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Madrid beats Recreativo 3-2 and extends its lead in Spanish league; Barcelona loses

Madrid beats Recreativo 3-2 and extends its lead in Spanish league; Barcelona loses

Substitute Robinho scored twice to lead Real Madrid over Recreativo Huelva 3-2 on Saturday and give the defending champion a five-point lead in the Spanish league standings.
Raul Gonzalez added the other goal for Madrid
The win brought Madrid relief after a bad patch in which it had lost three of its previous four games.
Both sides had players ejected in the second half _ Recreativo defenders Beto and Quique Alvarez together with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
Barcelona, which began the night hoping to top the standings for the first time since last May, had a blow to its title hopes by crashing to a 4-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldinho gave Barcelona the lead with a spectacular overhead kick but Atletico replied through an own-goal from Carles Puyol, a shot from Maxi Rodriguez, a penalty kick from Diego Forlan and a strike by Sergio Aguero to inflict Barcelona's first defeat in 16 matches in all competitions.
Samuel Eto'o scored the visitors' other goal.
Atletico's win came after previously managing just one win in six league matches and being eliminated recently from the UEFA Cup and Copa del Rey.
Also Saturday, Sevilla lost at Deportivo La Coruna 2-1.
Madrid leads with 59 points, and Barcelona has 54. Villarreal follows with 46, two more than Atletico.
Espanyol hosted Valencia in Saturday's late game.
On Sunday, it's: Levante vs. Zaragoza; Valladolid vs. Racing Santander; Getafe vs. Mallorca; Real Betis vs. Murcia; Villarreal vs. Osasuna; and Almeria vs. Athletic Bilbao.
Madrid, lacking its injured top scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy, fell behind at Recreativo in the 16th minute when defender Martin Caceres ran in at the far post to steer home Carlos Martin's inswinging freekick.
Raul leveled in the 28th by running to head home Royston Drenthe's cross, an instant before being laid low by Recreativo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, who mistimed his dash from the goal and caught the striker in the face. Both Raul and Sorrentino required treatment before they could resume.
Raul, whose goal was his 12th of the season, was making his 643rd appearance in all competitions for Madrid, making him the club's joint second most experienced player of all time. Former defender Manuel Sanchis, who played in the 1980s and '90s, leads the list with 712 matches.
Recreativo was hit by the dismissal of Portuguese midfielder Beto in the 52nd minute for striking Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze in the face.
Numerical parity was established four minutes later when Ramos received his second yellow card for elbowing Florent Sinama-Pongolle, although Alvarez was then sent off for a foul on winger Arjen Robben in the 67th.
Robinho, who returned from nearly a month's injury absence to take the field in place of Fabio Cannavaro in the 72nd minute, volleyed home a loose ball a minute later to give Madrid the lead.
The Brazilian doubled his tally by delivering a deft lob over Sorrentino in injury time to seal Madrid's win, four days before Wednesday's Champions League match with AS Roma on Wednesday.
Recreativo's nine men reduced the lead moments later through Martins' curling free kick from the edge of the area.
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard started with Ronaldinho to accompany Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry in attack, with Lionel Messi dropping to the bench.
The Brazilian repaid Rijkaard's faith when he leaped acrobatically into the air to meet Xavi's cross with a scissors kick to give the visitors the lead in the 30th.
Atletico leveled six minutes later through an own-goal by Puyol, the Barcelona captain deflecting Sergio Aguero's low shot and sending the ball looping over goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
Valdes was beaten again in the 42nd when attacking midfielder Maxi Rodriguez fired an angled shot from Aguero's pass.
Barcelona, which hosts Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, fell further behind in the 62nd when Forlan converted a penalty, awarded after Puyol's unhappy evening continued when he pushed Aguero in the area.
Aguero scored Atletico's fourth with a curling shot in the 74th, with Eto'o firing a volley to reduce the deficit three minutes later.
Sevilla had its first defeat in six matches despite taking the lead through Frederic Kanoute's 11th goal of the season in the 26th.
Deportivo winger Christian Wilhelmsson equalized 10 minutes later with a penalty, the Swede's first goal since his recent move to the club from Bolton.
Midfielder Angel Lafita scored the home team's winning goal in the 65th to strike a blow to Sevilla's morale three days ahead of its Champions League match with Fenerbahce.


Updated : 2021-06-24 17:51 GMT+08:00