Real Madrid's Brazilian player Ronaldo, center, fights for
the ball against Carles Puyol, left and Michael Reiziger of FC Barcelona
during a Spanish league soccer match at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain,
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003. Real Madrid won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Bernat
Madrid beat Barcelona in classic
BARCELONA, Dec 6 (SW) - Real Madrid once again defeated FC Barcelona at the Camp
Nou stadium, this time with a 1-2 score, both goals coming from Brazilians. With
this result, Madrid are sure of staying in first place for at least another week.
Roberto Carlos opened the score for the visitors from Madrid in the 37th minute
to take the lead in the definite match of the year, according to most. A
distance shot was deflected by a Barcelona defender and left goalkeeper Valdez
without a chance.
The second goal of the match came from fellow Brazilian Ronaldo, giving the 'Madrileños'
a secure lead over their arch rivals.
However, Barça did come back into the match after a corner kick which was headed
in by Dutchman Patrick Kluivert, but the home side did not manage to score an
Yellow cards were given to Thiago Motta, Philip Cocu and Carles Puyol of
Barcelona and Roberto Carlos of Real Madrid.
Deportivo la Coruña had a 1-0 win over Malaga. The only goal of the match was
scored by Joan Capdevila in the 58th minute. With this result, Depor are in
second place, waiting for the result of the match between Valencia and Athletic
de Bilbao on Sunday.
Real Sociedad were crushed by Real Betis in San Sebastian. Jesus Capi scored the
first goal for Betis in the 5th minute, Joaquin made it 0-2 ten minutes later
and Juanito scored the third of the day in the 49th minute. Eventually it was
again Joaquin to score, in the 59th minute he made it 0-4.
Osasuna were too strong for Celta de Vigo. John Aloisi scored the 1-0 for
Osasuna after 28 minutes but Jose Ignacio equalized in the 37th minute. Aloisi
scored his second in the 49th minute and with that he once again gave the lead
to his team and Bakayoko secured the win in the 73rd minute. Catanha scored the
3-2 for Celta in the last minute but it was too little, too late.