Real Madrid Struggles, But Wins Over Zaragoza 2-0

By: Stephen Lars

Last Sunday Real Madrid got back their advantage of seven points as well as the leadership of the Spanish Liga rankings, but the team struggled during great part of the game against Real Zaragoza before winning 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Real Madrid's accurate effectiveness gave the team the advantage at the 65th minute thanks to the Dutch Ruud van Nistelrooy; practically the first clear attack in all the game; followed by a goal from the Brazilian Robinho assuring the locals triumph.

The game's top player was with no doubt Real Madrid' goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The visiting team dominated the game for more than one hour, but without any effectiveness due to Casillas' outstanding performance.

Madrid extended their perfect record playing at home and keep heading the championship with 44 points, seven points above FC Barcelona; team that won last Sunday's game as well against the Real Mallorca. In third position is the Espanyol after their victory on Saturday against the Villarreal as locals, and in fourth place the Atletico de Madrid.

The Catalonian team is just one point behind BarÃ?a; these teams continue the battle closely following the steps of the Real Madrid.

Despite; Real Madrid's laborious triumph against Zaragoza there was a black spot which concerns the team; the Argentinean defense Gabriel Heinze suffered a thigh tear and will have to remain inactive during at least three weeks.

In other games of the day, Real Valladolid beat 3-0 the Getafe as the visitor, Racing de Santander won 1-0 over Atletico de Bilbao at home and Real Murcia surpassed by 2-0 the Osasuna like locals. In the meantime, Recreativo de Huelva and AlmerÃ?a draw 1-1.

The Atletico celebrated a remarkable defeat 3-0 against the "Depor" as visitors, headed by Diego ForlÃ?n and Sergio Aguero. ForlÃ?n assured to change the scoreboard at the 6th minute after the break.

On the other hand, the Argentinean Aguero did shine on the field in a display of talent to add a spectacular goal. And only 12 minutes later midfielder Jurado set the final figures after the local defense could not clear a corner shot.



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