posted on May, 8 2005 @ 09:39 AM
Michael Owen's early strike propelled Real Madrid to a 5-0 home victory over Racing Santander at the Bernabeu this evening.
Two goals each from Raul and Ronaldo made it a rout over the side sixth from bottom in the Primera Liga. Once England frontman Owen had given Madrid
the lead in the 29th minute, after poking home a Ronaldo cross from close range, Madrid's win was never in doubt. It allowed them to close the gap to
three points on league leaders Barcelona, who face a difficult away game at last season's champions Valencia on Sunday.
Ronaldo fired Madrid's second from a penalty just after the half-hour mark, giving him the 100th Spanish league goal of his career, and Raul made it
3-0 after 63 minutes. Club and country colleagues David Beckham and Owen combined to set up Raul for his second strike, a placed shot from 20 yards,
and Ronaldo rounded off the win by breaching the Racing offside trap, rounding goalkeeper David Dudu Aouate and slotting into an empty net.
Third-bottom Real Mallorca could only draw 1-1 at Osasuna, whose late leveller came from former Aston Villa man Savo Milosevic.
The result pushes Mallorca closer to the Segunda Division, while Athletic Bilbao overcame Real Zaragoza 2-0 to further their chances of qualifying for
next season's UEFA Cup. Ismael Urzaiz gave the Basque side the lead nine minutes into the second half and Jesus Lacruz made sure of the points with a
second six minutes from full-time. Athletic climbed to eighth, just two points behind fifth-placed Valencia.
In Saturday's other match Real Betis earned a 1-0 victory over third-placed Sevilla thanks to a goal from Ricardo Oliveira.