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Numancia edged in Madrid goal spree

Published: Sunday 14 September 2008, 21.15CET
Real Madrid CF earned their first victory of the Liga campaign with a pulsating 4-3 win against promoted CD Numancia while RCD Espanyol have the sole perfect record after defeating RC Recreativo de Huelva.
Numancia edged in Madrid goal spree
Rafael van der Vaart scored on his Real Madrid CF league debut ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 14 September 2008, 21.15CET

Numancia edged in Madrid goal spree

Real Madrid CF earned their first victory of the Liga campaign with a pulsating 4-3 win against promoted CD Numancia while RCD Espanyol have the sole perfect record after defeating RC Recreativo de Huelva.

Goals were in short supply in much of Sunday's Spanish Liga action but not in the capital where Real Madrid CF earned their first win of the campaign with a thrilling 4-3 victory against promoted CD Numancia.

Early flurry
Madrid, who had suffered a 2-1 defeat by RC Deportivo La Coruña in their opening match, were stunned inside four minutes when Juan Moreno was left unmarked at the far post to head in a corner. Three goals then followed in a frenetic six-minute spell with Guti starting the flurry on 19 minutes with a deflected equaliser. Numancia, who had memorably overcome FC Barcelona in their first league game, were back in front when José Barkero fired a sublime effort past Iker Casillas from 25 metres but Gonzalo Higuaín finished confidently to make it 2-2.

Madrid hold on
Rafael van der Vaart's goal, a drilled shot inside the near post, gave the hosts the lead before Domingo headed a corner past his own goalkeeper on 39 minutes to end the scoring for the half. Numencia regrouped at the interval and hauled themselves back in the contest via Moreno's free-kick but could not find an equaliser.

Espanyol soar
RCD Espanyol are the only team to have won both their matches thanks to Luis García's late goal in a 1-0 win at RC Recreativo de Huelva. Either of UD Almería or Valencia CF could have joined them but they played out a 2-2 draw. Almería led through Pablo Piatti on 21 minutes but Alexis equalised and although Álvaro Negredo headed the home side back ahead before the break, David Villa levelled midway through the second half.

Villarreal boost
Santi Cazorla's 27th-minute goal handed Villarreal three points against Deportivo ahead of their UEFA Champions League group stage opener away to Manchester United FC but elsewehere draws were the order of the day. CA Osasuna held RCD Mallorca 1-1 while Getafe CF versus Real Betis Balompié and Málaga CF against Athletic Club Bilbao ended goalless, leaving promoted Sporting Gijón, beaten 4-3 on Saturday by Sevilla FC, the only team without a point.

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