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Spain round-up: Crowd trouble overshadows big match

Published: Saturday 23 November 2002, 21.36CET
FC Barcelona's goalless draw with Real Madrid CF was marred by crowd trouble while a point kept Real Sociedad on top in Spain.

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Published: Saturday 23 November 2002, 21.36CET

Spain round-up: Crowd trouble overshadows big match

FC Barcelona's goalless draw with Real Madrid CF was marred by crowd trouble while a point kept Real Sociedad on top in Spain.
Real Sociedad maintained top spot in Spain with a goalless draw at Rayo Vallecano while FC Barcelona’s game against Real Madrid CF was marred by crowd violence.

Goalless draw
A point at the Teresa Rivero stadium was enough to keep Reynald Denouiex’s side at the top of the Primera División as they recorded their second successive goalless draw. They are two points clear at the top of the table, but a win for RCD Mallorca against Villarreal CF on Sunday would see them drop to second.

Play suspended
A second goalless draw in as many games for Madrid did them few favours. In a typically frenetic encounter against Barcelona, a series of unpleasant incidents forced referee Luis Medina Cantalejo to suspend play in the 74th minute while security forces dealt with trouble in the crowd at the Camp Nou.

Figo attacked
Portuguese midfield player Luis Figo, who caused uproar in Barcelona when he left the club to join their traditional rivals Madrid, was subjected to abuse from a number of home supporters and the referee withdrew the teams from the pitch after Figo was prevented from taking a corner kick by a hail of bottles thrown from the crowd. 

Salgado saves Madrid
As the game resumed, Barcelona looked the more likely side to break the deadlock but a number of fine saves from Iker Casillas in the Madrid goal managed to spare the reigning European champions a morale-sapping defeat, although they also had defender Michel Salgado to thank as he cleared a shot off the line in added time.

Deportivo thwarted
RC Deportivo La Coruña missed the chance to move back into the top three in the table as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Sevilla FC.

Wild deflection
Javier Irureta's side were unlucky to fall behind in the fourth minute when a free kick from 25 metres took a wild deflection off Sevilla forward Antonito and flew past Deportivo goalkeeper Juanmi García.

Makaay equaliser
The visitors equalised early in the second half, Sergio González crossing for Roy Makaay to stab the ball into the net, but despite enjoying most of the possession they could not find a winner.

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