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Spain round-up: Deportivo reclaim top spot

Published: Sunday 21 September 2003, 20.15CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña swept aside Albacete Balompié 3-0 while David Beckham scored for Real Madrid CF. features

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Published: Sunday 21 September 2003, 20.15CET

Spain round-up: Deportivo reclaim top spot

RC Deportivo La Coruña swept aside Albacete Balompié 3-0 while David Beckham scored for Real Madrid CF.
RC Deportivo La Coruña comfortably dispatched lowly Albacete Balompié 3-0 at home on Sunday to return to the top of the Spanish Primera División.

Naybet first
Valencia CF had gone to the summit following a 3-0 defeat of Club Atlético de Madrid on Saturday but Depor's victory put the Galician side back at the top of the standings. Nourredine Naybet opened the scoring at the start of the second half when he slammed in after a corner from the right.

Identical goal
Striker Alberto Luque poked in from another corner soon after to double the lead and Walter Pandiani sealed a convincing performance in added time, heading in after a cross from Pedro Munitis.

No clearance
Real Madrid CF, meanwhile, defeated Málaga CF 3-1 at La Rosaleda to go second. Ronaldo was lurking at the far post to tap in for the opener when the home defence were unable to clear a David Beckham corner in the 13th minute.

Beckham second
The England captain doubled the lead in the 72nd minute after linking up well with Figo and Roberto Carlos. Edgar Particio pulled on back for the hosts but Guti thwarted any hope of a comeback by chipping goalkeeper Francesc Arnau from the edge of the box.

Another win
Real Sociedad de Fútbol followed their 1-0 defeat of Olympiacos CFP in their maiden UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday with a resounding 3-0 defeat of Real Zaragoza.

De Paula double
Nihat Kahevci opened the scoring in the 57th minute with his first league goal this season. Óscar de Paula grabbed two more - a header in the 82nd minute and a shot from inside the box after a pass from Nihat - to make certain of the win.

Parity restored
RCD Mallorca fought out a 1-1 home draw with Sevilla FC. Uruguayan forward Darío Silva put the visitors ahead in the 18th minute but Dutch striker Arnold Bruggink restored parity in the 39th minute. Two more teams to draw were Real Betis Balompié and Real Racing Club Santander, who failed to manage a goal between them.

Spoils shared
The Villarreal CF-RC Celta de Vigo encounter also ended in a 1-1 draw with both goals coming late on. Aleksandr Mostovoi broke the deadlock in the 74th minute for the Galician visitors but an own goal from Eduardo Berizzo meant they had to be happy with a share of the spoils. Real Valladolid, meanwhile, overcame RCD Espanyol 3-1 at home.

Home struggle
FC Barcelona could only manage a 1-1 draw against Club Atlético Osasuna at the Camp Nou on Saturday. The away team opened the scoring in the 54th minute when César Cruchaga's header from a left-wing cross was too good for goalkeeper Victor Valdés. Ronaldinho saved the home team's blushes in the 70th minute, volleying in from just inside the box after a poor clearance from a Ricard Quaresma cross.

Valencia win
Valencia meanwhile scored three times in the second half to defeat Atlético. Argentinian playmaker Pablo Aimar was responsible for the assists in each one of the goals, providing a cross for Spain winger Vicente Rodríguez to score the opener and holding the ball up in the box for Mista's efforts in the 76th minute and again during added time.

Last updated: 22/09/03 10.08CET


Spanish Liga 2003/04

Last updated: 04/07/2011 06:31 CET



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