posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 11:25 AM
Zinedine Zidane headed an injury-time winner as Real Madrid reignited their faltering title challenge against struggling Racing Santander.
Real twice came from behind before Zidane's late strike but again cut a pale shadow of the side which dominated Spanish and European football in
recent seasons. Michael Owen and Raul were also on target for Mariano Garcia Remon's side after Yossi Benayoun and Francisco Javi Guerrero had put
Santander in front on two separate occasions.
The victory gives Madrid a slim hope of catching runaway leaders Barcelona, who were held to a 1-1 home draw by Valencia but who still lead La Liga by
10 points. The Catalan giants were stunned by Stefano Fiore's 62nd minute strike, but hit back courtesy of a Ronaldinho penalty 11 minutes from
Jose Antonio Culebras scored his second goal of the campaign to salvage a point for Levante against struggling Albacete. Galvez Gaspar gave the
visitors the lead just short of the half hour against the run of play, but their joy was short lived as the home side conjured an equaliser. Both
teams battled hard to produce the winning goal in the second period but neither side was capable of prising open the solid defences. Levante started
the game in brisk fashion as they sought to manufacture their first win in seven outings.