Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wild weekend ends with Real Madrid in La liga lead
May 14th, 2007 6:45AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  spain

MOST COMMENTED

Real Madrid survived a first-half hat trick by Uruguayan Walter Pandiani to beat Espanyol, 4-3, and take over the lead in Spain's La Liga for the first time in 19 months when Barcelona was forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with Real Betis.

The Merengues looked to be in trouble when Pandiani scored three goals in 19 minutes and Espanyol went into halftime with a 3-1 lead. But Real Madrid recovered in a wild second half on goals by captain Raul, substitute Jose Antonio Reyes and Franco-Argentine newcomer Gonzalo Higuain.

Higuain's winner after a one-two with Reyes in the 89th minute touched off wild celebrations at Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium.

Barca needed to win at home on Sunday to maintain its lead and looked to be command when Ronaldinho gave it an early lead from the penalty spot. Samuel Eto'o and Andres Iniesta came close to adding to Barcelona's lead, but Barca struggled in the second half after Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho were substituted.

Real Betis got back into the game in the second half, testing keeper Victor Valdes on several occasions before equalizing two minutes from time when Brazilian striker Rafael Sobis to the near post after breaking through the shaky Barcelona defense.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
Turmoil in Toronto leads to shakeup    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to New England and ...
What They're Saying: Steven Gerrard    
"If he plays like that for us every week and continues to improve, he could be ...
Reign players reward Harvey with turnaround    
[NWSL: Final] Englishwoman Laura Harvey was an easy choice for NWSL Coach of the Year, taking ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives