posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 03:26 PM
Real Madrid came out on top in their derby clash with Atletico.
Ronaldo got an early goal for Wanderley Luxemburgo's side but they had to wait until the final ten minutes before they secured victory. Santiago
Solari added a second with nine minutes left before Ronaldo was again on hand to seal a 3-0 victory to Real.
Elsewhere Savio fired home the winner for Real Zaragoza as they picked up their second consecutive Primera Liga victory with a hard-earned success
over Real Betis. The Brazilian notched the all-important goal two minutes before the interval with a cross-shot that caught out Betis goalkeeper
Antonio Doblas. However Betis will count themselves unlucky not to have taken something from the contest, as they twice hit the woodwork, with Edu
denied by the post in stoppage time.
Espanyol were quickly back on song following the Christmas break with a 4-1 thrashing of Osasuna at the Olympic Stadium. The visitors actually took
the lead thanks to Pierre Webo (16) but Espanyol struck three times in ten minutes to blow Osasuna away. Rodriguez Maxi equalised on the half hour and
just four minutes later Camara Fredson netted to put the hosts ahead. Ivan De la Pena stretched Espanyol's lead further just before the break. Fredson
wrapped things up in the final ten minutes with his second goal of the game.
Relegation-threatened Mallorca earned a point in a 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna with all the goals coming in a 13-minute spell. Alberto Luque
(50) opened the scoring but Mallorca got back on level terms six minutes later thanks to Fernandez Luis Garcia. Luque restored Depor's lead on 61
minutes but Yo#o Okubo struck two minutes later to leave things all square.
Antonio Pacheco's brace helped Albacete ease away from the danger zone with an impressive 2-0 win at Real Sociedad.
Racing Santandar move four points clear of the bottom three when they beat relegation rivals Malaga 2-1.
Three goals and three red cards was the story of this tempestuous encounter between Primera Liga strugglers Racing Santander and Malaga. Despite a
late consolation from Gonzalez Cesar Navas, first half strikes from Francisco Javi Guerrero and Mario Regueiro were enough to see Santander home. In
the dying moments, Mehdi Nafti and Lozano Miguel Angel were shown red cards for fighting while Ruano Alexis' second yellow also saw him walk. Six
players were also cautioned as the pressure of a relegation clash came to the surface at El Sardinero.
Albacete picked up their fourth win of the season with a display full of purpose against a travel-weary Real Sociedad on Sunday afternoon. The home
side made the long trip to the Spanish capital on Wednesday to play out the remainder of their fixture against Real Madrid after the original fixture
had been abandoned due to a bomb scare. And the inconvenience of making the visit, not to mention going down 2-1 to a late Zinedine Zidane penalty,
seemed to take its toll on Jose Maria Amorrortu's men as Albacete cruised to victory thanks to two goals from Antonio Pacheco. The striker opened the
scoring after six minutes and doubled the visitors' advantage three minutes into the second half.
In the day's other match Real Zaragoza only needed Bortolini Savio's strike to beat Real Betis.