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Deportivo dislodge rivals Valencia

Published: Monday 27 October 2003, 15.00CET
Weekend round-up: RC Deportivo La Coruña beat Valencia CF in Spain, while Italy's top three march on.

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Published: Monday 27 October 2003, 15.00CET

Deportivo dislodge rivals Valencia

Weekend round-up: RC Deportivo La Coruña beat Valencia CF in Spain, while Italy's top three march on.
German high-fliers VfB Stuttgart, English Premiership leaders Arsenal FC and Italian trio Juventus FC, AC Milan and AS Roma all maintained unbeaten starts this weekend.

Pole position
However, the most significant match came in Spain on Saturday where RC Deportivo La Coruña's 2-1 defeat of Valencia CF allowed them to leapfrog their rivals into first place. Goals from Juan Valerón and a deflected Diego Tristán free-kick either side of Mista's strike for the visitors were enough for Deportivo to open up a two-point lead.

Raúl double
Real Madrid CF took full advantage of Valencia's defeat to move above them on goal difference. Raúl González scored twice late on to ensure Madrid defeated in-form Real Racing Club Santander 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu. On Sunday, Real Sociedad de Fútbol earned a 1-0 win against CA Osasuna.

Leverkusen on top
In Germany, Stuttgart temporarily went top after they stretched their unbeaten start to ten games with a 1-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday but Bayer 04 Leverkusen's slender Sunday victory meant Stuttgart's stay was short-lived. Stuttgart had Ioannis Amanatidis to thank for their 74th-minute clincher while Leverkusen displaced them from top spot after a 1-0 victory against struggling VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bernd Schneider scored the solitary second-half goal that put Klaus Augenthaler's side a point clear at the top.

Relief for Stevens
Former Leverkusen coach Klaus Toppmöller was in charge of Hamburger SV for the first time and saw his team throw away a two-goal lead against FC Schalke 04 to draw 2-2. There was better news for Hertha BSC Berlin's beleaguered coach Huub Stevens as they beat FC Hansa Rostock 1-0.

Shevchenko shines
Milan and Juventus opened up a four-point gap at the top of Serie A with respective comfortable wins over Sampdoria UC and Brescia Calcio on Sunday. Andriy Shevchenko's second-half double helped wrap up a 3-0 victory for Milan against Sampdoria after Jon Dahl Tomasson had given them the lead just before the interval. Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon had to save a Roberto Baggio penalty but Pavel Nedved soon opened the scoring and striker David Trezeguet's header made it 2-0 before half-time.

Point for Inter
The top two's nearest challengers, AS Roma, maintained their unbeaten record as they played out a goalless draw with Internazionale FC. It was the first game in charge for new Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

Henry heroics
A sensational free-kick from Arsenal's Thierry Henry rescued a draw against Charlton Athletic FC and helped Arsène Wenger's team climb back to the top of the Premiership on Sunday. The France striker's curling effort cancelled out Paolo Di Canio's first-half penalty. With no further goals, the point took Arsenal clear of overnight leaders Chelsea FC, who had gone top with a 1-0 win against Manchester City FC - and two points ahead of title holders Manchester United FC, who lost 3-1 at home to Fulham FC.

Monaco restored
In France, Fernando Morientes put AS Monaco FC ahead in game against FC Sochaux Montbéliard but they failed to add to their tally and Pierre Alain Frau scored an equaliser for the home side midway through the second half. The point enabled Monaco to climb above Olympique de Marseille, who returned to winning ways by scoring two without reply against Stade Rennais FC at the Stade Vélodrome - but only by virtue of goals scored.

Dutch duel
Finally, in the Netherlands, ten-man AFC Ajax drew 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven on Sunday. Captain Rafael van der Vaart was sent off just before the interval for violent conduct. All the goals came in the second half with PSV captain Mark van Bommel opening the scoring before Wesley Sonck equalised. John de Jong restored the lead but Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic salvaged a draw for Ajax

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