinho, the Brazilian nodding Guti's pass beyond Antonio Notario and although the Murcia defence did their best to keep it out the referee ruled the ball had crossed the line.
The visitors dominated possession but were unable to make their territorial advantage count and paid the penalty when Enrique de Lucas met Pena's corner with a bullet of a diving header.
As Madrid grew increasingly frustrated as their attempts to snatch a winner were thwarted, Guti was sent off for kicking out at Cesar Arzo after the midfielder had been fouled by Richi.
Murcia had a golden chance to win the game with just two minutes remaining but Henok Goitom clipped his effort agonisingly wide as Iker Casillas came to close him down.
Elsewhere, Mallorca stunned struggling Sevilla to record a shock 2-1 win.
Ariel Ibagaza gave the Islanders the lead after 16 minutes with Fernando Varela doubling the advantage after 37 minutes.
Fredi Kanoute cut the lead four minutes after the break but even though Varela received a red card late on it was not enough to save Sevilla who must bounce back before facing Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League next week.