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Spain round-up: Valencia stroll to summit

Published: Monday 29 September 2003, 0.59CET
Valencia CF beat Real Madrid CF to move top after RC Deportivo La Coruña lost 3-2 and slipped to second. features

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Published: Monday 29 September 2003, 0.59CET

Spain round-up: Valencia stroll to summit

Valencia CF beat Real Madrid CF to move top after RC Deportivo La Coruña lost 3-2 and slipped to second.

Valencia CF went to the top of the Spanish Primera División at the weekend following their comfortable 2-0 defeat of an out-of-sorts Real Madrid CF.

Valencia style
RC Deportivo La Coruña's surprise 3-2 loss against Club Atlético Osasuna handed Rafael Benitez’s team the chance to go to the summit and they took it in style, consigning Madrid – who face UEFA Cup winners FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League in midweek - to their first league defeat of the season.

Easy win
Mista put Valencia in front at the Mestalla stadium after just four minutes when he converted a cross and Brazilian forward Ricardo Oliveira pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 72nd minute to make sure of a surprisingly comfortable win.

Wasted chance
Deportivo, who are up against PSV Eindhoven in Europe on Tuesday, wasted their chance of a fifth successive victory at Osasuna by conceding three goals in a four-minute spell in the first half.

Molina mistake
Francisco Puñal struck from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Héctor Berenguel had brought down Moroccan midfield player Moha and a mistake from goalkeeper José Molina allowed Iván Rosado to collect the second two minutes later.
Scant consolation
The Basque team went 3-0 up when Valdo’s shot cannoned off the crossbar and Héctor headed the ball into his own net. Albert Luque and Walter Pandiani reduced the deficit but their efforts proved scant consolation for the visitors, who dropped to second in the standings. 

Tiko joy
Athletic Club Bilbao prevailed to snatch a late win against Basque rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol, who meet Galatasaray SK next in the Champions League. The match was goalless after a keenly-contested first-half and remained so until four minutes from time when Tiko finally broke the deficit.

Fighting spirit
RC Celta de Vigo, meanwhile, showed their fighting spirit to overcome a 2-0 deficit on their way to a 3-2 defeat of Real Valladolid CF. The home team made an unconvincing start, going behind to Ariza Makukula’s seventh-minute strike.

Memorable victory
The same player doubled the lead just after the interval but the strike spurred the Galician team into life and Jesuli, Savo Milosevic and Aleksandr Mostovoi scored three goals within half an hour to complete a memorable victory ahead of their game against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Barça point
Both Phillip Cocu and Thiago Motta were sent off as FC Barcelona – who picked up four more bookings - managed to collect a point in a scoreless draw against Atlético de Madrid at the Vicente Calderón stadium. The home team also had four players cautioned in a fiery encounter.

Mallorca woe
Albacete Balompié ensured RCD Mallorca’s woeful start to the season continued as they defeated the island side 2-0 at home while Málaga CF finally collected their first win of the season thanks to a 2-1 defeat of RCD Espanyol. Antoñito's solitary goal, meanwhile, was enough for Sevilla FC to defeat Real Murcia CF.

Away triumphs
Villarreal CF also won on their travels courtesy of a 2-0 defeat of Real Racing Club Santander. Brazilian striker Sonny Anderson and Argentinian midfield player Juan Román Riquelme were the players on target. Real Betis Balompié were another team to win on the road, beating Real Zaragoza 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Brazilian midfield player Marcos Assunção.

Last updated: 29/09/03 10.12CET


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