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Raul on top at Real with di Stefano

Raul Gonzalez joined Alfredo di Stefano as Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer with a second-half goal in the Spanish champion's 2-0 victory at Numancia.

sports Updated: Feb 02, 2009 01:12 IST

Raul Gonzalez joined Alfredo di Stefano as Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer with a second-half goal in the Spanish champion's 2-0 victory at Numancia on Saturday. Raul was perfectly placed in front of goal in the 48th minute to slot home the rebound from Gonzalo Higuain's initial shot and take his goal tally to 307 in his 15th season. Di Stefano played for Madrid from 1953-64.

Arjen Robben's solo score in the 56th helped to extend Madrid's winning streak to six games and improve to within nine points of Spanish leader Barcelona, which travels to Racing Santander on Sunday in a match that Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said would play a "pivotal" part in the club's quest to end a three-year trophyless streak.

Barcelona has 53 points, Madrid 44 and Sevilla 38. "The important thing was that we secured the victory, but on a personal level I am very pleased," Raul said after the game. "I am proud to have drawn level with Di Stefano, now I hope I can overhaul him."

Cagliari stun Juventus

Milan: Juventus suffered their second Serie A defeat in a row on Saturday when their defence was torn apart in a 3-2 home defeat by Cagliari.

Alessandro Matri's strike 12 minutes from time sank second-placed Juve and gives leaders Inter Milan the chance to extend their advantage over their old rivals to nine points with a home win over Torino on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri's side, who lost 2-1 at Udinese on Wednesday, went behind on 16 minutes when Davide Biondini outjumped Marco Marchionni to head in at the far post.

Momo Sissoko then glanced in an equaliser before fellow midfielder Pavel Nedved chested down and fired home on 38 minutes to put Juve ahead.

Amauri call-up rejected

Milan: Juventus have rejected a request from Brazil to call up striker Amauri for next month's friendly with Italy, the Serie A club's president said on Saturday. Amauri, never previously considered by his native Brazil, was earlier given a late call-up following an injury to Luis Fabiano but Juve had the final say because the FIFA deadline for selecting overseas players for the match had passed. "The club has decided not to accept the request of the Brazilian federation," Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli said

Man U edge Toffees

Manchester: Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Everton and a five-point lead at the top of the EPL on Saturday while Man City tumbled 1-0 at Stoke. Ronaldo stroked his spot kick past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 44th minute as the team won for the seventh league game in a row without conceding. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has now gone an English record 1,120 min without letting in a goal.

Spanish League
Athletic Bilbao 3 Malaga 2 Numancia 0 Real Madrid 2
Serie A
Napoli 2 Udinese 2
Juventus 2 Cagliari 3
Premier League
Arsenal 0 West Ham 0
Aston Villa 0 Wigan 0
Bolton 3 Tottenham 2
Fulham 3 Portsmouth 1
Hull City 2 West Brom 2
Man United 1 Everton 0
M’brough 0 Blackburn 0
Stoke City 1 Man City 0