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Spain round-up: Lights go out on Madrid

Published: Saturday 14 September 2002, 21.38CET
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Published: Saturday 14 September 2002, 21.38CET

Spain round-up: Lights go out on Madrid

Floodlight failure curtailed Real Madrid CF's match at Real Betis Balompié on Saturday.

Tonight's big game between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompié in Seville had to be suspended after 44 minutes due to floodlight failure at the Benito Villamarín stadium.

Ref stops play
Referee Fernández Marín brought the teams off after play had twice been stopped by a break in the electricity supply to the ground. Stadium officials were unable to guarantee that there would be no further delays to a match which had kicked off 20 minutes late because of an initial floodlight failure and which Betis led 1-0 through a Capi goal.

Barcelona boost
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona put their midweek cup defeat by lowly Novelda CF behind them to prevail 2-0 in a tough-looking away fixture at Athletic Club Bilbao. Luis Enrique gave the Catalans a 21st-minute lead which Argentinian livewire Javier Saviola doubled 14 minutes later.

Carew at the double
Champions Valencia CF made it two wins out of two with a 3-0 defeat of newly promoted RC Recreativo de Huelva at the Mestalla stadium. Vicente Rodríguez struck first on 10 minutes before Norwegian international John Carew gave the scoreline a more emphatic look with two goals in the last three minutes.

Málaga win
Veteran striker Julio César Dely Valdés went from villain to hero as Málaga CF came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Making amends
The Panamanian made amends for an earlier penalty miss when his 54th-minute effort heralded his team's second-half fighback. Kizito Musampa then sealed the win three minutes later against a Rayo side who had been flattered by Elvir Bolic's first-half goal.

The real Makaay
RC Deportivo La Coruña secured their first three points of the season with a battling 2-1 success at Club Atlético Osasuna. Two goals in three second-half minutes from Dutch forward Roy Makaay gave Deportivo a boost ahead of the midweek UEFA Champions League trip to FC Bayern München after they had trailed to Manuel Vidrio's early strike.

Last updated: 16/09/02 13.06CET



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