Raul and Ruud earn Real victory in El Classico

CHAMPIONS Barcelona came unstuck last night as Real Madrid triumphed 2-0 in El Classico at the Bernabeu.

Captain Raul’s brilliant early header set Madrid on their way and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the second six minutes into the second half.

Madrid move to fourth while Barca remain top.

Valencia enjoyed a fourth straight home win as David Villa’s 15th minute strike proved enough.

Sevilla saw off Gimnastic 2-1 while Getafe enjoyed a 2-1 away win at Recreativo Huelva.

Espanyol were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Racing Santander while Mallorca and Real Sociedad played out a goalless draw. Celta Vigo snatched a 1-0 win away to Atletico Bilbao.

Deportivo La Coruna moved to second in the Primera Liga after snatching a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.

A first-half double from Diego Milito was enough to seal a 2-1 victory for Real Zaragoza over a stubborn performance from 10-man Real Betis.

Villarreal and Levante shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in El Madrigal. Title favourites Inter Milan held on to top spot in Italy’s Serie A despite drawing 0-0 at Udinese on Sunday.

A third draw in their seven league matches played left Inter on 15 points, two ahead of Rome who drew 1-1 at home to Chievo.

Atalanta fought from two goals down to win 3-2 at home to Sampdoria, and Livorno held to a 0-0 draw at home to Siena.

Australian international Mark Bresciano scored one of the goals which gave Palermo a 2-0 victory at AC Milan on Sunday and a share of the lead in Italy. Parma won for the first time this season, edging Ascoli 1-0 thanks to Igor Budan’s early goal.

The match between Fiorentina against Reggina who were guilty of matchfixing and had to start on minus 19 and minus 15 points respectively ended in a 3-0 win for Fiorentina.

Catania won 3-1 against Lazio.

On Saturday Messina drew 2-2 at home to Empoli and Cagliari drew 0-0 with Torino.

In France’s Ligue 1 champions Lyon thumped Marseille 4-1 at the Velodrome, with two goals from Brazilian star Juninho, Karim Benzema and Kim Kallstrom.

Gerard Houllier’s men have 28 points out of a possible 30. Auxerre and Paris St Germain ground out a goalless draw in a lacklustre encounter. AS Nancy struggled to a 1-0 win over bottom side Nantes after being reduced to 10 men.

There was no let-up for 10-man Monaco as they continued their disastrous start to the season with a late collapse against Toulouse.

Bryan Bergougnoux gave the visitors the lead after 11 minutes, only for Marco Di Vaio to level things up two minutes later. The match seemed to be heading for a draw, but two goals in the last five minutes from Johan Elmander and Achille Emana sealed the points for high-flying Toulouse.

A Mathieu Bodmer penalty was enough to earn Lille all three points against Lorient.

St Etienne went some way to getting their season back on track with a 2-0 victory over Le Mans.

Struggling Sedan came back from two goals down to claim a point against Lens with a thrilling equaliser in the last minute of stoppage-time.

Elsewhere, Rennes saw off Nice 1-0, Sochaux overcame Bordeaux 2-1 and Valenciennes were 3-1 winners over Troyes.

In Germany, Hamburg finally got their season up and running with Peruvian international Paolo Guerrero scoring twice to secure a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen yesterday.

It was Hamburg’s first win of the campaign and lifted the club out of the bottom three to 13th spot.

Ukraine striker Andrei Voronin put Leverkusen ahead after 40 minutes but Guerrero, a summer signing from Bayern Munich, equalised in the 71st minute and then scored an 86th minute winner at the Bay Arena.

In Sunday’s other match FC Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

At the top of the table Werder Bremen showed they are genuine contenders to end Bayern Munich’s dominance of the domestic league after defeating the reigning champions 3-1 on Saturday.

Bremen, champions in 2004, are now three points ahead of Bayern, although Schalke 04 are level with them on 16 points.

Goals from Brazilian Diego, Cameroon international Pierre Wome and an own goal from Brazilian World Cup winner Lucio clinched the points for Bremen after Bayern had threatened a comeback when Roy Makaay scored.

Schalke leapfrogged Bayern with a 2-1 win over Hannover and are only behind Bremen on goal difference.

In Holland Ajax hammered nine-man Feyenoord 4-0 in Holland’s Klassieker to consolidate their lead in the Dutch Eredivisie — a process that was helped further by a first defeat of the season for AZ Alkmaar, beaten 3-1 by champions PSV Eindhoven.

Ajax are now two points clear at the top with PSV their closest pursuers after their win in Alkmaar.

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