This day in history of Ronaldo
MADRID, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Real Madrid snatched their first league victory in 20 years at the Nou Camp after a goal in each half from Brazilians Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo gave them a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Barcelona on Saturday.
Roberto Carlos broke the deadlock towards the end of an evenly matched first half when he cracked in with a ferocious drive and former Barcelona idol Ronaldo added a second with a powerful drilled shot on 74 minutes.
But Real had to endure a nervous finish after Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert pulled one back for Barca when he fired in a brilliant header from a corner seven minutes from time.
"The first half was ours, the second was more for Barcelona," said Real coach Carlos Queiroz. "But I think that in the end we deserved the victory and we were very happy to end our run of 20 years without a win here."
The win allowed Real to open a three-point gap at the top of the table over Deportivo Coruna, who edged a 1-0 win over Malaga at the Riazor earlier on Saturday.
Valencia, who host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, are two points further back in third, while surprise package Osasuna, who claimed an impressive 3-2 win at home to Celta Vigo, are four down on the Galicians.
Barca, who drop to eighth place after their defeat, now trail Real by 13 points in the table.
Real set out with the clear intention of ending their 20-year drought at the Nou Camp as they pushed forward and pinned Barca back in their own area.
Former Barca winger Luis Figo, who was greeted with high-pitch whistles every time he received the ball, threatened on the right, while another former Barcelona idol Ronaldo looked dangerous in the middle.
Although Barca, who had crashed to a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Malaga in midweek, had to endure a period of intense pressure midway through the first half, they responded well and looked sharp on the break.
The Catalans came within a whisker of snatching the lead from a Xavi free kick on 36 minutes, but Real keeper Iker Casillas got his fingertips to the midfielder's dipping shot.
Less than a minute later, though, it was Real who grabbed the lead when Zinedine Zidane cut back a pass to Roberto Carlos whose ferocious 20-metre drive deflected off Reiziger and flew past keeper Victor Valdes into the back of the net.
David Beckham set Raul up with a gilt-edged chance to extend his side's lead early in the second half, but the Real skipper somehow contrived to send his shot over the bar.
Barca coach Frank Rijkaard changed his tactics in the second half, throwing on wingers Ricardo Quaresma and Marc Overmars in place of Gabri and Garcia.
Overmars, Kluivert and midfielder Gerard were all denied what looked like certain goals by top-class saves from Casillas, but Real weathered the storm and hit back with Ronaldo's goal.
Kluivert got his reward for some excellent work up front when met a Quaresma corner with a brilliant header seven minutes from time.
By Simon Baskett