posted on Mar, 5 2005 @ 04:48 PM
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo fired a warning to Champion League rivals Juventus that he is still a force to be reckoned with but could not prevent his
side dropping eight points behind Primera Liga leaders Barcelona with a 1-1 draw at Valencia.
Ronaldo showed why he is such an important player as he latched onto a Guti pass after 27 minutes and skipped around Valencia keeper Santiago
Canizares before side-footing home Madrid's equaliser.
Pablo Aimar had earlier given Valencia the lead. Ronaldo had a quiet second half but nearly won the game for Madrid in injury time, forcing a
brilliant one-on-one save from Canizares. He also set up team-mate Albert Celades, who should have done better than blaze over the bar from eight
Earlier Samuel Eto'o struck the only goal of the game as pacesetters Barcelona won at Osasuna. It may not have been the most convincing of victories
for Barca at struggling Osasuna but after being held to draws by rock-bottom Numancia and 10-man Espanyol in the last week, the Catalan giants will
simply be happy to return to winning ways. Eto'o's match-winner came five minutes before the break when the Cameroon international rifled home a
right-footed shot from the middle of the penalty area after picking up a pass from Deco.