Not the real deal yet, says Rijkaard

BARCELONA coach Frank Rijkaard warned his team to keep their feet on the ground after the comprehensive 3-0 win over arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

“We’ve got to keep working hard and not get carried away just because we’ve won this match,” said the Dutchman. “The result shows us the way forward but we mustn’t start thinking we are unbeatable.”

Barca’s victory put them seven points ahead of Real at the top of the Primera Liga after 12 matches this season.

“I was very happy with our performance because of the fact we scored three goals against a quality team, and I was delighted with the effort of all our players,” said Rijkaard.

Barca, who face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, went in front on 28 minutes when former Real player Samuel Eto’o pounced on a defensive mix-up between full-back Roberto Carlos and goalkeeper Iker Casillas to run the ball into an empty net. The home crowd seized on the opportunity to taunt Carlos for his mistake and their were audible monkey chants aimed at the South American from large sections of the Nou Camp.

The Azulgrana made it 2-0 two minutes before half time with former Arsenal man Giovanni Van Bronckhorst firing a low drive under Casillas.

Midway through the second half Eto’o won the penalty which Ronaldinho despatched with customary aplomb. However there was some bad news for Barcelona as striker Henrik Larsson is to undergo surgery after injuring his left knee during the game.

Barca lead the table with 29 points from 12 matches, Real follow on 22 and Sevilla have 21.

Sevilla climbed to third in the Primera Liga as Brazilian forward Julio Baptista’s first-half strike earned a 1-0 win over high-flying Espanyol.

Baptista charged on to a neat through pass from fellow striker Carlos Aranda, rode a challenge from the goalkeeper and poked the ball into the net six minutes before the break.

Espanyol are in fourth spot with 20 points, one ahead of Valencia, who recorded their first victory in 10 matches with a 2-0 win at Malaga on Saturday. Atletico Madrid moved up to sixth place after a hard-earned 2-0 win over basement side Numancia at the Calderon.

The home side dominated throughout but were unable to break down the miserly Numancia defence until centre-back Pablo Ibanez powered a header low into the corner after a fine cross from winger Antonio Lopez early in the second half. Lopez also had a hand in Atletico’s second when he provided the free kick for leading striker Fernando Torres to volley home in the 78th minute but blotted his copybook when he was sent off shortly after for a challenge on midfielder Juanlu.

Real Sociedad defeated Athletico Bilbao 3-2 in a thrilling Basque derby

Santi Ezquerro and Ismael Urzaiz put Bilbao 2-0 up at the break but Real struck back in devastating fashion with two goals from Kahveci Nihat and a strike from Igor Gabilondo.

VfL Wolfsburg lost 3-1 at Hamburg SV yesterday to leave Bayern Munich top of the Bundesliga for the first time in 18 months.

Wolfsburg, needing a win to reclaim the league leadership following Bayern’s 3-1 victory over Kaiserslautern on Saturday, took the lead inside 30 seconds through a fine Thomas Brdaric finish. Despite that excellent start, Wolfsburg were unable to settle and Hamburg hit back with goals from Daniel Van Buyten and Sergej Barbarez in the last five minutes of the first half. Substitute Bernardo Romeo grabbed a late third goal. Defeat for Wolfsburg left Bayern top with 29 points from 14 matches, followed by Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 on 27. Schalke won 3-0 win away to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

In Sunday’s other match, Hanover 96 drew 1-1 at FC Nuremberg.

PSV, who face Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, are five points clear at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie after notching a controversial 2-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem yesterday.

The sending-off of Vitesse defender Michael Dingsdag in the 62nd minute by referee Ruud Bossen changed the complexion of this bad-tempered match at the Gelredome.

The crowd became abusive so Bossen suspended play, taking the teams off the field for 20 minutes. When the teams returned DaMarcus Beasley made sure of the points with the second goal for PSV.

Feyenoord slumped to only their third league defeat of the season when they came unstuck 2-1 at home to in-form Groningen.

David Mendes Da Silva struck the only goal of the contest to give NAC Breda a hard-fought 1-0 victory at neighbours Willem II.

It was a cup weekend in Italy. A late Gianfranco Zola penalty gave Cagliari a 2-1 win over Lazio in an Italian Cup third round, first leg match yesterday.

The result means holders Lazio face a difficult task to progress, as do Juventus and Roma who lost to Atalanta and Siena respectively in first leg action on Friday. On Saturday, Udinese defeated Lecce 5-4 while there were wins for Fiorentina, Inter and AC Milan.

In France, Monaco who play Liverpool tomorrow night crashed 3-1 at home to Sochaux while PSG and Lyon played out a scoreless draw ahead of their meetings with Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

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