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Former team-mate Rossi heaps misery on Gary Neville's Valencia

By Staff Reporter

Gary Neville's miserable run in charge of Valencia continued as a second-half goal by former Manchester United team-mate Giuseppe Rossi condemned his side to a 1-0 defeat at local rivals Levante.

The Italy international pounced on slack defending by Neville's side to volley into the far corner midway through the second half to give struggling Levante a deserved lead.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi created three goals and scored another as Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Arsenal by thrashing Getafe 6-0 at the Nou Camp to equal a club record 12 consecutive La Liga wins.

The Argentinian missed a fourth penalty of the season after Juan Rodriguez's own goal had given the Catalans the lead after eight minutes, but soon made amends by laying on goals for Munir El Haddadi and Neymar before he got on the scoresheet himself with a brilliant strike from 20 yards.

Messi got his third assist by teeing up Neymar's second and then Arda Turan scored for the second time in three matches with an impressive bicycle kick.

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