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Madrid make most of ten men

Published: Sunday 4 December 2005, 1.15CET
Group F: The section's trio of sides in action at the weekend all won their games, although Real Madrid CF had to do so with ten men.

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Published: Sunday 4 December 2005, 1.15CET

Madrid make most of ten men

Group F: The section's trio of sides in action at the weekend all won their games, although Real Madrid CF had to do so with ten men.
Real Madrid CF regained the winning touch in Spain's Primera División on Saturday, with a nervy victory against Getafe CF ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group F encounter at Olympiacos CFP. The Greek side also savoured success on the domestic front while Olympique Lyonnais continued their charge in France against Paris Saint-Germain FC. Meanwhile, Rosenborg BK continued their off-season break ahead of the trip to face the French champions.

Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain FC

Lyon extended their unbeaten league run to 22 games after claiming a 2-0 win against PSG - the last team to defeat Lyon in Ligue 1 back in April. Brazilian striker Fred scored his fifth goal of the season to put Lyon in front with a volley past Lionel Letizi. PSG proved a more dangerous attacking force after the break with Jérôme Rothen being denied on the goalline by Cris, while at the other end Juninho Pernambucano hit the post following a fine solo run.

It was left to substitute John Carew to guarantee the home side's 13th win in 17 league games this term, scoring in the third minute of added time. Goalkeeper Grégory Coupet said: "We held control of the game for large sections today. We were playing at our [UEFA] Champions League level and now we will hope to keep it that way not only for Rosenborg, but the following two games [against AS Saint-Etienne and LOSC Lille Métropole]."

Lyon will be without at least two players for Tuesday's final group match. Eric Abidal is out until February with a fractured metatarsal, while fellow left-back Jérémy Berthod is also sidelined until the new year with a thigh injury.

Rosenborg BK

With third-place already secured in UEFA Champions League Group F, Rosenborg headed to France on Friday to begin preparations for Matchday 6, where they face Lyon. Having completed their Norwegian Tippeligaen season on 29 October with an eleventh-place finish, Rosenborg have not played a competitive match since their 1-1 draw against Olympiacos on Matchday 5, which guaranteed them a place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup. Even a friendly against local side Ranheim fell through during the week.

The whole squad was in attendance on Saturday afternoon to see Tuesday's opponents Lyon in action against PSG. Roar Strand could make a return to action against the Ligue 1 champions following a thigh strain, through coach Per-Mathias Høgmo will be without Per Ciljan Skjelbred (broken leg), Jan Gunnar Solli (groin), Ørjan Berg (ankle), Miika Koppinen (knee) and Robbie Russell (knee).

"We aim to give a good account of ourselves against Lyon in order to build up our confidence ahead of the start of our UEFA Cup campaign, which begins in February," said Høgmo. "We are also playing for co-efficient points for future seedings, as well as €300,000 should we win the match."

Egaleo FC 1-3 Olympiacos CFP

Olympiacos maintained their title charge at the top of the Alpha Ethniki standings on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Egaleo to move their total on to 30 points. The Greek champions led after 14 minutes thanks to an angled strike from Yaya Touré. The 22-year-old Ivorian midfielder doubled his side's advantage six minutes after the restart from a free-kick, before Egaleo reduced the deficit five minutes later through Marko Maric's lobbed effort. However, Predrag Djordjević ensured victory for the visitors six minutes from time from the penalty spot, after being fouled by Konstantinos Papoutsis.

"I was expecting a tough match," said coach Trond Sollied. "Our early goal calmed the nerves, but Egaleo improved a great deal in the second half and could have brought the scores level, because we sat back after going 2-0 ahead." Goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis added: "Today's win has boosted our self-confidence and it was important to increase the gap between ourselves and Panathinaikos [who lost against Atromitos FC]."

Forward Michalis Konstantinou, midfielder Ioannis Taralidis, goalkeeper Kleopas Giannou and Stylianos Venetidis all remain sidelined as they continue their recovery programmes in a bid to be fit for January.

Real Madrid CF 1-0 Getafe CF

Madrid got back to winning ways in Spain on Saturday with a Ronaldo strike on 17 minutes giving them their first league victory in three games. The goal for the Brazilian striker was particularly sweet as it marked his return from injury in a game that Madrid finished with ten men after having David Beckham dismissed for an untidy challenge on Getafe striker Riki.

Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who was to lose his job on Sunday evening, was without the services of injured Jonathan Woodgate (thigh) and club captain Raúl González (knee), while defender Sergio Ramos was serving a one-match suspension.

Luxemburgo admitted: "I have no doubts that the Bernabéu isn't happy. I'm not happy, I'm happy with the result, but not with the way we played. After Beckham's dismissal in the second half, we backed away. With so many injured players we've been looking for players to get more rhythm. Zinedine Zidane, for example, was playing better today. It's time to win and to calm down again. The draw against Real Sociedad [de Fútbol] and this victory have helped us recover."

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