Real Madrid routs Mallorca, creeps closer to Getafe
Real Madrid's Brazilian contingent helped
close the gap on the Spanish Primera Liga leaders with a relatively easy
4-0 win over Real Mallorca.
Superstar Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 33rd minute before fellow
national team member Roberto Carlos scored twice in the 45th and 66th
minutes. Julio Baptista wrapped up the rout with his score in the 77th.
The victory leaves the "Galacticos" in third spot, two points behind
surprise early-season pacesetters Getafe, which posted a 2-1 triumph
Pablo Redondo broke the 1-1 deadlock with a score in the 89th minute.
Ivan Riki levelled the contest for Getafe in the 43rd minute after David
Villa opened the scoring at the 30-minute mark.
Celta Vigo had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Cadiz to fall a point behind
Getafe. Andres Fleurquin opened the scoring for the hosts after 15
minutes, but Fernando Baiano levelled things 10 minutes later.
Defending champion Barcelona was on its way to a home loss against Real
Zaragoza but got goals from stars Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o in the
final 11 minutes of the contest to salvage a 2-2 draw. Gabriel and
Daniel Milito scored four minutes apart for the visitors.
Fourth-place Osasuna kept up its winning ways with an impressive 1-0 win
at previously-undefeated Deportivo La Coruna with Inaki Munoz getting
the only goal after 16 minutes.
Espanyol's Fredson opened the scoring at Sevilla which had the team
poised to take all three points until Daniel Jarque put the ball into
his own net in the last minute of the game to end things, 1-1.
Alaves lifted itself from the bottom of the table with a dramatic 2-1
triumph over Racing Santander for its first win of the season. Wesley
opened the scoring in the first half, but his strike was cancelled by
Juanjo 11 minutes from time.
In stoppage time, substitute Santiago Carpintero scored to take all
three points for Alaves.
Darko Kovacevic and Juanito grabbed a goal apiece for Real Sociedad and
Real Betis respectively to see out a 1-1 draw, while Fernando Torres and
Mateja Kezman were on target for Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 win over
Finally, Villarreal came from a goal down to beat 10-man Athletic Bilbao