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Real Madrid get back to winning ways

Real Madrid notched their first win in four games and moved back up to second place in La Liga after thrashing Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in the Spanish Primera Liga.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 12:39 IST
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Real Madrid notched their first win in four games and moved back up to second place in La Liga after thrashing Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in the Spanish Primera Liga.

"That was a spectacular game. I have been congratulating our players more than ever. We've been going through a difficult time and I think you've seen the quality of the players," beamed Real coach Lopez Caro.

Deportivo handed Real the lead when Hector Berenguel del Pino turned a David Beckham free kick into his own net from the edge of the six yard box after just nine minutes.

With their noses in front, Real then started to show some of their traditional style which has been noticably lacking in the last six weeks.

Ronaldo proved that he is recovering the touch that has made him World Player of the Year three times by getting Real's second goal on 36 minutes, and his second in four days, connecting at close range with a Roberto Carlos pass.

Spain international defender Sergio Ramos headed home Real's third, from a Beckham free kick, after 69 minutes.

Julio Baptista completed the scoring eight minutes from time with a rasping, curling free kick around the Deportivo wall from just beyond the edge of the area as Beckham for once relinquished the dead ball duties.

Real have 57 points from 30 games but bitter rivals Barcelona still have a huge 11-point lead with just eight games of the season left, despite being held to a 0-0 draw at bottom club Malaga on Saturday.

Osasuna slipped back a place to third after they went down 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, the only goal of the game coming from a Luis Prieto header after 59 minutes.

Fifth-placed Sevilla left it late but a Jordi Lopez header two minutes into injury time gave them a 1-0 win over 2004 champions Valencia.

The win moved Sevilla closer to a Champions League place with 51 points, just two behind Valencia who remain fourth.

The goal redeemed Jordi, who earlier put a 76th minute penalty against the crossbar after Javier Saviola had been hacked down by his fellow Argentine international Roberto Ayala, who was then shown a red card for the challenge.

Atletico Madrid's ambitions of a long-awaited return to European competition took a knock when they were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Cadiz.

Mateja Kezman put Atletico in front six minutes before the break, finishing off a quick-counter attack.

Cadiz have slipped to second from the bottom after going 11 games without a win but salvaged a point from a Lucas Lobos penalty after 68 minutes after Luciano Galletti had brought down the host's Jonathan Sesma.

Two well-taken early goals inside the area from Pablo Contreras and Fernando Baiano, making the most of some slack Mallorca defending, gave Celta an unassailable lead.

Real Sociedad's relegation worries increased when they went down 2-1 at Getafe. Mariano Pernia put Getafe ahead from the penalty spot on 19 minutes after Mikel Alonso had brought down Jaime Gavilan.

Sociedad equalised in injury time at the end of the first half thanks to a spectacular left footed free-kick by Chilean international Mark Gonzalez from 35 metres before Daniel Guiza put Getafe back in front nine minutes into the second half.

The San Sebastian side played the last 21 minutes with 10 men after John Viafara got his second yellow card.

Real Sociedad, who were league runners up just three seasons ago, are now third from bottom and face dropping out of the top flight for the first time in 39 years.