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Two-goal Özil seals comeback win for Madrid

Published: Saturday 8 December 2012, 21.50CET
Real Madrid CF showed their mettle as they twice came from behind to win at Real Valladolid CF, while Málaga CF moved up to fourth in the Liga with a 4-0 defeat of Granada CF.

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Published: Saturday 8 December 2012, 21.50CET

Two-goal Özil seals comeback win for Madrid

Real Madrid CF showed their mettle as they twice came from behind to win at Real Valladolid CF, while Málaga CF moved up to fourth in the Liga with a 4-0 defeat of Granada CF.

Eight points behind the Liga leaders, Real Madrid CF are still clinging to FC Barcelona's coat-tails, but twice needed to battle back from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory at Real Valladolid CF.

The confident hosts grabbed an early lead when Manucho exploited confusion in a crowded box to sweep in a loose ball from Patrick Ebert's corner. Cristiano Ronaldo squared for Karim Benzema to level, but José Mourinho's men soon fell behind again from another corner, as an unchallenged Manucho powered in a front-post header.

However, a touch of class ensured there was no separating the teams at half-time. Mesut Özil wriggled into the box and fed Benzema before collecting the France striker's back-heeled return and tucking beyond Dani Hernández. Both teams attacked with abandon, but Özil had the final say, curling a free-kick in off the bar to earn the win.

Meanwhile, Málaga CF are one place below Madrid after climbing to fourth with an impressive 4-0 victory against Granada CF. First-half strikes by Joaquin and Javier Saviola were supplemented by efforts from Ignacio Camacho and Roque Santa Cruz as Manuel Pellegrini's team crowned an excellent week in which they finished top of UEFA Champions League Group C.

Roberto Soldado earned Valencia CF a 1-0 win at CA Osasuna in new coach Ernesto Valverde's first Liga game in charge.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.39CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:09 CET

08/12/2012

OsasunaOsasuna0-1ValenciaValencia

Soldado 56

Venue: Pamplona

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ValladolidValladolid2-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Manucho 7, 22

Benzema 12, Özil 45, 72

Venue: Valladolid

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MálagaMálaga4-0GranadaGranada

Joaquín 26, Saviola 33, Camacho 75, Santa Cruz 85

Venue: Malaga

08/12/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1GetafeGetafe

Carlos Martínez 90+1

Lafita 86

Venue: San Sebastian

07/12/2012

EspanyolEspanyol2-2SevillaSevilla

Verdú 13 (P), Simão 60

Rakitić 24 (P), Negredo 90+1

Venue: Barcelona

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