MADRID, Spain (Ticker) -
Real Madrid managed to hold on to a 1-1 tie against Real
Zaragoza on an emotional Saturday night in Madrid for
the Spanish Primera Liga sides.
Both sides carried a
large black ribbon onto the field and observed a
minute-long moment of silence out of respect to the
victims of Thursday's train bombings in the Spanish
Real Madrid struck first
when Javier Portillo gave the league leaders the
advantage with a header in the 27th minute. Zaragoza
replied just five minutes later when Delio Toledo put in
a header of his own.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
saved Madrid from the loss when he made a save on
Lucciano Galleti's wide-open effort.
The two sides meet again
Wednesday in the Copa Del Rey final.
For the second week in a
row, Valencia took advantage of a Real Madrid draw to
close the gap between the two sides as Valencia dropped
Celta Vigo, 2-0.
Valencia has cut Real's
lead to just four points. Two weeks ago, Real held an
eight-point advantage over its closest rival.
provided all the offense for Valencia with goals in the
39th and 90th minutes.
Celta Vigo has fallen on
hard times. After finishing fourth last season and
qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, Celta sits in
the relegation zone this season.
It trails Mallorca by
five points for the final safe standing with 10 games to
Mallorca stetched its
lead in the safety zone by doubling Deportivo La Coruna,
4-2, on Sunday. Fernando Correa, Ivan Ramis and Samuel
Eto'o scored for Mallorca.
Barcelona won its eighth
straight Liga Primera match with a 2-0 triumph at Murcia.
Javier Saviola and Ronaldinho helped Barca move into
third place with 52 points and keep Barcelona's slim
title hopes alive. It trails Real Madrid by nine points.
Other weenkend results
included Real Sociedad's 2-1 triumph over Atletico
Madrid; Valladolid over FC Sevilla, 2-0; Villareal over
Albacete, 2-1; Malaga defeating Athletic Bilbao, 2-1;
Betis Sevilla tying Osasuna, 1-1; and Racing Santander's
1-0 win at Espanyol.