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Madrid rise as Valencia stumble

Published: Monday 24 November 2003, 13.26CET
Weekend round-up: Real Madrid CF went top in Spain and leaders in England, France and Italy won too. features

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Published: Monday 24 November 2003, 13.26CET

Madrid rise as Valencia stumble

Weekend round-up: Real Madrid CF went top in Spain and leaders in England, France and Italy won too.

Real Madrid CF took advantage of slips by Valencia CF and RC Deportivo La Coruña to climb top of Spain's Primera División with a 2-1 win against Albacete Balompié on Sunday.

Deportivo held
Deportivo were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Betis Balompié and two goals from Mista were not enough to secure victory for Valencia, who would have gone to the summit had they won at Real Murcia CF but in the end they had to be content with a 2-2 draw. Madrid sit top by virtue of goal difference after their victory, secured by goals from David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.

Inter revival
in Italy, Internazionale FC's revival under new coach Alberto Zaccheroni continued at the weekend when six different players found the net in the Milan club's 6-0 demolition of Reggina Calcio.

Solo effort
Fabio Cannavaro opened the scoring with a stunning 25-metre drive on 33 minutes but the pick of the goals was a wonderful solo effort from Obafemi Martins, who beat four Reggina defenders before drilling the ball low into the corner. Second-half strikes from Andy van der Meyde, Francisco Farinos, Julio Cruz and Christian Vieri completed the victory, which lifted Inter into fourth position.

Comfortable victories
The top three, still undefeated, each added three more points to their respective tallies with comfortable victories. Juventus FC are still two points clear at the summit after goals from David Trezeguet and the inspirational Pavel Nedved saw off Modena FC at the Alberto Braglia. Trezeguet's opener came from a quickly-taken free-kick and Nedved sealed the win by cutting in from the left and beating Marco Ballotta from 25 metres out.

Shevchenko on form
Two goals from Andriy Shevchenko ensured AC Milan defeated AC Chievo Verona 2-0 on Sunday evening, moving Carlo Ancelotti's side back on level terms with AS Roma, who put four goals past Bologna FC without reply earlier in the day. Francesco Totti's magical left-footed volley opened the scoring in the Renato Dall'Ara and further goals from Vincenzo Montella, Christian Panucci and Antonio Cassano completed the rout.

Arsenal maintain lead
A 3-0 victory at Birmingham City FC helped Arsenal FC maintain their English Premiership advantage over Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC in England as the top three all won.

United on top briefly
United did spend two-and-a-half hours in first place after beating Blackburn Rovers FC 2-1 in an early kick-off. Ruud van Nistelrooij put United ahead on 24 minutes and before half-time Kleberson scored his first goal for the reigning champions to double the lead. Brett Emerton pulled one back 26 minutes from the end.

Melchiot winner
However, Arsenal were ahead four minutes into their match at Birmingham through Fredrik Ljungberg. Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires added to the lead late on. Chelsea are second, a point behind Arsenal but one ahead of United, after Mario Melchiot scored on 47 minutes to secure a 1-0 win at Southampton FC.

Monaco weather storm
In France, AS Monaco FC weathered a storm of intense pressure from RC Lens on Saturday before clinching a 2-0 victory which kept them top of Ligue 1, three points clear of Olympique Lyonnais.

Marseille keep pressure up
The win, secured by goals from Ludovic Giuly and Fernando Morientes, allowed Monaco to pull clear of champions Lyon, who had beaten RC Strasbourg on Friday night to move level at the top. Third-placed Olympique de Marseille, still six points off the pace, kept up the pressure with a 2-0 victory away against struggling Lille OSC. The prolific Didier Drogba and midfield player Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' did the damage.

Bayern stay in touch
FC Bayern München stayed in touch with the German Bundesliga pacesetters after a 1-0 derby win against TSV 1860 München while leaders VfB Stuttgart maintained their unbeaten record by beating Hannover 96 3-1.

Last updated: 24/11/03 23.26CET

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