Real Madrid handed Barcelona its first defeat of La Liga season with a 2-0 victory Sunday in the Spanish clasico.
Real captain Raul scored on a header off a ball served into the box by Sergio Ramos after only three
minutes. Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy hit the second goal in the
51st minute, poking in Robinho's cross.
"This team is now playing like a team, it has both spirit and quality,"
Real coach Fabio Capello said.
"These are three important points in that they bring us closer to Barca
and provide an important psychological boost."
Barcelona is now tied for first with Valencia, a 1-0 winner over
Osasuna on David Villa's fifth
goal of the season. Sevilla, a 2-1 winner over promoted Gimnastic
Tarragona on a pair of goals from from Mali international Frederic Kanoute, is third a point
behind. Real Madrid is tied for fourth place with Deportivo Coruna two
points behind Barca and Valencia.
ENGLAND. Manchester United
and Chelsea both won to set the pace in the Premier League. Offseason
signings Andriy Shevchenko and
Michael Ballack both scored
their first EPL goals in a 2-1 home win over Portsmouth, while Paul Scholes marked his 500th game
for Manchester United with a goal in a 2-0 home victory over Liverpool.
Two penalty saves in the last four minutes by Jussi Jaaskelainen were the
difference in third-place Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers.
Arsenal beat Reading, 4-0, away to move into fourth with 17 points.
FRANCE. Once again, it's
Lyon in a runaway. Five-time champion OL crushed second-place
Marseille, 4-1, away to open an eight-point gap after 10 matches.
Brazilian Juninho scored two
goals, and French U-21 international Karim
Benzema and Swede Kim
Kallstrom had one apiece.
GERMANY. Werder Bremen
took the Bundesliga lead with Schalke 04 thanks to a 3-1 win over
defending champion Bayern Munich. Brazilian Diego
and Pierre Wome gave Werder a
2-0 lead before Roy Makaay
scored for Bayern. A Lucio own
goal extended Werder's lead in the second half. Schalke 04 beat
Hannover 96, 2-1.
ITALY. Palermo pulled the
upset of the Serie A season with a 2-0 win at AC Milan thanks to goals
from Marco Bresciano and Amauri. The Sicilian club moved into
a share of first place with Inter Milan, which was held to a 0-0 draw
at Udinese. In Serie B, Juventus moved off the bottom and into the
positive column with its sixth successive win, a 1-0 victory at
Triestina. It had two points after it began the season with minus-17.
NETHERLANDS. Ajax thrashed
Feyenoord, 4-0, away in the Eredividie showdown before Amsterdam and
Rotterdam giants. Two goals each for Klaas-Jan
Huntelaar and Kenneth Perez
gave first-place Ajax the victory. Feyenoord, which had Pierre van Hooijdonk and Sebastian Pardo sent off, is ninth,
10 points behind after only eight games.