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Spain round-up: Valencia hold their nerve

Published: Sunday 10 March 2002, 19.15CET
Valencia CF moved back to the top of the Primera División with a 2-0 win against Sevilla FC. features

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Published: Sunday 10 March 2002, 19.15CET

Spain round-up: Valencia hold their nerve

Valencia CF moved back to the top of the Primera División with a 2-0 win against Sevilla FC.

Valencia CF went back to the top in Spain on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Sevilla FC.

Angulo on target
Valencia stayed top of the table as two goals in the last 25 minutes earned them victory over a gritty Sevilla side at the Mestalla stadium. Juan Sánchez scored the opener, redirecting a wayward shot from Kily González, and Miguel Angulo added a second in injury-time. Sevilla had Víctor Salas sent off and Angulo joined him on the sidelines for the final few seconds as he picked up a second yellow card for his goal celebration.

Catanha hat-trick
Catanha netted a hat-trick for RC Celta de Vigo as they beat Real Valladolid 4-2 at the José Zorrilla stadium. Sergio got the first for the visitors, with Catanha then striking twice either side of a neat finish from Fernando. Celta had Fernando Cáceres sent off and Valladolid capitalised to get back to 2-3 with a Fernando penalty. Victor Fernandez's side were being pressed back but Catanha clinched the three points as he rounded the goalkeeper at the second attempt after Alexander Mostovoi had found him on a swift counter-attack.

Double for Eto'o
RCD Mallorca's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o struck twice as his side beat Club Atlético Osasuna 4-2. Eto'o had already put Mallorca 2-0 up at the Son Moix before Osasuna posed any threat. Pipa Gancedo pulled one back a minute before half-time and César Palacios was left unmarked from a free-kick to turn in the equaliser on 64 minutes. Mallorca regained the lead with a powerful Miguel Angel Nadal header ten minutes from time, though, and Paco Soler's splendid free-kick clinched the win late on.

Home win for Espanyol
RCD Espanyol claimed a valuable three points when they beat Athletic Club Bilbao 2-0 at the Montjuic stadium. Ricardo Cavas put Espanyol ahead with a fine solo effort on 20 minutes and the home side should have had a second just before half-time but Raúl Tamudo saw his penalty well saved by Iñaki Lafuente. Enrique de Lucas struck with a free-kick five minutes into injury-time to wrap up the points.

Malaga too strong
Gerardo gave Málaga CF the lead in the second minute as they held on to beat Real Zaragoza 2-1 at the La Rosaleda. His sweeping right-foot finish gave the hosts the advantage and Kizito Musampa made it 2-0 with only ten minutes on the clock. Paraguayan international Roberto Acuña pulled one back on 64 minutes and, despite having defender Paco sent off, the visitors nearly stole a point in injury time but Juanele struck a post from just inside the area with the final kick of the game.

Tenerife win
In Sunday's evening match, CD Tenerife reignited their hopes of survival with a 2-0 away victory over fellow relegation candidates Real Sociedad. Bruno Marioni gave the visitors the lead against the run of play after 18 minutes with a free-kick that left Sander Westerveld glued to the spot. John Toshack's side had most of the possession but they lacked touch in front of goal and Tenerife added a second two minutes from time, Bichi Fuertes scoring from the spot after he was pushed in the area by Luiz Alberto.

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