Saturday, October 29, 2005

Victory gives Real Madrid the Top Position

A 2-0 win Saturday at lowly Betis ends Real Madrid's mini-crisis and puts them back on top of 'La Liga'.

The comfortable win leaves erratic Real with 18 points from 10 games, with six wins and four defeats.

Osasuna, Getafe, Barrcelona and Real Sociedad will all have the chance Sunday to overtake the 'Galacticos'.

Both teams were forced to field scratch teams in Seville, Real because of injuries and Betis because of suspensions.

Brazilian newcomer Robinho shot Real ahead in the 29th minute from outside the box. Compatriot Edu came close to equalizing for Betis after the restart, but his close-range header hit the post.

Substitute Alvaro Mejia made it 2-0 for Real 12 minutes from time with a clever header, his first-ever 'Liga' goal.

'Our attitude was much better today', said Real captain Raul Gonzalez. 'We were determined not to suffer a third-straight defeat.'

The latest defeat leaves hapless Betis fifth from bottom, with just two wins to their name.


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