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Spain round-up: Nihat maintains Real reign

Published: Monday 4 November 2002
Real Sociedad ended the weekend three points clear at the top as both they and Valencia CF recorded 1-0 wins. features

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Published: Monday 4 November 2002

Spain round-up: Nihat maintains Real reign

Real Sociedad ended the weekend three points clear at the top as both they and Valencia CF recorded 1-0 wins.

Real Sociedad ended the weekend three points clear at the top of Spain's Primera División as both they and Valencia CF recorded 1-0 wins.

Nihat alert
Villarreal CF were beaten 1-0 at home by Real in an even game, decided by Nihat Kahveci's 37th-minute goal as he shot in a loose ball after a free-kick was not cleared. Nihat went close twice early in the second half, but Real goalkeeper Sander Westerveld was forced to make a crucial save from Martín Palermo late on.

'A very satisfying win'
"That was one of the best away games we have played," said Real's delighted French coach Raynald Denoueix. "We wanted to keep up the same pressure that we showed in the first half but Villarreal were working hard as well. It is a very satisfying win. We are on exactly the right lines."

Free-kick decisive
Valencia stayed in touch in second place with a 1-0 win at improving RCD Espanyol. Fábio Aurélio's curling free-kick on 74 minutes settled a close game, leaving Espanyol third from bottom.

Bilbao celebrate
RC Celta de Vigo, in fourth, could not keep pace with the leading pair as they lost at Athletic Club Bilbao. Celta went ahead through Edu on 33 minutes, but Joseba Etxeberría equalised with nine minutes left and substitute Ismael Urzaiz gave Bilbao their first home win in eight months during added time, both goals following Javi González corners.

Betis in top five
Real Betis Balompié overtook Real Madrid CF to go fifth with a 3-0 win at home to Málaga CF, slipping down the table after their unbeaten start. Betis without a win for three games secured victory with goals from Arzu and a Fernando double, the second a penalty.

Navarro leveller
FC Barcelona needed a late Fernando Navarro goal to gain a 1-1 draw at Real Racing Club Santander. The home side took the lead in the opening seconds through Javi Guerrero but Navarro was on hand eight minutes from the end to salvage a point for Louis van Gaal's side, who remain unable to reproduce their UEFA Champions League form consistently in domestic football.

First win
RC Recreativo de Huelva secured their first win in Spain's top flight with a 1-0 victory at Club Atlético Osasuna to condemn their hosts to bottom place, David Cubillo's penalty six minutes from time proving decisive. Deportivo Alavés also secured a useful 1-0 victory, Ruben Navarro's last-minute goal beating fellow strugglers Sevilla FC.

Last updated: 04/11/02 13.19CET


Spanish Liga 2002/03

Last updated: 02/02/2012 04:21 CET



Manu 1

Geijo 79, Rico Moreno 90

Venue: Sevilla



Rondón 5, Apoño 73 (penalty)

Álvaro Vázquez 45

Venue: Malaga



Adrián López 19, 75, Álvaro Domínguez 31

Hélder Postiga 79

Venue: Madrid



Stuani 62 (penalty)

Venue: Santander



Cejudo 40, Nino 44

Venue: Pamplona


Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-1AthleticAthletic

Bilić 71

Susaeta 62

Venue: Gijon


Real SociedadReal Sociedad0-1Real MadridReal Madrid

Higuaín 9

Venue: San Sebastian



Messi 13 (penalty), 21, 30, Isaac Cuenca 50, Daniel Alves 90+2

Venue: Barcelona



Bruno Soriano 20, Borja Valero 67

Venue: Castellon



Feghouli 12, 25, Aduriz 76

Diego Castro 23

Venue: Valencia