Real stays on top as Barça flounders against Getafe
12 November 2007, MADRID - Real Madrid on Sunday managed to stay unchallenged at the top of the Liga charts with a hard-fought home victory over Mallorca.
12 November 2007
MADRID - Real Madrid on Sunday managed to stay unchallenged at the top of the Liga charts with a hard-fought home victory over Mallorca.
Although an early goal by Robinho seemed to put things on track for Real, Bernd Schuster's men struggled to stay on top of the game and won 4-3 after trailing Mallorca 3-2 in what were some nerve-wracking minutes for the home crowd.
Barcelona missed the chance Saturday to close up on Real at the top by losing 2-0 against Getafe. Uninspired on the field, Frank Rijkaard's players let in the first goal 28 minutes into the game and then continued to look sluggish in attack.
Bernd Schuster's former team has become Barça's bête noir - in last year's King's Cup semifinals Getafe dealt Rijkaard's men a humiliating defeat when overturning a 5-2 first leg lead for Barça with a 4-0 home win.
Valencia recovered from its 2-0 Champions League loss to Rosenborg Trondheim, scoring an easy home win Saturday. New coach Ronald Koeman saw his men bring his side level with Barça on 24 points with a 3-0 victory against promoted Murcia.
Other results: Espanyol 2-1 Athletic, Betis 2-1 Zaragoza, Valladolid 1-0 Levante, Almería 0-0 Atlético, Recreativo 1-0 Osasuna, Deportivo 0-1 Racing
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Subject: Spanish news