Ronaldo double helps erase Real troubles
Ronaldo returned to the type of form that
won him three World Player of the Year awards by getting two goals in
Real Madrid's emphatic 3-0 victory at bottom club Alaves.
Real dominated the first half but had to wait until 59 minutes before
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a blistering left foot shot from 20
Three minutes later the Brazilian striker nearly had his second goal
when he put a pass, from his compatriot and fellow World Cup winner
Roberto Carlos, against the post.
Ronaldo's second goal came eight minutes from time when a long pass by
David Beckham from his own half found the Alaves defence in disarray and
Ronaldo in the right place to take advantage of the open spaces.
Jose Maria 'Guti' Gutierrez added Real's third three minutes into injury
The victory moves the Spanish giants into second place ahead of Sunday's
late game when Celta Vigo, who started the weekend as league leaders,
play host to Sevilla and can regain pole position.
The man who is likely to have an even bigger grin on his face than
Ronaldo is the Real coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.
After three consecutive losses before Real's 3-1 win over Athletic
Bilbao on Thursday, speculation had started about the security of
Luxemburgo had insisted on several occasions over the last week that
everything would turn out fine and Real's last two performances will now
have quietened his critics.
By contrast, newly-promoted Alaves are now the only Spanish first
division side without a win and are already two points adrift at the
foot of the table.
Malaga were in holiday mood at Real Mallorca, romping to a 4-1 win over
the Balearic island side.
Salva Ballesta opened the scoring for Malaga after 28 minutes followed
just two minutes later by Portuguese midfielder Duda finding the net
from a free kick.
Mallorca coach Hector Cuper will have defending in dead ball situation
on his schedule this week as Duda scored again from a free kick after 56
Two minutes later it was the turn of another Portuguese player, Edgar,
to embarrass Mallorca, wandering through their defence at will before
chipping the ball over the head of Mallorca keeper Toni Prats from just
inside the area.
Greek international Lambros Choutos got a late consolation goal for
Osasuna proved again that they are a hard side to beat at home with a
2-0 win over Cadiz.
David Lopez scored with his left foot, following a goal mouth scramble,
after 26 minutes with Moroccan international Moha El Yaagoubi getting
Osasuna's second four minutes from the whistle.
Unbeaten Getafe continued their remarkable season by winning 1-0 at
near-neighbours Atletico Madrid to go back to the top of the Spanish
first division on Saturday.
The only goal of the game came after 71 minutes when Mariano Pernia
fired home a free kick from just outside the area, his hard and low shot
flying through Atletico's wall.
Reigning champions Barcelona got their first domestic away victory with
a 4-1 win at Real Betis on Saturday.
Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel, starting his first game since moving
from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, headed the visitors' opener after 19
Juanito Gutierrez headed an equaliser for Betis eight minutes from the
break but Barca, without the rested Ronaldinho and Deco, moved up a gear
in the second half.
Samuel Eto'o atoned for missing a penalty after just nine minutes with
two goals and Santi Ezquerro completed the bad night for Betis with his
first goal for Barca two minutes from the whistle.
Spanish football league table before Sunday's two late games (played,
won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):