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Barça bask in nine-point lead

Published: Sunday 7 November 2004, 0.45CET
FC Barcelona equalled their best-ever start to a Spanish season by defeating RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-1.

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Published: Sunday 7 November 2004, 0.45CET

Barça bask in nine-point lead

FC Barcelona equalled their best-ever start to a Spanish season by defeating RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-1.

By Andy Hall

FC Barcelona equalled their best-ever start to a season by defeating RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-1 at Camp Nou, opening up a nine-point lead in the Primera División. Spain's top scorer Samuel Eto'o got the winning goal to take his total to nine.

Fran fires in
However, it was the visitors who went ahead after seven minutes thanks to blistering strike from captain Fran González. The left-winger received a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired past Víctor Valdés. The home side responded almost immediately as Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti - who was later carried off with a serious-looking knee injury - cut back from the by-line and Xavi Hernández picked his spot from ten metres to make it 1-1.

Eto'o winner
Depor's Manuel Pablo succeeded in containing Ronaldinho for much of the game but he was powerless shortly after the half-hour. Rafael Márquez's miscued clearance landed at the feet of Barcelona forward Ludovic Giuly on the right wing and his pinpoint centre was tapped into an empty net by Eto'o for the winner.

Tight affair
In Saturday's other league match, Real Betis Balompié drew 0-0 at Albacete Balompié. In a game of few chances, Betis goalkeeper Antonio Doblas thwarted Antonio Pacheco in the closing minutes, tipping his cross-shot over the bar.

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Results

Spanish Liga 2004/05

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 31/01/2012 10:14 CET

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Falcao 30 (penalty), Álvaro Domínguez 80

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AthleticAthletic2-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Herrera 20, Llorente 80

Fàbregas 24, Messi 90+1

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RayoRayo4-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Pit 12 (penalty), Pérez Cuesta 49, 62, Trashorras 72

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EspanyolEspanyol0-0VillarrealVillarreal

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ZaragozaZaragoza2-2Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Botía 28 (o.g.), Hélder Postiga 90+3

Barral 30, 44

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GranadaGranada0-0RacingRacing

Venue: Granada

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Real MadridReal Madrid7-1OsasunaOsasuna

Cristiano Ronaldo 23, 54 (penalty), 58, Pepe 34, Higuaín 40, Benzema 63, 81

Ibrahima 30

Venue: Madrid

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LevanteLevante0-2ValenciaValencia

Javi Venta 31 (o.g.), Costa 50

Venue: Valencia

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BetisBetis0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Sevilla

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MallorcaMallorca0-0SevillaSevilla

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

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