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Valencia on top as Madrid draw blank

Published: Sunday 26 September 2010, 0.56CET
Valencia CF's 2-0 win against Real Sporting de Gijón gave them the outright Liga lead after Real Madrid CF were held by Levante UD, allowing FC Barcelona to move up to second.
Valencia on top as Madrid draw blank
Roberto Soldado and Juan Mata celebrate Valencia's clinching goal ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 26 September 2010, 0.56CET

Valencia on top as Madrid draw blank

Valencia CF's 2-0 win against Real Sporting de Gijón gave them the outright Liga lead after Real Madrid CF were held by Levante UD, allowing FC Barcelona to move up to second.

Valencia CF took over the outright Liga lead on Saturday with a 2-0 win against Real Sporting de Gijón as Real Madrid CF were held by Levante UD to fall behind FC Barcelona, 3-1 victors at Athletic Club.

Mehmet Topal headed in a corner on seven minutes to put Valencia in front at Sporting and three minutes later Roberto Soldado turned in a Juan Mata cross. Madrid kicked off when Valencia finished and the draw left them two points adrift of their fellow unbeaten side.

Madrid were dominant but were continually frustrated, including deep in added time when Gonzalo Higuaín was sent through but Manuel Reina just got a hand to the ball. José Mourinho's side are now down to third, a point behind Barcelona after their victory at seventh-placed Athletic.

The home side lost Fernando Amorebieta to a first-half red card and on 55 minutes Andrés Iniesta and David Villa combined to supply Seydou Keita for a fine finish. Xavi Hernández made it 2-0 to Barcelona with a deflected shot 16 minutes from time. There was plenty of late drama as Villa was sent off and Igor Gabilondo pulled one back, only for Sergio Busquets to respond immediately.

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Spanish Liga 2010/11

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EspanyolEspanyol1-0OsasunaOsasuna

Álvaro Vázquez 25

Venue: Barcelona
MallorcaMallorca2-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Cavenaghi 7, 62

Venue: Palma de Mallorca
DeportivoDeportivo0-2AlmeríaAlmería

Uche 5, 19

Venue: La Coruña
RacingRacing0-1GetafeGetafe

Víctor Sánchez 16

Venue: Santander
HérculesHércules2-0SevillaSevilla

Trezeguet 21 (p), 38

Venue: Alicante
AtléticoAtlético1-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Diego Costa 20

Venue: Madrid

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