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Ramos earns Madrid another win against Barça

Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 18.15CET
A Sergio Ramos header, eight minutes from time, earned Real Madrid CF a 2-1 win against FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu – a second victory against their rivals in less than a week.
Ramos earns Madrid another win against Barça
Madrid players celebrate Sergio Ramos' winning goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 18.15CET

Ramos earns Madrid another win against Barça

A Sergio Ramos header, eight minutes from time, earned Real Madrid CF a 2-1 win against FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu – a second victory against their rivals in less than a week.

A late Sergio Ramos strike ensured Real Madrid CF defeated rivals FC Barcelona 2-1 – a second victory against their rivals inside a week following Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final triumph.

With one eye on their upcoming UEFA Champions League second leg against Manchester United FC, José Mourinho opted to leave Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso out of Madrid's starting lineup. The hosts nevertheless got off to the perfect start, Karim Benzema knocking in an early Álvaro Morata centre. Lionel Messi equalised, cutting inside his marker and beating Diego López with a low shot at his near post.

As was the case last week against RC Deportivo La Coruña, the introduction of Ronaldo swung the momentum in Madrid's favour. Victor Valdés was the keeper most worked in the second period, and was eventually beaten when Ramos headed in Luka Modrić's corner with eight minutes to go. Madrid stay third, 13 points adrift of Barça.

Valencia CF passed up the chance to move fourth as they conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with local rivals Levante UD. The visitors took the lead through Vicente Iborra, but goals from Jonas and Roberto Soldado seemed to have earned the hosts a comeback win. However, with the game coming to a close, José Barkero took advantage of a slip in defence to finish wonderfully with the outside of his foot and snatch a late point.

Elsewhere, Athletic Club won 1-0 at CA Osasuna, while RC Deportivo La Coruña versus Rayo Vallecano de Madrid finished goalless.

Last updated: 03/03/13 0.34CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:10 CET

02/03/2013

ValenciaValencia2-2LevanteLevante

Jonas 27, Soldado 45+3

Iborra 16, Barkero 89

Venue: Valencia

02/03/2013

OsasunaOsasuna0-1AthleticAthletic

Susaeta 63

Venue: Pamplona

02/03/2013

DeportivoDeportivo0-0Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Venue: La Coruna

02/03/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid2-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Benzema 6, Ramos 82

Messi 18

Venue: Madrid

01/03/2013

GetafeGetafe2-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Adrián Colunga 21, Escudero 60

Venue: Madrid

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