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Spain round-up: Leaders Real hold Madrid

Published: Sunday 17 November 2002, 22.25CET
Real Sociedad proved their worth as Primera División leaders with a goalless draw at Real Madrid CF.

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Published: Sunday 17 November 2002, 22.25CET

Spain round-up: Leaders Real hold Madrid

Real Sociedad proved their worth as Primera División leaders with a goalless draw at Real Madrid CF.

Real Sociedad proved their worth as leaders of Spain's Primera División with a 0-0 draw at Real Madrid CF on Sunday.

Real domination
The visitors dominated the UEFA Champions League holders for long periods, but found themselves denied on several occasions by Iker Casillas in the Madrid goal. But Real will be happy to have held on to first place, their hosts remaining five points behind in fifth.

Pandiani penalty
RCD Mallorca took over in second place and reduced the gap to one point with their seventh consecutive league win, extending a club record. Their hosts Real Racing Club Santander went ahead through a 34th-minute Ismael penalty, but Ariel Ibagaza equalised before the break and then the on-form Walter Pandiani converted a spot kick of his own ten minutes into the second-half to secure the win.

Osasuna stun Valencia
Valencia CF dropped to third after being beaten 1-0 by struggling Club Atlético Osasuna. Striker Iván Rosado scored the only goal for the home side on seven minutes to give them hope of escaping the bottom three, having secured their second league win of the season - and inflicted the champions' second defeat.

Joaquín winner
Real Betis Balompié beat fellow high-fliers RC Celta de Vigo 2-1 thanks to a Joaquín goal two minutes from the end. José Ignacio had given visitors Celta the lead in the 63rd minute, but Alfonso equalised six minutes later, and Joaquín was on hand to secure the points and sent his side up to fourth place, with Celta down to sixth.

Bottom side beaten
Málaga CF remain in contention, but were held 0-0 at Real Valladolid, while Athletic Club Bilbao continued their rise up the table with a 2-1 win against Rayo Vallecano. Deportivo Alavés beat bottom side RC Recreativo de Huelva 2-1, as RCD Espanyol are just one place ahead of the basement club after losing 2-1 at home to Club Atlético de Madrid, having led with just 15 minutes left.

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